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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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    Amazon Customer USA 12-07-13
    Amazon Customer USA 12-07-13 Member Since 2013

    meredith33333

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    "My Absolute Favorite Series of All Time!!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Outlander to be better than the print version?

    They are both wonderful! You can't go wrong either way. Davina Porter is a brilliant narrator!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Claire and Jamie - cannot possibly just pick one :)


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Once again, too hard to pick just one but I do love the scene when Jamie rescued Claire from Black Jack Randall.


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

    Just everything. I have read it multiple times, both in print and audio.


    Any additional comments?

    If you enjoy epic adventure, timeless love and brilliant character development then this book is for you!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    K.S. 12-06-13
    K.S. 12-06-13
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    "Hands down one of the best books ever"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes absolutely, I already have with great succes. I would recommend this book to everybody who reads romance stories and at the same time likes their books to be extremely well researched, wellwritten and recount actual historical events. Brilliant author!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Outlander?

    I cant pinpoint a moment, its the entire story that captivates. It was a little weird that it starts in post world war 2 Inverness, Scottland, but actually involves timetravelling. It is one of those things where you think that it must be a bad idea for the plot of an historical romance but ends up thinking its not at all imposible. The main female character Claire thinks like a modern sociaty woman, and therefore its kind of like being in medieval Scottland yourself, seing life at that time trough modern eyes, which actually makes the story better.


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

    Cant tell you - I read it first, so maybe it makes it a little easier to start a book, when the hardcopy is so heavy that you get tired from holding it when you read? Its a lot easier to plug in your iphone!


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

    No laughing or crying - but it made me research Scottish history and made me so intriged that I went on a holliday to the highlands and actually went to see some of the places that plays a large role in the story. (which I would say was an extreme reaction)


    Any additional comments?

    This is the first novel in a series of books not yet finished. And you would think that the story becomes borring after 2 or 3 books, which I find is generally the case, but not here - I am still waiting impatiently on the release of the next book in the series.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    lynn 11-22-13
    lynn 11-22-13
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    "Historical Romance At It's Finest"
    What made the experience of listening to Outlander the most enjoyable?

    Davina Porter is simply a fabulous character reader, able to morph from character to character, Scots to English, male to female seamlessly. Loved her voice and her tempo as a full reader. This is great summer read for fun and an even better winter read to cozy up with a cup of cocoa and a lap blanket.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Captain Black Jack is easy to hate and despise and that makes a great character, but as a woman I loved to relate to the strength of the main heroine Claire Randall-Frazier. Gabaldon's creation of this strong-willed and intelligent woman is a great addition to other literary works that can develop a female lead that has multi-faceted personality and captures real human authenticity to link the reader in a personal way to the character. Think Jo in Little Women or Jane Eyre.


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

    The Trials of a Time Traveling Highland Sassanach


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Judi arlington, tx, United States 11-15-13
    Judi arlington, tx, United States 11-15-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Addicting"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I first read this book about 10 years ago. Once I started I could not put it down. Now every time a new book is to come out I start reading them all over again starting at the very beginning. If you love history you will love this series. If you enjoy time travel this is the series for you. If you just love good reading this is the one to read. You fall in love with Jamie and Claire and get transported right along with them.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The historical aspect of the story and the character development.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The whole thing I love it so much I can't pick just one.


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

    I cry everytime I read them.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Renee 11-13-13
    Renee 11-13-13
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    "A Pity if you Miss This"

    Outlander is compelling, desperate and intricate. You will experience all your emotions while enjoying this story.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    michele Lancaster, OH, United States 11-12-13
    michele Lancaster, OH, United States 11-12-13 Member Since 2013

    I am a working mom who loves to squeeze in listening to books while walking, doing chores or commuting.

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    "Very disappointing."
    Would you try another book from Diana Gabaldon and/or Davina Porter?

    Unfortunately, I purchased more in the series before I read the first book. I had credits that needed used up. But the answer is, "No' I would not purchase again."


    Has Outlander turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes.


    What about Davina Porter’s performance did you like?

    She has a nice voice and did a pretty nice job of switching back and forth between the dialects.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No, I am sorry to say. I hated all of the corny love scenes. I enjoy historical fiction, but all of the ridiculous romance was too much.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't waste your money or credits.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer central idaho 11-11-13
    Amazon Customer central idaho 11-11-13 Member Since 2011

    range rebel

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    "Simply Superb"

    Remarkable mix of history and fiction. Davina Porter brings it to life like no other!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Angela Munster, IN, United States 11-11-13
    Angela Munster, IN, United States 11-11-13
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    "Where has this been all my life?"

    My best friend sent me text messages every few months telling me to start reading this series. I have a very busy life with no time for anything let alone one of my favorite pastimes, reading. So, I joined Audible JUST to start this series. Anyway, it was everything she claimed and more. I found myself in love with Jamie (sorry to my husband) and associating with Clair as I have similar spunk and spirit. What I did not like, however, were the details of the torture. I could have done without that-- it was very hard to take even though I know it's only a book. I found myself fast forwarding through those parts because after the first few situations it was just too much. Davina Porter is stellar. Seriously amazing... WOW.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nicole Michigan, USA 11-08-13
    Nicole Michigan, USA 11-08-13 Member Since 2013

    Tell you about myself? Well I am a book lover, of course, my husband says I have a book addiction :) it might be true...

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    "Amazing Story!"
    If you could sum up Outlander in three words, what would they be?

    Brilliant, Funny, Beautiful


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Outlander?

    Claire and Jaime's Wedding Ceremony


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My Favorite scene will always be when Claire realizes she does love Jamie and Cant leave him


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

    Of Course! But its very long and if you dont take breaks you wouldnt get anything done.


    Any additional comments?

    I also own this book and the rest of this series and it is my favorite set of books. Diana Gabaldon's Story telling style is epic and Davina Porter tells it with such passion and so many different voices I never would have know that she was only one person!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica Peyton, CO, USA 11-08-13
    Jessica Peyton, CO, USA 11-08-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Can I have Jamie?"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Gabaldon is the writes with such detail and imagery that I often here the voices of the characters in the back of my head for days after finishing a book. When I finish reading or listening the entire series (again) I am always at a loss trying to find someone who writes as well.


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

    She does an amazing job making each character sound so unique.


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

    I have laughed and cried throughout the books.


    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.

    6 of 6 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!

    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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