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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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    Elizabeth Philadelphia, PA, United States 01-29-12
    Elizabeth Philadelphia, PA, United States 01-29-12
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    "Catholic "Twilight"?"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I kept imagining Mel Gibson making this as a film.


    What was most disappointing about Diana Gabaldon’s story?

    I tried to enjoy this a light bawdy entertainment, but by the end I felt assaulted by Catholic allegory.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kerrie Kirrawee, Australia 01-29-12
    Kerrie Kirrawee, Australia 01-29-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Outstanding"

    The Outlander series first came to my notice after someone had written a review of another similar style of story. I decided to look for the book and I am hooked. I am now on Book 4 and I am totally obsessed with Claire and Jamie. Diana Gabaldon weaves so much history through her plot ... so interesting and Davina Porter's narration and gift with accents makes these books truly memorable. I would recommend them to anyone who loves a good, spicy historical romance, So glad I found these books. Please hurry up with books 5 & 6 ... I don't want to skip straight to book 7.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Grand Rapids, MN, United States 01-28-12
    Paul Grand Rapids, MN, United States 01-28-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Not my genre but very interesting"

    Romance means sex I think. This book is NOT fantasy!!! But the story is good enough to enjoy and I don't give bad reviews if I pick a book outside my taste.. Davina is one of the best readers you will find.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Teresa United States 01-26-12
    Teresa United States 01-26-12 Member Since 2011

    Teresa

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    "Great Book!"

    Great Story, great narration! Couldn't stop listening! Looking forward to the rest of the Series!

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    kathryn menominee, MI, United States 01-23-12
    kathryn menominee, MI, United States 01-23-12 Member Since 2011
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    "One of my favorites!"
    What did you love best about Outlander?

    I love this book. The story was so good I could't stop listening. Even though it was quite a long book it never was boring. After reading, I think about it all the time. It really sticks with you.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Becky Saint Jo, Texas, United States 01-23-12
    Becky Saint Jo, Texas, United States 01-23-12
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    "Fantastic"

    This is my first audible book.
    It is also my first review.
    The book is fantastic. I've read it many times over. I can not say enough wonderful things about this author or her book.
    I sew for a living and listen to this audible while working. Ms. Porter does a very good job. I love the changes in voices and accents.
    Buy this. You won't be sorry.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kelli REDDING, CA, United States 01-21-12
    Kelli REDDING, CA, United States 01-21-12 Member Since 2011

    spa wench

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    "LOve the book, this version pretty good too"
    Where does Outlander rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I am new to audiobooks, having listened to maybe 5 all together. this is the 2nd best, behind


    What did you like best about this story?

    the accents. it was great hearing the different accents. davina porter did a wonderful job in that regard.


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

    at 34 hours, I would say


    Any additional comments?

    it was a great listen, very engaging, but after reading the book myself, there is that disconnect in my interpretation and the professional reader. inflection, tone... these help shape the story for me, and i thought they were off. my impression is that claire is a force of nature, and the readers voicing of her makes her seem a bit more hesitant. other than that, it was great. LOVE the accents, which is why i bought it in the first place. the reader did a great job with the various accents. will probably buy another.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Penny United States 01-21-12
    Penny United States 01-21-12
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    "Sorry, romance and sex scenes badly written"
    Would you try another book from Diana Gabaldon and/or Davina Porter?

    Just gross sex scenes...also narrarator is great but too old sounding for someone talking the sex descripts.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I don't know


    What three words best describe Davina Porter’s voice?

    Like Ann Desche


    What character would you cut from Outlander?

    ?


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Pam 01-12-12
    Pam 01-12-12
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    "I can hardly wait for the next book."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Outlander to be better than the print version?

    Yes, I prefer audio.


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

    She can make the voices I hear in my head. She brings the story alive.


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    Dr. D 01-10-12
    Dr. D 01-10-12

    Retired veterinarian. Living the good life - ranching on the river!

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    "The Outlander is an Outstander!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely, it is a fantastic story and Ms Porter brings the characters to life. It has something for everyone. It is a fantasy but so well done you forget it as she carries you along. It is a love story but not a soapy one. It is an historical account of the period but is more interesting than any history course you ever studied. It has mystery, intrigue, violence and much more.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Outlander?

    There are so many it is hard to choose one. It starts with a very memorable one as she is transported back in time. Perhaps one of the most memorable is when Claire chose not to return to her real time but to stay with Jamie.


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

    This was a first for me, as far as I know and I think I would remember.


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

    That would have been nice but I couldn't do that, but I always came back to it ASAP.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't wait to listen to the rest of the series.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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