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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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    Patricia brooklyn, NY, USA 11-01-09
    Patricia brooklyn, NY, USA 11-01-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Entertaining from a female point of view."

    An entertaining listen.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Judy Phoenix, AZ, United States 10-15-09
    Judy Phoenix, AZ, United States 10-15-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Judy"

    Just loved it. I've read the book 3 times and look foward to listening over and over again. Very entertaining. THanks Di

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    08-17-09
    08-17-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Outlander"

    I have listened to this book twice and have loved all of the adventures of Jamie and Claire. It keeps you interested in it so that you don't want to miss one word.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Maha Bali Egypt 08-01-09
    Maha Bali Egypt 08-01-09 Member Since 2009
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    "beautiful and moving, but a little too long"

    The narration is amazing, the story is full of beautiful details and feelings; it is a bit too graphic, and the violent parts are at times moving to the point of you almost feeling the physical pain! Some of the reviews complain of the violence in the book - but if you liked Braveheart, you wouldn't mind. It is a little too long, though, and it is exhausting me to think about the many (also very long) sequels - but I am still eager to read them

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Whitney Los Angeles, CA 06-16-09
    Whitney Los Angeles, CA 06-16-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Wonderful & Engaging"

    This has to be one of my favorite books now, and the narrator was AMAZING. The book is long, but kept me rapt the entire way through, while still being a relaxing listen. Can't wait to get the others!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Charlotte Brockport, NY, USA 06-14-09
    Charlotte Brockport, NY, USA 06-14-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Great Series"

    Diana Gabaldon has written a great series of books.The only problem is that book 5 and 6 are not available at audible.com in unabridged. I am disappointed that I cannot get them all.. Davina Porter is wonderful as the narrator... These are a must read....

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lori Ocala, FL, United States 05-27-09
    Lori Ocala, FL, United States 05-27-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Good book, but long"

    I loved the book and considered listening to more by this author...the only problem I had was with how long it is.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ivy Sciandra New York 05-26-09
    Ivy Sciandra New York 05-26-09 Member Since 2008

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    "I am so hooked!"

    I stumbled upon Outlander when Audible ran a "start a series" special. I had no idea when I chose Outlander that I would be responsible for turning on so many people to this incredible series. I listened to the entire series (so far) in a row and simply couldn't stop. In fact, I bought the books so I could read when I couldn't listen and vice-versa! It is unfortunate that Audible doesn't have all the books unabridged. I had to get those from the library.

    These books are a perfect blend of romance, history, and time travel.

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    Christa RichterswilSwitzerland 05-15-09
    Christa RichterswilSwitzerland 05-15-09 Member Since 2008
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    "I'm an addict of this story"

    I found Diana Gabaldon by pure incident and can't stop listening to her books. Have just finished the last of the serie and am really sad that there is no more... Start now on her other books and hope they are as good as this serie. The narrator Davina Porter was just beautiful!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Rochester, NY, USA 04-01-09
    Linda Rochester, NY, USA 04-01-09
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    "Best book ever"

    If you are looking for romance after marrage, adventure, a great male charactor and a bit of history mixed, this is the book series. I've read them all and axiously await the 7th in the fall. There is none of the syrupy love nonsece of the romance novel.

    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.

    36 of 37 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!

    17 of 17 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.

    12 of 12 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

    9 of 9 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.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    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.

    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!

    13 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Julie
    Worcester, United Kingdom
    11/7/13
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    "Unexpectedly Brilliant"
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    I loved this book!!! I downloaded it expecting to be a bit disappointed........time travel/scotland in the 1770's....really!! However, the storyline is thoroughly enjoyable and won't let you turn it off! The narration is extraordinary, you can instantly recognise the vast array of characters!. A word of warning - there are some quite saucy parts, and there are also some quite distressing parts.........I do not recommend having your nan in the car while you're listening to it at certain points, can be a little awkward.

    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
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