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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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    Pat Alderson 04-14-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A Must Read. Glad I did!"

    Most enjoyable. Great narrator. Gotta go , I am off to read book.2!!!.
    Enjoy the book, make sure you have time because it is difficult to put down.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    newmommy 04-13-15
    newmommy 04-13-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Best Book Ever, Period."
    Would you listen to Outlander again? Why?

    Yes.


    What did you like best about this story?

    All of it, the characters, the time, the medical info, the love story, I feel like I am there with Claire, Diana Gabaldon is a master!


    Any additional comments?

    Best Book Ever, Seriously.. Read It!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    emthehuman St Louis, MO 04-09-15
    emthehuman St Louis, MO 04-09-15 Member Since 2014
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    "You'll be surprised how much you like it"

    I was skeptical because of a few of the more negative reviews I read on here but after actually listening to the book I'd like to speak directly to anyone who's going through the reviews right now trying to decide if this book is worth a credit and 30+ hours of your life. I read it and I loved it and I'm using my next credit to get the next book. The narrator is the best I've ever heard. If you're still on the fence about it just remember... this book has over 21,000 reviews and has averaged over 4 stars. If THAT many people have taken the time to write down their impressions of this book and most of those people said GOOD things, it's probably a generally good book. And it is, in fact it's excellent. 30+ hours is a long time but once the book is over you'll wish it hadn't ended.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Angela 04-08-15
    Angela 04-08-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Good story"

    I liked the characters, the author did a great job. I liked the narrator too - she was a perfect Claire.

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    tammy pipa Canaan, CT United States 04-07-15
    tammy pipa Canaan, CT United States 04-07-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Loved it!"

    Read it on a whim now addicted. Going to purchase the second book right now. This kept my attention throughout!

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    Ace 04-05-15
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    "excellent story"

    I can not stop listening! Outlander is a captivating story I recommend to everyone. The narrator voice is just as I imagine the main character, Claire, to sound. Very well, and written and performed. A story for all time.

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    amy lowe 04-05-15
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    "Epic!!!"

    I NEVER give 5 stars for either category, but this story and story telling are EPIC! Loved it and recommend it highly.

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    Tall CJ 04-02-15
    Tall CJ 04-02-15 Member Since 2013
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    "vivd and compelling"

    introduced to the book by the series on Starz. I'm now hooked excellent narration and commitment to the characters.

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    Helen MANAHAWKIN, NJ, United States 03-30-15
    Helen MANAHAWKIN, NJ, United States 03-30-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Another Bodice Ripper? I think not!"
    What did you love best about Outlander?

    Jamie is everything a man/Scot/warrior should be plus he wears a kilt! Claire evolves into a warrior herself, doing the unthinkable to save her or Jamie's life. I must admit her battle with the wolf outside the prison was a stretch, however, she is Claire the superwoman. I listen on my IPad, my IPhone in the car, doing chores, applying makeup and in the car. I have loved it and hate to see it end. I can't imagine the next books being as good.


    What other book might you compare Outlander to and why?

    I can only compare my immersion in it and not the content. I loved the Tudor series by Phillipa Gregory.


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

    Davina Porter is simply the best reader there is. She does English, Scots, Gaelic, French and American accents perfectly. She lowers her voice for males without sounding ridiculous and you recognize who's speaking in the moment. However does she remember which voice she used? She is flawless! I would listen to just about any book she reads.


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

    Yes, but it's really long, thank heavens.


    Any additional comments?

    Get past the first several chapters and you will be hooked as I am.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Melissa in NJ 03-30-15

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    "Diana Gabaldon's Outlander is a Treasure"
    Would you listen to Outlander again? Why?

    Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series is a Treasure! Even more wonderful than the books, characters, and storyline are how they come to life as read by Davina Porter. She is exceptional and the very best audiobook narrator I have ever listened to. She transforms Diana's words and you easily escape into the Scottish Highlands and come to know all the people and places.


    What other book might you compare Outlander to and why?

    No other books compare to this series.


    Any additional comments?

    Read the entire Outlander series. Read anything narrated by Davina Porter. She is tremendously talented and her character voice work is second to none.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • L
    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 42 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 21 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.

    8 of 8 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 13 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.

    6 of 6 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!

    20 of 23 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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    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!

    12 of 14 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 14 people found this review helpful

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