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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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    "Thank you, Audible!"

    I am so delighted that you have finally added the Unabridged version of this book. For those of us who love Diana Gabaldon's books, the abridged versions leave a lot to be desired. Please, please, please add the others in her series in unabridged as well. Davina Porter is the perfect choice for narrator and the unabridged version is fabulous. Thanks again.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel Gonzalez MADERA, CA, US 03-12-09
    Daniel Gonzalez MADERA, CA, US 03-12-09 Member Since 2015
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    "Hate it."

    I thought this was so boring. Could not keep my attentions. After only a couple of hours I skipped ahead to see if it got better and it did not. I'm sorry I wasted a credit for this. Truly surprised there are so many good reviews.

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    Lisa 05-30-08
    Lisa 05-30-08
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    "Laura Bush Special"

    Somehow I stupidly missed the fact that this was a romance. It actually starts out well, with interesting historical details and characters, and rapidly dissolves into the sappiest romance on earth. More than 50% of of the book was "romantic scenes," each one more absurd than the next.

    But what makes this book horrible for me is the underlying conservative Christian mantra; the heroine begins as a strong, independent woman and then the story, and her character, dissolves into a highly predictable plot based on "family values." She is "forced" to marry the handsomest man in the land, so she can safely remain within the bounds of conservative teaching while living out her fantasies. It follows without saying that the villain is an evil homosexual with twisted sadomasochistic practices, who is vanquished in the end. I can just imagine Laura Bush hiding this book under her pillow...

    18 of 48 people found this review helpful
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    John Parker, CO, United States 02-23-10
    John Parker, CO, United States 02-23-10 Member Since 2015
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    "Male readers: Beware"

    I should have realized this from the fact that just about all the rave reviews seem to be from women. This is a bodice-heaving, soft porn, harlequin romance with a bit of history thrown in. If you are estrogen challenged, don't bother. I gave it two stars instead of one only because it's not badly written for this sort of thing and the narrator is ok.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Niki 02-13-10
    Niki 02-13-10
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    "The book I mark all others against"

    This series, for if you read this first book, you will read the entire series, is the bar I set all other characters against. I feel I know Claire and Jamie. I miss them when the book ends. Diana makes me feel so many emotions when I read her books the scenes are so very real. This is not a "standard" happy ending romance - it is so much more. The characters have happiness but also tremendous sadness and trials.
    I must admit the first maybe 2 chapters I was not committed but once I got past that - wow! It is truly a gift Diana Gabaldon has to transform words into emotions and memories. I have listened to each of her books 2x and still havenot listened to an Echo in the Bone - the last book - which I purchased the day it was released. WHY??? because I don't want to lose Claire and Jamie.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Allen millerton, NY, USA 01-21-10
    Allen millerton, NY, USA 01-21-10 Member Since 2007
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    "ROMANCE"

    Outlander should be in the romance section. The author felt the need to share her sexual fantasies with the reader over and over and over... I could not make it through this book let alone finish the
    trilogy. Remember Clan of the Cave Bear?

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    "Still my favorite book of all time!!"

    I can't find an author out there to match Gabaldon! A few come pretty close, but this is still my fav!!

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    Jennifer Winslow, ME, USA 08-25-06
    Jennifer Winslow, ME, USA 08-25-06
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    "Outlander"

    I love, love, loved this audiobook. The narrators voice is perfect with all the different accents and characters. The story itself is excellent. I laughed out loud, I cried, I cringed in some parts but mostly my heart ached and wanted for the love these two shared. The 32 hours was not long enough. I'm looking forward to more unabridged books from Diana Gabaldon. I highly recommend.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    "to slow moving"
    What disappointed you about Outlander?

    Says its 33 hours after 10 I couldn't take it anymore. Way to slow moving kept falling asleep. First time with this narator I would listen to Another book read by her but by a different author. Also I don't care for first person point of view I prefer third person.


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    What three words best describe Davina Porter’s performance?

    Good


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    Kimberly Ortega 05-17-15 Listener Since 2010
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    "Just an excuse for soft core"

    Books like this is why I'd rather read YA romance novels. That much sex is simply not necessary to tell a story. I found myself saying, not again. Or how many different ways can one describe the act? This is not literature; there is no subtly in Gabaldon's writing. She should read How to Read Literature like a Professor before she writes another book. Everything is about sex or power, except sex, Diana. If I wanted soft core porn, I would have ordered Skinamax. There should be a disclaimer in the summary: Caution! This book is for sexually repressed Americans with libidos in overdrive. Now that she's probably a multimillionaire she could care less. I'm even boggled that so many people read and liked this series. What does that say about society?

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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