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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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    Lori Barker 02-24-10
    Lori Barker 02-24-10 Listener Since 2009
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    "Romance Novel"

    What a shame the author didn't spend more time on the life changes seen when traveling. Instead this is nothing but a cheap romance novel...30+ hours I kept hoping it would get better but no...
    Terrible, Terrible book

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    andrea 12-11-09
    andrea 12-11-09
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    "Good to listen to while doing household chores!"

    I'm almost finished with listening to the entire audiobook. It's good to listen to just to keep your mind occupied while doing mindless chores. It's just too lengthy for lengthiness' sake, it seems. There are too many characters doing too many things that really don't tie up the story into a neat little package. An "East of Eden" it is not!!

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    SLee 07-15-06
    SLee 07-15-06
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    "Unabridged!"

    I have been waiting for this series to come in unabridged. For all who love romance and adventure, this series is extremely addictive. Don't be lured into getting the abridged books, they leave entire plots, people and best bits out. I highly recommend this series.

    41 of 57 people found this review helpful
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    N. McCurdy Knoxville, TN USA 05-30-10
    N. McCurdy Knoxville, TN USA 05-30-10 Member Since 2009

    Nurdy

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    "Tried to like it, just could not."

    Glad to see others are finding this book "not five starts." I really tried to like it. The narrator is fantastic and weaves you into the book and takes you there. The story line is, well silly in many spots, and I kept wondering why, with all the other women in the clan staying home, did the heroine always get dragged off to battle. I'm just saying, that is way too far fetched. And like so many others stated - IT ENDS DUMB. And baby, after 32 hours, I really did not want a dumb ending.

    21 of 29 people found this review helpful
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    Isabelle Middlesex, VT, United States 04-05-10
    Isabelle Middlesex, VT, United States 04-05-10 Member Since 2014
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    "Fun book, Great Narrator"

    This is the author's first book, and I'd say she has natural talent for writing fiction. The time travel is fun. The Scottish clan is fun. The descriptions of sex are great. I like women with a big appetite for sex, so I like this author and her main character.

    The narrator is excellent.

    I'll probably continue with the series. I've read that the series gets more gripping as it goes on, and that will probably sway me.

    21 of 29 people found this review helpful
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    C.Gordon Portland, OR USA 07-21-06
    C.Gordon Portland, OR USA 07-21-06 Member Since 2003

    scuba barbie

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    "Thank you! Finally Unabaridged"

    Finally! Unabridged Gabladon! I had resorted to getting them at the library and painstakingly downloading the cd's to my computer. Please get all of them!!! I'm up as far as Voyager.
    Davina Porter is an excellent narrator accomplishing dialect and gender changes so the characters come to life in a glorious and colorful way.
    Not one word left out and beautifully read. A true treat to listen to again and again.

    43 of 60 people found this review helpful
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    Kelli Simi Valley, CA, USA 10-02-06
    Kelli Simi Valley, CA, USA 10-02-06 Member Since 2002
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    "No more please, I have a headache"

    I wish I had read the customer reviews before purchasing this unabridged book. The story started out interestingly enough, from a historical perspective and the time travel aspect. But after the second part of four, I don't think I can listen any more! I keep waiting for something to happen (instead of sex, sex sex, which is becoming annoying). The narration is excellent, so it's a shame that the story line is so repetitive.

    16 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    Maggie Milbridge 04-02-14
    Maggie Milbridge 04-02-14
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    "A bodice-ripping bore"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I think a teenager or young 20-something would enjoy the steamy scenes.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The narrator was superb and the reason why I listened to this to the bitter, boring end.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Outlander?

    Better historical context required.


    Any additional comments?

    I cannot imagine why this was picked for me. I kept hoping it would get more interesting but it never made it there.

    11 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Aleia 03-14-14
    Aleia 03-14-14
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    "Am I the only one who doesn't like this book??"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I felt like the book took forever to get started .. even 30 hours into the book I was still waiting for the POINT to show up. I felt like there had to be something bigger that would eventually happen. The author really didn't use the whole "time travel" element.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would have moved faster. I would have had FAR less torture. Jamie should not be alive with the amount of times he was mortally injured. It got old.Also - I had a hard time investing in Claire and Jamie. It just never worked for me.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I was excited when she found another time traveler, but again the author lost a great opportunity. This character dies before what is interesting about her can be discussed. It was so frustrating. I would have loved to read a scene where Claire and this other character talk, compare experiences, past history, etc.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    I will probably watch the HBO series, out of morbid curiosity. I am just so confused why everyone loves this so much, why there are so many books, and why HBO would take this on. I hate this feeling that I am just missing something. It is truly beyond me that there are so many of these books. I couldn't wait for this first on to be over.


    Any additional comments?

    I was so excited to read this book, and was surprised to be so disappointed. Needless to say, I won't be reading the next 8 books.

    71 of 100 people found this review helpful
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    Kathrin Greenville SC 07-11-14
    Kathrin Greenville SC 07-11-14
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    "Couldn't Finish"

    This book has a great idea, but for my taste, it's poorly executed.
    Firstly, I think it needs editing for length... There is no need for this book to be 33hrs, there is just not enough substance.
    Secondly, there is too much graphic violence in this book. I personally avoid graphic violence in movies and books and some of the scenes made me feel sick to my stomach, so I ended up deleting it from my device about half way through.

    6 of 8 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
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    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.

    7 of 7 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!

    13 of 15 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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