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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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    Picadilly 02-08-14
    Picadilly 02-08-14 Member Since 2013
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    "This book was fantastic! I could not stop listenin"

    What a strange wonderful story! Something original and captivating! A very long story that I did not want to end! I can't wait to start the next book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    D. DeVries Northwest, IN. 02-05-14
    D. DeVries Northwest, IN. 02-05-14 Member Since 2013

    I have a quilting business. Since I love to read, I cannot read a book and quilt at the same time. Now I can listen to books and quilt too.

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    "Outstanding!"
    Where does Outlander rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It sits in a tie between Outlander or Swan Song.....both are #1


    What other book might you compare Outlander to and why?

    Not read another book to compare to the story line in this book.


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

    It is hard to pick just one...but I think Jamie


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Time travel, war, love and history


    Any additional comments?

    I was a bit doubtful about this book. I was afraid it would be a love story with time travel....which is it was....but it was so much more. The narrator was excellent. She had me thinking about the book in a Scottish brogue! She did all the characters with an individual accent and style. The story: I was truly anxious to see what the characters would do. I am just now finishing this first book and have purchased the 2nd book. I just have to know how everything and everyone turns out.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Gloria North Little Rock, AR, United States 02-03-14
    Gloria North Little Rock, AR, United States 02-03-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Simply Amazing!"

    I read the book many years ago and enjoyed it immensely. However, the audible version is just wonderful. The narration by Davina Porter put this book onto one of my all time favorites. Please don't let the length intimidate. I just finished and even as I write this I have started the second in the series "Dragonfly in Amber."

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    Paula United States 02-01-14
    Paula United States 02-01-14 Member Since 2013
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    "None stop action :)"
    Would you listen to Outlander again? Why?

    Yes. I loved listening to Davina Porter. The story was action packed and drew you in to each character.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Learning a bit more (tid bits) of history while listening to a novel.


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

    Jamie


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

    No extreme reaction, but enjoyed and looked forward to visiting it. Kind of sad when it was over.


    Any additional comments?

    Well done. Quite an accomplishment for your first. I am going to read/listen to the entire series

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Stephanie Philadelphia, PA, United States 01-31-14
    Stephanie Philadelphia, PA, United States 01-31-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Its A Good Story"
    Any additional comments?

    I normally do not give a comment about a book I like but felt compelled to give one this time, which is this was an overall very good story, This story will be TV show is coming to Starz and I wanted some background because I story about this time period, I am writing because I read the one star ratings first prior to reading the 4s and 5s stars rating. First, this is FICTION and second the sex scenes are not as graphic as the Story of O, Spartacus, and True Blood.

    Every one of the negative statement started out with they are not a prude but continued with a negative comment. Ranging from the fact that Claire choose to be with Jaime over Frank (regardless that they was only to for 6 months prior to her being a combat nurse and was away for 6 years), about Claire ability to adjust to 1743, coming from 1945, and about the rapes to females and the rape and sodomy to Jamie, again this is fiction and there are cable TV shows that reveal more if not similar graphic incidents to inmates in prison getting rape. I agree with someone comment about the first 15 hours of background was a bit much. So it will be interesting see how the TV show will reflect.

    I guess because I read a lot “Smut Book” this was mild in comparison to some of the other authors (like Maya Bank, Sylvia Day, and E L James, etc) description of the graphic sex scenes.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Oklahoma 01-27-14
    Amazon Customer Oklahoma 01-27-14 Member Since 2014
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    "One of my very favorites"
    What did you love best about Outlander?

    The characters are strong and memorable. The performance by Davina Porter is excellent and part of what makes the book one of my favorites. She brings each of the characters to life.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love the history, the mystery of the time travel and the romance between Jamie and Claire. Several of my friends have read the series and we still discuss it like we know the characters personally.


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

    Only in this series, her ability to uniquely be so many characters is phenomenal.


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

    Cry yes, worry yes, get mad at Claire sometimes yes, melt my heart at the love and passion between Jamie and Claire yes. A great book brings all your emotions in and this one does it.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't do the abridged you will miss out on so much. Don't be intimidated by how long the books are there is never a dull moment. Pay attention, little things come up in later books that will have you go ohhhh.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    mousehunter 01-25-14
    mousehunter 01-25-14
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    "Like chocolate for the imagination..."
    Would you listen to Outlander again? Why?

    I will listen to Outlander again and again. The author paints a vivid landscape of life in another time. You become emotionally invested in the characters that become flesh and blood in your mind's eye and, as all good stories go, you become "hooked" and can't wait to hear the rest of it... and then you're sorry when the story ends. Fortunately there are more books in the series.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Love, conflict, history, Scotland, time travel.... what more could you ask that all of it is rolled into one amazing story. I loved every word of it.


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

    I love, love, love that Davina Porter puts so much into her reading... she adds inflection and emotion and made the story come "alive".


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

    I appreciate Jamie's love for Clare. It is a quiet, unassuming and all consuming love that makes you only hope that it could be achieved in your own life.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't put off reading or listening to this book. I'd read Dragonfly in Amber years ago not realizing that Outlander existed. Outlander makes the entire storyline even better.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kate 01-25-14
    Kate 01-25-14
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    "A long story and well worth it!"
    If you could sum up Outlander in three words, what would they be?

    developed, interesting, deep-hearted


    Any additional comments?

    At first I saw the length of the books and wondered if they would keep my interest. It is a great saga thus far in the first book. I am about to begin the second with not missing a beat. I liked the way the author took time to develop the storyline.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    TRESSIE LAKEWOOD, CO, United States 01-12-14
    TRESSIE LAKEWOOD, CO, United States 01-12-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Absolutely loved!!!!!!"
    Would you listen to Outlander again? Why?

    I have read the series and now I am listening to it. This will be a series I listen to over and over.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Outlander?

    All of them, that is why you never get tired of reading it


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

    Claire and Jamie. You fall in love with these characters and can't wait to hear what they go through next.


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    melissa 01-12-14
    melissa 01-12-14
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    "A slightly slow start but worth the wait"
    Would you listen to Outlander again? Why?

    I would, and I did. It is a long one, but it is an adventure worth repeating.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jenny - a secondary character who as a nursing mom went out to search for her brother, at least for a short time, and took a kidnapper hostage to find out where he was by knocking him over the head with a rock and tying him to a tree. (They did let the man go)


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

    I honestly don't know, but she does well with the different accents including Scottish with ease. Very expressive and accurate narration.


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

    Several, but one is particularly intriguing... Claire gets a message from a condemned "witch" who says she is not sure it is possible and a year. Opens the door for a lot of possibilities for the series.


    Any additional comments?

    I will be devouring this series.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    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.

    39 of 42 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!

    19 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • 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.

    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.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Anita
    4/18/10
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    "outlander"

    This is a book I Chose mainly on the blurb that accompanies most books, but what a choice!. This is by far the best book I have read in many years. I was hooked from the first chapter and just had to go on reading all the following books in the saga. I was very disappointed Audible decided to include an abridged version with a different narrator and had to go elsewhere for the unabridged version. That said I would recommend this book and all subsequent books in the series to all who like romance, action,eroticism and history because this saga has the lot. Highly recommended

    10 of 13 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.

    6 of 6 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!

    20 of 23 people found this review helpful
  • Paul D
    Halland, United Kingdom
    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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    melrose, United Kingdom
    9/1/11
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    "Slow and boring"

    The time travel concept made the book sound promising. However, the lack of knowledge of the geography of Scotland and other Scottish themes made some of the listening laughable. So much extraneous detail made for extremely long listening, resulting in impatience "to get on with it!" Less sex, less words and more actual story could have saved this novel...perhaps!

    12 of 14 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!

    11 of 14 people found this review helpful

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