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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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    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 08-21-14
    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 08-21-14 Member Since 2014

    Hello, my name is Teresa and I'm an addict.

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    "Snooze Fest."

    This book is the most boring and trite of stories. There was no romance and no agenda for the heroine to go home only lots of attempted rapes and stories of rape. I would have even been happy if it was a bodice ripper book but by the time the bodice ripping part actually came it was very disappointing. Then there was lots and lots of crappy sex scenes including abuse not romance/love. I don't get all the great reviews. This book is defiantly not a five star review with 8 additional books later worthy kind of book as many of the other reviewer seem to think.

    There is a lot to be said about the details in books. This book is trying to be realistic by showing how awful life is back in the day, but the details are only good until the author decides to leave out obvious ones or change them to fit her story. It's amazing that everything that is written back in Scotland was in English. Claire seemed to be able to read everything and nobody commented on the fact that first she can read and second it is all in English. She also acts ignorant of medical procedures that were used back in the day, but claimed she is a nurse. Even I know about most of it.

    Not to mention the heroine doesn't act like she has any desire to return home she goes about it only as an afterthought. I also don't get why she said she was a widow and that she believed it. She was supposedly in love with her husband Frank and instead of trying to get back, she settles in and tells everybody she's a widow. Now I understand she is in a difficult situation but back in those days it would have been safer to say you were married. This made it convenient for the story line that she wasn't married but to me it was a big fat lie. Another thing that bugs me is that she doesn't have any problems with the way life was lived, I would think that since she came from the future she would have had difficulties adjusting to it. Claire didn't act like she actual had any real emotion over the events that were happening to her.

    These are just a few of the problems I had with this book, there were more. Narrator was okay, maybe a bit boring. She did mispronounce several words which was annoying. I defiantly will not be continuing with this series.




    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    E. Mathieu New York City 08-21-14
    E. Mathieu New York City 08-21-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Sexual violence throughout"
    What would have made Outlander better?

    Less sexualized violence. It is a major theme of the book.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Diana Gabaldon again?

    Probably not.


    What about Davina Porter’s performance did you like?

    Davina Porter was wonderful!


    Any additional comments?

    If you don't like sexualized violence, avoid this book. If I could take those parts out, I would give it 5 stars, but unfortunately it is a theme woven throughout the book.

    3 of 4 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.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Amy 06-30-14
    Amy 06-30-14
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    "Could have happily missed it."
    Any additional comments?

    I was looking for a good long "listen" and Outlander came up on several lists of long reads. The reviews seemed ok. But this book didn't do it for me. It wasn't a terrible listen, the performance was good and it wasn't torture. But having spent over 30 hours of my life listening...I didn't really feel there was the payoff.

    I cared about the characters...a little. I was curious about them. I read the summaries of the next few books online to see where they went. But no desire to put myself through the telling of the story.

    I'm hard pressed to explain why this wasn't a good read for me, but I think it felt largely like a soap opera. I didn't feel like I got deeply into the characters demons (maybe a little for Jaime at the end of the book) and the plot wasn't very deep in my opinion. It felt a long slow melodrama. It wasn't totally unpleasant but I can't really recommend it.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Humboldt Blue 06-27-14
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    "Skip this one - beating women is disgusting"
    Would you try another book from Diana Gabaldon and/or Davina Porter?

    No


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

    Omit sexually violent titillation from abuse by her "lover."


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Davina Porter?

    Possibly


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Outlander?

    The whole story: too violent and immature.


    Any additional comments?

    The story reeks of male dominance and female helplessness. Sadism should not be sold as "entertainment." I'm sorry I bought this book.

    11 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Denver, CO, United States 04-12-14
    Mark Denver, CO, United States 04-12-14 Member Since 2011
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    "I usually like time travel"
    Would you try another book from Diana Gabaldon and/or Davina Porter?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Is it silly to criticize a time travel book as being "unrealistic"? It stretches credulity that a woman can find herself 200 years in the past and yet fit in just fine and pass as a person of that time. The story is ok. The characters remain who they are throughout the book, there's know growing or changing. I found the sex scenes tedious. The performance was the best part of the book, the story leaves me cold. The epilogue (?) let me curious about will happen next, nevertheless I won't be listening to any more books in the series.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Ty 04-11-14
    Ty 04-11-14 Member Since 2008
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    "I couldn't get past the time travelling Sci-fi"
    Would you try another book from Diana Gabaldon and/or Davina Porter?

    Not from the author, but I would listen to another book read by Porter. I expected Gabaldon to gloss over the absurdity of having her character traveling back in time, but instead the time traveling, trying to get back to the future, and wondering how the character's actions were affecting the future was actually THE primary theme of the book. My angst with the author's handling of that topic overshadowed the rest of the book and kept me from enjoying any other aspects of the story, such as the romance... which I only found to be mediocre.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Diana Gabaldon again?

    No, I don't care for her storytelling. She's too long-winded, and events don't seem to have any deeper meaning or tie together to any understanding of some point... like an action movie that you see just for its special effects and explosions.


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

    It was well read by Davina Porter. If you want a long tragic romance novel, then this is your book. Be prepared to buy the series, though, because nothing is concluded in the 22.5 hrs of this book, instead you will be enticed with a reading of the first 30 minutes of the next book.


    3 of 4 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.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Katheryne MD, United States 07-22-13
    Katheryne MD, United States 07-22-13 Member Since 2015

    Busy mom who loves to read but doesn't always have the time. I enjoy YA, Romance and the occasional Best Seller.

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    "I'm on the fence with this one"

    I've wanted to listen to this book for years but never did due to the length. Long books require too much commitment on my part. Although this was a very entertaining and well written book, I thought it dragged in too many places and was in desperate need of a good editor. I didn't hate the book but I didn't love it either. I just simply enjoyed it. The narration was amazing which really added to the overall experience. I will probably move on to the 2nd book, but for now I need a break from such a long listen.

    Overall 3.5 stars

    21 of 31 people found this review helpful
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    Nicola Coburg, Australia 05-31-13
    Nicola Coburg, Australia 05-31-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Don't know what all the fuss is about"

    I just couldn't get started with this one. Based on the many good reviews I had high hopes but the narrator really put me off. The production was dated and her delivery made me think I was listening to a prissy elderly aunt reading from a Mills and Boon novel. I can almost smell the dust and faded perfume.

    5 of 7 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.

    38 of 40 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!

    18 of 19 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.

    12 of 13 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!

    17 of 19 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
  • Marcus H.
    Oxfordshire. United Kingdom
    9/14/12
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    "Clichéd chick-lit"

    I actually fell for the 5* reviews on this book and feel like a bit of a fool for doing so. This really is "chick lit" and quite poor at that. The story is historically very weak indeed and is really aimed at female titillation because every other scene revolves around sex and, to be honest, it's so damned boring! What's more it has the clichéd goody v baddy storyline that has been done to death since time immemorial.



    It took so long to get going that I almost gave up on it on three or four occasions. It's a shame really because when it did get going it was actually quite good but for 70% of the time it wasn't. If it wasn't for Davina Porter's amazing narration I don't think I'd have stuck it out til the end. Without her wonderful voice the whole thing would've ground to a halt rapidly.



    To put it in the sci-fi/fantasy section is a bit misleading because the only thing that is faintly related to this genre is the initial time slip. With a bit of imagination from the author we could've really been put into the excitement and terror of a 20th century woman suddenly finding herself in the 18th century but instead we have a main character that knew exactly how to behave and speak from the start and was all too accepting of her situation.



    Because the times where the story got moving were quite good I give it 3*s but for the most part it was a load of tosh and I certainly shall not be listening to any more of the series!

    4 of 4 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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Stewart
    Manchester, United Kingdom
    11/3/11
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    "Excruciating!"

    I acquired this as the free title in a 3 for 2 offer. Thank goodness I didn't pay for it!
    Be very careful, the sample is taken from the sensible start of the book.
    I only managed half of it - 16 hours of sex and violence fantasies are more than enough for me.
    If your idea of fun is a huge 18th century be-kilted Scotsman being beaten and having sex incessantly, this may be for you.

    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
  • 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.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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