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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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    Sarah San Francisco, CA, United States 12-18-08
    Sarah San Francisco, CA, United States 12-18-08 Member Since 2008
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    "Awesome"

    Totally engaging and fun. Made me want to time travel!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Holly C. Salley Arkansas 09-01-08
    Holly C. Salley Arkansas 09-01-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Interesting"

    This is an interesting novel. I have devoured the series yet it is really only mediocre. It is engaging and Davina Porter is the best narrator I have ever heard and I have about sixty audible novels.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amber Rose Santa Cruz, CA 08-28-08
    Amber Rose Santa Cruz, CA 08-28-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Too much sex"

    I enjoyed most of the book. The narrator was splendid. I got bored in the part as it seemed to be just one love making scene after another. I will read the next book to see if it can pick up again.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Diane B. Roy New Orleans 06-17-08
    Diane B. Roy New Orleans 06-17-08 Member Since 2011
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    "Superb, simply!"

    This story, after a bit of a short almost a bit dreary beginning, quickly engrosses the reader into a world of danger, intrigue, romance, and a bit of sci-fi. Would highly recommend it to anyone liking a long one...

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Oscar Fallbrook, CA, USA 05-20-08
    Oscar Fallbrook, CA, USA 05-20-08 Member Since 2003
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    "New Fan"

    Excellent adult adventure story. The heroine is smart and well written, with a twisted sense of humor. I'm looking forward to the sequels.

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    Susan Stevenson Ranch, CA, USA 04-19-08
    Susan Stevenson Ranch, CA, USA 04-19-08
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    "Didn't want it to end"

    I loved this book! I didn't want the saga of Jamie and Claire to end! It is a good thing there are 3 more books that follow this family! I really enjoyed the narrator's ability to get the different accents and genders down to a tee.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Judith Worcestershire, United Kingdom 04-11-08
    Judith Worcestershire, United Kingdom 04-11-08 Member Since 2004
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    "Excellent"

    Gabaldon is a wonderful writer and this is a great story. Brilliant reader and a great listen.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    S. Hayes Gainesville, FL USA 01-13-08
    S. Hayes Gainesville, FL USA 01-13-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Outlander"

    Outlander is the first of three books about Clare Beecham Randall Fraser and her adventures in 18th century Scotland. Fantastic story and Davina Porter does an excellent job with the voices. I was right there in all the action and excitement. I loved it...it is a fantastic love story and the characters all came to life. It was a wonderful 'read' on my iPod while walking the treadmill or knitting. I'm ready now for "Dragonfly in Amber".

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Charla Fort Lupton, CO, USA 01-02-08
    Charla Fort Lupton, CO, USA 01-02-08
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    "Excellent!"

    I had not previously read any of the "Outlander" series, and this was wonderful. I cannot imagine anyone finer than Davina Porter as narrater of this novel!

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    Rachelle United States 08-07-07
    Rachelle United States 08-07-07 Member Since 2006
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    "I now own the series"

    I stumbled across this book while on audible. It is the best book I have ever heard and read. The narator is fantastic- I could close me eyes and picture everything that was happening. I now own the series in hard back. Don't bother with the abridged version- they aren't worth it. I became hooked!

    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.

    34 of 35 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!

    15 of 15 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.

    10 of 10 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

    7 of 7 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!

    12 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.

    5 of 5 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 12 people found this review helpful
  • Joyce
    Bracknell, United Kingdom
    3/10/09
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    "My Favourite Book"

    This Book is called Cross Stitch in the UK, Outlander is its American title. I bought the book many years ago as the title facinated me being a keen needlewoman. It turned out to be one of the best book I have ever bought, and I subsequently purchesed each of the books that continue the story as and when they were published. My sight is not as good as it was now and reading is getting quite difficult so, I was delighted to see a number of the books available as audio books. Needless to say I will buying them all, but I do hope that The Fiery Cross will be available unabridged soon, and the next novel A Breath of Snow and Ashes will follow. I have also seem on the writer's web page that a new book in the series will be available about September, so lets keep our fingers crossed that this will reach audible eventually.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Jennifer
    Victoria, Australia
    9/26/07
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    "Caution - Addictive series"

    The Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon is so totally addictive, don't say you weren't warned! As Clare and Jamie become firmly entangled the story just gets better and better, whilst still giving you a good insight into the everyday happenings of life in the Scottish Highlands during the mid-1700's and the major events of the time. The first of (currently) six books plus a side series with another character from this series, you will be hooked by the time you finish Outlander/Cross Stitch. Plenty of website action to keep you going whilst you track down the whole series too.

    9 of 11 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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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