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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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    Nancy 10-29-12
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    "Thrilled, delighted, and hooked!!"

    I actually started to listen to Dragonfly in Amber, fell in love with it, and stopped to listen to Outlander first. The story is exciting, and romantic, it makes me want to visit Scotland again!
    I could happily listen to Davina Porter read a phone book, so wonderful is her voice and her characterizations. I am thrilled to have so many hours of listening ahead of me, I will be lost in the Scotland of Jamie Frasier and Claire for weeks to come!!

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    Gordon United States 10-29-12
    Gordon United States 10-29-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Devina does justice to Diana's tales"
    Where does Outlander rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Number 1. Well actually the whole series are Number 1.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Claire is so interesting as the main narrator, unable not to take her knowledge into the past but constantly having to check her use of it in the company of those who don't know her history. I guess there's a lot of the author in her character.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Claire and Jamie's "wedding".


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

    I don't know.


    Any additional comments?

    I've read the whole series and am looking forward to the promised sequel.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kimberly United States 10-29-12
    Kimberly United States 10-29-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Can't Stop Listening"
    If you could sum up Outlander in three words, what would they be?

    addicting, sweet, thrilling


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jamie because he is so sweet.


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

    No this is the first.


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

    yes when Jamie told Claire how he knew he loved her


    Any additional comments?

    must read

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rita 10-23-12
    Rita 10-23-12

    Audible addicted love mystery,lately stuck on love story. Mother of 1 Labrador and 1 perfect man. Work way too hard, and so ready to be retired

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    "Absolutely supper"

    I really was skeptical about getting this book but,am so glad I did enjoy the action and adventure and most of all the love story about Jamie and Claire and their adventure. You will not regret the credit or cost. Narrator is awesome and does a marvelous job with all the many characters. I love it and is now starting book two.

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    John Red Deer, AB, Canada 10-21-12
    John Red Deer, AB, Canada 10-21-12 Member Since 2011

    I love stories about Kings and Queens in the 1500s

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    "What an imagination!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book is well read with excellent accents, lots of adventure and beautiful love making


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Outlander?

    The concept of time travel is believable


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

    I have purchased all of this series and listen to them over and over


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

    She writes particularily well about pain and healing


    Any additional comments?

    Love it!

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    Melissa 10-17-12
    Melissa 10-17-12
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    "Wonderful story"
    What did you love best about Outlander?

    I love the suspense and love story in this series. Very well done! Enjoyed every minute.


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    Amazon Customer Gedera, Israel 10-15-12
    Amazon Customer Gedera, Israel 10-15-12 Member Since 2015
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    "I am in love...."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Outlander to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the written version, but I have just finished the first book in the series and I am in love. In love with the story, with the characters (especially Jamie <3) and the Davina Porter does a fantastic job in making the characters come to life!!!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All the characters come to life in this story - Claire I love for her feisty-ness and Jamie for being so..... Jamie, I guess. I love their tender moments and I love the fights. It's all good.


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

    Davina does an incredible job! Hands down the best narrator I have heard and I have heard quite a few. She does the English accent and the Scottish accent wonderfully.


    Any additional comments?

    100% recommended if you like your stories full of twists and turns, colorful personalities, romance, tension and history. AND if you like your stories LONG. Absolutely fabulous.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dianne Clermont, Australia 10-10-12
    Dianne Clermont, Australia 10-10-12 Member Since 2012

    I'm a stay at home Mum with 3 very active boys. I'm an avid audiobook listener

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    "Absolutely Loved it!"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book and loved the narrator, she did great voices for each character complete with accents. I can't wait to download the next book in the series.

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    Amazon Customer Sacramento, CA 10-08-12
    Amazon Customer Sacramento, CA 10-08-12 Member Since 2006
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    "You just get sucked in."

    This slightly racy historical fiction is an easy read and an easy listen. It hooked me in and kept me with the series for several subsequent books. It wasn't a genre I had listened to before but definitely enjoyable. I've recommended it to a few of my women friends and they got sucked in as well.

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    Keaghan MADISON, WI, United States 10-03-12
    Keaghan MADISON, WI, United States 10-03-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Beautiful"
    What did you love best about Outlander?

    The narration was incredible!


    What did you like best about this story?

    What an amazing story! Suspenseful, educational, sexy, fun, and heartfelt. One of my favorite audible books to date.


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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
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    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!

    19 of 22 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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