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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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    Linda ALTADENA, CA, United States 03-08-13
    Linda ALTADENA, CA, United States 03-08-13
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    "takes a while to get going but then you're hooked"
    Where does Outlander rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    one of the best for a long drive or task


    What did you like best about this story?

    attention to environmental historical detail


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

    na


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

    The end where I wanted to know what happens next???!!


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Boyle Medford Long Island 03-05-13
    Richard Boyle Medford Long Island 03-05-13 Member Since 2009
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    "18th Century Scotland"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, the story is a fine mixture of Science Fiction, History and action, so anyone interested in any one of those would love to listen to this book.


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

    Clare interesting how she gets into and out of trouble..


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

    Maybe an HBO or Showtime television series is more like it.


    Any additional comments?

    Time travel is interesting even if it is improbable, but the idea the stone megaliths are time portals is very interesting.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    P. Scott Long Beach, CA United States 03-05-13
    P. Scott Long Beach, CA United States 03-05-13 Listener Since 2006

    Redpatski

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    "All I can say is WOW"
    What did you love best about Outlander?

    I loved the characters...the flavor of the story with such richness and color. I lived with them in this time period and felt I knew them.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Oh definitely Jamie...he was so strong yet vulnerable...I would SO be into him.


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

    I loved the accents she gave to each of her characters. Her voice and intonation are amazing and made it all the more enjoyable and entertaining. Well done!


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

    It ran the gamut of emotions...I wept for their pain and rejoiced in the love they shared. I was frightened to death by the evil nature of the main villain, yet even he had vulnerabilities.


    Any additional comments?

    I cannot wait to continue to the next book...I am so hooked on this author. It gets to be addicting though...people think my Ipod is part of my body now. (One person actually thought it was a medical device). LOL

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Belinda 03-04-13
    Belinda 03-04-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Unexpected"
    Would you listen to Outlander again? Why?

    This story was so unexpected, loved the suspense, the drama and the history. Keeps you intrigued all the way through...can't wait to continue the story


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Julia No. LOGAN, UTAH, United States 03-04-13
    Julia No. LOGAN, UTAH, United States 03-04-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Turned off by unnessary sexual descriptions."
    Would you try another book from Diana Gabaldon and/or Davina Porter?

    I thought the story was great and I loved the narration. I have a Scottish heritage so that part was fun, but in spite of that I won't read another book by Diana Gabaldon because of all the gratuitous sex. I have a good imagination and don't need every thing spelled out in detail every few pages. I couldn't skip pages in the audio version.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Outlander?

    I just really enjoyed the descriptions of the people and the culture of Scotland and the clashes with English and American cultures and time periods.


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

    Loved her Scottish accent and the way she could shift between male and female voices. I could visualize the characters by her vocal changes.


    Could you see Outlander being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I would enjoy seeing the story made into a movie. Just don't make it R rated. You can probably tell I am of the older generation. I don't know the currently popular movie stars that well.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Heather O'Leary Foxborough, MA United States 03-04-13
    Heather O'Leary Foxborough, MA United States 03-04-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Hooked!"

    I love historical fiction & while I was a little concerned about about graphic some of the violent scenes would be described based on a previous reviewers comments, I took a chance & am so glad I did. This is fundamentally a love story - rich with history and descriptions that pull you in. The narration is amazing. I'm completely addicted and have already devoured books 1-3 in the series.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jaye 03-03-13
    Jaye 03-03-13

    Audible Addict. I listen to 2-3 books a week, depending on my schedule. I've been a member since 2008 and feel like I have a personal relationship with my I-Pod! I'm an ecclectic reader but have been hooked on "romance" (I hate that term) and paranormal books lately.

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    "Oh, Jamie!"

    Wow! One of my favorite books. How could any woman resist Jamie Frasier? Diana Gabaldon brings such detail to her characters and setting and Davina Porter's narration is amazing. Highly recommend the entire series.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Gayle Wayne, ok, United States 02-28-13
    Gayle Wayne, ok, United States 02-28-13 Member Since 2012

    I love a good book, but never have time to sit and read. Audible is wonderful for people like me. Even though my kids think I am a nerd for always having my headphones on, someday they will wish their college books were on audible!

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    "Slow at first then I couldn't stop"
    Where does Outlander rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It took the first 10 hours before I could get in to it, but then it was a book I didn't want to stop listening to. The narrator does a great job also.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tara Vernon, CT, United States 02-26-13
    Tara Vernon, CT, United States 02-26-13 Member Since 2011
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    "I can't get enough of Claire and Jamie!!!!"
    If you could sum up Outlander in three words, what would they be?

    Transcends any genre


    What about Davina Porter’s performance did you like?

    The narrator does an amazing job with capturing proper accents and dialects. It made listening to this series better than reading it myself.


    Any additional comments?

    Epic series that weaves together historical events with the tale of an unlikely love story. I couldn't wait to hear what happened next to Claire and Jamie.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sherry Glenford, OH, United States 02-26-13
    Sherry Glenford, OH, United States 02-26-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Loved it"
    Would you listen to Outlander again? Why?

    Yes. A story I would listen to again and agin


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Claire because she is so real


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

    Yes. I like them all


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

    When Claire has the chance to go back to the 20th century and decides to remain with Jamie


    Any additional comments?

    Leaves you wanting to know more of Jamie and Claire's lives

    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
  • Amazon Customer
    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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