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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)

What Members Say

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    Jodi 09-02-14
    Jodi 09-02-14
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    "Can't force myself to finish..."
    What disappointed you about Outlander?

    The plot seems to be there only as a weak support to the sexual scenes - which are non-stop. So, if you want to read about other people having sex, then this book is for you. I'd prefer to actually participate in it rather than read about a fictional character's love life. Don't get me wrong - I have no problem with a little spice in a novel - but the word 'spice' is the key. Spice is supposed to add to or enhance the flavor of something - not take over the entire flavor. This story's concept has so many avenues that could have been explored, but weren't......If Claire isn't having sex - then she is trying to get out of a rape scene - only to jump back into the arms of her new husband to have sex - only to wander off the next day to almost get raped again - to jump back into her husbands arms for another roll in the hay. Gee - I should have put a spoiler alert at the beginning of this - I think I just gave away the entire plot.....
    Anyway - if you are having trouble in the bedroom and need something to spark the fire - then I highly recommend this book. If you are looking for any kind of plot or depth - you will be highly disappointed.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Book Lover 08-30-14
    Book Lover 08-30-14
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    "Not as good as I expected."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    The book portrayed homosexuals as either sadistic rapists or pedophiles. Domestic violence against women and children was condoned, and the book needed to be edited for length.


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

    Perhaps


    Would you be willing to try another one of Davina Porter’s performances?

    No. Her deep post-menopausal voice worked well for the characters that were men, but was poorly suited to the young girl in her 20's who is the main character of this book.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The book has wonderful historical descriptions.


    Any additional comments?

    The recording was terrible. The booth that it was recorded in was clearly not sound proof, and during long pauses you can hear the reading of another book in the background.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ashley J. Cooper Carlsbad, CA United States 08-28-14
    Ashley J. Cooper Carlsbad, CA United States 08-28-14 Member Since 2014

    Ashl3y Cooper

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    "Awful and a waist of time."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I have no idea how anyone could like this book as much as they report to.


    What could Diana Gabaldon have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Remove the abuse. Make Clair's emotional reactions more believable. GET TO THE POINT.


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

    I haven't but her reading is quite good, I had no issues with the narration.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I liked the idea behind it... the time travel and the rugged men in kilts, but after the 'marriage' this book took a horrible turn for the worst in my mind.


    Any additional comments?

    I found this to be really quite offensive. The romance is abusive at best. Clair is all over the damn place with her reactions to things; and RAPE IS NOT SEXY.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    IdyGal 08-24-14
    IdyGal 08-24-14
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    "Great Story. Uninspired Narration."
    Would you listen to Outlander again? Why?

    No. Altho I really like the story itself I just couldn't get past the narrator sounding like Mary Poppins. Her male voices all sounded the same. It detracted from the story.


    Any additional comments?

    I'll be asking Audible for a refund on this book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Brodie Mornington, Australia 08-23-14
    Brodie Mornington, Australia 08-23-14 Member Since 2009

    An unashamed Audiophile who has his own studio and business called iZENEARS which brings Australian travel and history to life for locals and visitor's alike.

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    "For me, saved by the Narrator"

    Other listeners have raved about Outlander and I sort of get why that might be for the story structure is good and the Gaelic imagery excellent. However, there is little or no benefit in it being about time travel for this is where the imagery fails. If one was to time travel all of a sudden without knowledge or preparation there would be so much more going on regarding the challenge of the effect upon time and place. Our heroin is just too 'accepting' of the situation for the tale to work for me. It set up an expectation for me that was not fulfilled

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    janeva 08-19-14
    janeva 08-19-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Engaging"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Outlander to be better than the print version?

    No


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Outlander?

    When Jamie explained the proper way to lie with a woman


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    no


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

    when Jamie rescued Claire when she was being tried as a witch


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Søren 08-19-14
    Søren 08-19-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Not the thrilling time travel story I expected"
    Would you try another book from Diana Gabaldon and/or Davina Porter?

    Sorry to say but "no". Her style is more focus on the romantic/sex aspect rather than on the possibilities her plot actually gives her the possibilities to explore.


    What was most disappointing about Diana Gabaldon’s story?

    Her devotion to the loves story. She might as well write about a woman that meets another man on a vacation. The time travel aspect is almost irrelevant to the story.


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

    She has a good ability to create voices for different persons in the book.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment, I didn't expect a love story.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Janice 08-17-14
    Janice 08-17-14 Member Since 2014
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    "BORING"
    What disappointed you about Outlander?

    SLOW STORYLINE. MULTIPLE LONG SEX SCENES AND REPETITIVE CONVERSATIONS LINKED OCCASIONALLY BY ACTION


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    NONE


    Any additional comments?

    IT SHOULD BE CUT DOWN BY 80% SEX SCENES AND REPETITIVE CONVERSATIONS TO 13 HOURS INSTEAD OF 32 HOURS.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Laura 08-16-14
    Laura 08-16-14
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    "Porn"
    Would you try another book from Diana Gabaldon and/or Davina Porter?

    No


    What was most disappointing about Diana Gabaldon’s story?

    Flimsy story surrounded by lots of light porn ala 50 Shades but Highlander costume drama instead.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Davina Porter’s performances?

    most likely, yes


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not for me


    Any additional comments?

    Terrible writing. Cannot imagine this was a bestseller

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kyle R. Bemis nashville, tn 08-14-14
    Kyle R. Bemis nashville, tn 08-14-14 Member Since 2014

    avid researcher and avid listener!

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    "Didnt Know it was series!"
    If you could sum up Outlander in three words, what would they be?

    Scotland, England, Sex


    What did you like best about this story?

    the Narrator, was fantastic! The story was not what I expected at all. The Sex Scenes caught me completely off-guard which mention below. :)


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

    This was a first for me! She did a great job!


    Any additional comments?

    I accidently reviewed the second book with this same comment, didn't realize I had chosen to review that one instead of this one.. sorry about that... The book was pretty good all around, I'm a guy and found it to be a good listen. It does have a number of sex scenes in it which caught me off guard, especially when listening to it in my car with the windows down....lol But overall if you like the idea of time travel, Scotland, England and a great story check it out! There is even a 45 minute preview of the second book at the end of the one I downloaded

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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