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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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    Nicole Michigan, USA 11-08-13
    Nicole Michigan, USA 11-08-13 Member Since 2013

    Tell you about myself? Well I am a book lover, of course, my husband says I have a book addiction :) it might be true...

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    "Amazing Story!"
    If you could sum up Outlander in three words, what would they be?

    Brilliant, Funny, Beautiful


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Outlander?

    Claire and Jaime's Wedding Ceremony


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My Favorite scene will always be when Claire realizes she does love Jamie and Cant leave him


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

    Of Course! But its very long and if you dont take breaks you wouldnt get anything done.


    Any additional comments?

    I also own this book and the rest of this series and it is my favorite set of books. Diana Gabaldon's Story telling style is epic and Davina Porter tells it with such passion and so many different voices I never would have know that she was only one person!

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    Jessica Peyton, CO, USA 11-08-13
    Jessica Peyton, CO, USA 11-08-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Can I have Jamie?"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Gabaldon is the writes with such detail and imagery that I often here the voices of the characters in the back of my head for days after finishing a book. When I finish reading or listening the entire series (again) I am always at a loss trying to find someone who writes as well.


    Which character – as performed by Davina Porter – was your favorite?

    She does an amazing job making each character sound so unique.


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

    I have laughed and cried throughout the books.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    J. Poe DFW, Texas 11-06-13
    J. Poe DFW, Texas 11-06-13 Member Since 2015
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    "One of my all time favorite books"

    There are very few books I opt to read more than once, but I have listened to this one several times. It is one of those books I didn't want to put down - it is one of my all time favorites and definitely my favorite in the Outlander series. Davina Porter is an outstanding narrator and I have actually gone looking for other books she narrates because she is so enjoyable.

    If you like historical romance, I would definitely recommend it. As the series has continued, although Galbaldon has included romantic themes, I have found that the adventure and historical details have taken over more. So if you are looking for a historical fiction series to get into, I would recommend it as well. There is a bit of time travel involved, but it doesn't go anywhere near being a fantasy book - it is just a premise and makes the heroine & her interactions with everyone else interesting.

    I introduced my sister to the series and she is as addicted as I am (and she is a tough sell on any book). I don't want to spoil anything, but I will say that she took issue with some of the more violent/mature content involving black Jack Randall. So be aware of that if you tend to like happy go lucky books.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Courtney Nebraska, USA 11-04-13
    Courtney Nebraska, USA 11-04-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Could a novel get any better??"
    What made the experience of listening to Outlander the most enjoyable?

    Ohh Davina's narration is PERFECT! Her portrayal of each character and the lovely accent in which she talks is amazing.


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

    Davina brings the story to life! It's so wonderful to hear the characters instead of just picturing them in my head.


    Any additional comments?

    I am SO addicted to this story. I have fallen in love with Claire and Jamie. Diana is an amazing writer bringing such feeling into the words. She paints such a vivid picture with her words and Davina captures the most perfect narrative of one of my favorite novels.

    Love, love, love!!!

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    Kathleen Waterloo, NY, United States 11-03-13
    Kathleen Waterloo, NY, United States 11-03-13
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    "The best historical romance ever"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. If you love historical romance you will love this series. The narrator did a fantastic job.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jamie Frazer of course. I loved everything about him.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I really don't have a favorite, there are to many.


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

    Both.


    Any additional comments?

    I have read this series two other times but thought I would try the audible. I really enjoyed it and looking forward to book 2.

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    S. Cook 10-31-13
    S. Cook 10-31-13
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    "Completely enchanting!"
    What made the experience of listening to Outlander the most enjoyable?

    This was one of the few books that could hold my attention in every situation- traffic, work, you name it. The story was excellent, narration was incredible, and I hated to hear it end. (which is why I'm already listening to Dragonfly in Amber) I can't wait to listen to the rest of the series. I tried to read it straight from the Kindle but the audiobook truly captures the accents and lends an ear of authenticity to the story that text just could not provide. I highly recommend this one!


    What other book might you compare Outlander to and why?

    This was my first foray into this genre.


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

    This was my first listen of Davina Porter


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

    Yes, but there was no way- it was too long!


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    Tammy Forbes, Australia 10-27-13
    Tammy Forbes, Australia 10-27-13
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    "Brilliant wonderful series, narration is amazing."

    I have listened to this series again and again.
    cant wait to see what happens next.

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    Wilson201 10-26-13
    Wilson201 10-26-13

    Wilson201

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    "Favorite Book!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Outlander to be better than the print version?

    I love both the audio and print equally but I cannot read and drive at the same time.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story just takes you in. I love the history and the growing love between the main characters.


    Any additional comments?

    I kept hearing voices and at one point coughing in the background of the performance. It came and went but was verra aggravating when present.

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    Heidi OGDEN, UTAH, United States 10-24-13
    Heidi OGDEN, UTAH, United States 10-24-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Narrator is wonderful"
    Where does Outlander rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top ten


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Claire because she was so resilient


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

    no


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

    Loved the narrator


    Any additional comments?

    Very entertaining, smartly written, love the mix in genre.

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    Elisabeth New Port Richey, FL, United States 10-18-13
    Elisabeth New Port Richey, FL, United States 10-18-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Great start to a great series!"
    What did you love best about Outlander?

    I have read this entire series in paperback, and always wondered how some of the Gaelic words and names were pronounced. Thanks to Davina Porter, I have an answer! She does a great job of bringing the characters alive. I decided to listen to this series on audible in preparation for Diana Gabaldon's next book in the series, and also for the upcoming tv show on Starz next spring!


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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