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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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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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    donna kissimmee, FL, United States 07-07-12
    donna kissimmee, FL, United States 07-07-12

    I love to read!

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    "hard to leave alone"
    Would you listen to Outlander again? Why?

    i would listen to Outlander again, and i did listen to several parts more than once. the written word came to life easily through Davina Porter's voice. Diana Gabaldon's characters maintained their individual voices very well throughout the story. it was difficult to leave alone. i listened nearly constantly, abandoning favorite tv shows for the story because it was a riveting and visual as any movie i've seen.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Outlander?

    the description of Jamie's endurance of the rape is so real that i could feel his confusion and pain. it was easy to understand why he couldn't bear Claire's touch until he fought the rapist and won in his opium induced dream.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    when the two main characters realize that they are in love and admit that to each other, i could feel the strength of their connection.


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

    the most powerful love since Gone With the Wind...


    Any additional comments?

    Outlander is an incredibly strong story made stronger by the skill of reader!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Donna 07-06-12
    Donna 07-06-12 Member Since 2014

    Reader, Writer, Artist, Film-Lover, Cook, Knitter/Crocheter, Gardener, Cat Enthusiast, and Marketing Professional.

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    "Outlander - Perfect Combo of Fantasy and Romance"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to anyone who loves fantasy, historical fiction, and romance.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jamie Fraser is my favorite character. Those who love the hero Darcy, will truly appreciate this fine and noble gentleman.


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

    Davina Porter does an excellent job portraying all of the characters. Her reading of the male characters with their Scottish accents is fabulous. She has great reading ability and elicits the perfect tone for humorous, somber, adventurous, and romantic moments. SHE IS CLAIRE. I can't imagine any other voice reading the part of the heroine.


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

    Epic fantasy tale full of romance and daring adventure.


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    Carrie Van Dyck 07-04-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Great narration on Outlander"
    What did you love best about Outlander?

    The narrator helped the characters come alive with the inflection. One word sentences said so much. I found myself inventing reasons to drive around since that is when I listen to my books.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Outlander?

    The discovery that one can get back.


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

    Jaimie


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

    The language is so evocative. I can see and feel a lot!


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ed 07-04-12
    Ed 07-04-12

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    "Couldn't bear the accent of the narrator"

    I tried for several hours to listen to this tale, but the narrator's accent was just unbearable to me. I should have listened to a sample, but decided to buy it based on the great reviews given by so many. Listen to a sample first!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Volusiagirl 07-02-12
    Volusiagirl 07-02-12

    Love to get lost in very well written novels; especially long series.

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    "Gabaldon's 'Outlander' Series"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Outlander to be better than the print version?

    MUCH better...AFTER you've already read the book. The audio puts a whole new prospective to the accents and Gaelic pronunciations. Davina Porter is a VERY good narrator.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I can't choose between Clair and Jamie. They are the foremost characters throughout the series and equally essential to the story.


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

    Claire. Ms Porter has a natural English accent and does Clair justice. She is also quite adept at the Scottish accents and I enjoyed the Gaelic pronunciations !


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

    Hearing Ms Porter's narration and accent made the entire book more enjoyable and I laughed out loud MANY times. DG's writing is delightful, interesting and at times, hilarious.


    Any additional comments?

    This entire series is one that thousands of loyal fans have read and re-read many times while eagerly waiting on the next installment. Come join us in one of the very best 'time-travel' historical novels EVER ~~

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ebone Woodbridge, VA, United States 07-01-12
    Ebone Woodbridge, VA, United States 07-01-12 Member Since 2012
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    "I'm not sure about this one."
    Where does Outlander rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was sort of middle of the road for me. On one hand the performance was great. On the other hand the story was a bit too bogged down.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The time travel aspect was the most interesting. The villain was the least interesting aspect of the book.


    What about Davina Porter’s performance did you like?

    She did a great job with the accents.


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

    It made me cringe in spots.


    Any additional comments?

    I love a good historical romance. This one felt needlessly violent at times. Also, there were so many unresolved questions in this book that really upset me.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    LadyShopper 07-01-12
    LadyShopper 07-01-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Mixed, but read it."
    Would you try another book from Diana Gabaldon and/or Davina Porter?

    Yes, as soon as I recover from 32 consecutive hours listening to this first , or to any story.


    If you’ve listened to books by Diana Gabaldon before, how does this one compare?

    This is my first but it was well-told, clear and with good continuum, a bit overmuch on the sex and violence - "the Dukes of Hazard goes Celtic" came to mind after awhile.

    But then I remembered my seven Irish Uncles and Auntie and nine Polish ones, and the wonderful melee that never ends is sort of how it often is.

    Nancy Drew grows up, warms up and finds love - since her role as nurse puts her in it , as foil to the always warring and being injured guys. Like Nancy, whose Mother died too young, Claire lost both parents in youth but was well brought up by an uncle and like Nancy must solve the mysteries and she must help and heal.

    And that's fine, of course.

    By today's standards, her superhero, Jamie, would be mostly judged to be a battered child grown up and I felt painful compassion for him, but wanted to look away often enough - the reaction was too much the moment I gave it some thought - he was so often so badly injured and scarred !

    In fact, given the emotional whallop of her orphaning ( and Jamie is an orphan, as well ) Claire may need him to be JUST who he is, since his needs allow her work through her own devastation and , as lovers do, she comforts and heals her own damage, scars, wars and needs , as she attends to Jamie.

    Helping Jamie, Claire redeems herself.

    And the author addresses that issue with the climax scene in which she literally and physically wrestles her man back to life, demonstrating the spiritual resolution she's found, and her total commitment - "I'm not finished with you yet" she swears and life swears at poor Jamie - and she pounds and pummels him to bring him round from certain death.

    When we were children, we'd dream of saving the life of our one true love, if not quite so.

    The choice of the names was fine for a romance and I wondered if "Jamie" hied to another Scot, James Bond, although as a ladybook, Jamie's mission is not a James Bond story, but muddied sometimes, to emphasize the woman's point of view.


    Hated Claire's bad language at times - but she had just been a WWII battlefield nurse, and so it made sense, but the words would have been pretty bad for any woman of that time, even in battlefield circumstances. There is a perverse pride in that brand of profanity I think - but I will never understand it.

    Disliked the old-fashioned dynamic of gender war. Grates. It is not so difficult to skip it but back then, it was there all the time. The woman's need to be constantly defensive of her right and role, till the whole thing was mostly arm-wrestling for power. I felt reassured when, at least, her skills won respect.

    I liked the old Laird's comments about Claire being a woman and not stuck as a lifelong girl were well done. He does not say there is anything wrong with being girlish, but since their lives were so robust, the girlish type was not right for them for wiving.

    I love things Celt and have studied Gaelic and such stories interest me. Going back to refresh my history after reading it.

    The color and beauty of the time and the land and the herb lore and mysticism charm me every time. And the mix of past and present in the healing is great - and in fact, medicine is doing just that , right now, and recently found another thing that works for leukemia in a pretty pink flower found only in Madagascar.

    Neat no? And so these passages perked the ears.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The moment of commitment between Claire and Jamie at the hut.


    Do you think Outlander needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    It it is too late for my opinion on the subject, since followups have been done , a broadway play done and maybe a movie? And I have not read them, although , having established the characters it seems right to do followups - the trick with time alone is fun.


    Any additional comments?

    Sometimes a book like this is really needed. A lady vitamin of a sort, is the classic romance. It was one that I needed, and the author does a quality job.

    The sensual descriptions and tellings of the way lovers interact was really good. I was perfectly well entertained, although it might not hold the attention of men well.

    It really works, as an audio book. One thing: I am not good about bad language, particularly in women and I would not keep Claire as an everyday friend over it.

    But overall, the book is a fine one.

    It works.

    I got quite a few routine and quiet things done,working alone in my studio office: things that get tedious, but did not, because they were accompanied by the exciting story enlivening me on my wireless headphones.

    Thank you for reading this review. It got long for me, in retaliation :-D

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    jeannie Lake Elsinore, CA, United States 07-01-12
    jeannie Lake Elsinore, CA, United States 07-01-12
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    "This Series Has It All - A Must Buy!"
    What did you love best about Outlander?

    Best series on earth! When the stars align all is right in the world. From Outlander to the last book in the series, Diana Gabaldon is an amazingly gifted storyteller who enbles the reader to not only hear, but feel, taste, see and touch the elements of the surroundings. The reader is transformed from observer to participant in the never-ending spellbinding adventures of Claire and Jamie Fraser. The creative mixture of both history and fiction keeps the reader begging for more. Last but certainly not least is the ingenious talent of narrator, Davia Porter, who brings every character, adventure and word to life.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Outlander?

    Revelations of the Bridal Chamber, Chapter 15. A relationship built on respect and a vow of honesty that would sustain their love and devotion for decades.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rachel Olympia, WA, United States 07-01-12
    Rachel Olympia, WA, United States 07-01-12
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    "Entertaining but way too much sex"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Outlander to be better than the print version?

    Not sure-- have not read the book


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked that it had a historical fiction element; I very much appreciated the English and Scottish history. Main character was well devoloped and a likable heroin.


    Any additional comments?

    Enjoyable story and easy to get 'hooked on' but some of the sex between characters was a little too much.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Corvallis, OR, United States 06-30-12
    Elizabeth Corvallis, OR, United States 06-30-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Enjoyable"

    I enjoyed listening to this story - I found it really engaging and I was always wanting to come back and listen more whenever I had a couple minutes. I did, however, find it to be more in the romance genre than I was prepared for. I'm not really a romance reader and toward the end of the book I thought the romance aspect and all the sexual encounters were getting a bit tedious. I had even purchased the second book in the series planning to listen to more, but by the end of the book decided I'm just going to leave it lie. That being said, I did really enjoy the story and would recommend it.

    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 41 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 20 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.

    5 of 5 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 11 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.

    4 of 4 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!

    18 of 21 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.

    3 of 3 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!

    11 of 13 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 13 people found this review helpful
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