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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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    marcotech Austin, TX United States 09-11-06
    marcotech Austin, TX United States 09-11-06 Member Since 2002
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    "Some Good Elements, but..."

    I liked the narrator. Her voice was so pleasing and mellifluous that at times, the actually words did not seem to matter. The novel did give one a sense of being in the Scottish Highlands several centuries ago. The author’s description of daily life among the peasants and the royalty seemed authentic. And I generally liked the main characters. But these elements were not enough for me to continue trudging through this rather torpid novel. In my humble opinion this story is much too drawn out and there was virtually a constant, soap opera like recycling of the emotional difficulties between the heroine and the hero that frankly finally wore me down. I did not make it pass the third part of this novel and I tried hard to do so. I like time travel stories and I like romance, but neither interest was really ever satisfied by this much too long story.

    10 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Jane Summerville, SC, United States 07-30-06
    Jane Summerville, SC, United States 07-30-06 Member Since 2003
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    "Thank You!!!!"

    Finally, unabridged. And Davina Porter! The best! Please please please get the rest of her books unabridged. I commute to work and listen to tons of books on my iPod, and Diana Gabaldon's are the best ... good and long and rollicking good stories!

    13 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    auroragb New York, NY 07-14-14
    auroragb New York, NY 07-14-14 Member Since 2009
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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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    AudioAddict Austin, Texas, USA 05-08-13
    AudioAddict Austin, Texas, USA 05-08-13 Member Since 2013

    I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!

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    "What a Great Book"

    STORY - There is no doubt that Outlander is very long, but it's interesting and exciting the entire time. There is adventure, danger, love and vivid glimpses of life in 1700's Scotland. I usually do not enjoy stories in this primitive and brutal time period, but this one was wonderful.

    Possibly due to the length of the book, I became more involved with the characters than usual. This made their pain and emotions more realistic and their story more enjoyable. (And Claire is my new favorite heroine -- she is so smart and brave!)

    This is the first book in a very long series and I will absolutely hear all of them, but surprisingly this story can stand alone. Things pretty much come to a conclusion, but you will still probably proceed quickly to the next in the series!

    NARRATOR - The narrator is amazing. English and Scottish accents, male voices, female voices - all excellent. I can't imagine anyone doing a better job.

    OVERALL - I think everyone will love this book. It is DEFINITELY worth a credit and your time.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kelly Omaha, NE, United States 11-05-12
    Kelly Omaha, NE, United States 11-05-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Get this book if you weren't raised in a convent."

    There's not too much sex. It's not a cheesy romance. It's part love story, part historical fiction and part adventure with a tiny dash of sci-fi mixed in. It's funny and smart too. Seriously, I neglected my three children while listening to this series because it was so good.
    And, it's narrated by the best narrator to ever read a book. The best.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Lenexa, KS, United States 10-11-11
    Karen Lenexa, KS, United States 10-11-11 Member Since 2011
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    "What a most enjoyable mistake I made!"

    For some reason I thought I was downloading "Highlander" and when I started listening, I couldn't figure out why the story line was about a post-war nurse in the '40's. I persisted in my listening and quickly became totally immersed in Diana Gabaldon's delightful time-traveler story of Clair -- and what an absolutely mesmerizing story it turned out to be! The reader was extremely skillful with all of her accents, switching from female to male characters, old and young...I fully expected to wake one morning with a deep Scottish brogue myself! It was a wonderful story that adeptly swooped me away from my mundane, everyday routine of work and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it! I hated to see the story end (even after 33+ hours!) An abundantly superb read!

    8 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Lia Sutton, Australia 09-06-11
    Lia Sutton, Australia 09-06-11 Member Since 2009

    I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!

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    "Surprised"

    I loved this book and look forward to the rest of the series. I lean towards mysteries, thrillers and contempory fiction, so this book was a pleasant find. I listened to this book based solely on the reviews and I am so glad I did! Thirty some hours flew by and I didn't want it to end. I have downloaded the next 2 books in the series and can't wait to start listening. The narrator was outstanding and so clearly differentiated the charaters

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Diane Mount Vernon, NY, United States 12-23-10
    Diane Mount Vernon, NY, United States 12-23-10 Member Since 2008
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    "outlander"

    Sorry, I listen to and actually read a lot of books. I gave this one three hours, so maybe it gets better, but, I just do not have the time, nor do I "get it." I cannot recommend this book to anybody trapped in their car. Not so sure I would recommend it by a lovely fireplace with a glass of wine. The wine might help .... both will put you to sleep. Sorry.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Donna Yuba City, CA, United States 02-09-10
    Donna Yuba City, CA, United States 02-09-10 Member Since 2005
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    "My absolute favorite series"

    I am currently listening to the first 5 books in the series for the second time before I start the newest book in the series. I rarely listen to books more than once so it says a lot that I am doing so particularly when the books are 30-40 hours each!

    I enjoy Diana Gabaldon's description of daily life. She paints a clear picture which draws me in. Davina Porter is my all time favorite narrator (well, Susan Erickson reading the "In Death" books by J..D. Robb/Nora Roberts is also my favorite.) Ms. Porter is perfect. All her characters are well done and come alive for me. I thoroughly believe there is a large male Scot in the room.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Sonya Meekins Westmont, NJ United States 12-29-09
    Sonya Meekins Westmont, NJ United States 12-29-09 Listener Since 2009
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    "Take the time - it's worth it."

    This book was a little tough to climb into but once you are in ... you are taken back in time with a group of characters that you fall in love with over and over again.

    11 of 18 people found this review helpful
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  • Bibliophile
    Cumbria
    12/7/11
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    "Treat to come"

    Once started on this series it is a serious committment as all Diana Gabaldon's books are long.
    She is very wordy, but hold out for the unabridged versions as you miss so much otherwise.
    The time proximity of Culloden and the American War of Independence allow for her putting her characters in some very interesting situations. Sometimes you get rather fed up with all the detail of child rearing in very basic conditions, but it is worth persevering.
    The series is very well read and I have looked forward to each book. The unabridged versions should all be available soon as I understand that there were contractual obligations that expire after 10 years.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • paula
    ferndown, United Kingdom
    7/17/11
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    "PLEASING READ"

    MS PORTER NARRATED WELL THE STORY WAS FUN ALLBEIT A LOT OF HANKY PANKY BUT ON THE HOLE WORTH A READ I WILL GET AT LEAST THE 2ND BOOK IN THE SERIES I WOULD CLASS THIS AS EASY READING GOOD FOR A HOLIDAY

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Julie
    Luton, Beds, United Kingdom
    10/15/10
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    "Great escapism"

    I first read this book about 15 years or so ago, in the english version, it was called Crosstitch...it was only in 2002 in australia that I discovered it was now redubbed Outlander for the American readership (or maybe the reverse?)

    Either way it is an addictive listen.

    I have now read the first 6 first novels and am halfway through listening to the 7th on Audiobook.

    Just as an exercise in reminiscence, I downloaded the first book since I can't locate my hard copy...

    I look forward to listening to it, the narrator is superb!

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Rachel
    London, United Kingdom
    9/22/09
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    "Not for me"

    I rarely give up on a novel, but this one just seemed a little too silly in its premise.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Susan
    Hastings, United Kingdom
    7/3/09
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    "Outlander"

    This title would have been good if it weren't for the countless explicit descriptions of her lovemaking, I thought I was going to get an historical adventure but this should be labelled under erotic fiction, there was far too much descriptive sex and not enough action and had I known I would not have bought this title, this isn't really about adventures in Scotland but more about her sexual adventures.

    5 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Heidi
    Reading, United Kingdom
    2/7/09
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    "Beautifully written and beautifully narrated"

    Davina Porter has done an amazing job of bringing one of my favourite novels to life. The distinct voices (and spot-on accents) she gives to both the English and Scots characters are perfect, and if anything, I think I enjoyed listening to the story more than reading it for myself.

    My only slight criticism is of the recording itself. In many places I could hear talking and laughter in the background, as though the narrator was inside a building with busy crowds outside her room. A number of times I actually paused my iPod thinking the sound came from nearby, only for the chatter to disappear with the audiobook. It is only slight, but there nevertheless.
    If, like me, you are listening to audiobooks at work or in a car where there is already background noise to some extent, it would be unlikely to trouble you. However, if you like stories at bedtime, in the quiet, it may be more noticeable and irksome.

    I am buying all the other Diana Gabaldon books narrated by Davina Porter - and although the last two in the series are not currently available, I hope they soon will be.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • MaDr8y
    Cambs., UK
    11/22/06
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    "Outlander (or Cross Stitch)"

    This is a thoroughly enjoyable story, and I agree with 'L' that Davina Porter does very well with Claire's voice, but I do find that the Scottish voices grate on the ear - these are Highlanders, after all, not Rab C Nesbitt! However, I am English, not Scots, and it may just be that the voices are not those I heard in my head!!! Odd little eccentricities (surely 'chirugeon' should be 'shirjun' not 'kiragon', and why 'played' instead of 'plad' for 'plaid'?)do not really detract from a well-read story, any more than Diana Gabaldon's occasional use of Americanisms instead of 'english' English.
    I am sure that, if you want a story to get lost in for a (long...) while, you will enjoy this.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Isobel
    Stirling, United Kingdom
    6/4/09
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    "Innacurate but entertaining"

    It is very obvious from listening to this that the author had neither visited Scotland nor spent a lot of time researching her subject. There are glaring innacuracies (use of the Selkirk Grace by a character 16 years before the birth of its author, Robert Burns for one) and she shows a distinct lack of knowledge of the basic geography of the Highlands.
    If taken as pure fiction, it is entertaining, and the narrator does make a fair attempt at the accents and language, but should have been coached in fundamental pronunciation of Scots.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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