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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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    03-23-12
    03-23-12 Member Since 2012
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    "and the Church agrees!"
    What made the experience of listening to Outlander the most enjoyable?

    As a Catholic, i wonder if the graphic sexual encounters were needed, but i am heartened to see that all love making between consenting adults were within to bonds of matrimony and under the blessing of the church for that matter. The treatment of the sacraments, understanding of sin and even grace was true to the teachings of the Church. So often Catholics are at best mischaracterized; not this time, the fullness of faith brings peace and faith, in measure to the one seeking has sought.
    The final consultation with her confessor has left me wanting more. i shall read a bit about St Asylum and wonder.
    Coincidentally, i have wondered who much a confessor will believe the veracity of the penitent. The consideration in this book seems spot on.
    this is the first time i have entered into this authors world and know it won’t be the last.... am currently downloading the second book in this trilogy (or are there four).
    Thanks for a great tail with men and women we can be proud of.
    Peter Karutz


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

    James .... this woman presened a strong man ... and brought him to life


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica S. 03-22-12
    Jessica S. 03-22-12 Listener Since 2010
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    "Get throuth the begining and it's a GREAT story!!!"

    I found the beginning to be long and drawn out with excruciatingly detailed descriptions of the drapes, houses, each scene and person. I found it to drag on and on with no real development. I nearly gave up and turned it off, however in the very beginning she mentions a disappearance, so I figured it had to get better, at least more exciting....and it DID. After the beginning handful of chapters the story immediately picked up and turned into an exciting adventure of romance, history, loyalty and struggle. There is a lot of sex and injuries/pain inflicted from one person to another, that at times seems to slip again into the overly detailed, but other than that it was a great listen that kept me gripped after the first few chapters. So glad I wadded thru the beginning as I really enjoyed the rest of the book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer PAHOA, HI, United States 03-20-12
    Amazon Customer PAHOA, HI, United States 03-20-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Historical insight"
    Where does Outlander rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    in the top 3


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Outlander?

    The marriage of Claire & Jaime


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

    The accents of the English, Irish and SCOTTSMEN


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

    When Claire returned to her own time period


    Any additional comments?

    I'm entranced by the whole series , I've listened to 4 so far. I'm waiting for my next book credit for number 5. These are by far the most expensive books I've purchased, I understand why as they are so long. Considering they were written in the 1990's and now we are in 2012, perhaps the price can be renegotiated.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lea 03-19-12
    Lea 03-19-12
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    "Outlander series"
    If you could sum up Outlander in three words, what would they be?

    could not put down


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    claire,never knew what she would do next


    What about Davina Porter’s performance did you like?

    accent is great very easy to listen to


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

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    series is very compeling I will end up with the whole series but cost is very limiting

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer Little River, CA, United States 03-18-12
    Kindle Customer Little River, CA, United States 03-18-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Absolute Joy"
    Where does Outlander rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is the best book I have ever listened to. The characters are absolutely brought to life by the spectacular reading. I have over and over again been taken aback by the skill of the reader. She is amazing in her ability to bring these wonderful people into my life. I am on the next to last of the series and am so sad that I am so close to the end. I decided to do a quick review here at the beginning .


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I am in love with Jamie of course. But as time goes on i have learned a great trust and honor for Claire and her ability to make the necessary transitions to a different time and the challenges there. This writer carries me away with here wit and beautiful


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

    I have never heard her read before, but after this series I will hunt down anything she has done.


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

    How can I pick out just one. I have read so far into the series I am not sure where Outlander ended, but I do clearly remember the night of their wedding and the shy Jamie and the tenderness and loveliness of that first night. Also when they went to the little chapel and had the ceremony with the sharing of blood, and the first major confrontation between Claire, Jamie andJack Randle. The scenes at Leoche were pretty amazing also. But as the series goes on it just get more and more amazing.


    Any additional comments?

    The writer's choice of words in her descriptions is beyond belief. There were so many times when I just stopped and tears welled up at the beauty of her writing. What a spell she can weave. I am so sad at the thought that I will soon be finished with these books. I guess I will just have to start over again in a year or so. Thank you!! Thank you!! Thank you !!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Steve 03-16-12
    Steve 03-16-12
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    "Worse book ever."
    What disappointed you about Outlander?

    This story reads like a bodice ripper. Female soft porn with absolutly no finish to this pointless book. I have never felt so ripped off. I rarely write reviews but I felt so ripped off of time and money that I felt compelled to warn people off. A time travel book with very little to do with time travel. She could have come from Russia and it would not have changed the story. VERY BAD. STAY AWAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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

    finish it. Remove 3/4 of the sex and half of the torture sceens. Tell a story.Let a character find out about the future and make changes, or invent something. Have someone go the other waythrough the time warp. Have that person come back and reveal the changes like the continued existance of the clans. Reveal both positive and negative aspects to the change. Have one be a deal breaker. Whatever.


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

    This reader was great.


    What character would you cut from Outlander?

    None.


    Any additional comments?

    Send me back in time to the time I bought this book so I can save some time and money.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 03-15-12
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    "Awesome"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Outlander to be better than the print version?

    Yes


    What did you like best about this story?

    The premise of the whole story.


    What about Davina Porter’s performance did you like?

    Her ability to change her voice.


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

    Yes, I did both.


    Any additional comments?

    I am sad that I have to wait for my next credit to listen to the next book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Teresa TUSCOLA, TX, United States 03-11-12
    Teresa TUSCOLA, TX, United States 03-11-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Not so good."
    What could Diana Gabaldon have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    It was too drawn out. I lost interest and didn't even finish it.


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

    disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    Sorry, this book was not very good. It had great reviews, which is why I bought it. But I found it drawn out and lost interest. I couldn't even bring myself to finish listening. I got through three fourths of the book before giving up.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Marjo 03-10-12
    Marjo 03-10-12
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    "Loved it"
    What did you like best about this story?

    Excellent Narrator & Wonderful Story!


    What about Davina Porter’s performance did you like?

    She is the female verison of Jim Dale! Excellent job, she clearly defines all of the characters.


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

    Jack Randall = Nightmares


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tino Orsini 03-09-12
    Tino Orsini 03-09-12 Member Since 2010

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    "Shallow Harlequin Romance Novel"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This book would have been better if it were more logical and realistic, if the relationships were deeper, and if it wasn't filled with shallow sexual encounters between the two main characters.


    What was most disappointing about Diana Gabaldon’s story?

    It was certainly of the Romance Novel Genre and not Historical Fiction.


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

    Davina Porter was the best thing about the book.


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

    Davina Porter


    Any additional comments?

    Get it out of the Historical Fiction Genre and move it to Romance Novel

    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
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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.

    3 of 3 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
  • 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.

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