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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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    Karen EAGLE RIVER, WI, United States 10-01-12
    Karen EAGLE RIVER, WI, United States 10-01-12

    Karen

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    "Worth the read/listen"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Outlander to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read the book


    What other book might you compare Outlander to and why?

    I really can't compare another to this as audible is so different than actually reading the printed word.


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

    No, I have not but it came VERY highly recommended to me


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

    I'm not really done with this book as yet but it's all been very good.... thus far though, I would like to say, I like the fact that love scenes are done so discretely


    Any additional comments?

    The only thing I might like to add (and I'm more than half done with the book) is the fact that I do feel a little bit less detail might be better. It can be boring listening to how "material feels" or how a leaf looks, etc. etc. when it really isn't important to the storyline. I could do with a little less and yes, the book would not be as many hours listening but it's a bit too descriptive in quite a few areas for me. That's just my taste however so don't "not" read it because of my opinion on that small point. It's a great story and honestly, the presentation is phenomenal!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Figgy 09-27-12
    Figgy 09-27-12
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    "Can't believe I never knew about Outlander before!"

    What a wonderful story full of history, time travel, adventure, romance, and FUN!! This book was just a random purchase, I just happened upon it when I was searching audible essentials. I am SOOOO glad I decided to get it on a whimsy! Imust also say that I've picked up some Gaelic along the way and my Scottish impersonation has improved. I never knew much about Scotland or the history but since Outlander I've become more interested in their history and culture. Fascinating indeed! The characters in the story are just so realistic and you can't help but want to find out more. Rumor has it that HBO will be presenting a television series pretty soon.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lorac22 09-26-12
    Lorac22 09-26-12 Member Since 2010
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    "A great series! Thank goodness I found it!!"
    What did you love best about Outlander?

    There's something here for everyone; time travel; history; romance; adventure and mystery! Aside from all of that it is well written with characters you will fall in love with.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The twists and turns that intertwine Gabaldon's characters with historical figures. Her take on early medical treatments is facinating too. This book just has SO much heart, brought to life via terrific and fully drawn characters.


    What about Davina Porter’s performance did you like?

    I loved Davina Porter's performance. I generally read and listen to a book, however, listening to this book has added a great deal to the story. Trying to read a foriegn language that you're unfamilliar with is tough, but hearing the Gaelic in this book so beautifully spoken is like listening to music.


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

    History that will make you believe in destiny...


    Any additional comments?

    I listened and read this entire series of seven books (each book around 1300 pages) over the course of the summer, while attending college 1/2 time (lots of reading for my English Major too) and working full-time and now I am LOST without these people who have been a part of my every day for months now...so I began again! =) Truly great books.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Linda SAN ANTONIO, TX, United States 09-25-12
    Linda SAN ANTONIO, TX, United States 09-25-12 Member Since 2014
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    "GREAT SERIES"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Outlander to be better than the print version?

    Yes, I love the accents that I can't even put in my mind.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Outlander?

    When Jamie realizes he loves Claire.


    What about Davina Porter’s performance did you like?

    The way she can do the Scottish accent.


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

    I did both laugh and cry. The book had a sad ending but knowing what was to come in the next one it wasn't to bad.


    Any additional comments?

    I have already read the series and when I got my Kindle I decided that in listening to it would hear more than when I read. I am now on the forth and have enjoyed every single one of them.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Marie Aspley, Australia 09-24-12
    Marie Aspley, Australia 09-24-12
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    "Captivating"
    Would you listen to Outlander again? Why?

    Absolutely!! What a fantastic story... And, whereas I would normally get somewhat frustrated listening to someone else read to me, the narration of this story is absolutely brilliant!!


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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.


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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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    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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