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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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    Ivan 04-22-15
    Ivan 04-22-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A great listen and educational"

    Loved the book. Just too many love scenes for me. The amount of detail described and torcher made me a bit uncomfortable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    desiree 04-18-15
    desiree 04-18-15 Member Since 2013

    I love to read all genres of books, but love my historical romances!!!

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    "Did not like this book!! Why is it so popular??"

    It did not captivate me, it could not keep interested and It could have been so much shorter, maybe it would have been interesting. Was so hard to finish and I couldn't even the plot.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    L Williams 04-08-15
    L Williams 04-08-15
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    "Hate Swearing and Sexual Content. Love History"

    I bought the whole series before listening to the very first book. I love Historical Stories about People and events related to historical events. My ancestors migrated to America in the 1750 to North Carolina from Scotland. There was to much sexual content and the "F" for my liking. I wasted more money than I should have!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 04-05-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Glamorized physical, sexual, emotional abuse"

    Found this book emotionally disturbing, It depicts an illicit abusive relationship and twists it into a sappy romantic fantasy. Returned

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Pam Sykes 04-01-15
    Pam Sykes 04-01-15
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    "Fabulous reading of a trashy-but-fun novel"
    Any additional comments?

    Davina Porter's performance lifts this story to the level of "guilty pleasure" but even so I'm finding the historical, logical and geographical inconsistencies in the text difficult to handle. I'm the kind of person who gets nitpicky about whether a circle of standing stones is near Inverness or Fort William (it can't be both), or how a man can pass under an assumed name in a community full of relatives who've known him most of his life, or why a mid-20th century Englishwoman speaking a suspiciously American version of the language can be so easily understood in 18th-century Scotland. I'm trying to suspend these judgements and just enjoy it as a fun faux-historical bodice-ripper, but if you're like me you may want to give this a miss.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Wanda S Sauerland Reno 03-29-15
    Wanda S Sauerland Reno 03-29-15 Member Since 2008

    Wanda the artist

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    "Sex"

    It is better for some not to have so many sections of detailed sex. The mind is capable of creating these details. For this reason I will not buy the rest of the series. What a shame. Not a prude, just don' want details. Otherwise, great story

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    alexis Richmond, CA, United States 03-28-15
    alexis Richmond, CA, United States 03-28-15 Member Since 2007

    author & web developer

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    "Finally dipped into this series..."

    I like many aspects of this series, the setting in the Scottish Highlands, the premise of time travel, the vivid characterization. I did not care for the very frequent and fairly graphic sex scenes, which became a bit predictable and repetitive after awhile. I will keep reading (listening) but with less enthusiasm than I had when I started.

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    Brad Langdon 03-27-15
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    "Tedious"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Not in the unabridged version. The beginning of the book was exciting. I couldn't wait to hear what would happen next; a real digital page turner!Once Claire and Jamie were married the story became a dreary slog through what seemed like endless sex and sadism. I listened to the entire book. With the exception of their time at Lallybroch it just became tedious for me.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    The Girl on the Train


    What about Davina Porter’s performance did you like?

    Davina Porter's voices for Claire and Jamie were sweet and likable.


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

    Frankly, it would depend on how long the film was.


    Any additional comments?

    I'll try the next book in the series in an abridged version from my local library.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Carmen C. 03-27-15
    Carmen C. 03-27-15
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    "A romance novel dressed up as a time travel novel"
    What did you like best about Outlander? What did you like least?

    The narrator was perfect for the main character. Very good performance. After a good beginning, it was just one sex scene after another, with some torture thrown in for good measure.


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

    No, I am not into romance novels.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The descriptions of how people lived 200 years ago.


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    Jennifer 03-26-15
    Jennifer 03-26-15
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    "a bit too much"

    I thought the story well thought out and the narrator was fantastic, but the sex was too much. I skipped a lot of sections. the characters were likeable and developed well; I found myself laughing out loud at points. I would not really recommend this book based on amount of it I skipped.

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  • Anne-marie
    Crowborough, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "A page turner"

    This series from the first book captures the imagination and the descriptions are so vivid that it is as if Claire and Jamie become part of the family and you have to visit them every day until you have heard the whole saga.

    They should come with a warning once you start you have to finish. It puts Margaret Mitchell's "Gone with the Wind" in the shade.

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  • J
    Pewsey, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "time travelling love story"

    Beautifully narrated by Davina Porter this time travelling historical novel tells what happens when you fall through time. Outlander tells Claire's story, having gone back in time some 200 years Claire finds herself in 1743, an English woman in the Highlands of Scotland, an 'Outlander' Here she meets Jamie an Injured Scottish warrior and outlaw. A former wartime nurse in her own time she has the ability to treat the injured Jamie. So starts what will become a story of love and passion set in the Scotland of the Jacobites and the English 'Redcoats' Having travelled from the future though Claire is well aware of the fate that awaits the Jacobites at Culloden.

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  • Siobhan
    Bristol, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "I'm hooked"

    Having read this book a few years ago, it is really nice to have it read to me as I do boring jobs or drive in the car. The reader has done a lovely job of bringing the characters to life, using different voices without falling into the realms of caricature. It's great!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sazz
    High Wycombe, United Kingdom
    3/28/13
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    "Wonderful book but the narrator is all wrong."

    I loved the book and would thoroughly recommend it. However, the narrator in this production is all wrong. A combo of Margo from the The Good Life and a smug wartime news reader. Too matronly to be the 30 something, youthful, practical, likable Claire. I understand the style is of the era, but it's really annoying - and I'm not easily annoyed. Read the book is fantastic. Don't let this production ruin it for you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • zomodo
    3/27/13
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    "Couldn't finish it"

    I thought this would be an excellent, long series to get into.

    Going by the amazon reviews this is a brilliant book for many and horrible for some. I'm one of the few who didn't like it. It's really weird how the main character (forgotten her name) gets transported back in time, abruptly leaving her husband and then barely speaks about him (even when she remarries!) or indeed about her leaving her whole life behind. There are few emotions in this book, no real insight into what has happened, no ponderings or sadness, she just rolls gently along with her new life. However,I didn't get that far into the book tbh. This was the second time in a row that I had to abandon a book. It's not something I do lightly.



    The Scottish accents are good though and the narrator did a relatively good job.



    Download this with caution I'd say.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • busymum
    7/14/12
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    "Where was the editor?"

    Well, I have a Y chromosome, so perhaps this wasn't written for me. I like a long story as much as anyone, but I felt this could have been made a lot better by trimming it by 25% or so. I'd have started by reducing the number of sex scenes (not that they are particularly badly written, but I didn't find them particularly interesting either). The other thing an editor should have done would have been to remove all the American usages the author (presumably unintentionally) puts in the mouth of her mid-20th century English narrator - the only one that didn't grate was "Jesus H Roosevelt Christ", which one can imagine her picking up from her patients.

    I must mention the narrator - Davina Porter is absolutely superb. But not good enough for me to come back for the other installments.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Enn
    Carrickmacrosss, Ireland
    6/22/12
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    "Definitely book of worth listening"

    Romance, love, heroism, excitement, thrill, colorful description of 18 century Scotland and it's inhabitants. Very well narrated. Even as my first language is not English I still greatly enjoyed Scottish accent. It has everything what you will expect from a fascinating story

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • SUE
    Pont Farcy, France
    4/14/12
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    "Outlander - fantastic listening"

    I read this story a couple of years ago and really enjoyed this powerful fiction, which is linked to historic happenings. Now driving for a couple of hours a day, listening to Outlander has provided hours of moving, emotional, physical and powerful drama. I'm looking forward to listening to the second book and hope that audible will be able to provide the others soon.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Christian
    paphos, Cyprus
    12/18/11
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    "Fantastic!!!"

    I absolutely loved this book, it was a joy to listen to. Davina Porter is one of the best narrators I have had the pleasure of listening to, her character voices are extraordinary and Gabaldon's story telling is second to none!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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

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