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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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    J. Poe DFW, Texas 11-06-13
    J. Poe DFW, Texas 11-06-13
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    "One of my all time favorite books"

    There are very few books I opt to read more than once, but I have listened to this one several times. It is one of those books I didn't want to put down - it is one of my all time favorites and definitely my favorite in the Outlander series. Davina Porter is an outstanding narrator and I have actually gone looking for other books she narrates because she is so enjoyable.

    If you like historical romance, I would definitely recommend it. As the series has continued, although Galbaldon has included romantic themes, I have found that the adventure and historical details have taken over more. So if you are looking for a historical fiction series to get into, I would recommend it as well. There is a bit of time travel involved, but it doesn't go anywhere near being a fantasy book - it is just a premise and makes the heroine & her interactions with everyone else interesting.

    I introduced my sister to the series and she is as addicted as I am (and she is a tough sell on any book). I don't want to spoil anything, but I will say that she took issue with some of the more violent/mature content involving black Jack Randall. So be aware of that if you tend to like happy go lucky books.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Courtney Nebraska, USA 11-04-13
    Courtney Nebraska, USA 11-04-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Could a novel get any better??"
    What made the experience of listening to Outlander the most enjoyable?

    Ohh Davina's narration is PERFECT! Her portrayal of each character and the lovely accent in which she talks is amazing.


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

    Davina brings the story to life! It's so wonderful to hear the characters instead of just picturing them in my head.


    Any additional comments?

    I am SO addicted to this story. I have fallen in love with Claire and Jamie. Diana is an amazing writer bringing such feeling into the words. She paints such a vivid picture with her words and Davina captures the most perfect narrative of one of my favorite novels.

    Love, love, love!!!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kathleen Waterloo, NY, United States 11-03-13
    Kathleen Waterloo, NY, United States 11-03-13
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    "The best historical romance ever"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. If you love historical romance you will love this series. The narrator did a fantastic job.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jamie Frazer of course. I loved everything about him.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I really don't have a favorite, there are to many.


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

    Both.


    Any additional comments?

    I have read this series two other times but thought I would try the audible. I really enjoyed it and looking forward to book 2.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    S. Cook 10-31-13
    S. Cook 10-31-13
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    "Completely enchanting!"
    What made the experience of listening to Outlander the most enjoyable?

    This was one of the few books that could hold my attention in every situation- traffic, work, you name it. The story was excellent, narration was incredible, and I hated to hear it end. (which is why I'm already listening to Dragonfly in Amber) I can't wait to listen to the rest of the series. I tried to read it straight from the Kindle but the audiobook truly captures the accents and lends an ear of authenticity to the story that text just could not provide. I highly recommend this one!


    What other book might you compare Outlander to and why?

    This was my first foray into this genre.


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

    This was my first listen of Davina Porter


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

    Yes, but there was no way- it was too long!


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tammy Forbes, Australia 10-27-13
    Tammy Forbes, Australia 10-27-13
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    "Brilliant wonderful series, narration is amazing."

    I have listened to this series again and again.
    cant wait to see what happens next.

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    Wilson201 10-26-13
    Wilson201 10-26-13

    Wilson201

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    "Favorite Book!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Outlander to be better than the print version?

    I love both the audio and print equally but I cannot read and drive at the same time.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story just takes you in. I love the history and the growing love between the main characters.


    Any additional comments?

    I kept hearing voices and at one point coughing in the background of the performance. It came and went but was verra aggravating when present.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Heidi OGDEN, UTAH, United States 10-24-13
    Heidi OGDEN, UTAH, United States 10-24-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Narrator is wonderful"
    Where does Outlander rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top ten


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Claire because she was so resilient


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

    no


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

    Loved the narrator


    Any additional comments?

    Very entertaining, smartly written, love the mix in genre.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Elisabeth New Port Richey, FL, United States 10-18-13
    Elisabeth New Port Richey, FL, United States 10-18-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Great start to a great series!"
    What did you love best about Outlander?

    I have read this entire series in paperback, and always wondered how some of the Gaelic words and names were pronounced. Thanks to Davina Porter, I have an answer! She does a great job of bringing the characters alive. I decided to listen to this series on audible in preparation for Diana Gabaldon's next book in the series, and also for the upcoming tv show on Starz next spring!


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Heather 10-18-13
    Heather 10-18-13 Member Since 2012
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    "The best series I have ever read!!"
    Where does Outlander rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is the best series, I have read by far.. There is no other author that can transport you like Diana Gabaldon, and Davina Porter is such a wonderful narrator! I recommend this series to anyone that I can! Since I have read this series I have been on a search to find anything that can even come close to Diana's novels.. I am now rereading them preparing for her eighth book out! Love, love these books!!


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rick 10-18-13
    Rick 10-18-13
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    "love this series"
    Would you listen to Outlander again? Why?

    without a doubt - time well spent listening!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Clare, but Jamie is equally wonderful - there is no fear and both are ready to do the right thing no matter what (we could use more people in todays world like them)


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

    the character voices are incredible and the book just comes to life so that you feel you are right there with Jamie and Clare


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

    the incredible love between two people and the obstacles to be together


    Any additional comments?

    I think Diana is a brilliant writer and Davina is equally brilliant a narrator

    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.

    39 of 41 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!

    19 of 20 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.

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Sceptical Shopper
    UK
    3/6/12
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    "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.

    5 of 5 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
  • John
    United Kingdom
    12/2/13
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    "Get out of bed and get on with the story!"
    What would have made Outlander better?

    The story gets the narration it deserves. Both are tedious and more Mills and Boon (I imagine as I haven't read any) than serious historical novel. A possibly good idea is interrupted by so much sex and "oooohhhhh Jaaaammmmieeee" that it never really gets a chance. I did listen right through to the end, even though I wanted to stop half way, and have masochistically even gone part way through the second book, thinking it may improve, which it didn't. If anything it got worse. Unfortunately I bought three of this series at the same time on the basis of other reviews, but just couldn't face any more of this tedious drivel.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Diana Gabaldon again?

    Emphatically not!


    Would you be willing to try another one of Davina Porter’s performances?

    Highly unlikely.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Outlander?

    About 60% of it.


    Any additional comments?

    I can honestly say that nothing I have read has annoyed me more than this series.

    4 of 4 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!

    19 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • Paul D
    Halland, United Kingdom
    12/1/13
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    "Eat your heart out Barbara Cartland!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Some degree of historical reality/accuracy is useful in a historical novel,.


    What was most disappointing about Diana Gabaldon’s story?

    Lacked any depth, just a bodice ripper using a historic setting - the Scottish highlands. No conception or the era or realistic characterization.


    Did Davina Porter do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

    No. Heroine, "oh gosh, I've time travelled, never mind."


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

    No redeeming features for me. A big error. Thought it may be interesting and a little different. It was certainly different to anything I would spend time listening to.


    Any additional comments?

    My mistake, but perhaps it should have been made clearer in the blurp that this was a shallow bodice ripper in Mills and Boon gendre and should be avoided by all but those of a certain gender and age.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    melrose, United Kingdom
    9/1/11
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    "Slow and boring"

    The time travel concept made the book sound promising. However, the lack of knowledge of the geography of Scotland and other Scottish themes made some of the listening laughable. So much extraneous detail made for extremely long listening, resulting in impatience "to get on with it!" Less sex, less words and more actual story could have saved this novel...perhaps!

    11 of 13 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 13 people found this review helpful
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