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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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    Bobbie United States 03-14-14
    Bobbie United States 03-14-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Must read!!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Outlander to be better than the print version?

    Don't know. Haven't read the print version.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Wonderful concept for a story line. I have never read anything by Gabaldon and I was very pleasantly surprised. It was entertaining, suspenseful, romantic, and tastefully erotic. I like period books, especially with a little fantasy twist. I can't wait to get started on Book 2.


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

    First, Ms. Porter was fabulous. She performed each character flawlessly and it would be difficult to pick a favorite.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not realistic for me. I listen on my daily time on the road.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah Turtle CLARKSVILLE, IN, United States 03-13-14
    Sarah Turtle CLARKSVILLE, IN, United States 03-13-14 Member Since 2015

    Mom, and caregiver. Variety in my music and book libraries. I love a good romance or mystery. In order to be worth my time and money

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    "Starts slow but wow love the follow through!!!!!"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of Outlander?

    When Claire chooses to stay with Jamie. Discovering the power of love


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

    Personally I love Claire. There are a lot of great characters but Claire has something in her that gets you to keep coming back - then of course there is Jamie!


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

    Even time couldn't keep their love apart!


    Any additional comments?

    There is a slow start to this due to the set up required for the series but stick it out! I've reread the whole series several times now and am anxiously awaiting the TV series on Stars as well as the upcoming new release.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amanda Lake City, FL, United States 03-11-14
    Amanda Lake City, FL, United States 03-11-14
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    "Very long, but interesting! I really liked it!!"
    Where does Outlander rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    High


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the personality of Claire! I also loved how the author made such a long story interesting and able to keep my attention.


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

    Claire!!


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah Lincoln, NE, United States 03-08-14
    Sarah Lincoln, NE, United States 03-08-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Different time travel book - I loved it!"
    Would you listen to Outlander again? Why?

    Yes - I love the ongoing stories and it is written so well that you feel like you know old Scotland.


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

    No


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Wellington, New Zealand 03-06-14
    Scott Wellington, New Zealand 03-06-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Enjoyable, Indeed I'm going onto Book 2 now"
    Where does Outlander rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I'm into hard Sci Fi so not the top of my list


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Outlander?

    (SPOLIER - The part where she nearly went back to the present but changed her mind and went back to Jamie.


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

    Claire


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

    Love across the ages


    Any additional comments?

    I am an aficionado of Time Travel, so picked this up hoping there would me more, Paradoxes etc. There isnt, she goes back and has a life. It was good though but a bit mills n Boon.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Heather LAYTON, UT, United States 03-05-14
    Heather LAYTON, UT, United States 03-05-14
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    "I liked this book!"

    I was looking for a long audiobook from this genre when I ran across this book. I almost didn't buy this one but I am very glad I did! The author is very detail oriented but it doesn't seem to get in the way of the story. I felt like it had some surprising twists to the plot that kept it moving! I like the narration as well. It hooked me as I just finished listening to the third book of this series! Can't wait to listen to book four!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dana M Callaway El Paso, Texas United States 03-05-14
    Dana M Callaway El Paso, Texas United States 03-05-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Awesome narrator makes this story come alive!"
    Would you listen to Outlander again? Why?

    Definitely, I would listen again and have-3 times. First of all, the author knows how to tell a story that you don't want to put down-ever. The narrator is superb. She makes each character unique and believable.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I love all of the characters. They are thoroughly and richly drawn with such natural believability. The reader is able to vicariously experience Claire's adventures because we know her. That is the secret of the entire series. They are written as real people-with real foibles and real strengths. And, we come to understand their motivations and characters so well.


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

    I have never heard her narrate before but I am a believer now. I plan to listen to as many of her readings as I can.


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

    Experience Scottish life as it was lived in eighteenth century-through the eyes of an intelligent, gutsy, and determined heroine-Claire Beauchamp Randall.


    Any additional comments?

    DO NOT STOP AT BOOK ONE. READ ON!!

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    Nancy United States 03-03-14
    Nancy United States 03-03-14 Member Since 2002

    Nancy L.

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    "Outlander - first of 7-soon to be 8 in the series"
    Would you listen to Outlander again? Why?

    and again - and possibly even again. This book is being made into a 16 part mini-series for Starz channel that will air "summer 2014" and I can hardly wait! Diana Gabaldon has created characters and a world that is so believable with a story that bridges reality so beautifully. This is a wonderful story with something for everyone.....history for the fact seekers, amazing love scenes for the romantics, sic-fi aspects for those that like to suspend reality - and a wonderful story for those that just like a good read. The laundry might not get done once you start this book so get it done first!


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tracy 02-26-14
    Tracy 02-26-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Excellent"
    Where does Outlander rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I'm not a fan of time travel books, but this was excellent. The character had appropriate response to events previously studied in history that due to time travel she was placed in the middle of. She may have adapted a bit too easily to the situation, but that was forgiven as the story was so very captivating.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed it so much, I downloaded the sequel immediately.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Charyle Howard, PA, United States 02-16-14
    Charyle Howard, PA, United States 02-16-14 Member Since 2012
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    "BEST ROMANCE SERIES EVER!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Outlander to be better than the print version?

    Yes, I love my 1st ED, signed hardcovers of this series, but the audio is like being there, had to get everyone!


    What did you like best about this story?

    the enduring love & faith of Jamie & Claire


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

    not sure, I hear Jamie & Claire


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

    LOVE CAN REALLY BE TIMELESS


    Any additional comments?

    I started with this author in 1992, and have all the series & connecting stories, and cannot wait for the next one to drop in June, which I will also buy in audio!

    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.

    7 of 7 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!

    13 of 15 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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