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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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    TarotMaven 10-05-14
    TarotMaven 10-05-14 Member Since 2013

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    "Expecting much more..."
    What would have made Outlander better?

    Less predictability, fewer last minute rescues, and the characters are far too puppet-like.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    It will not be one of Gabaldon's silly stories,. I am, I admit embarrassed that I purchased all the audio and kindle books in this series.

    WHAT was i thinking....


    Did Davina Porter do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Ms porter was the exceptional aspect of this series...or, rather, the first 1/4 of the first book. I simply was incapable of listening and.or reading beyond that point.

    AAAAARRRRRRRGGGGGGHHH, the money I wasted.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Underwhelmed, disappointed, and annoyed at the predictability of the book/series.


    Any additional comments?

    BahHUMBUG...pffft, barg, blag.

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    Tina 10-05-14
    Tina 10-05-14
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    "Fantastic series"
    What did you love best about Outlander?

    The fantastic writing of the author Diane Gabaldon. The wonderful mix of history, fiction and a touch of old world fairies and white witches.


    What other book might you compare Outlander to and why?

    I cannot compare for I have never read such a well read author sense Mark Twain. Diane Gabaldon and Mark Twain are very different in their writing fashions but they are both very intelligent writing and making the reader understand exactly what they mean.


    Have you listened to any of Davina Porter’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Only the outlander series. She is exceptional, right up there with Mare Winningham.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Out of the future and back to the land if adventure, love, family and history.


    Any additional comments?

    The author has an uncanny ability to transport you to the specific moment of time she intends. What a fantastic series.

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    Thom Toronto, ON, Canada 10-05-14
    Thom Toronto, ON, Canada 10-05-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Men: Please note, this is a total chick book"

    I bumped into this title while perusing reviews and looking for like-minded reviewers. I read that this book was science fiction, and a very good read. However, there were many things I wish I would have read before selecting the title:

    1) With the exception of one supernatural event, this book is in no way a science fiction book. There's no science at all.

    2) This book is essentially an upscale bodice-ripper, aimed squarely at women readers.

    A woman in a dull marriage is whisked back in time 200 years and ultimately forced to marry a beautiful Scot who treats her well except when he needs to spank her for the good of the community. Both the marriage and the spankings are conveniently coated in circumstances that free the characters from needing to feel any sense of remorse or ownership of their actions. It's the ideal Harlequin Romance kind of fantasy but longer and probably with better prose.

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    Michael 10-05-14
    Michael 10-05-14
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    "this book is TERRIBLE *SPOILERS*"
    What disappointed you about Outlander?

    the main character fixes trauma from sexual torture by...MORE SEXUAL TORTURE!! Way to GO!!


    Has Outlander turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes


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

    The narrator was fantastic, great accents, great voices, she's wonderful.


    What character would you cut from Outlander?

    the main one?


    Any additional comments?

    Dont read this book.

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    Michelle Westville, NJ, United States 10-01-14
    Michelle Westville, NJ, United States 10-01-14 Member Since 2017
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    "Great Story - Not Crazy About the Narrator"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Outlander to be better than the print version?

    With a good narrator, I do prefer the audio book over the print version. Davina Porter's voices for most characters are really good—she's a great narrator—BUT, I didn't like her for the two main characters. I felt her voice sounded too old for such young lovers. Her Claire voice conjured up visions of Maggie Smith as the Dowager in Downton Abbey. I didn't love her Jamie voice either, though I have a harder time putting my finger on why. Though I got used to the voices, it was a challenge for me.


    What other book might you compare Outlander to and why?

    It's hard to compare Outlander to other stories, but I will say that I read this book after reading A Discovery of Witches (and subsequent books in the trilogy) by Deborah Harkness. Though very different, Harkness's books are a vampire/witch romance, there were similar threads throughout them and I couldn't help compare them to one another as I listened to Outlander. I loved both.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I felt a lot of things with this book. I didn't cry, but I laughed from time to time, I cringed, I got mad at characters and quite often I felt uncomfortable. That discomfort was due to the author's poignant and unabashed way of writing difficult scenes and is to her credit. It was a good thing.


    Any additional comments?

    It's a long book, but I was mostly unbothered by that fact. It dragged in a few places, but the rest of it more than made up for those few moments. I can't wait to watch the TV series on Starz now...

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    eugenia welch 10-01-14 Member Since 2017
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    "loved it!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Outlander to be better than the print version?

    have not read print version


    What did you like best about this story?

    the detail - felt like i was there.


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

    great reading


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

    i would have but it was long! Even so i didn't want it to end.


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    Kathy A Walkoviak 09-30-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Spell Bound"
    If you could sum up Outlander in three words, what would they be?

    Enchanting
    Moving
    Spell Binding


    What other book might you compare Outlander to and why?

    No comparison


    Which scene was your favorite?

    All of them


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The whole book was moving


    Any additional comments?

    Loved the narrator..... Davina Porter was superb !

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    KatrinaNight68 Rochester, NY 09-30-14
    KatrinaNight68 Rochester, NY 09-30-14 Member Since 2017
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    "What a great storyteller!"
    What did you love best about Outlander?

    The epic feel of this story is amazing! Jaime is unlike any character I have every come across. Kudos to Gabaldon for creating such a dynamic duo in Jaime and Claire!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Jaime's innocence, gallantry, and fierceness all in one package.


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

    The amazing transition from the English accent to the Scottish Gaelic without skipping a beat.


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

    OMG I could not put it down!


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    VNSFRK Jackson, MI USA 09-30-14
    VNSFRK Jackson, MI USA 09-30-14

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    "LONG and glad for it."
    What made the experience of listening to Outlander the most enjoyable?

    I watched the first season of Outlander TV series on Starz and had to know what was going to happen. The 1st season TV series ends about half way through the first book. The story sure does explode from there. Oh my oh my, you thought the hot parts were steamy on TV, the book is blazing! I lack the normal amount of attention and usually can not sit still with books that go on and on with description. In the case of Outlander I could NOT stop listening. I finished this book (33 hours) in a few days. I was able to get a lot of work done, very clean house, canned a bushel of tomatoes, sorted and clipped coupons...ect. I like books written in 3rd person much better but I found the one sided story left me feeling more connected to Clair. I don't think it would have worked any other way. I am wondering if there will be a ripple effect in time that could threaten history and Clairs existence. Dragonfly in Amber is downloading....So EXCITED!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Outlander?

    Jamie asking what Fu@k meant


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The wedding, slightly different then the TV show but grand just the same.


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

    YES, if I didn't need sleep I would have.


    Any additional comments?

    I would love to know what Diana Gabaldons minds eye of Jamie and Clair were when she wrote it.

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    Louise 09-29-14
    Louise 09-29-14
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    "GREAT STORY - DESERVES A 10!"

    If I could I would give a 10!!!!
    My friend told me about it and now I cannot let go!
    Also love the Starz series
    Getting Book 2 today~~~ to get lost in time~~~~~~~~~~~

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