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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.

Critic Reviews

"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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Exceptional story telling.

Love this book. One can not go wrong with Diana Gabaldon. I am not in the habit of re-reading books but, this one will be read again. Rich characters and brilliant dialogue.

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  • Deborah
  • Gainesville, TX, United States
  • 03-17-15

One of the best books I have ever read!

Would you consider the audio edition of Outlander to be better than the print version?

Since it is set in Scotland, both 1945 and 1742, being able to hear the dialects makes the experience much more enthralling. Davina Porter is an incredible narrator, one of the best I have ever heard.

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

Not yet.....but I will. she is a treasure.

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I liked It !!! Long Book...Good Value!

Great romantic and historical novel. Several unexpected jaw dropping revolations. Excited to start book #2.

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Extremely exciting!

I'm not even sure how to put this into words!! Simply amazing. something for everything!

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Performance is seriously lacking

Would you try another book from Diana Gabaldon and/or Davina Porter?

I love Diana Gabaldon. In fact, this audiobook is a "reread" for me because I love the book so much. However, I was completely disappointed in the performance.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Davina Porter transforms Claire from a strong, smart, sensuous woman into a whiney, quizzical, and frankly shallow character. Every response she has has a tone of indignation which is not very becoming of Claire at all.

Would you be willing to try another one of Davina Porter’s performances?

Absolutely not. Her accents tend to blend between Scottish and English which is a cardnal sin for this book because there is such a distinction between the scottish and English characters.

What would have made this romance irresistible?

This romance IS irresistable...in print. The romantic scenes narrated by Porter were cool and completely lacked the passion that enbodies this novel. When I read the print versions, I was left pining for the next scene. In the audio version, I almost fell asleep.

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Loved it

I did not know what to expect with this audio book and I absolutely loved it. The author wove an amazing tale that I did not want to quit listening to. The reader was outstanding and made this book outstanding. A must read or listen to.

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LOVED the audio version!

Adding audio to my Kindle books was one of the best investments I've ever made!

It was so much better being able to "hear" the dialog, giving me a wonderful and enriched reading experience.

The narrator was spectacular. Having a clear distinction between characters made the listening experience so much better!

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This is Not Claire

Where does Outlander rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Not as pleasant to listen to as most of the others.

What did you like best about this story?

The story is quite good. The idea of being able to alter history is fascinating, and the setting and timeframe of the book are all well used. The story grabbed me so that I wanted to continue into the sequels. The characters are very likable, deep and well portrayed throughout their difficult moral and otherwise challenging situations. This, plus the author's passion for the era and obvious knowledge of the culture and history are just what I like best in a book.

What didn’t you like about Davina Porter’s performance?

In the end, I was very irritated to have had Claire portrayed as an overly sassy, flirtatious and self satisfied woman. Clair might be very competent, assertive and forthright, but is not without softness and caring, characteristics that are not brought out by Ms. Porter. It was like a Victorian stage performance, over done to make up for the inadequate sound and lighting of the time; a romp, in fact, which does grave injustice to Ms. Gabaldon's achievements.

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

Just glad to reach the end so I can try reading the second one, without this narrator as a companion.

Any additional comments?

Take care of yourr listeners' ears. Many of them are older folks whose eyes are tired or inadequate to read well, and their ears might be sensitive as well. I personally love reading but I also like the idea of closing my eyes and hearing a book, hoping it might be somewhat restful. I can turn up the volume or crank up the speed if I want to, but mostly I'm hoping for a good bedtime story that won't put me right to sleep!

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Compelling! This is a great love story.

Compelling! This is a great love story. It is tragic and triumphant. The narration is outstanding and accentuates the experience of this great novel in an exquisite way. I highly recommend this book.

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Love it.

I started watching the series and wanted to know what was next. This surpassed my expectations with the details and expressive storytelling.