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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)

What Members Say

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    Melinda Mammoth Lakes, CA, United States 09-24-12
    Melinda Mammoth Lakes, CA, United States 09-24-12 Member Since 2011
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    "I'm Hooked"
    What did you love best about Outlander?

    really enjoyed this....took me a bit to get into it, but then couldn't put it down...hope there are more in the series.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    sherry gainey columbia, sc USA 09-24-12
    sherry gainey columbia, sc USA 09-24-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Short and Sweet"
    Where does Outlander rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    This is the best series I have ever read or listened to in all my years of listening to Audible.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the story and the detail in Diana Galbaldon's writing. You feel like you are there in Scotland with Claire and Jamie. AND...of course the incrible love story.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There are so many it is hard to choose, but I loved the talk they had before they were married.


    Any additional comments?

    You will fall in love with the charters in this series of books.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Holly 09-20-12
    Holly 09-20-12
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    "A wonderful love story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Outlander to be better than the print version?

    yes. The accent was amazing


    What did you like best about this story?

    This was a wonderful love story. The accent of the reader is wonderful.


    What about Davina Porter???s performance did you like?

    Wonderful accent and very easy to listen to. Held me captivated


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

    No but I could not quit listening to this book.


    Any additional comments?

    Could not quit listening to this book. Immediately started book two. This audiobook was excellent.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kiana 09-19-12
    Kiana 09-19-12
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    "Wonderful!"
    What did you love best about Outlander?

    I love the timeless romance between Jamie and claire. Their love knows no bounds.


    What other book might you compare Outlander to and why?

    Outlander is a unique book in and of itself. There aren't many other books like it.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There were too many to count.


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

    The part where they said the vows in gaelic.


    Any additional comments?

    Some portions of this book may be hard to read. There is gratuitous sex, violence, rape, alcohol, torture, and lot of cursing. Younger listeners should tread carefully with this book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jean Van Duesen Osceola, IN United States 09-12-12
    Jean Van Duesen Osceola, IN United States 09-12-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Loved the story"
    Where does Outlander rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I rate this book among my favorites. The voices really made the story come alive. Now reading Book 2.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The voices and the real feeling.


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

    Have not heard before.


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

    When she decided not to go back to Frank.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sherry Bark River, MI, United States 09-11-12
    Sherry Bark River, MI, United States 09-11-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Wonderful series!"
    What did you love best about Outlander?

    The story was wonderfully written and the characters are interesting and loveable. Even though the plot does not sound complex if discussed on the surface, the writing is well-done and the story draws you in until you can't wait for the next part in the series.


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

    I have not listened to Davina Porter except for in this series, but she is fantastic and easy to listen to. Usually I do not like female narrators, but Davina Porter is excellent.


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

    The adventures of a woman who follows unstoppable love through time.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Wendy LAGUNA NIGUEL, CA, United States 09-11-12
    Wendy LAGUNA NIGUEL, CA, United States 09-11-12
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    "Epic Journey"
    If you could sum up Outlander in three words, what would they be?

    Thrilling, Interesting, Addictive


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Outlander?

    The marriage of Jamie and Clara, how it came about.


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

    The depth of family ties, and the separation caused by cultures.


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

    Jamie's total devotion to Clara and her devotion to him.


    Any additional comments?

    Great adventure story with romance.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Romi Los Angeles, CA USA 09-11-12
    Romi Los Angeles, CA USA 09-11-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Survival of the fittest..."
    If you could sum up Outlander in three words, what would they be?

    Adventure-love-Jaimie!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jamie, sigh! He is funny, strong, sensitive, hard-headed, and always entertaining.


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

    Claire is the main character so I would have to say her - but - Jamie steals the show every single time he appears on the scene.


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

    The wedding day, and night...


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great book made even better by an outstanding narrator. Davina Porter does an outstanding job bringing so many characters to life in this series.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Carrie Wellington, New Zealand 09-10-12
    Carrie Wellington, New Zealand 09-10-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Blast from the past"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is an old-fashioned historical romance. It's set in pre-Jacobite Scotland, and we're delivered there by a device that's a little magical. In short, it's a rattling good yarn, with lots of derring-do, romance, and sex!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Oh for sure Jamie has to be my favourite. He is, as my daughter would say, HOT!


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narrator has a nice voice, but she mispronounces some words (I'm a pedant), and her delivery is overall a bit girly for my taste.


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

    IMPOSSIBLE to listen in one sitting. It's about 32 hours long! It took me and my 13-year-old son all around the South Island of New Zealand: a great book for the car. (The sex scenes, which sometimes seemed to happen indecorously often, made us laugh at the incongruity of mother and son listening to it all together!) The story provided the basis for a bit of a history lesson on the Tudors and the Stuarts, so there was an educational upside.


    Any additional comments?

    The female romantic lead's dialogue was a bit faulty, I thought. She came across too often as rather school-ma'am-ish. However Jamie as the dauntless Scottish brave was entirely the complete package. Where are those blokes these days? As mythically few as they ever were, I suspect...

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Gloria NARARA, Australia 09-10-12
    Gloria NARARA, Australia 09-10-12

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    I enjoy time travel books and can enter quite happily into the spirit of the genre unfortunately this book is rubbish and in my opinion is not for adults.

    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 41 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 20 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.

    5 of 5 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 11 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.

    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!

    19 of 22 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.

    3 of 3 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!

    11 of 13 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 13 people found this review helpful
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