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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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    Kathleen New Orleans, LA, United States 09-07-10
    Kathleen New Orleans, LA, United States 09-07-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Lighten up everybody"

    I had to comment on this book after reading so many critical reviews. Let me break it down for you: The adventure scenes are fun, the story draws you in, and the sex scenes are hot. It's not War and Peace, but it's definitely entertainment. So like the title says: Lighten up! This is a good listen. I enjoyed the whole series.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Melissa montreal, Quebec, Canada 07-28-09
    Melissa montreal, Quebec, Canada 07-28-09
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    "Not what it seems"

    If your buying this book because it says sci fi or erotica, don't. I don't understand why people freaked out about the sex. First, it comes almost 10 hours later, and next, its not even graphic at all. I read more explicite scenes in teen books. And the only sci fi is her travelling in time...and that's it. Im not gonna finish this book and i sure hope i'll get a refund or at least and exchange. Placing this book under erotica or sci fi is a fraud...

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Samuel Tampa, FL, USA 08-21-08
    Samuel Tampa, FL, USA 08-21-08
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    "Outlander"

    Just a good read. Took a hundred pages to get going then it is non stop. Man we sure have it easy today!!

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Cynthia joppa, MD, USA 08-12-07
    Cynthia joppa, MD, USA 08-12-07 Member Since 2006
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    "Such a great tale"

    Awesome book. I am not usually one for romance novels, but there is the perfect mix of romance, history and science fiction (time travel) to keep me hooked. I have read the series. Loved all 6. But this one is the best!

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Anita Bedford, MA, USA 05-28-07
    Anita Bedford, MA, USA 05-28-07
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    "Excellent - But has graphic violence & abuse"

    Outlander was captivating and I got addicted enough to get the two even longer sequels. However, be warned - some of the action is very violent and the abuse is very graphic.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Christina north las vegas, NV, USA 03-08-07
    Christina north las vegas, NV, USA 03-08-07
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    "strange"

    i'm on the fence on this one. good story, imaginative, original, but somewhat hard to follow and a anticlimatic ending, which was disappointing.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Robert cypress, TX, USA 10-16-06
    Robert cypress, TX, USA 10-16-06 Member Since 2005
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    "Time Travel and Love"

    A very long tale about time travel and love. Neither of which I feel the main female character ever really understands. Her logic and emotion around the situations she must face do not seem real and eventually became frustrating. The brutality in which she and her love interest encounter and survive seems unrealistic. The only entertainment for me was the detailing Gabaldon went into in describing the time periods in which the characters lived. I found that interesting.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa H. Cody, WY, USA 04-06-09
    Lisa H. Cody, WY, USA 04-06-09
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    "Outlander"

    I wish I didn't waste my money or my time listening to this pornographic smut. I now realize that a person needs to read ALL of the reviews available so they don't purchase an undesireable book. I want my money back!!!

    3 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Marilyn Van Buren, MO, United States 11-09-08
    Marilyn Van Buren, MO, United States 11-09-08 Member Since 2008
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    "good"

    didn't realize it was a series

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    Daniel Norton, United Kingdom 07-09-08
    Daniel Norton, United Kingdom 07-09-08 Member Since 2005
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    "School age drivel"

    What an awful book, this was like listening to something a primary school child had written.

    1 of 8 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.

    33 of 34 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!

    15 of 15 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.

    9 of 9 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

    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!

    11 of 12 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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Mandy Lowe
    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.

    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
  • 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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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