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Outlander Audiobook

Outlander

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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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    Amazon Customer Charlotte, NC, United States 06-14-12
    Amazon Customer Charlotte, NC, United States 06-14-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Long but worth it!"
    What made the experience of listening to Outlander the most enjoyable?

    The length is a blessing and a curse. It allows you to follow the story in magnificent detail which allows you to get closer to the characters. I loved it so much I did not want it to end.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I can't pick just one between Claire and Jamie. They come as a package deal. The chemistry they have from the moment they meet is subtle yet obvious.


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

    She gives individuality to the characters.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It did both. There were some tear jerker moments along with some things that make you shake your head with humorous delight.


    Any additional comments?

    I've tried listening to other long audiobooks but sometimes it gets a bit tedious. I did not feel that way at all with this book. I wish I was longer b.c I would have kept on listening.

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    CH 06-11-12
    CH 06-11-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Outstanding"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    An incredible story, and the reading is engaging, genuine. I couldn't stop listening. Great purchase!


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Leslie McFarlane 06-05-12 Listener Since 2006
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    "Really wasn't one of my favorites"

    I tried really hard to like this book. I am not a real lover of romance stories so that is probably what distracted me. I didn't hate it but I couldn't finish it either.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Chele Burns, WY, United States 05-27-12
    Chele Burns, WY, United States 05-27-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Amazing"

    This author sucks you into a story you will find very difficult to leave. Can't read fast enough. Love how much factual historical data that is included. My house could burn down around me when I am with Jamie & Claire.

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    Amazon Customer Elk Grove, California, United States 05-23-12
    Amazon Customer Elk Grove, California, United States 05-23-12 Member Since 2014
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    "This is the best book ever!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Most Defiantly!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story line, the character relationships, and the details that paint such a great picture!


    What about Davina Porter’s performance did you like?

    AMAZING! She really understood the characters and I even forgot at she was all the characters voices most of the time! Brilliant!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed so much but I also cried at some parts!


    Any additional comments?

    This really is my favorite book of all time! I am so glad I purchased it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Elaine ALBANY, OR, United States 05-22-12
    Elaine ALBANY, OR, United States 05-22-12 Member Since 2015

    dog lover

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    "Mildly Entertaining"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Ummm. Since the book was highly recommended by friends when first came out, obviously many love it. Not entirely my cup of tea, but undoubtedly those that love historical romances would enjoy the recording


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    Cathy 05-22-12
    Cathy 05-22-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Delightful"
    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, I actually wish I could listen to it in one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    A good read and would recommend it, and will. The narrator did a great job.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    micki 05-21-12
    micki 05-21-12 Member Since 2015
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    "excellent story"

    Loved it story is one that takes you into it !
    The characters become alive to you you will laugh when they do and feel there pain along with them.

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    Dianne Hastings on Hudson, NY, USA 05-21-12
    Dianne Hastings on Hudson, NY, USA 05-21-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Mesmerizing"
    If you could sum up Outlander in three words, what would they be?

    Romantic, exotic, and very well-performed.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The author's description of the characters and the time are vivd. The story alternates suspenseful episodes with more domestic, introspective parts.


    What about Davina Porter’s performance did you like?

    Her accents are wonderful. I loved the way she performed the Scottish accents.


    Any additional comments?

    Parts of the book are disturbing. The reader must be tolerant of a how very different time had very different manners of relations between the sexes and between parents and children. There is considerable domestic violence. The domestic violence is nevertheless overlaid with passion and attachment in the relationships. At times, I felt as though I was reading a tawdry romance novel, picked up at the supermarket (which is actually something I never read). I still have not completely reconciled how very much I enjoyed the story, and how harshly I judged the behavior of the male characters.

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    Gayle Bushnell, Fl, United States 05-19-12
    Gayle Bushnell, Fl, United States 05-19-12
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    "Outstanding Historical Saga"
    Where does Outlander rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I am astounded by the authors ability to bring you into the story and the narrators gift of making you forget that you are listening to a tale. I love fictional stories that are based in fact and this series has me hooked from this story on. Thank you for bringing these to audio.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jamie Fraser at this point because he has been childish, churlish,chauvanistic, and macho>>as well as loving,thoughtful,and comical...and really doesn't have a clue to what is truly going on-in other words...typical male-it seems in any century.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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