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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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    Donna Pelletier West Newfield, Me 04095 05-28-12
    Donna Pelletier West Newfield, Me 04095 05-28-12 Listener Since 2009
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    "Obsessed with whole series"
    Would you listen to Outlander again? Why?

    I have read and listened to Outlander several times.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the time travel, romance and the Scottish family dynamics.


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

    I have listened to the whole series read by Davina Porter and she makes the characters come alive to me.


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

    Romantic time travel back into the Scottish highlands


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    SunnySoCal 05-27-12
    SunnySoCal 05-27-12 Member Since 2012

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    "A must read ! An epic love story..."
    What made the experience of listening to Outlander the most enjoyable?

    It started off very slow, but after an hour you are completely drawn in. The story is narrated with alot of detail, the characters become so lifelike, the history of Scottland, and the 1700s are wonderful. Its a must read for any historical romance fan.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Outlander?

    the wedding was priceless.............


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

    Davina is perfect for the the level of detail illustrated in the story and its developmet, she is the perfect narrator. I loved her voice and the way in which she brought emotion into the words.....


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

    Epic love story spanning the centuries and continents, .........


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Owen Winkler Chester Springs, PA United States 05-25-12
    Owen Winkler Chester Springs, PA United States 05-25-12 Member Since 2006

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    "Tedious Romance in the Guise of Time Travel Sci-Fi"
    What did you like best about Outlander? What did you like least?

    The time travel aspect was very interesting, although hardly touch on in the book whatsoever. The characters spend a lot of time copulating, without much real plot or action. Even when the action picks up (and I'm at a loss to say where the book's climax was, although the characters seemed like they had at least one per chapter), it doesn't last, and doesn't resolve in any satisfying way.


    Has Outlander turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I will likely not read the rest of the Outlander series.


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

    The audio characterizations of the Scottsmen were very good, especially considering that the narrator was female.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Richa Eugene, OR, United States 05-25-12
    Richa Eugene, OR, United States 05-25-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Favorite Series"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have recommended this book to many friends. All of them have read it and become fans of Diana Gabaldon


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Outlander?

    There isn't one moment. There cannot be just one in a book like this.


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

    The Scottish and English accents are great. Also the Gaelic and French pronunciations. It is difficult to read through these if you do not speak French or Gaelic. She is an excellent reader and she really brings the characters to life


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

    The Scottish "ghost" in the beginning of the book that Frank finds standing in the middle of a stormy road watching Claire through the window of the bed and breakfast as she combs her hair. This moment becomes even more moving if you read through the series a second time.


    Any additional comments?

    I have read these books twenty times or more. I have just started to listen to them in Audible. I really enjoy hearing the accents and Gaelic and French pronunciations.

    Every time I have read (or listened) to these stories I have picked up on new things that I didn't catch before. Diana Gabaldon does a fantastic job with her research and tying all the stories together in wonderful ways. She may write something in book two that will be mentioned in book seven. You may not tie the two together until you have read the series a couple of times and then it just jumps out at you.. I have yet to catch her in a mistake. She is truly my favorite author.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kelly FORT OGLETHORPE, GA, United States 05-24-12
    Kelly FORT OGLETHORPE, GA, United States 05-24-12 Member Since 2014

    Books are the key to my heart, body, mind and soul.

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    "Words are hard to describe this series!"
    What did you love best about Outlander?

    The story is so intriguing from the very beginning. It's so innocent yet primal at the same time. I can't help but think of my hero William Wallace and Jamie Frazer is a great fictional Braveheart-esque character. The innocence between Clair and Jamie is so enduring in the midst of war time set at a lot of the same places of William Wallace's fight for freedom. Not to mention the flawless narration...outstanding all the way around.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Claire...her endurance and strength is overwhelming


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

    No but now I search for her performances instead of book name!


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

    No idea...


    Any additional comments?

    Outstanding intro book to draw you in for the long haul. Wonderful series'

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Linda POCATELLO, ID, United States 05-24-12
    Linda POCATELLO, ID, United States 05-24-12 Member Since 2011
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    "This is an addicting series."
    What did you love best about Outlander?

    This is a long book -- but it holds your interest the whole time. It is filled with romance, adventure, and a little lust here and there


    What did you like best about this story?

    It is fun to consider the differences in the two time periods. The many characters were all so well developed and unique


    What about Davina Porter’s performance did you like?

    I generally prefer to listen to women's voices


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

    This book is too long for one sitting -- but great for listening to while doing long boring chores


    Any additional comments?

    have listened to multiple times -- more fun each time.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 05-23-12
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    "Awesome book and series!"
    Would you listen to Outlander again? Why?

    Love Diana Gabaldon books and the audio for these books are fabulous. Can't tell you how great they are. Listen to them yourself to find out. It's like a Braveheart story from a woman's perspective. Don't shy away gentleman, my husband likes this series too.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Can't pick just one.


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

    The accents and enunciation of some of the Gaelic words. She does a great job.


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

    Yes but they are too long. Great for road trips (with no kids) not for children's ears. Maybe sleeping children.


    Any additional comments?

    Listen or read this book and all the others - you won't regret it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa chicago, IL, USA 05-21-12
    Lisa chicago, IL, USA 05-21-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Silly romance"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    If your in the mood for a time travel forgettable romance this is the book for you.


    What three words best describe Davina Porter’s performance?

    She did a nice job


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Adrienne Wootters 05-21-12
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    "OK if you're into romance novels"

    I really liked the historical bits of the novel. And while I like a strong female character and a good heroine novel, I didn't think that repeated hearing of details about her satisfied sex life did anything for the plot.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    readsalot 05-21-12
    readsalot 05-21-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Great book, fantastic performance."
    Would you listen to Outlander again? Why?

    I would, and have! I have listened to this book at least 10 times and enjoy it each time I hear it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jamie, the gorgeous warrior. Honest, strong, sexy and loyal, what's not to love?


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

    Yes I have and to me she is the gold standard. You ALWAYS know which character is speaking in a book when she is performing.


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

    The wedding and wedding night.


    Any additional comments?

    I could not love this book and performance more. It's great!

    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
  • 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!

    16 of 18 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
  • 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!

    4 of 4 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
  • 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.

    10 of 12 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
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