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Outlander | [Diana Gabaldon]

Outlander

Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....
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Why we think it's Essential: Mix equal parts historic fiction, adventure, and romance. Add a dash of time travel. Blend with pitch-perfect narration. And you'll understand why Outlander is an all-time favorite among Audible listeners. Whether she's giving voice to the former World War II nurse Claire or the 18th Century Scottish warrior Jamie, Davina Porter brings a magical intimacy to this epic tale. --Steve Feldberg

Publisher's Summary

This stunning blend of historical romance and time traveling adventure has captured the hearts of millions of readers around the world and catapulted author Diana Gabaldon to the top of the New York Times best seller list. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love.

In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. Their blissful reunion is shattered when she touches a boulder in an ancient stone ruin and is instantly transported to 1743 Scotland, a place torn by war and raiding border clans. Will Claire find her way back to her own time, or is her destiny forever linked with Clan MacKenzie and the gallant James Fraser?

©1991 Diana Gabaldon; (P)1997 Recorded Books, LLC.

What the Critics Say

"Davina Porter maintains the distinct voices she creates for each character throughout the lengthy narration. Her delivery of 18th-century language sounds authentic and is easily understandable." (AudioFile)

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    08-09-10
    08-09-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Brilliant"

    This and the other books in the series are my favourite downloads. I have listened to this book over and over, a credit well used. Diana Gabaldon is one of the best historical novel writer ever and you will learn a lot of historical details from this book without realizing it. Download this book, you will love it and get hooked on the series.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rob LITHIA, FL, United States 08-07-10
    Rob LITHIA, FL, United States 08-07-10 Member Since 2008
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    "A guy's perspective"

    Ok, I see that women love these books, and I also read a review from a guy warning these were just glorified romance stories. A friend of mine (guy) says to me, "yeah, they've got some romance, but they're really good". I'm going to land somewhere in the middle. I like the concept, and the stories are well-written. The narration is good too. I do find that there's a bit too much flirty interaction between the male and female main characters to a point that it slows up the plot. Sure, that's part of the essence of these stories, but it gets old after a while. They go one place and have sex, then they go to the next place and have sex, etc. Not enough action for the average male reader. The sci-fi and time travel parts don't come fast enough. The little bits you get along the way are less teasers, and more disappointments not making you anticipate the explanations, but more wanting to just skip parts to get to there.

    Here's one more take-away stated by my friend...as a guy, if you can stand a little too much romance and can make it through, you can then tell women you listened to a Diana Gabaldon book, and your stock may go up quite a bit!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cheryl GREENWICH, NY, United States 08-07-10
    Cheryl GREENWICH, NY, United States 08-07-10
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    "a long wait."

    After a very long wait, I am so glad to have "Outlander" in digital form. I've read the hard cover 6 times and am looking forward to not needing to hold such a large volume the next time I need a fix.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ada Everett, WA, United States 08-02-10
    Ada Everett, WA, United States 08-02-10
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    "What a great love story!"

    This is not really a book for men and women. It's a chick story for sure, and proudly so! I absolutely loved it, however, I wish someone would have told me ahead of time that there are some really intense sex scenes that you may have to fast forward through if you don't like listening to them. This was the first audiobook I have listened to/read that had sex scenes, so that was surprising. So be warned.
    Aside from that, it was a GREAT story. I fell in love with the characters, and the place. The author really takes you back in time to another life. I normally like more sci-fi/ fnatasy stories that are action packed and have a driving plot, big battles, clear bad guys and good guys. This was a change for me, and I loved it.
    I recommend it for anyone who wants a long love story. It really takes you back in history and I never wanted it to end! Enjoy!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joanna SCOTTSDALE, AZ, United States 08-02-10
    Joanna SCOTTSDALE, AZ, United States 08-02-10 Member Since 2007

    Used to read classic lit for pleasure of well-written prose. Now, with MS, it's thrillers, courtroom/police dramas, and adventure to escape!

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    "I'm Hooked!"

    Writing the same review for all of the books... First, what an incredibly talented author! The time travel, the romance, the harrowing situations, the adventures... what's not to love?! My only regret is that the next books after Drums of Autumn are abridged, and I just won't do abridged. Will have to wait it out, but it will be hard. As long as these books are, I never tired of listening to them, and were always wanting more when they were finished! Oh, also, AMAZING narrator! Great fun!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tonya Phoenix, Arizona, United States 08-01-10
    Tonya Phoenix, Arizona, United States 08-01-10 Member Since 2012
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    "Excellent In All Aspects!!"

    I truly can't see what the most recent viewers can possibly have to complain about with this book. It has the perfect balance: Well researched, accurate history . . . extremely well developed characters . . . interesting plots that move quickly and aren't predictable. This book (and those which follow) is not for the faint of heart. It takes place in 18th century Scotland and England, these weren't peaceable times, folks! They were violent at times, and the violence and sex in the story is appropriate for the period. If you want a quick, easy and mindless read, try Harlequin. If you enjoy well researched historical fiction, this is a great book for you! The narrator is quite gifted, and brings the characters to life.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Loren Somerset West, South Africa 07-23-10
    Loren Somerset West, South Africa 07-23-10 Member Since 2009
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    "My first audio book"

    This was my first audio book. I have now read (heard) all of this series and am totally addicted to my audio books. I first got them as I drive a lot for my job and I promise you the km's just fly by when I have a good book. I actually look forward to long drives now! I even got my book club to read the paper version of this book 2 months ago and they also loved it. It can be a little racy if you are a conservative reader, but what a great story with fantastic characters!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lauren LOS ANGELES, CA, USA 07-21-10
    Lauren LOS ANGELES, CA, USA 07-21-10
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    "Part Historical Fiction, Part Romance Novel"

    The Reader was excellent, her accents and ability to hold the listeners attention are marvelous. I was surprised by some of the romance in the novel... some sense definitely made me blush as I listened to it alone, perhaps out of attachment for the character and the feeling of being so closely involved to the story that I was simply too close to the fire to not feel warm. The novel pulls the reader into a story that covers all manners of feeling: disparity,concern, enlightenment, fear, comfort and nostalgia. A fun ride!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joyce La Luz, NM, United States 07-15-10
    Joyce La Luz, NM, United States 07-15-10
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    "Simply wonderful"

    I totally love this book and am hooked! I love the graphic descriptions even though some of the violence is more than I would like, I know that is likely what went on in the 18th century.

    I have found that the English lady who reads the book is delightful to listen to. Will look forward to listening to the entire series.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Genevive Rockford, IL, USA 06-18-10
    Genevive Rockford, IL, USA 06-18-10
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    "terrible!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

    Simplistic, predictable, unconvincing characters, gratuitous sex that does not advance the plot... if you have two brain cells to rub together you will be bored out of your mind.

    4 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    BridgendUnited Kingdom
    10/1/06
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    "First book of a series"

    This series is a mixture of science fiction, history, medicine and romance. Forget historical or geographic accuracy. This is escape and should be taken as fiction based on fact. Diana Gabaldon wrote this as an exercise and did it extremely well, even though she had never visited Scotland before writing Outlander. It is thought provoking, funny, sad, erotic and dramatic.
    There are, to date, six books in the series following the Frasers from Culloden (and the lead up to it) to the beginning of the War of Independence in America. There is one or possibly two more books to come.
    Ever wondered where certain ideas came from? Who thought of putting phosphate on bits of wood with an air proof covering? Could have been someone who had already seen the idea in action.
    I thoroughly enjoyed the books and Davina Porter is an excellent narrator. She manages to capture a 1940's English female accent but still does a very good Scottish male voice. Quite an achievement and well worth listening to.

    34 of 35 people found this review helpful
  • Alan
    Northwich, Cheshire, United Kingdom
    3/28/07
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    "Lose yourself in a gripping story."

    I thoroughly enjoyed this. Being a bloke I was looking for a nice time travel adventure but I soon got caught up in the thrills and spills of highland life without missing the real reason for choosing the book. The first couple of chapters drag a bit but keep close attention as they make historic references picked up later on. I was fascinated and enthralled!

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Karen
    Douglas Water, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom
    5/10/07
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    "Outlander (Cross Stitch)"

    Having read the books many years ago as they were written, I thought it would be interesting to listen to the first one being told. It was very quickly addictive and many things went by the wayside until I finished listening to the story. Davina Porter was very good, however, I agree with the reviewer who commented on her Scottish voices. I am Scottish, and the accents did grate slightly. However I appreciate the difficulties in being female and trying to narrate in an 18th century male Highlander voice. Overall, very entertaining, and very enjoyable. I look forward to listening to the others.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Anita
    4/18/10
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    "outlander"

    This is a book I Chose mainly on the blurb that accompanies most books, but what a choice!. This is by far the best book I have read in many years. I was hooked from the first chapter and just had to go on reading all the following books in the saga. I was very disappointed Audible decided to include an abridged version with a different narrator and had to go elsewhere for the unabridged version. That said I would recommend this book and all subsequent books in the series to all who like romance, action,eroticism and history because this saga has the lot. Highly recommended

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Victoria
    High Wycombe, United Kingdom
    4/26/12
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    "Mind-numbingly dull"

    I found this painful to listen to. Firstly the reader speaks as though she is the Queen, which I found really off-putting at times. Secondly, the chapters before the time travel drag on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on.... and they go into so much boring detail about things that no-one could possibly be interested in. It also included some of the most excrutiatingly embarrassing and unsexy sex scenes.
    I thought once the time travel happened, I would be embarking on a thrilling historical romp. I was sorely disappointed. It was more of the interminable detailed descriptions of the most boring events and more of the awful sex scenes.
    Dreadful!

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Katrina
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom
    8/12/11
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    "well worth listening to"

    I was never sure about reading audiobooks until an injury meant that I couldn't hold a book to read. So I bought Outlander a historical novel - has wrongly been labelled a romantic fiction - should be relabelled as a historical fiction, I enjoyed in paper form but listening to it on Audiobook really really makes a difference, Davina Porter (the narrator) has a natural gift at bringing the various characters to life. I absolutely love this book, so much so that I rave about it to all my friends and I have listened to the book on more than one occassion. I would definitely recommend it.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Tonbridge, UK
    8/6/07
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    "A great escape"

    I loved this book. The idea of time travel has always fascinated me and this book does it wonderfully. I could not stop listening to this story and was sorry when it came to an end. I can't wait to listen to the next part of the story!

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Joyce
    Bracknell, United Kingdom
    3/10/09
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    "My Favourite Book"

    This Book is called Cross Stitch in the UK, Outlander is its American title. I bought the book many years ago as the title facinated me being a keen needlewoman. It turned out to be one of the best book I have ever bought, and I subsequently purchesed each of the books that continue the story as and when they were published. My sight is not as good as it was now and reading is getting quite difficult so, I was delighted to see a number of the books available as audio books. Needless to say I will buying them all, but I do hope that The Fiery Cross will be available unabridged soon, and the next novel A Breath of Snow and Ashes will follow. I have also seem on the writer's web page that a new book in the series will be available about September, so lets keep our fingers crossed that this will reach audible eventually.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Jennifer
    Victoria, Australia
    9/26/07
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    "Caution - Addictive series"

    The Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon is so totally addictive, don't say you weren't warned! As Clare and Jamie become firmly entangled the story just gets better and better, whilst still giving you a good insight into the everyday happenings of life in the Scottish Highlands during the mid-1700's and the major events of the time. The first of (currently) six books plus a side series with another character from this series, you will be hooked by the time you finish Outlander/Cross Stitch. Plenty of website action to keep you going whilst you track down the whole series too.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Julie
    Worcester, United Kingdom
    11/7/13
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    "Unexpectedly Brilliant"
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    I loved this book!!! I downloaded it expecting to be a bit disappointed........time travel/scotland in the 1770's....really!! However, the storyline is thoroughly enjoyable and won't let you turn it off! The narration is extraordinary, you can instantly recognise the vast array of characters!. A word of warning - there are some quite saucy parts, and there are also some quite distressing parts.........I do not recommend having your nan in the car while you're listening to it at certain points, can be a little awkward.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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