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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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    Angela København S, Denmark 02-10-13
    Angela København S, Denmark 02-10-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Fantastic book!"

    This book has it all and I loved it! The storyline gets you hooked and you really feel for the characters. The performance was really great also. I instantly used my new credit to buy the second book in the series.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lindsey 02-08-13
    Lindsey 02-08-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Great book!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes! I really enjoyed it! It had a bit of everything - fantasy, action, romance. The story intrigued me, I coudn't leave it alone.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Outlander?

    There were so many, I can't narrow it down. I always enjoyed it when Clare stood up to all of the big strong men.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I hate to really say since I don't want to spoil anything, but one of my favorite parts was after the wedding when they're getting to know each other and our hero is so sweet and considerate.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Regenia 02-05-13
    Regenia 02-05-13
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    "awesome read"

    this will put you right in the middle of the action, and there is a lot of action! loved the book, loved the reader, and left me wanting more...and there IS more...going forward

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rita Lexington, SC, United States 02-04-13
    Rita Lexington, SC, United States 02-04-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Captivating Story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Outlander to be better than the print version?

    There was a problem with the audio edition. An error occurred at part 3 which delayed my ability to finish the book for several weeks. It was corrected and I have completed the book. In general - yes the audio version was better for me because I could listen while driving.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I really enjoyed the characters and story line.


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

    I loved Ms Porter's presentation of the book. She made it feel very real and personal.


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

    Yes - I would have loved to listen to it all in one sitting. I was most frustrated when the error occurred.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Olga 02-03-13
    Olga 02-03-13
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    "My favorite book of all time!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I loved every minute of this book! The story, the characters, the performance- all perfect!


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

    She is always wonderful. I don't know how she keeps track of all the different voices and accents!


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bernie Perth, Australia 01-30-13
    Bernie Perth, Australia 01-30-13
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    "Thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes fantastic story and easy to listen to


    What did you like best about this story?

    kept you interested


    Which scene was your favorite?

    wedding night


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

    in the monastery and he was so down and she would not give up on him


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tina WESTMINSTER, CO, United States 01-30-13
    Tina WESTMINSTER, CO, United States 01-30-13
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    "Historical Fiction at its best!"
    Any additional comments?

    I have read the entire Outlander series and loved them so much that I bought the audio book to listen to while I walk. The narrator Davina Porter brings the book to life in an amazingly visual way that makes you feel that you are there on the journey with Jamie and Claire Fraser. Truly excellent.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bethany Hawker, Australia 01-30-13
    Bethany Hawker, Australia 01-30-13
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    "Abit dull and to long,"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This is more of a book for people who like a good long read, with more description.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Diana Gabaldon again?

    No, I am not really enjoying it, the highlander theme is not for me, nor is the time travel. And i don't like big long books. Especially when some thing could have been left out and simplified.


    What three words best describe Davina Porter’s voice?

    I don't have any as i think she need to change her tome more with each character, and the main character voice seem to change now and then.


    What character would you cut from Outlander?

    Cant say not finished it, and don't think I will as it not my kinda book


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Orlando, FL, United States 01-29-13
    Robert Orlando, FL, United States 01-29-13 Member Since 2013

    Avid reader through college now with no time to read. Audiobooks saved my life!

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    "I suppose I am not a typical man..."

    I really liked this book. I bought the first 2 in the series when they were on sale and put them aside for a rainy day. I knew they were particularly popular with female readers and a genre I don't typically read (historical romantic fiction) but with so many good reviews, I decided to give it a try. I also liked Twilight (books NOT the movies) so I figured I may be more tolerant of the female perspective than some of the men I've seen that didn't like this book.
    Overall, while I do agree that the narrator doesn't sound much like she should when reading the main character (she sounds MUCH older than Claire), she does such an amazing job with all the rest, especially the men, that it really was easy to overlook. Sometimes narration can make an otherwise good book bad. In this case it really helped me get through what was a very slow and (IMHO) boring start.
    That said, once the story kicked in, slightly after 1/2 way in, it never stopped. For such a long series of books, I suppose it's ok to have a lot of character development and such to begin.
    I really liked this book and I think those with an open mind probably will too.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kristin Michalec San Jose, California United States 01-16-13
    Kristin Michalec San Jose, California United States 01-16-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Most favorite"
    What made the experience of listening to Outlander the most enjoyable?

    This book made me fall in love with audio books. This one is such a perfect read for audio. Loved it.


    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 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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