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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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    Laurie A. Smith 03-13-13
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    "Outlander is Outstanding!"
    Where does Outlander rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best audiobooks I've ever listened too. Don't let the length scare you, you will want it to last much longer!


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

    Jamie Fraser


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

    Well, I would if I could


    Any additional comments?

    Engrossing story, rich in period details and so wonderfully performed by Davina Porter who gives character and personality to each and every character in this book. I was unsure of the story at first, afraid it might be a sappy romance, but the historical sweep of the saga was engaging and entertaining. I

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sheila's Tulsa, OK, United States 03-12-13
    Sheila's Tulsa, OK, United States 03-12-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Very good."
    Would you listen to Outlander again? Why?

    Yes, I love Davina Porter, she brings the stories to life.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Outlander?

    I like the way Davina Porter voice sound of Jamie Frazier, she makes him sexy, that voice.


    What does Davina Porter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She brings the people to life, while she is the only voice for all, she can make a difference and if reading the book I most likely would not of finish it so soon. It is a long story but a good one to listen to.


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

    Yes, when Claire was trying to get Jamie back, after he was hurt in prison and his telling of what happen.


    Any additional comments?

    I woud like another story about the Poor Relations very good also.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Alta 03-11-13
    Alta 03-11-13
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    "Wonderful experience"

    I was hooked from the beginning. I listen to a book while walking so I will look forward to the exercise. I had no trouble walking once I started listening to Outlander. I will gladly listen again since there is so much going on in the story I am sure that I missed something. My treat next month will be the next book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joann MESA, ARIZONA, United States 03-11-13
    Joann MESA, ARIZONA, United States 03-11-13
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    "Intriguing!"

    Wonderfully done! I wanted to listen to the whole story in one sitting! I would deffinately recommend this book to all. My Mother loved it also and is thinking about a membership.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica Mountain Center, CA, United States 03-11-13
    Jessica Mountain Center, CA, United States 03-11-13
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    "I feel like a bit of an Outlander, but..."
    Would you try another book from Diana Gabaldon and/or Davina Porter?

    I don't think I will purchase another Gabaldon book, but I would certainly purchase a work read by Porter.


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

    The historical aspect was interesting, but the story lagged too often. I felt that many less significant scenes were beaten to death with lengthy description, and I found myself often waiting (and waiting) through them to get to some actual action and/or parts with some plot significance.


    What about Davina Porter’s performance did you like?

    Her depiction of the various characters.


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

    I'm not sure, I couldn't quite finish this one.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Laura Straub 03-11-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Love this book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Outlander to be better than the print version?

    I have read the book a couple of times and I always have a hard time with the beginning but listening to it I enjoyed it quite a bit more.


    Any additional comments?

    Warning: Listening to this audio book for extended periods will give your inner voice a Scottish accent. :)

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Catherine 03-11-13
    Catherine 03-11-13
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    "Loved reading the book & now loved listening to it"
    What did you love best about Outlander?

    I devoured the Outlander series, written version. Being impatient for MYOB I thought I'd listen to the series to quell the anticipation. I devoured this, too. Davina Porter does a wonderful job with the characters and it was lovely to hear their voices with the varied accents and pronunciations (English, Scottish, Gaelic for the uninitiated).


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ma El Paso, TX, United States 03-11-13
    Ma El Paso, TX, United States 03-11-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Masterful storytelling"
    What made the experience of listening to Outlander the most enjoyable?

    Diana Porter's narration is amazing! It's easy to forget it's a narration.. You start to believe you're actually hearing Claire speak in real-time, with every surprise and inflection.


    What does Davina Porter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She really gives life and voice to Claire. I could not have done it better in my own head. Listening to her tell the story made this a richer experience than reading it myself would have done. Plus, her scottish accents are just different enough to differentiate characters but not overwhelming to the point of cartoonishness.


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

    It made me instantly regretful when it was over. I purchased book 2 in the series immediately.


    Any additional comments?

    This book has been out for decades. I knew my step-mom loves this series, so somehow I always kind of classified it as older-woman chick-lit of some kind. I'm in my 20's and now I wish I'd gotten this book sooner... It pulls you in with great storytelling that crosses genres.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Myia Georgetown, Texas, United States 03-11-13
    Myia Georgetown, Texas, United States 03-11-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Love, Love, Love this "listen""
    Where does Outlander rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This story is among the top audiobooks I've listened to so far. I just stated audiobooks within the last year and I thourghly enjoy them to pass the time. This is one of my favorites so far.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Outlander?

    There is an intensity to the story as a whole that draws you and keeps you held the entire time. You can't wait to see what happens next and how Claire and Jaime's relationship changes and blossoms.


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

    I have not heard this narrorators performance before but was really impressed by her distinction in the characters. It is not easy to create all those separate characters and to keep them straight without having start to sound alike, but she did incredibly.


    Any additional comments?

    From start to finish I enjoyed this book immensely and will definitely relisten to this story. Instant Classic :-)

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Diane Macomb, MI, United States 03-11-13
    Diane Macomb, MI, United States 03-11-13
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    "The beginning of a wonderful series!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This series has everything! History, romance, unforgettable characters...


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jamie and Clair are the characters that the story revolves around and by the end of the book you know them so well you don't want their story to end.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    To pick one scene as a favorite... there are far too many to choose just one!


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

    It is far too long to listen to in one sitting unless you're going for a long drive across country!!!


    Any additional comments?

    Once you start this series you are going to want to get all of them. Diana Gabaldon is an incredible story teller... you'll want them to go on and on and on....

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • L
    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.

    6 of 6 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.

    5 of 5 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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    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!

    12 of 14 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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