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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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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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    Elizabeth Ft. Collins, CO, United States 11-24-14
    Elizabeth Ft. Collins, CO, United States 11-24-14 Member Since 2014
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    "story a good idea"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    There is too much talk about family abuse. At one point one of the main characters can't seem to stop talking about it and as a listener it takes to long to get back to the main story. Had to stop listening at this point.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Diana Gabaldon again?

    I just depends on her stories.


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

    I think the narrator did a good job on all the characters.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment. The story line was great.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle Patterson Seattle, WA USA 11-24-14
    Michelle Patterson Seattle, WA USA 11-24-14 Member Since 2010

    Chelley

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    "Too little plot, too much sex"
    Would you try another book from Diana Gabaldon and/or Davina Porter?

    I would not buy another book from Gabaldon - might listen to one if it were free. I almost gave up on this book a few times, but forced myself to finish it just in case there was some miracle ending to make it worthwhile. There wasn't.

    I would listen to Porter's narration of other works.


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

    The general premise was interesting, but the sex was way overdone and actually got monotonous. It was barely a historical fiction and mostly steamy romance -- boring! The story also had a completely dull ending. I know there is more coming in book 2, but I can't be bothered to listen to hours more of gratuitous gropings, heaving creamy bosoms and throbbing loins to find out what happens to Claire, Jamie or poor Frank. I was hoping for more history and intrigue and less soft porn. Disappointed :-(

    I also found that what happened in Wentworth Prison was over the top (my husband asked me to turn the audiobook off when I was listening at bedtime because he couldn't stand that section - that was a first). The escape was ridiculously implausible. I'm ok allowing for time travel, but the rest of the action needs to be believable or it gets too far into fantasy and the genres just become muddled.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator was fine and I enjoyed her talent.


    What would have made this romance irresistible?

    Make it PG or PG-13 so I could listen to it with my kids in the room. Calling it historical fiction was misleading. This was an "R" rated romance novel with a thin varnish of sci-fi, the supernatural and history. The plot was weak in comparison to Game of Thrones or Pillars of the Earth -- both of which have romance and sex that spice up the plot rather than overpowering it. It distressing to think so many people have rated this book 5-stars!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tasha Thomson 09-11-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Pure treacle"
    What would have made Outlander better?

    Skip the simpering romance and stick to the plot.


    What was most disappointing about Diana Gabaldon’s story?

    The tiresome romantic interludes.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    She was doing the best she could with the material.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I wanted to chew my arms off with frustration...


    Any additional comments?

    I made a poor choice for my first audible selection.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 09-10-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Outlander - land of dull women and abusive men"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I decided to try this book with hype for the new show on STARS (which i don't have so don't watch) and various chat on other places. I couldn't get past the first 2 hrs of the book and can't imagine the next 31 being any better. So far I understand the heroine likes botany and hates history even though she's married to a historian and raised by an archaeologist. I get it, please stop repeating it. Overall its been 2 dull and unmemorable hours which i feel is more than sufficient time to give to any story for me to at least like one character in a book. I love history and have decided that Clare and I would never get along well so I'm terminating our relationship.


    Has Outlander turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, just this series


    What three words best describe Davina Porter’s performance?

    Its OK, there are a lot of male characters and she tries to give each one a slightly different tone but i often found it a little odd sounding. She speaks clearly at a good speed and is easy to understand.


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

    So far all of it


    Any additional comments?

    I don't understand why this is described a book about strong smart women, so far I'm not seeing it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 08-21-14
    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 08-21-14 Member Since 2014

    Hello, my name is Teresa and I'm an addict.

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    "Snooze Fest."

    This book is the most boring and trite of stories. There was no romance and no agenda for the heroine to go home only lots of attempted rapes and stories of rape. I would have even been happy if it was a bodice ripper book but by the time the bodice ripping part actually came it was very disappointing. Then there was lots and lots of crappy sex scenes including abuse not romance/love. I don't get all the great reviews. This book is defiantly not a five star review with 8 additional books later worthy kind of book as many of the other reviewer seem to think.

    There is a lot to be said about the details in books. This book is trying to be realistic by showing how awful life is back in the day, but the details are only good until the author decides to leave out obvious ones or change them to fit her story. It's amazing that everything that is written back in Scotland was in English. Claire seemed to be able to read everything and nobody commented on the fact that first she can read and second it is all in English. She also acts ignorant of medical procedures that were used back in the day, but claimed she is a nurse. Even I know about most of it.

    Not to mention the heroine doesn't act like she has any desire to return home she goes about it only as an afterthought. I also don't get why she said she was a widow and that she believed it. She was supposedly in love with her husband Frank and instead of trying to get back, she settles in and tells everybody she's a widow. Now I understand she is in a difficult situation but back in those days it would have been safer to say you were married. This made it convenient for the story line that she wasn't married but to me it was a big fat lie. Another thing that bugs me is that she doesn't have any problems with the way life was lived, I would think that since she came from the future she would have had difficulties adjusting to it. Claire didn't act like she actual had any real emotion over the events that were happening to her.

    These are just a few of the problems I had with this book, there were more. Narrator was okay, maybe a bit boring. She did mispronounce several words which was annoying. I defiantly will not be continuing with this series.




    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    E. Mathieu New York City 08-21-14
    E. Mathieu New York City 08-21-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Sexual violence throughout"
    What would have made Outlander better?

    Less sexualized violence. It is a major theme of the book.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Diana Gabaldon again?

    Probably not.


    What about Davina Porter’s performance did you like?

    Davina Porter was wonderful!


    Any additional comments?

    If you don't like sexualized violence, avoid this book. If I could take those parts out, I would give it 5 stars, but unfortunately it is a theme woven throughout the book.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    auroragb New York, NY 07-14-14
    auroragb New York, NY 07-14-14
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    "Please stop labeling romance as fantasy!"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Readers that like romance


    Would you ever listen to anything by Diana Gabaldon again?

    no


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    reader was ok, everything just seems too dramatic, but might be story's


    Any additional comments?

    Please stop labeling this as fantasy!!!
    This is listed as fantasy, but there is negligible amount of fantasy element. At best it's historical fiction. But at its heart, it's a torrid romance and should be labelled as such.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Amy 06-30-14
    Amy 06-30-14
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    "Could have happily missed it."
    Any additional comments?

    I was looking for a good long "listen" and Outlander came up on several lists of long reads. The reviews seemed ok. But this book didn't do it for me. It wasn't a terrible listen, the performance was good and it wasn't torture. But having spent over 30 hours of my life listening...I didn't really feel there was the payoff.

    I cared about the characters...a little. I was curious about them. I read the summaries of the next few books online to see where they went. But no desire to put myself through the telling of the story.

    I'm hard pressed to explain why this wasn't a good read for me, but I think it felt largely like a soap opera. I didn't feel like I got deeply into the characters demons (maybe a little for Jaime at the end of the book) and the plot wasn't very deep in my opinion. It felt a long slow melodrama. It wasn't totally unpleasant but I can't really recommend it.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Humboldt Blue 06-27-14
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    "Skip this one - beating women is disgusting"
    Would you try another book from Diana Gabaldon and/or Davina Porter?

    No


    What could Diana Gabaldon have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Omit sexually violent titillation from abuse by her "lover."


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Davina Porter?

    Possibly


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

    The whole story: too violent and immature.


    Any additional comments?

    The story reeks of male dominance and female helplessness. Sadism should not be sold as "entertainment." I'm sorry I bought this book.

    11 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Denver, CO, United States 04-12-14
    Mark Denver, CO, United States 04-12-14 Member Since 2011
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    "I usually like time travel"
    Would you try another book from Diana Gabaldon and/or Davina Porter?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Is it silly to criticize a time travel book as being "unrealistic"? It stretches credulity that a woman can find herself 200 years in the past and yet fit in just fine and pass as a person of that time. The story is ok. The characters remain who they are throughout the book, there's know growing or changing. I found the sex scenes tedious. The performance was the best part of the book, the story leaves me cold. The epilogue (?) let me curious about will happen next, nevertheless I won't be listening to any more books in the series.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
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  • Ali O
    Walton upon Thames, UK
    12/12/14
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    "Bringing characters to life!"
    What made the experience of listening to Outlander the most enjoyable?

    Davina Porter's characterizations are spot on and her accents are brilliant


    What did you like best about this story?

    I am a huge fan of Diana Gabaldon's books. She creates characters that you can believe in and relate to, and her attention to detail and historical research is second to none.


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

    I am working my way through the Outlander series - currently up to book 4 and they are all as good as each other


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    What if your future was your past?


    Any additional comments?

    Keep up the great work!!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • christine
    12/11/14
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    "A surprising mix of fantasy, history and love"
    Would you listen to Outlander again? Why?

    Yes. A strong spell binding saga that grabbed my attention from the first few words


    What other book might you compare Outlander to, and why?

    Difficult to compare with other stories. But if I had to the white queen but more adult


    What about Davina Porter’s performance did you like?

    Her intonation and feelings where wonderful without her voice taking over the story


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

    Near the end in the monastery where she fights for Jamie


    Any additional comments?

    A really good listen. A must have for anyone who loves a good strong story

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Helen
    Alhaurin el Grande, Malaga., ES
    3/18/14
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    "Intriguing"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Outlander to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Outlander?

    There are too many to choose just one!


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

    Claire


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

    Both


    Any additional comments?

    This is the only time in my life that I have re-read/listened to a book as soon as I have turned/listened to the final page/chapter! The first time one listens to the story as a whole - the second I was fascinated with the history and missed details to increase my enjoyment of the whole. Davina porter is a wonderful narrator to boot :-) Thank you. I will surely read the whole series now.....

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Zoe
    United Kingdom
    12/24/13
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    "great story and series very addictive"
    If you could sum up Outlander in three words, what would they be?

    Addictive, Thrilling, Engrosing


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    i like Claire and Jamie as they work well together but they both have the ablity of getting into trouble but they help each other out of it


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

    i am listerning to the rest of the outlander series and the performance is just as enthrawling


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

    i did find my self getting caught up in the story and willing Jamie and Claire to get through and be together my heart was raceing in many parts of the story


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Dublin, Ireland
    12/14/13
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    "Feel good tale read by the world's best narrator"
    What did you like most about Outlander?

    The Outlander was recommended to me by a work colleague. I didn't know at all what to expect but as this was someone who's judgement I hold in high regard I decided to give it a fair go, albeit the length of the book was daunting. I needn't have worried, she was right as always. Once I started listening I couldn't stop. And that's what I think is best features of a good book, if the story is so good you just have to keep reading to see what happens next and you are transported to another world away from your daily worries, now that's a great read.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favourite character in the books is Jamie, mainly I guess because I'm a woman and he sounds like a dream. Such men don't exist in real life. Another thing is the little bit of actual history and language, it's quite entertaining and makes me want to visit Scotland.


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

    Davina Porter does a fantastic array of male characters and has the talent of making you forget it is a woman narrating. Jamie is fantastic. She also portrays children being cheeky brilliantly.


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

    I couldn't stop listening and in fact I have bought all of the books in the series and listened to all of them every day for weeks now. Nearly finished and distraught at the thought of it!


    Any additional comments?

    Davina Porter deserves every award there is for narrators. She is phenomenal, really able to make you feel as if you are part of the story. My thanks to Davina!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • DAMON
    Frome, United Kingdom
    12/2/13
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    "Enjoyed this book so bought the series"
    If you could sum up Outlander in three words, what would they be?

    Thoroughly good listen


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All of them


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

    She brings the characters to life


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

    No. I listen to my audiobooks at work as I work overnight.


    Any additional comments?

    Whilst I am really enjoying the whole series, the series is clearly written by an American author for an American audience as is demonstrated by the grammar, us of certain phrases and words. The thing I find most annoying though is the incorrect use of local dialect. They should be the correct dialect for the correct part of the United Kingdom and in the series they are not always so.

    Nonetheless I am enjoying the books and look forward to the rest of the series.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sally
    Newport Pagnell, United Kingdom
    12/1/13
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    "Outstanding"
    What did you like most about Outlander?

    The characterisations, I have come to love Jamie. So much heart and soul and affection.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Outlander?

    his reaction to her telling him she was from the future. He didn't understand but you could feel the love.


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

    I would but it is just too long. I normally have the books playing all night, to aid me sleeping. However with this one, I have to set Audible to stop playing after 30 mins as I was finding I stayed awake to listen rather than go to sleep.


    Any additional comments?

    Amazing, I am addicted to this set of books now. I may even need to purchase them in paperback form.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Susan
    newport pagnell, United Kingdom
    11/11/13
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    "Oh goodness me I'm hooked!!!!"
    If you could sum up Outlander in three words, what would they be?

    Wonderful, Historical ,Timetravel.


    What other book might you compare Outlander to, and why?

    I can't , I haven't come across anything like this story before.


    What about Davina Porter’s performance did you like?

    Brillant!!! Wonderful scottish accent and she also does a fine english one.


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

    Yes I did, This book made me laugh ,cry , gasp and sigh. What a wonderful love story, I'm. hooked.


    Any additional comments?

    The sex scenes were quite descriptive but beautifully written not smutty at all. The main characters feeling for one another were very real and reminded me of passionate feelings of youth,

    Heard that a tv series is being made at this moment can't wait to see if they do this book justice.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • mr
    benfleet, United Kingdom
    2/18/13
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    "very good"

    can't wait to find out what happens next as i only use audible when driving to and from work 1 hour each way again very enjoyable and have already downloaded part two.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cliff
    Frinton on Sea, United Kingdom
    1/23/13
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    "Great time travelling"

    Great idea but far too much romance which reduced the historical elements. One risqué love scene would have been enough. Finished very abruptly and I'm far from sure that I want to spend so many hours again on what I suspect would be a romance riddled sequel

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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