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Outlander

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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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    Randy LANCASTER, CA, United States 07-18-11
    Randy LANCASTER, CA, United States 07-18-11 Member Since 2010

    Auto Repair shop owner. I love Yoga, and playing my Fender Stratocaster. I Walk my dogs twice a day.

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    "Homosexal BDSM"

    If you like sex and scenes of homosexual sex with bondage and sadism tossed in then this book if for you.

    For me it was a fascinating ride in what passes for a New York Times best seller. I also makes me wonder why anyone would read it and reminds me of the depths our society has descended.

    Of course,” Lolita” held a bunch in fascination and if you like graphic descriptions of brutal sex such as “my insides felt like it was battered with a blunt interment” then this book is for you.

    As for me, I’ll be a bit more discerning in the future and will ignore this author in the future.

    As for the rating, if I could rate it negative I would.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Stephanie Meridian, ID, United States 06-21-11
    Stephanie Meridian, ID, United States 06-21-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Waste of my time, mind, and spirit"

    I purchased the first two books in this series hoping it would be interesting and was very disappointed. I love history (particularly the history of Scotland) and was excited to find these books, unfortunately they fell very short of my expectations. These books are very slow paced. I found the story more like a soap opera than an action adventure. There were times I was curious to see what happened to the characters, so I would struggle through the painfully slow, sexually explicit parts of the story that make up the majority of the books. However after several instances of sodomy, rape, and finally sexual child abuse, I knew the author would not be changing her pattern of writing more about sexual encounters than advancing the plot. In short, finding out what happened to the characters was not enough of a draw for me to waste my time finishing this series. I would not recommend these books to anyone.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Janet Washington, UT, United States 06-11-11
    Janet Washington, UT, United States 06-11-11 Member Since 2012
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    "Any Refunds?"

    Story is intriguing, however I prefer not to be part of other peoples sex life. Would like to have known it was R rated, any way to get my credit back?

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Sarrie Bolingbrook, IL, United States 06-10-11
    Sarrie Bolingbrook, IL, United States 06-10-11
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    "Blech - Romantic Trash"

    Well, if you like sodomy this book's for you. So predictable that you always know what's going to happen. Oh, he's a meanie, she doesn't like him at all; what, they're forced to marry? Oh no! I wonder if they will find love? Why, yes, they do! But I wonder if something will pull them asunder? Right again! A maniacal homosexual rapist to be exact. Oh, but will Jaimie ever be able to recover and love again? You guessed it! I liked the narrator.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Equusdreamer Vermont, United States 06-09-11
    Equusdreamer Vermont, United States 06-09-11 Member Since 2010

    Day dreaming book lover!

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    "Wow!"

    This is the best narration of a book I have ever heard. I have read the book numerous times and after hearing the narration, I feel like I really know the characters. If you love reading the books, you will really enjoy hearing them!

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    William Santa Cruz, CA, United States 05-18-11
    William Santa Cruz, CA, United States 05-18-11 Member Since 2012
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    "Terrible"

    Are you kidding this book absolutely SUCKS! I could only listen to about 3 hours of this crap. If your a guy you will hate this book the main character is very annoying.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Marie Arlington, TN, United States 04-15-11
    Marie Arlington, TN, United States 04-15-11 Member Since 2013

    Glad to be part of the audible community and I hope that my reviews help to choose the right book and share my love of reading.

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    "Outlander - a bit too much of"

    SEX, you guessed it, if you have read all the other reviews. The story is exquisite, the narration is OK, but the SEX.. I am a woman, and I assure you - none of my friends fantasize about garbage like this, I mean about the boring sex scenes, very repetitive and well, boring... Historically speaking the book is well done. Of course... one wants to read the next book. However, what bothers me most... there is not enough of questioning from the husband to the wife - when she tells him, she is a time traveler. Are you kidding she comes from the future, knows about electricity, running water, birth control, food, the Holocaust - and NEVER NEVER NEVER mentions this to him... ah not to realistic, this would have been so much better had the author developed a bit more from the future into the daily happenings of the past.

    And please, Miss Diana, none of us women want that kind of sex or that much of sex, especially if the main hero isn't that clean or lovely smelling to begin with....

    Would I recommend this.. YES, if you are willing to listen to Miss Diana's sexual fantasies, a bit repetitive, boring, and historically the story is fine....

    so.. yes get it - but be warned.. a bit mushy even for females...

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Sonia South Perth, Australia 03-11-11
    Sonia South Perth, Australia 03-11-11 Member Since 2011
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    "I'm glad it's over!"

    I enjoyed listening to it at the beginning of the book but towards the second half, it just became tedious. There were parts in the book that had long-winded descriptions which became too much for me to listen to, so I fast-forwarded through it. I do love the story but I'm hesitant to listen to the rest of the series due to the long descriptions that is part of Diana Gabaldon's writing style, which may suit other reader's/listener's but not for me.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jill buena Park, CA, United States 03-07-11
    Jill buena Park, CA, United States 03-07-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Outstanding!"

    Enjoyable romp in the highlands!

    I almost didn't buy this book after reading some of the reviews, however I'm so glad I did! The 2 main characters were easy to relate to and had interesting lives. I enjoyed the mention throughout the book on the use of herbs for medieval medicine. I found myself wanting to keep listening, which is always a sign of a book that I would want to read or listen to again.

    I'm no expert of that timeline, but it seemed authentic to me. I didn't find the flogging and bodice ripping offensive as most of it wasn't very graphic and I feel it portrays what the population was like during those times. Also romance novels are much more graphic with their sexual scenes than this book was, the main characters' sex scenes would be similar to a new romance between young male and female married couples. I also enjoyed the brief amount of time travel, wish there could a have been more of that.

    LOVED the narration by Davina Porter! That could be, because I SO enjoy the gaelic accent using terms of endearment, consternations and expressions. She did a splendid job switching between male and female characters, sucking me right into the story. I felt as though I were Claire on the horse riding behind Jaimie escaping the Red Coats or locked in a room waiting to be burned at the stake.

    All in all a great historical, fantasy escape!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Teresa Lethbridge, AB, Canada 02-15-11
    Teresa Lethbridge, AB, Canada 02-15-11
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    "Boring"

    Very long boring story. I couldn't get over the fact that someone was telling me a long long story and only once I thought...oh it is going to finally get good, and that lasted for one sentence and then it went back to a long long boring story.

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  • 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.

    18 of 19 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!

    25 of 27 people found this review helpful
  • 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.

    40 of 44 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.

    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.

    13 of 14 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!

    25 of 30 people found this review helpful
  • Marcus H.
    Oxfordshire. United Kingdom
    9/14/12
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    "Clichéd chick-lit"

    I actually fell for the 5* reviews on this book and feel like a bit of a fool for doing so. This really is "chick lit" and quite poor at that. The story is historically very weak indeed and is really aimed at female titillation because every other scene revolves around sex and, to be honest, it's so damned boring! What's more it has the clichéd goody v baddy storyline that has been done to death since time immemorial.



    It took so long to get going that I almost gave up on it on three or four occasions. It's a shame really because when it did get going it was actually quite good but for 70% of the time it wasn't. If it wasn't for Davina Porter's amazing narration I don't think I'd have stuck it out til the end. Without her wonderful voice the whole thing would've ground to a halt rapidly.



    To put it in the sci-fi/fantasy section is a bit misleading because the only thing that is faintly related to this genre is the initial time slip. With a bit of imagination from the author we could've really been put into the excitement and terror of a 20th century woman suddenly finding herself in the 18th century but instead we have a main character that knew exactly how to behave and speak from the start and was all too accepting of her situation.



    Because the times where the story got moving were quite good I give it 3*s but for the most part it was a load of tosh and I certainly shall not be listening to any more of the series!

    11 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.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Paul D
    Normandy, France
    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.

    9 of 11 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!

    12 of 15 people found this review helpful

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