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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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    Leslie Gunnison, CO, United States 04-14-13
    Leslie Gunnison, CO, United States 04-14-13
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    "My favorite story even better"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Outlander to be better than the print version?

    Yes! Which is amazing considering my love for the print version.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Claire AND Jamie, of course:)


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

    For me, this book (in print) was incredibly engaging. I have always been enthralled with the characters and the story in it's entirety. I had a credit available and was looking for a book that would distract me enough to enjoy the exercise of running (this requires a GOOD book:). I was thrilled at the complete bonus of listening to this amazing story teller read me my favorite historical, action love story of all time:). She brings a life to the characters that enhances every single one of them. Davina Porter has brought Claire, Jamie Frasier and the Outlander Story to life!


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

    Well, yes, but knowing from having read the book that this would be impossible.


    Any additional comments?

    This is an amazing Audible.com combination. A wonderful story read by a gifted storyteller!

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Palm Harbor, FL, United States 04-13-13
    Susan Palm Harbor, FL, United States 04-13-13
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    "Outlander is a great introduction to this series!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to anybody who enjoys historical romantic fiction.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love the concept that standing stone circles could be a conduit to another time. I found Claire's story of grappling with the differences between the 20th century and 18th century cultures as well as general way of life very engaging. Jamie is a larger than life character and quite easy to fall in love with. I could wish Jamie's torture scenes weren't so graphic, but they do serve to illicit sympathy for both Jamie and Claire.


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

    Davina Porter's narration is fantastic and one of the best aspects to this audio book, especially her Scottish accents.


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

    A sweeping drama that asks if we had a chance to change history, could we and should we?


    Any additional comments?

    I'm looking forward to the rest of the series.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Owen Richfield, UT, United States 04-08-13
    Owen Richfield, UT, United States 04-08-13 Member Since 2011
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    "It only gets better"
    What made the experience of listening to Outlander the most enjoyable?

    Gettng aquainted with the charactors as developed by Davina Porter.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was a little slow to get going but by the end, we only wanted more.


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

    No.


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

    When Jamie and Clair were wed


    Any additional comments?

    We are very glad to have discovered this series

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lindora Warner Wisconsin 04-07-13
    Lindora Warner Wisconsin 04-07-13
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    "Amazing!"

    I was skeptical about this book. It just looked boring. But I read the reviews and decided to try it. The first two or three hours were pretty slow, but informative. As soon as she travelled through time...omg! Amazing. Funny, witty and amazingly well written. Claire is a bit too calm considering what is going on, but to each their own. I have fallen in love with Jamie, as well as the entire cast of characters. I have found myself laughing out loud at several points in this book, and alternately found myself chewing my nails and sitting on the edge of my seat just waiting to see how the scene would turn out. I cannot wait to start the second book in this series and continue on this fabulous journey with Jamie and Claire. This book is well worth the credit! I love it, and will listen to it at least a second, if not third time. The abridged version would ruin this masterpiece. Davina Porter does such a great job that I half expect to break out in a Scottish brogue after a few hours of listening! I have nothing negative to say about this book except a slow start, but push through and it is unbelievably well worth it.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    P. Schirmer Fairbanks, AK USA 04-06-13
    P. Schirmer Fairbanks, AK USA 04-06-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Entrancing"
    What did you love best about Outlander?

    This story drew me in and kept me wanting to listen throughout the entire book. The characters were alive through the skilled narration and the visual language provided the ability to "see" the people, areas, and situations.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The visual use of language brought the story to life.


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

    Merta


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

    The pulling together of the characters to rescue one from the prison.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Janice Eugene, OR, United States 04-06-13
    Janice Eugene, OR, United States 04-06-13
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    "Great story, but too many unrealistic sex scenes"
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    I thoroughly enjoyed this book, with one exception. The character development was superb, the story itself was fascinating, and the historic context in which the story is set was full of suspense, violence and intrigue (loved it). The narrator does a fantastic job as well. However...the inclusion of so many graphic, male-dominated sex scenes seem gratuitous...beyond embarrassment to the point of boredom. Why?

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Deedhopes Texas, USA 04-05-13
    Deedhopes Texas, USA 04-05-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Historical Fiction filled with suspense."
    What did you love best about Outlander?

    I loved Outlander. By the way, starting with Outlander, Book I of Outlander series is important.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Outlander?

    There are so many incredible moments. I suppose when Claire first experiences the truth of the stones....without giving readers more information than necessary. I also enjoyed Claire not being so afraid that she forgets who she is.


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

    I laughed and I cried while reading this book.


    Any additional comments?

    The "romantic" moments are well described and yet allows the reader to imagine the occurrence without making the words thus the experience seem cheap. I would think it very difficult to write intense moments of love between two very soulful people.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    tiffany El Paso, TX, United States 03-31-13
    tiffany El Paso, TX, United States 03-31-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Awesome!"
    What made the experience of listening to Outlander the most enjoyable?

    narrator is good, story is awesome


    Any additional comments?

    This is one of the better stories I've read, and I can listen/read it over and over again and never get tired of it

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy South Beloit, IL, United States 03-30-13
    Nancy South Beloit, IL, United States 03-30-13 Member Since 2008
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    "WOW........THE BEST STORY EVER!"
    Would you listen to Outlander again? Why?

    I have actually listened to it too many times to count already!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Outlander?

    Too many memorable moments to pick one! Everything in the story touches your heart and stays there forever.


    What about Davina Porter’s performance did you like?

    Davina Porter is the absolute best at reading like a Scot. I cannot imagine reading the book in print. I could never sound as wonderful as Davina and her accent MAKES the story come alive.


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

    The book is just one moment after another that moves a person. Jamie's love for Claire is always a very moving moment.


    Any additional comments?

    The entire Outlander series is great. Diana keeps the story going and you just want to keep reading. I've never physically been to Scotland, but I feel like I've been there many times through the story. It has made me scour the internet for pictures of Scotland and particularly the area the story takes place in. Apparently, a movie and a TV series are in the making.........I along with millions of others are patiently waiting for this to happen. I cannot get enough of OUTLANDER!!! If you haven't read it......you best get started.....you won't regret it!

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Maria D. Duran switzerland 03-30-13
    Maria D. Duran switzerland 03-30-13
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    "My favorite Diana Gabaldon book"
    What made the experience of listening to Outlander the most enjoyable?

    The love story between the main characters is really engaging.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    All the love scenes written with taste leaving out any corny language or the cliches of the hundreds of romance novels out there.
    Speaking of the full saga you will find the author combines fiction and historical novel but is in the end an epic love story that defies time and odds.


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

    When they make their private vows.


    Any additional comments?

    I love the way Davina Porter voices all the characters EXCEPT for Claire. When she makes Claire voice she sounds like Judy Dench but Claire definitely looks nothing like Judi Dench. It' s quite unfortunate as Claire is the main character. But being this a long long long saga, when I want to re- read the books it is so much easier with audiobooks, then I decided to buy the first 5 books when they made a big sale.

    0 of 2 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.

    34 of 35 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.

    10 of 10 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

    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!

    12 of 13 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
  • 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 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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