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Outlander: Outlander, Book 1

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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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    Leonid Surpin 09-11-14
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    "I want my money back"

    This is not a science fiction. Total waste of money. If I knew, I would not pay 10 cents for it.

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    Tasha Thomson 09-11-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Pure treacle"
    What would have made Outlander better?

    Skip the simpering romance and stick to the plot.


    What was most disappointing about Diana Gabaldon’s story?

    The tiresome romantic interludes.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    She was doing the best she could with the material.


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

    I wanted to chew my arms off with frustration...


    Any additional comments?

    I made a poor choice for my first audible selection.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Gabriella 09-11-14
    Gabriella 09-11-14
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    "AWESOME Story & Narrator! Onward to book 2!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Outlander to be better than the print version?

    I usually prefer print if I have the time, but this narrator did a really good job.


    What other book might you compare Outlander to and why?

    None that I have read so far.


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

    No


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Really good book, I highly recommend it. I have already purchased books 2 & 3 and the rest of the series is on my wish list.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 09-10-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Outlander - land of dull women and abusive men"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I decided to try this book with hype for the new show on STARS (which i don't have so don't watch) and various chat on other places. I couldn't get past the first 2 hrs of the book and can't imagine the next 31 being any better. So far I understand the heroine likes botany and hates history even though she's married to a historian and raised by an archaeologist. I get it, please stop repeating it. Overall its been 2 dull and unmemorable hours which i feel is more than sufficient time to give to any story for me to at least like one character in a book. I love history and have decided that Clare and I would never get along well so I'm terminating our relationship.


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

    No, just this series


    What three words best describe Davina Porter’s performance?

    Its OK, there are a lot of male characters and she tries to give each one a slightly different tone but i often found it a little odd sounding. She speaks clearly at a good speed and is easy to understand.


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

    So far all of it


    Any additional comments?

    I don't understand why this is described a book about strong smart women, so far I'm not seeing it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle 09-07-14
    Michelle 09-07-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Charming!"
    Where does Outlander rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's definitely top 5!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Outlander?

    The most memorable moment for me was what Jamie was willing to do/give Jonathan Randall for Claire's life.


    Which character – as performed by Davina Porter – was your favorite?

    Jamie and Claire. It's astonishing to me that Ms. Porter can do both the male and female voices so eloquently! Her accents are spot on as well.


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

    Yes, it's actually quite embarrassing displaying all these emotions with headphones on in front of family, friends and strangers!


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jane Minneapolis, MN, United States 09-01-14
    Jane Minneapolis, MN, United States 09-01-14 Member Since 2013

    Erstwhile librarian and tech salesperson. Favorite genres - history, biography, and mystery.

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    "Don't ever buy a New York Times bestseller!"
    What disappointed you about Outlander?

    This wasn't historical fiction, or adventure, or science fiction. It is only your basic bodice-ripping "romance". If you like that genre, I am sure that are better books, and I personally would rather read the printed page than listen to it. If you are looking for a good historical romance try Ivanhoe.


    What was most disappointing about Diana Gabaldon’s story?

    I love well-written and historically accurate historical fiction. This wasn't it. The author seems to think that describing a Scot's outfit accurately makes it "historical". Also, the main character didn't ring true for 1945.


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

    Davina Porter made it possible to listen to this book. Her characters were fantastic.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I am only glad that I bought this on sale. I would not have wanted to waste a credit on it.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Lynn Fang TARZANA, CA, US 08-31-14
    Lynn Fang TARZANA, CA, US 08-31-14
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    "Amazing In Every Way"
    What made the experience of listening to Outlander the most enjoyable?

    I am in love with the Outlander series. If epic & historical fantasy, romance, and adventure are your thing you will love this series. Diana Gabaldon is a master of her craft. The story progressives cohesively with great rhythm & timing of events. The characters are dynamic & strong & loveable.

    At first I was skeptical, and was slow to get absorbed by the story. But soon thereafter I was swept away and didn't want to stop listening. Now I have just started the 2nd book in the series, and while I was also skeptical that there could be a sequel to match the power & epicness of the 1st, I am hooked and I don't want to ever stop listening. I am now officially obsessed and want to read (listen to) the entire series, after which I plan to start watching the TV show. I highly recommend this series to all of my friends and if it were my way I would never stop talking about it.

    The audiobook experience is absolutely perfect, and I highly recommend it as the BEST way to begin enjoying the story. Davina Porter does an excellent job. She really brings all of the characters to life with unique voices that I soon recognized with ease, and I have completely fallen in love with Jamie's voice. She expresses the Scottish accents & vernacular that I would not get by reading alone, and that is worth everything. I love the characters she has brought to life, and I very much enjoy the abstract visuals in my mind's eye.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Outlander?

    There are so many amazing moments in Outlander. The last quarter of the book is probably my absolute favorite.


    What about Davina Porter’s performance did you like?

    I loved her Scottish accents and her consistency with unique character voices. I am in love with Jamie's voice.


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

    YES. In fact I want to listen to the WHOLE SERIES (5? books) in one sitting. But you know, that would be bad for the rest of my life, like my job and my partner, and maybe my health...


    Any additional comments?

    FUCKING AWESOME & EPIC AS FUCK. I think this might be my absolute favorite romance story of all time, on par with a Chinese series… It's definitely on the list of My Favorite Books Ever Written (which pretty much only consists of The Mists of Avalon). And I believe that the audiobook experience is an absolute necessity, to really soak in the language diversity and still enjoy your imagination of what the characters and scenes look like.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jackie Stephen pulaski, Tn 08-30-14
    Jackie Stephen pulaski, Tn 08-30-14

    ten a c lass

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    "doesn't disappoint"
    If you could sum up Outlander in three words, what would they be?

    great for escape


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Outlander?

    When Claire curses Jack Randell with the day of his death


    Which scene was your favorite?

    the scene where Jamie had to "spank" Claire


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

    laughed and cried. different times


    Any additional comments?

    didn't want the book to end. Listened for 3 days straight. couldn't put it down

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Wade 08-29-14
    Wade 08-29-14
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    "Too Girly for my taste"
    What would have made Outlander better?

    More action early on. Too much time having tea etc.


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

    I won't read the further books in the series.


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

    I didn't feel the performance brought me close enough to the characters


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

    I thought the premise/story-line was interesting and had potential but it didn't go where I thought it should.


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Troy 08-28-14
    Troy 08-28-14

    Say something about yourself!

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    "If You Know About Weapons, This One's Ruined"

    After watching 3 episodes of the TV series and hearing from friends who've read this how marvelous it is, I decided to go for full spoilers and get the book. You see, I'm not completely sold on the series yet at this point. Good characters, love the sets and the music, but... is there a story here beyond just your basic romance? That was question.

    The short answer is no, not really. Romance novel fans will have little problem embracing this as the characters are solidly human in their personalities, and the little bits of Jacobite intrigue flavor the story nicely. It's just a question of how "steamy" and explicit you like it, because this book goes for broke on that front.

    Having read similar books by Susanna Kearsley, even though Outlander is clearly one of the first of this kind of book, I think I'll stick with Kearsley. Gabaldon's writing style has spunk to the characters and more grit, but not as much gloss or magic as Kearsley. It comes down to personal preference on that front, but for me, I like historical fiction to be historical and fantasy to be fantastic. Gabaldon got this backwards.

    For those of us who read historical fiction for the history, the devil's in the details. It takes a 2 second Google search to confirm that a Scottish claymore does not weigh 15 lbs. It weighs just around 5, a maximum of 6. That's a heavy sword. Smaller swords traditionally weigh less than 2.

    There's a scene in this book that goes to great length to teach our heroine the proper use of a dirk. The only thing I can think of is this is how it must feel for astrophysicists to read science fiction, because I kept screaming at the instructor character for being a complete and utter moron. The historical martial arts community has a vast online presence, and they're very helpful to anyone -- especially writers -- who wish to aim for something resembling real life accuracy. Why would a self-respecting writer randomly make stuff up when such resources abound? It's like when Bugs Bunny puts his fingers into the barrel of Elmer Fudd's shotgun and makes it backfire. This book would have you believe that's how it works, and to those with even a basic knowledge of historical blades, the story just implodes on itself. As a swordfighter, I'm squarely in that category. Without that, I'm sure it's much more entertaining to the larger audiences, and clearly Gabaldon's fan following confirms that, so she must be doing something right.

    With that in mind, the characters are still interesting, so I'll see where the TV version goes for now. Seems wrong to me when the TV version is better than the book, but there it is.

    Davina Porter (by any name she uses) is a magnificent narrator, as always, lending her skills in languages and dialects in her typically superb manner. She gives this book an air of credibility that the writing just doesn't.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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