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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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    Susan DAVIS JUNCTION, IL, United States 04-16-12
    Susan DAVIS JUNCTION, IL, United States 04-16-12 Member Since 2013
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    "My Favorite Book Ever"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes - and I have, several times.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Outlander?

    When Jamie tells Claire the main reason why he married her when they're at his home in the Highlands.


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

    I've listened to her perform all of Gabaldon's books in this series, but I have not heard her read another series.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Not any one particular moment, but a collection of all the times both Jamie and Claire go above and beyond to be there for each other and to protect one another.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tracy Williamsburg, OH, United States 04-12-12
    Tracy Williamsburg, OH, United States 04-12-12 Member Since 2012
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    "great story"
    What did you love best about Outlander?

    I got wrapped up in the characters lives.


    Which character – as performed by Davina Porter – was your favorite?

    Jamie


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

    I could listen to this book all day.


    Any additional comments?

    I didn't want it to end.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Margaret R. Yoder 04-11-12

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    "A worthwhile read!"

    Talk about bang for your buck! This book is about 38 hours long! The narrator is outstanding and the story is great. Lots of humor, some history, and some graphic sex thrown in for good measure.
    I WILL read it again!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah New Market, VA, United States 04-07-12
    Deborah New Market, VA, United States 04-07-12
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    "Completely DISAPPOINTING!"
    Would you try another book from Diana Gabaldon and/or Davina Porter?

    As a last resort.


    What was most disappointing about Diana Gabaldon’s story?

    She pays too little attention to moving any semblence of plot along. While the romance could have been good, it becomes a purient interest in sex. I'd fully expect beastiality in the next volume, if I get soooo bored that I read another. What a shame. These characters were enjoyable. They just became one dimensional.


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

    No


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The reader was excellent. The characterizations were clear. Her voice delightful.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm just so disappointed. I wanted something more than Harlequin romance.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    lola richmond, VA, United States 04-06-12
    lola richmond, VA, United States 04-06-12 Member Since 2011
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    "A good start of a very good love story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have! I love the story line, the people in it, Ms. Porter. You would love it more for the history it tells and the places it takes you to. I've listen to all of them three times,already i never tired of the characters, or Ms Porter


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    James & Clair, William, willie Father, most of all Bree, just like her father jamie!


    What about Davina Porter’s performance did you like?

    Only she could read these books and do them all just.


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

    Yes!.. I sometimes felt as though i was there with them. and yes. i did both laugh and cried


    Any additional comments?

    she must finish the series, about little Jem, and how is father went back into the past to find him,and Willie, Jamie& Mr. Gray finding out that Jamie is his real father an Bree his sister. I NEED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Fay Seattle, WA, United States 04-05-12
    Fay Seattle, WA, United States 04-05-12 Member Since 2008

    I mostly listen to books while exercising, which pretty much explains all of the action/thrillers on my list.

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    "Not amazing, but eventually addictive"

    Ok, so at first when I started this I loved it. There's time travel to the 18th century in Scotland where the main character who was a nurse in 1945 seems ahead of her time and smart and skilled in 1745. Also she falls in love, which I always like!! But then part way through the book it started to sound a little like a tacky romance novel written by Chandler Bing's mom thanks to all the way too descriptive sex scenes. I also started to hate the character of Claire a little because she started like this kind of pathetic woman who would always get in trouble and then wait around for her sexy man to come save her. But I do like the time travel and how they travel around Europe and in the second book you meet her daughter and go to France and apparently there are six of these so now at this point I'm kind of addicted and excited for book three because her and Jaime go to America and prepare for the revolutionary war! The woman who narrates is pretty good and does all the different accents pretty well, though she does get a little annoying after a while. Let me know if you want to know anything else before you get sucked in and start listeninig to all of them like I did!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amy ROANOKE, VA, United States 04-03-12
    Amy ROANOKE, VA, United States 04-03-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Wonderful Journey"
    What made the experience of listening to Outlander the most enjoyable?

    I found myself finding excuses to drive anywhere to keep listening to this book. Great story, wonderful performance. It is a very long book, but it ended too soon for me. I am totally enamored with these characters!


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    rachelle wysong BOISE, ID, US 03-27-12
    rachelle wysong BOISE, ID, US 03-27-12 Member Since 2014
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    "F-A-V-O-R-I-T-E S-E-R-I-E-S"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Outlander to be better than the print version?

    Davina Porter takes Gabaldon's magical story and threads with with depth and conviction! The audio book, brings out glimpses of the story that I missed in the print version, and amplfies all the touching scenes in both this book and the entire series.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Outlander?

    Jamie and Claire, both strong willed and head strong, working through the challenges that rise up in the aftermath of being attacked.


    What does Davina Porter bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    Davina brings you into each moment, the range of emotion she reads you through is remarkable!


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

    While I have re-read the series multiple times, I have also re-listened, there is something new and magical every time and anxiously await the next installment


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dawn Colfax, IA, United States 03-27-12
    Dawn Colfax, IA, United States 03-27-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Not what I expected"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I want to like this book! I found the narrator to be extremely annoying making it almost impossible to listen to. I have downloaded it to my Kindle 3 times in an attempt to get through it. Each time I end up deleting it after about 6 chapters. Every time I start listening I find my mind drifting elsewhere or I fall asleep! Maybe I am biased as I have listened to several books narrated by Caroline Lee. She by the way is awesome! I am sure at some point I will give it another try out of sheer determination but for now it remains on my list of


    What could Diana Gabaldon have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Not sure


    What didn’t you like about Davina Porter’s performance?

    Hated it!


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    jennorex 03-27-12
    jennorex 03-27-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Didn't wait for credits to buy the next one"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Outlander to be better than the print version?

    I imagine if I were reading it, I would not know how to say many of the words.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Outlander?

    Most memorable moment was Claire fighting for Jamey's soul. Odd scene but in the end pretty cool


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

    the accent, the voices and the pronunciation of many of the names and words.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    gives a new meaning to getting stoned.


    0 of 1 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.

    37 of 39 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!

    18 of 19 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.

    12 of 13 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

    10 of 11 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!

    15 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Marcus H.
    Oxfordshire. United Kingdom
    9/14/12
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    "Clichéd chick-lit"

    I actually fell for the 5* reviews on this book and feel like a bit of a fool for doing so. This really is "chick lit" and quite poor at that. The story is historically very weak indeed and is really aimed at female titillation because every other scene revolves around sex and, to be honest, it's so damned boring! What's more it has the clichéd goody v baddy storyline that has been done to death since time immemorial.



    It took so long to get going that I almost gave up on it on three or four occasions. It's a shame really because when it did get going it was actually quite good but for 70% of the time it wasn't. If it wasn't for Davina Porter's amazing narration I don't think I'd have stuck it out til the end. Without her wonderful voice the whole thing would've ground to a halt rapidly.



    To put it in the sci-fi/fantasy section is a bit misleading because the only thing that is faintly related to this genre is the initial time slip. With a bit of imagination from the author we could've really been put into the excitement and terror of a 20th century woman suddenly finding herself in the 18th century but instead we have a main character that knew exactly how to behave and speak from the start and was all too accepting of her situation.



    Because the times where the story got moving were quite good I give it 3*s but for the most part it was a load of tosh and I certainly shall not be listening to any more of the series!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Sceptical Shopper
    UK
    3/6/12
    Overall
    "Entertaining romp"

    A page turning bodice ripper with added pornography. The book started off ok but I found the increasing dominance of the sex scenes became boring. Definitely written to appeal to women rather than men - my husband couldn't stand it and gave up on the first book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Tonbridge, UK
    8/6/07
    Overall
    "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 13 people found this review helpful
  • Katrina
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom
    8/12/11
    Overall
    "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.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Stewart
    Manchester, United Kingdom
    11/3/11
    Overall
    "Excruciating!"

    I acquired this as the free title in a 3 for 2 offer. Thank goodness I didn't pay for it!
    Be very careful, the sample is taken from the sensible start of the book.
    I only managed half of it - 16 hours of sex and violence fantasies are more than enough for me.
    If your idea of fun is a huge 18th century be-kilted Scotsman being beaten and having sex incessantly, this may be for you.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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