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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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    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.

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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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    Picadilly 02-08-14
    Picadilly 02-08-14 Member Since 2013
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    "This book was fantastic! I could not stop listenin"

    What a strange wonderful story! Something original and captivating! A very long story that I did not want to end! I can't wait to start the next book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    D. DeVries Northwest, IN. 02-05-14
    D. DeVries Northwest, IN. 02-05-14 Member Since 2013

    I have a quilting business. Since I love to read, I cannot read a book and quilt at the same time. Now I can listen to books and quilt too.

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    "Outstanding!"
    Where does Outlander rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It sits in a tie between Outlander or Swan Song.....both are #1


    What other book might you compare Outlander to and why?

    Not read another book to compare to the story line in this book.


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

    It is hard to pick just one...but I think Jamie


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

    Time travel, war, love and history


    Any additional comments?

    I was a bit doubtful about this book. I was afraid it would be a love story with time travel....which is it was....but it was so much more. The narrator was excellent. She had me thinking about the book in a Scottish brogue! She did all the characters with an individual accent and style. The story: I was truly anxious to see what the characters would do. I am just now finishing this first book and have purchased the 2nd book. I just have to know how everything and everyone turns out.

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    Gloria North Little Rock, AR, United States 02-03-14
    Gloria North Little Rock, AR, United States 02-03-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Simply Amazing!"

    I read the book many years ago and enjoyed it immensely. However, the audible version is just wonderful. The narration by Davina Porter put this book onto one of my all time favorites. Please don't let the length intimidate. I just finished and even as I write this I have started the second in the series "Dragonfly in Amber."

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    Paula 02-01-14
    Paula 02-01-14
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    "None stop action :)"
    Would you listen to Outlander again? Why?

    Yes. I loved listening to Davina Porter. The story was action packed and drew you in to each character.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Learning a bit more (tid bits) of history while listening to a novel.


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

    Jamie


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

    No extreme reaction, but enjoyed and looked forward to visiting it. Kind of sad when it was over.


    Any additional comments?

    Well done. Quite an accomplishment for your first. I am going to read/listen to the entire series

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Stephanie Philadelphia, PA, United States 01-31-14
    Stephanie Philadelphia, PA, United States 01-31-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Its A Good Story"
    Any additional comments?

    I normally do not give a comment about a book I like but felt compelled to give one this time, which is this was an overall very good story, This story will be TV show is coming to Starz and I wanted some background because I story about this time period, I am writing because I read the one star ratings first prior to reading the 4s and 5s stars rating. First, this is FICTION and second the sex scenes are not as graphic as the Story of O, Spartacus, and True Blood.

    Every one of the negative statement started out with they are not a prude but continued with a negative comment. Ranging from the fact that Claire choose to be with Jaime over Frank (regardless that they was only to for 6 months prior to her being a combat nurse and was away for 6 years), about Claire ability to adjust to 1743, coming from 1945, and about the rapes to females and the rape and sodomy to Jamie, again this is fiction and there are cable TV shows that reveal more if not similar graphic incidents to inmates in prison getting rape. I agree with someone comment about the first 15 hours of background was a bit much. So it will be interesting see how the TV show will reflect.

    I guess because I read a lot “Smut Book” this was mild in comparison to some of the other authors (like Maya Bank, Sylvia Day, and E L James, etc) description of the graphic sex scenes.

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    Amazon Customer Oklahoma 01-27-14
    Amazon Customer Oklahoma 01-27-14 Member Since 2014
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    "One of my very favorites"
    What did you love best about Outlander?

    The characters are strong and memorable. The performance by Davina Porter is excellent and part of what makes the book one of my favorites. She brings each of the characters to life.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love the history, the mystery of the time travel and the romance between Jamie and Claire. Several of my friends have read the series and we still discuss it like we know the characters personally.


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

    Only in this series, her ability to uniquely be so many characters is phenomenal.


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

    Cry yes, worry yes, get mad at Claire sometimes yes, melt my heart at the love and passion between Jamie and Claire yes. A great book brings all your emotions in and this one does it.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't do the abridged you will miss out on so much. Don't be intimidated by how long the books are there is never a dull moment. Pay attention, little things come up in later books that will have you go ohhhh.

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    mousehunter 01-25-14
    mousehunter 01-25-14
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    "Like chocolate for the imagination..."
    Would you listen to Outlander again? Why?

    I will listen to Outlander again and again. The author paints a vivid landscape of life in another time. You become emotionally invested in the characters that become flesh and blood in your mind's eye and, as all good stories go, you become "hooked" and can't wait to hear the rest of it... and then you're sorry when the story ends. Fortunately there are more books in the series.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Love, conflict, history, Scotland, time travel.... what more could you ask that all of it is rolled into one amazing story. I loved every word of it.


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

    I love, love, love that Davina Porter puts so much into her reading... she adds inflection and emotion and made the story come "alive".


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

    I appreciate Jamie's love for Clare. It is a quiet, unassuming and all consuming love that makes you only hope that it could be achieved in your own life.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't put off reading or listening to this book. I'd read Dragonfly in Amber years ago not realizing that Outlander existed. Outlander makes the entire storyline even better.

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    Kate 01-25-14
    Kate 01-25-14
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    "A long story and well worth it!"
    If you could sum up Outlander in three words, what would they be?

    developed, interesting, deep-hearted


    Any additional comments?

    At first I saw the length of the books and wondered if they would keep my interest. It is a great saga thus far in the first book. I am about to begin the second with not missing a beat. I liked the way the author took time to develop the storyline.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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