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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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    RSH 09-27-09
    RSH 09-27-09 Member Since 2002
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    "Bodice ripper"

    If you're looking for an adventurous and historical period piece, "The Pillars Of The Earth" is a much more enthralling experience. Similarly, "The Time Traveler's Wife" is a vastly superior exploration of temporal dislocation as well as a stunningly moving love story. Where does that leave "Outlander"? It's a simple minded bodice ripper. The story line is repeatedly destroyed by dime store sex scenes that border on S&M. Don't be fooled by the high ratings. This is nothing more than formula fiction and gratuitous erotica.

    40 of 62 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah Quitman, GA, United States 08-08-14
    Deborah Quitman, GA, United States 08-08-14 Member Since 2009
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    "I cannot face 25 more hours of this; sorry"
    Would you try another book from Diana Gabaldon and/or Davina Porter?

    As all Ms. Gabaldon's books run 30+ hours, some 40+, I have to say No. I have been treated to Ms. Porter in other selections, and am sure to encounter her again. Not a terrible prospect, but not one to which I look much forward, either.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Obviously, the author dedicated all her time and much of her energy to it. Most impressive.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Ms. Porter makes Claire Randall sound as if she might be approaching 50. Another reader would have brought more vitality and sexuality to the part


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

    Only if it were boiled down to @ 2 hours, which is doubtful.


    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    MR Kellyville, Australia 03-23-13
    MR Kellyville, Australia 03-23-13

    Lorenzo I like fantasy, Science fiction and thrillers books

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    "Outlander not for me"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Well the idea of time travel sounded great and others said it is a great book.
    The problem is it is a love story and there is not much time travel.


    What was most disappointing about Diana Gabaldon’s story?

    The problems
    1. The main charter seemed dim in parts and did not notice the obvious.
    2. The two main characters were at it! so often that its a wonder they could walk!
    3. Jamie seemed to be invincible and turned up every time the main character was in any danger.
    4. Not enough time travel and the action was a bit weak.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The reader was very good she changed accent and tone so the could tell the characters apart out quite well.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The good parts:
    1. The description of the era was very detailed and seemed accurate.
    2. The premise and ideas were original


    Any additional comments?

    This is not a bad book but maybe aimed a romantics that like historic settings

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    J. M. Ostroot 05-03-09 Member Since 2009
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    "NOT Sci Fi"

    Dont' be fooled by the cool description. This is not sci-fi/fantasy. This is not adventure. This is a romance novel dressed up with a little history and time travel. If you like your heroines sappy and helpless and you sex scenes graphic and plentiful, you will enjoy this book. If you like your heroines bold and strong, and your stories about worthy goals--don't waste your time or money on this book.

    I'm pretty sure this was listed with Sci Fi when I bought it. I feel cheated.

    13 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    David Advance, NC, United States 03-26-09
    David Advance, NC, United States 03-26-09
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    "Its a thinly veiled romance novel"

    Just to let you folks looking for science fiction or fantasy know. This is truly neither. It does have a good vibe going for historical Scotland, with some decent action episodes. However, its really what I imagine is a lady's romance novel would read like. I've never read one, until this one. Anyway, if you want to hear about how this woman is pleased by her strong Scottish man in bed, in vague romantic terms, please listen. Otherwise, you may want to avoid.

    13 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Carol Massachusetts 01-23-11
    Carol Massachusetts 01-23-11 Member Since 2010

    Classical history buff, but find most of history fascinating. Love books, ballet, and basketball.

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    "An Unexpectedly Good Time"

    I never read the Gabaldon books when they first came out, both because I'm not a huge fan of the romance genre and because a quick turn-through of these books led me to the opinion that the writing was somewhat trite. I still think the writing is somewhat trite, and as a novelist Gabaldon does not rate 5 stars. However, as a storyteller and creator of interesting characters, she scores big-time with this one. When you pair that with an absolutely superlative narration by Davina Porter, a pot-boiler becomes great entertainment. I probably wouldn't have even tried this download without the impetus of (1) Audible putting it "on sale" for a brief time and (2) the information in the reviews posted here. Thanks to Audible and my fellow listeners for an unexpectedly good time!

    11 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Tracy H 10-23-13
    Tracy H 10-23-13
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    "Not what I expected"

    I assumed a time travel book would be a fantasy / sci fi type novel, but it read more like a soft porn romance novel. Just not what I thought it was. Very good narrator, though.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Andee 09-23-13
    Andee 09-23-13
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    "Too much detail"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would not recommend this book to my friends. I feel like the odd-man-out with this review. The plot and the characters are interesting but I found the endless details, lots and lots of details, annoying. It interrupted the flow of the story to the point I was screaming, "get on with it, woman!" 30 plus hours of listening could reasonably been 20 hours. The plot and the excellent writing would have remained the same. It just needed lots and lots of editing. The sex scenes were extremely well done. The author did not use overly explicit language which made it sexier. How can that be? Her technique is just that good.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narration was very well directed but the problem for me was the voice of the narrator. After 30 hours I would gladly strangled her if she were nearby. To me her voice was high pitched and too nasal. She was not able to imitate the male voices and her timing was a tad off.


    Was Outlander worth the listening time?

    I did finish listening to the book but not without some struggle. Would I buy another of this venerated author's audio or print books? Not on your life.


    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Richland, WA United States 05-12-13
    Amazon Customer Richland, WA United States 05-12-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Great Performance, Terrible Book"

    Davina Porter gives an excellent performance and I would definitely be interested in listening to something else she performs. However, I'm actually only 50% done with this book but done listening this tripe, so I deleted it from my device.

    This book is, for lack of a better word, extremely "rape-y." I am not sure what I was expecting, but starting about 40% of the way through the book, Claire tries to escape and go home to her own time, gets caught by the English, is beaten and almost raped, then is rescued by the Jamie. When they're all safe, he beats the shit out of her for having disobeyed him.

    WHAT?

    And it all goes downhill from there - violence arguments, violent sex, threatened rape. This book is bullshit. As a woman who has experienced domestic violence - physical, mental, and sexual - I am OFFENDED by this book. This is just another in the disturbing trend in recent novels to idealize (and even fetish-ize) manipulative, violent men and psychotically violent "love."

    9 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Gregory Katy, TX, United States 04-25-13
    Gregory Katy, TX, United States 04-25-13 Member Since 2008
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    "33 Hours and 8 minutes I will never get Back"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    It could have been an actual Sci-fi or Fantasy novel


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

    The book was well written.


    What three words best describe Davina Porter’s voice?

    Intelligent, British,


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Yes, this book was a well written romance aka soft porn novel written from a women's perspective.


    Any additional comments?

    The main reason I'm rating this book so low is because I'm use to my Sci-fi and Fantasy novels to have some actual Sci-fi or Fantasy in them. Maybe I read the wrong reviews of the book before hand. I'm use to the books I read to slowly build to a climatic point this book was pointless. I'm use to the main character being a hero or heroine not the damsel in distress needed to be saved all the time. The love making scenes (I can't call it sex) are just short of written porn and were strictly written from the female perspective and made me cringe. There were several times during reading this book that I wanted to stop, but I wanted to finish so that I could write this review. If you are looking for a romance novel then you might enjoy this book. If you are looking for action and adventure this is the WRONG book.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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  • genevieve
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    11/23/12
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    "Outlander- book 1"

    I downloaded this book on a whim.... and I am so glad I did. It's not many books that can make me cry, and I cried at a few points in this book. I was so drawn into the story that the characters became real and I didn't want to see them hurt.



    The narration is wonderful too. The only problem is I keep slipping into a Scottish burr.



    This book has drama, science fiction, historical fiction, love, sex, tears and brutality.....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Janet
    PRESTON, United Kingdom
    8/15/12
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    "Excellent Narration"

    While there was a bit too much sex, violence, blood and gore for my taste I did appreciate the excellent narration and when I stopped listening I sometimes found myself silently talking to myself with a Scottish accent! I'm not sure whether I'll listen/read the other books after this unless there is one where she returns and tries to pick up her life again.

    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
  • 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
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