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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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    03-14-10
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    "Outlander Series"

    This is the first time I have listened to an Audio book. It has been an awesome experience. My problem with reading is I always feel like I should be doing something else. Now I can listen and get things done. I don't know who I am more impressed with. Diana Gabaldon for writing such wonderful series or Davina Porter for her narration. I am on the fourth book and I am so glad that Jamie and Clair are still the main characters but even more so I don't know if I could have enjoyed them as much if Davina Porter wasn't the narrator all the way through. I love her voice and the way she can differentiate between the characters. I also love it that it doesn't sound like she is reading. It sounds as if she is actually Clair and Jamie living the story. I have always heard of Diana Gabaldon from my daughters and my sister but this is the first time I have heard or read any of her books. Wow! She is really amazing. Where does she come up with the stuff she comes up with. It doesn't seem like she could possibly have enough life time to do all that research. Thank You Diana Gabaldon for such awesome stories. Thank You Davina Porter for a wonderful listening experience and Thank you Audible for giving me the chance to experience books in audible.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Stein United States 03-06-10
    Stein United States 03-06-10 Member Since 2009
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    "LOVED IT"

    I love this entire series. I read all the books and then listend to book one again and picked-up a few things I missed while reading. Some of the violence challenged my way of thinking but I stuck with it and was glad I did. The sex scenes were equally provoking. The emotional rollercoaster ride was remarkable. I hope this book is made into a movie one day.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy 03-06-10
    Nancy 03-06-10
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    "Good but too much gratuitous sex"

    thoroughly enjoyed the story, but it contained too much gratuitous and detailed sexual scenes. The ending was just an abrupt stop. I couldn't believe it was finished as there was no natural conclusion or ending. But alas, I will read the sequel because the story is compelling.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Balch Springs, TX, United States 03-04-10
    Susan Balch Springs, TX, United States 03-04-10 Member Since 2009
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    "steamy love story warning to parents"

    well i liked the story lost in time kind of theme love sceans explisitely sexual violence fit to time period

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    TooSassy1 02-26-10
    TooSassy1 02-26-10
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    "I'm on the 3rd book of the series"

    Time travel has always intrigued me. Scotland is part of my heritage. I love this story for many reasons, but mostly because the author and the narrator have done a great job of involving so many different personalities in it. I see great adventure, subtle humor, love, and compassion for others. I'm on the 3rd book of the series and don't want to see the story end.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lee Seymour, WI, United States 02-25-10
    Lee Seymour, WI, United States 02-25-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Don't Pass this up!"

    One of the best books I have ever read/listened to. The historical elements are correct and the love story is mature with deep connection. GREAT BOOK!!!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    02-25-10
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    "Super read (listen)"

    From the first several sentences I was caught up in this story. I fell asleep after several hours but enjoyed it so much I did not mind listening to part of it again just to make sure I didn't miss anything. I know this will become one of my books that I listen to time and again. Jd

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    Debbie Campton, KY, United States 02-19-10
    Debbie Campton, KY, United States 02-19-10 Member Since 2009
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    "The GREATEST LOVE STORY"

    This was my first audio book-now I'm addicted, I've added the whole series and listen to them over and over. Not only is it a love story but the historical details are very accurate. I am looking foward and dreading the next book, because you just don't want it to end. If everyone could have a true love like Jamie's and Claire's. Davina Porter is also great, she makes it hard to listen to other narrators because they don't measure up to her.

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    Amazon Customer 02-17-10
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    "Fantastic"

    This book is fascinating story with rich characters. It certainly isn't you're traditional sci fi/fantasy novel but it works. The narrator makes this a must listen. I throughly enjoyed listening to her scottish accent, and the correct pronunciation of all those Gaelic words.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rachael Austin, TX, United States 12-07-09
    Rachael Austin, TX, United States 12-07-09 Member Since 2006
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    "All time favorite"

    Excellent narration; fantastic story. Excellent mix of romance, action, and history.

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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.

    36 of 37 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!

    17 of 17 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.

    12 of 12 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

    9 of 9 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.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    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 12 people found this review helpful
  • Joyce
    Bracknell, United Kingdom
    3/10/09
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    "My Favourite Book"

    This Book is called Cross Stitch in the UK, Outlander is its American title. I bought the book many years ago as the title facinated me being a keen needlewoman. It turned out to be one of the best book I have ever bought, and I subsequently purchesed each of the books that continue the story as and when they were published. My sight is not as good as it was now and reading is getting quite difficult so, I was delighted to see a number of the books available as audio books. Needless to say I will buying them all, but I do hope that The Fiery Cross will be available unabridged soon, and the next novel A Breath of Snow and Ashes will follow. I have also seem on the writer's web page that a new book in the series will be available about September, so lets keep our fingers crossed that this will reach audible eventually.

    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!

    13 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Julie
    Worcester, United Kingdom
    11/7/13
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    "Unexpectedly Brilliant"
    Any additional comments?

    I loved this book!!! I downloaded it expecting to be a bit disappointed........time travel/scotland in the 1770's....really!! However, the storyline is thoroughly enjoyable and won't let you turn it off! The narration is extraordinary, you can instantly recognise the vast array of characters!. A word of warning - there are some quite saucy parts, and there are also some quite distressing parts.........I do not recommend having your nan in the car while you're listening to it at certain points, can be a little awkward.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Jennifer
    Victoria, Australia
    9/26/07
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    "Caution - Addictive series"

    The Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon is so totally addictive, don't say you weren't warned! As Clare and Jamie become firmly entangled the story just gets better and better, whilst still giving you a good insight into the everyday happenings of life in the Scottish Highlands during the mid-1700's and the major events of the time. The first of (currently) six books plus a side series with another character from this series, you will be hooked by the time you finish Outlander/Cross Stitch. Plenty of website action to keep you going whilst you track down the whole series too.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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