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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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    Wanda S Sauerland Reno 03-29-15
    Wanda S Sauerland Reno 03-29-15 Member Since 2008

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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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    alexis Richmond, CA, United States 03-28-15
    alexis Richmond, CA, United States 03-28-15 Member Since 2007

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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    B Calderone 03-25-15
    B Calderone 03-25-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Abuse with a historical twist"

    This came recommended and has a massive following. One of the few books I have ever dumped and did not finish. I could only get as far as the third graphic attempted rape and second beating before I realized it just didnt get better. It's a pass for me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer philadelphia, PA 03-12-15
    Amazon Customer philadelphia, PA 03-12-15 Member Since 2015
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    "The best book of the series"

    Good read. At times it made me laugh out loud. The romance was just right. I could've done without the rape though. I found it unnecessary. In fact i've read this book twice & listened to it about 5 times and I skip over the parts that include the recants of the rape. It just ruins it for me. They narrator did spectacular job bringing the characters to life.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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 03-10-15
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    "There are better ways to move plot than an idiot"
    Would you try another book from Diana Gabaldon and/or Davina Porter?

    Gabaldon - NO.
    Porter - ABSOLUTELY! Very talented narrator.


    What was most disappointing about Diana Gabaldon’s story?

    Woman has historical knowledge of the time yet bumbles about doing the most idiotic things. She knows that the party she is with is worried about pursuit and yet wonder off alone as if everything was a splendid stroll out for a latte at the corner bakery. The short sighted idiocy of the Claire drove me nuts. At least make her out to be a dunce before she goes back in time so that I expect the stupidity.


    What about Davina Porter’s performance did you like?

    Brilliant work with accents, wonderful at creating vivid and distinguishable voices for each character and great pacing.


    What character would you cut from Outlander?

    Claire. Yeah. That would do it.


    Any additional comments?

    Read through the reviews before you buy this one. A close acquaintance recommended it to me and I thought I'd check it out, but I should have been more wary.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jill 03-01-15
    Jill 03-01-15 Member Since 2013
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    "too much Harlequin Romance"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The story has a great premise and was very educational as historical fiction. The love scenes went on and on and on. They could have easily cut out two thirds of it. I would have read additional books in the series if not for this.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • L
    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 41 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 20 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
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    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.

    5 of 5 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 11 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.

    4 of 4 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!

    19 of 22 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.

    3 of 3 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!

    11 of 13 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 13 people found this review helpful
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