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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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Audible Editor Reviews

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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    Alta 03-11-13
    Alta 03-11-13
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    "Wonderful experience"

    I was hooked from the beginning. I listen to a book while walking so I will look forward to the exercise. I had no trouble walking once I started listening to Outlander. I will gladly listen again since there is so much going on in the story I am sure that I missed something. My treat next month will be the next book.

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    Joann MESA, ARIZONA, United States 03-11-13
    Joann MESA, ARIZONA, United States 03-11-13
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    "Intriguing!"

    Wonderfully done! I wanted to listen to the whole story in one sitting! I would deffinately recommend this book to all. My Mother loved it also and is thinking about a membership.

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    Jessica Mountain Center, CA, United States 03-11-13
    Jessica Mountain Center, CA, United States 03-11-13 Member Since 2014
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    "I feel like a bit of an Outlander, but..."
    Would you try another book from Diana Gabaldon and/or Davina Porter?

    I don't think I will purchase another Gabaldon book, but I would certainly purchase a work read by Porter.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The historical aspect was interesting, but the story lagged too often. I felt that many less significant scenes were beaten to death with lengthy description, and I found myself often waiting (and waiting) through them to get to some actual action and/or parts with some plot significance.


    What about Davina Porter’s performance did you like?

    Her depiction of the various characters.


    Do you think Outlander needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I'm not sure, I couldn't quite finish this one.


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    Laura Straub 03-11-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Love this book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Outlander to be better than the print version?

    I have read the book a couple of times and I always have a hard time with the beginning but listening to it I enjoyed it quite a bit more.


    Any additional comments?

    Warning: Listening to this audio book for extended periods will give your inner voice a Scottish accent. :)

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    Catherine 03-11-13
    Catherine 03-11-13
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    "Loved reading the book & now loved listening to it"
    What did you love best about Outlander?

    I devoured the Outlander series, written version. Being impatient for MYOB I thought I'd listen to the series to quell the anticipation. I devoured this, too. Davina Porter does a wonderful job with the characters and it was lovely to hear their voices with the varied accents and pronunciations (English, Scottish, Gaelic for the uninitiated).


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    Ma El Paso, TX, United States 03-11-13
    Ma El Paso, TX, United States 03-11-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Masterful storytelling"
    What made the experience of listening to Outlander the most enjoyable?

    Diana Porter's narration is amazing! It's easy to forget it's a narration.. You start to believe you're actually hearing Claire speak in real-time, with every surprise and inflection.


    What does Davina Porter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She really gives life and voice to Claire. I could not have done it better in my own head. Listening to her tell the story made this a richer experience than reading it myself would have done. Plus, her scottish accents are just different enough to differentiate characters but not overwhelming to the point of cartoonishness.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me instantly regretful when it was over. I purchased book 2 in the series immediately.


    Any additional comments?

    This book has been out for decades. I knew my step-mom loves this series, so somehow I always kind of classified it as older-woman chick-lit of some kind. I'm in my 20's and now I wish I'd gotten this book sooner... It pulls you in with great storytelling that crosses genres.

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    Myia Georgetown, Texas, United States 03-11-13
    Myia Georgetown, Texas, United States 03-11-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Love, Love, Love this "listen""
    Where does Outlander rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This story is among the top audiobooks I've listened to so far. I just stated audiobooks within the last year and I thourghly enjoy them to pass the time. This is one of my favorites so far.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Outlander?

    There is an intensity to the story as a whole that draws you and keeps you held the entire time. You can't wait to see what happens next and how Claire and Jaime's relationship changes and blossoms.


    Have you listened to any of Davina Porter’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not heard this narrorators performance before but was really impressed by her distinction in the characters. It is not easy to create all those separate characters and to keep them straight without having start to sound alike, but she did incredibly.


    Any additional comments?

    From start to finish I enjoyed this book immensely and will definitely relisten to this story. Instant Classic :-)

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    Diane Macomb, MI, United States 03-11-13
    Diane Macomb, MI, United States 03-11-13
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    "The beginning of a wonderful series!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This series has everything! History, romance, unforgettable characters...


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jamie and Clair are the characters that the story revolves around and by the end of the book you know them so well you don't want their story to end.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    To pick one scene as a favorite... there are far too many to choose just one!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It is far too long to listen to in one sitting unless you're going for a long drive across country!!!


    Any additional comments?

    Once you start this series you are going to want to get all of them. Diana Gabaldon is an incredible story teller... you'll want them to go on and on and on....

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    Louise MIddletown, DE, United States 03-11-13
    Louise MIddletown, DE, United States 03-11-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Fabulous historical romance, addictive"

    I read this book more than once in the past but loved hearing it with voices and accents. I noticed aspects of it I hadn't before. Gabaldon's research on setting and history is excellent, her writing is sophisticated, her characters well-drawn. The love story of Jamie and Claire is one of the greatest in romance literature: complex, sensual, honest. They meet in mind, body and soul.

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    Kerri J. Austin, TX USA 03-09-13
    Kerri J. Austin, TX USA 03-09-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Thank God for Audible!"
    Where does Outlander rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of the best books (not only audiobooks), in which I've ever become immersed. My only previous knowledge of this series consists of me seeing the Bible-length novels in bookstores. Though I've always been an avid reader, I admit I always cringed a little at the sheer size of these novels; this was the first deterrent. The second deterrent came when I read the blurb on the back and was instantly turned off by the element of time travel (of which I've never been fond), as well as the particular historical time period (I tend to favor books set in the 19th century). But, I have since discovered the joy of audiobooks through Audible, and I reached a time when I had credits to spare and no books of interest in my wishlist. Seeing a few highly-rated reviews pop up on the main page in fiction, I thought I'd give it a shot. I am so glad I did! I was almost immediately hooked, and, though I do regret waiting so long to give this series a chance, I am rather glad I waited to experience it in audio form. I can say for certain that if I had read this book the old-fashioned way, there is not the slightest chance I would have had a clue how to pronounce most of the names in the story. Davina Porter really made this story come alive! I am, naturally, totally in love with Jamie, as I'm sure many readers are, but still, when I think of him, I hear Davina Porter's interpretation of his voice. (Now that's an interesting thought!) I had considered going to the bookstore to purchase hard copies of the rest of the series, as these are much cheaper than the audio versions, and I'm pretty stingy with my credits, but I am so impressed with Davina Porter's narration, I now prefer to just finish the series in audio format. Thank God for Audible, or else I might never have given Diana Gabaldon a chance!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The plot...no, wait, the character development. It's a tough call, as both were superb!


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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