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Outlander Audiobook

Outlander: Outlander, Book 1

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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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    Travis R. Carroll 05-14-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Don't bother"
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    As a fan of historical fiction, I was hoping to find an author whose research into a different era would fascinate and enlighten, while telling a compelling story. However, this seemed little more than 33 hours of participating in the uninspiring fantasies of a middle-aged woman who lives alone with her cats, a box of zinfandel, and a box of tissues. This book was more in the vein of romance novel than historical fiction. If I had not already exhausted all my podcasts and music on a very long road trip, I never would have tortured myself by finishing this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jenny 05-13-15
    Jenny 05-13-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Best Book EVER!"
    Would you listen to Outlander again? Why?

    No but just because I am not the type reader that reads something twice.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Outlander?

    When Jamie and Clare finally built a true relationship together, after they were married.


    What does Davina Porter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She is the best. She has such a range of voices. She makes the characters come to life and makes it easy listening knowing who is saying/doing what. Excellent!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    YES! I stayed up late and took a road trip just so I could listen. Even got lost a couple of times on the road because I was paying more attention to 1700's instead of 2015.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Leslie 05-13-15
    Leslie 05-13-15
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    "third time through this novel"

    Loved the story and the characters. Diana Gabaldon writes so vividly. the entires series is a must read.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tracy 05-13-15
    Tracy 05-13-15 Member Since 2012
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    "One of the best stories I have ever read"

    So much passion in the characters. You feel like you are right there by their side living their lives.
    I love this series!

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    Melinda M.Kauffman 05-13-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Worth the time"

    I was afraid this might be a little girlie for me but I found it very interesting albeit a bit romantic. I listen to the books in my car but this was definitely one that I kept playing once I arrived. Couldn't stop!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Claudia Reston, VA, USA 05-12-15
    Claudia Reston, VA, USA 05-12-15 Member Since 2002

    Audible listener for MANY years. I love mysteries and spy novels, biographies, historical fiction, and many other things in between.

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    "How Did I Not Know About this Series?"

    Being an avid reader/audiobook listener I was astounded to find that this series has been around for years! This is giving the Tales of the Otori series (one of my all-time favorites) a run for the money. I don't think I can add anything new by way of a review, I will only say that if you've seen the series on TV, I definitely recommend reading the book as well. Davina Porter couldn't have done a better job and it's very congruous with the (wonderful) TV show. I can't wait to start book two!

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    Melanie Gilmore 05-11-15
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    "True love"

    A powerful story of true love withstanding time and the savageness of one man. I cried, I laughed, I got angry, and I cried some more.

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    Bonnie 05-10-15
    Bonnie 05-10-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Disappointing"

    I know that this was made into a series on the STARZ network but I do not get STARZ so knew nothing about the book. I was just told it was worth the read. It wasn't. It was only mildly interesting. I will not be purchasing the sequel and I would not recommend this.

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    Robert A Sgarlato 05-10-15
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    "Exceptional "

    Having watched the series on the Starz network I was curious if the book could would outdo the series. The book was mesmerizing. The narration was gripping. To say I enjoyed the story, it's characters and the interpretation of Davina Porter would be an understatement.

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    Kindle Customer 05-10-15 Member Since 2012

    Well it's actually not Dan. It's his wife who can't figure out how to change that on the profile. But I love to read and listen to books.

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    "Can't find an adjective but WOW!"

    I wasn't sure about a time traveling stuff when I read the summary of the book, but this was a fabulous story. Adventure, romance, love triangle, fighting, accents, love and so much more. This was a beautifully written book. I will definitely continue with the series. Magical

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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.

    48 of 53 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!

    33 of 37 people found this review helpful
  • R
    Templeogue, Ireland
    2/27/16
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    "Terrible Story, Terrible Charactars"

    I found this book one of the worst books I have ever had the misfortune to purchase from Audible. The basic premise of the book is fine, however...... it completely lost me when the main characters new husband is basically forcing himself on her, she then decides that he is doing such a good job that it is not really rape after all.

    Similarly, when her husband beats her for wandering off and needing to be rescued she is first extremely put out. But after thinking about it for a while she decides it was probably for the best.

    This book is a wife beating rapists wet dream.

    11 of 12 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!

    28 of 32 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.

    27 of 31 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.

    43 of 50 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.

    22 of 26 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!

    44 of 53 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.

    26 of 31 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.

    14 of 17 people found this review helpful

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