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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
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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
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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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    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.

    33 of 34 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!

    15 of 15 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.

    9 of 9 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

    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!

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Katrina
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom
    8/12/11
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    "well worth listening to"

    I was never sure about reading audiobooks until an injury meant that I couldn't hold a book to read. So I bought Outlander a historical novel - has wrongly been labelled a romantic fiction - should be relabelled as a historical fiction, I enjoyed in paper form but listening to it on Audiobook really really makes a difference, Davina Porter (the narrator) has a natural gift at bringing the various characters to life. I absolutely love this book, so much so that I rave about it to all my friends and I have listened to the book on more than one occassion. I would definitely recommend it.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Mandy Lowe
    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 12 people found this review helpful
  • Joyce
    Bracknell, United Kingdom
    3/10/09
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    "My Favourite Book"

    This Book is called Cross Stitch in the UK, Outlander is its American title. I bought the book many years ago as the title facinated me being a keen needlewoman. It turned out to be one of the best book I have ever bought, and I subsequently purchesed each of the books that continue the story as and when they were published. My sight is not as good as it was now and reading is getting quite difficult so, I was delighted to see a number of the books available as audio books. Needless to say I will buying them all, but I do hope that The Fiery Cross will be available unabridged soon, and the next novel A Breath of Snow and Ashes will follow. I have also seem on the writer's web page that a new book in the series will be available about September, so lets keep our fingers crossed that this will reach audible eventually.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Jennifer
    Victoria, Australia
    9/26/07
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    "Caution - Addictive series"

    The Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon is so totally addictive, don't say you weren't warned! As Clare and Jamie become firmly entangled the story just gets better and better, whilst still giving you a good insight into the everyday happenings of life in the Scottish Highlands during the mid-1700's and the major events of the time. The first of (currently) six books plus a side series with another character from this series, you will be hooked by the time you finish Outlander/Cross Stitch. Plenty of website action to keep you going whilst you track down the whole series too.

    9 of 11 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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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