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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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    Dena 03-10-15
    Dena 03-10-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Great story but"
    What did you love best about Outlander?

    The story was amazing


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this book but really, too much emphasis on sex for my taste. I wish books had a rating system like movies do.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 02-25-15
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    "Soooooo boring."

    Couldn't get into it. Rated highly so I bought it but it just wasn't my kind of book. I thought it boring so I quite it essential.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Debbie 02-09-15
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    "Back ground noise"

    Recording quality VERY POOR. Lots of back ground noise. Sounds like someone is talking in the back ground.
    Great story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Vegan Baker Decatur, GA United States 02-05-15
    Vegan Baker Decatur, GA United States 02-05-15 Member Since 2014

    Massage Therapist, Yogini, Vegan Pastry Chef (former professional, now strictly amateur), photographer, potter, dilettante gardener, and dog and cat mom. Lover of arts, crafts, and food.

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    "One of my favorite novels, and fantastic narration"

    I've loved this series for years and just re-listened to Outlander for the third or fourth time. The story is timeless.
    Davina Porter's narration is like a Gallic lesson - I've looked at the book in print and would never have figured out the pronunciations of names & endearments without her able assistance. She has very specific voices for all the characters and they come alive with her reading.

    Warning: there is a great deal of fairly graphic sex and some violence and rape (not gratuitous - it's central to the story), so be aware that it can be triggering to some individuals. It's not George RR Martin-level torture, but pretty grisly nonetheless.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Meghan Wojnowski 01-25-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Background noise."

    I really liked the narrator but if you listen closely can can hear talking in the background, it's very distracting.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Adub Tacoma, WA 01-24-15
    Adub Tacoma, WA 01-24-15 Member Since 2014
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    "I'm really torn on the "performance""
    Would you consider the audio edition of Outlander to be better than the print version?

    n/a


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Outlander?

    the plot twists


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Davina Porter?

    Absolutely!


    Any additional comments?

    The "studio" quality of this recording was horrible. I'm on the second portion, and I've heard someone coughing in the background at least three times. There are also portions of the recording where you can hear a faint recording in the background. Sigh. So distracting.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nessa_at_home 12-28-14

    NessaLa

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    "Chock Full of Disgusting Scenes of Graphic Sadism"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    It would have been a much better story if the multiple scenes or graphic rape and torture had been omitted.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Diana Gabaldon again?

    No.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    It's hard to remember the good,when there was so much bad.


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

    Revulsion


    Any additional comments?

    Avoid unless you want to read graphic scenes of sadism and abuse.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 12-17-14

    brownleaf

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    "what started out as a delight became pure torture"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would only recommend this book to someone who can stomach hearing about extremely stubborn and masochistic individuals make terrible decisions over and over again that lead them to being beaten and in many cases tortured at great length by sadistic individuals. Torture - and the treating of injuries resulting from torture and beatings - is described in tedious detail for increasingly large portions of the book as the story progresses. If you are into that kind of thing, though, the book was excellent otherwise.

    I particularly liked the attention the author paid to conveying a sense of historical authenticity, even though this is a fantasy / romance novel about magic and time travel. I've studied and practiced herbalism, so I enjoyed the realistic and detailed accounts of the main character practicing herbalism throughout the book. The combination of realism and time travel made the story very compelling initially, but toward the end, I felt like I could not stand hearing another account of someone being beaten or tortured, or about the tedious process of treating painful cuts, bruises, broken bones and other injuries after the torture had subsided.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Diana Gabaldon? Why or why not?

    No, for the reasons stated above.


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

    No.


    What would have made this romance irresistible?

    The romance aspect of the book was irresistible initially, but the overly-detailed descriptions of torture and injuries soon overshadowed the romantic story line.


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator for this book was excellent.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Alyson Winningham 12-09-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Not a Sci-Fi book~"
    What would have made Outlander better?

    I was under the illusion this was a book about time travel. Don't be fooled, that is how the story starts off but its just the spring board. This is a romance novel.


    What was most disappointing about Diana Gabaldon’s story?

    The most disappointing thing is the books homophobic undertones. Also the sex scenes in this book are over the top. I felt like I was reading soft porn several times and was rather annoyed that I thought I had bought a book about time travel and was stuck with a very long boring predictable graphic hetero love story.


    What three words best describe Davina Porter’s voice?

    poetic and obnoxious at the same time. I tired if hearing her accent at about 8 hours.


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

    Im so very disappointed in how often writers create gay characters and they end up mentally ill or perverted in their stories. This is classic homophobic writing and its really stale.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Brittany 10-20-14
    Brittany 10-20-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Could not take the narrator"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Unfortunately, no. I was so looking forward to listening to this series because of how many rave reviews it has been getting. But I just could not get through it because of the narrator. I will be reading it instead.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The blossoming romance.


    What didn’t you like about Davina Porter’s performance?

    The snoody British accent. I usually love British narrators but this one made me feel like I was being read to by an American woman giving her best attempt at an old-school British maid. It just ruined the characters and made the protagonist seem flighty.


    Did Outlander inspire you to do anything?

    Head to Barnes and Noble for the hard copy


    Any additional comments?

    Looking forward to reading it!

    1 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.

    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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