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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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    Evan Greek 07-31-14
    Evan Greek 07-31-14 Member Since 2016

    I read. Sometimes I listen to books and call it reading. I write. Sometimes I transcribe coffeehouse conversations and call it writing.

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    "Well hung stable boy"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Ahh yes, the well hung stable boy warrior poet virgin from the distant past meets the happily married sexual dynamo thrown into a different area code... Err time. Enemy rapists, true lust, and 10 sexual innuendos on every page. Enjoy ladies.


    Would you recommend Outlander to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. I would be laughed out of the room


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

    Jamie, it is best that a woman's version of the perfect man have the voice of a woman


    Do you think Outlander needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    One? How about ten!


    Any additional comments?

    Why!? Really! Why!?

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Chris 07-27-14
    Chris 07-27-14
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    "Great narration. Difficult to get past all the sex"

    I LOVED Davina Porter's narration of this book. I also loved the plot and the characters. Good tongue-in-cheek humor throughout the book. Lots of twists to the plot.

    Unfortunately, there are so many explicit sex scenes they become burdensome, even boring. So much sex cheapens the novel. Stop at one or two vital sex scenes, perhaps? And leave out the detailed sex-torture event. The main male character's role was weakened by his willingness to gush about it. I was unimpressed by the additional torture as a "cure" for his subsequent melancholy.

    I'd love to follow the rest of this adventure by reading the remainder of the series. But I haven't yet made up my mind whether I want to put up with more hours of detailed sexual encounters that don't really add to the story line beyond the first few sentences. Wish I could listen to an abridged version of the Outlander novels, leaving out all but a few relevant (shortened) sex scenes. That would be a quality book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    jeprdy somewhere in the middle 07-27-14
    jeprdy somewhere in the middle 07-27-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Surprisingly Fantastic!"
    Any additional comments?

    I am an avid audiobook fiction fan and had just become a fan of historical romance when Audible.com put the entire Outlander series on sale for a ridiculously low price. I purchased ALL 7 books based on the overwhelming positive reviews of the 1st book - Outlander. By the time I got around to listening to this book, I'd forgotten the specifics of the plot... When the book began, I was certain I'd made a huge mistake as the beginning of the story was not your typical "highlander" story; but, I kept listening anyway- still assuming I'd wasted my $$ due to not investigating the books thoroughly. Boy, was I wrong. The way this book weaves through time and produces this epic love story is brilliant! The book sometimes gets bogged down with details that appear to be irrelevant, yet it all intertwines into the storyline and characterizations that make this book impossible to put down. I'm through the 4th novel in this series now and it keeps getting better. Lastly, the narration is superb. Each character is clearly differentiated by the narrator and makes it seamless in its story-telling.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 07-25-14
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    "keeps you wanting more"
    Would you listen to Outlander again? Why?

    yes I will listen to them again .each time I listen I hear something different that I missed the first time


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love each person in the book they are all different and the narrator makes them all different so you can keep a voice to each one.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I cant pick a favorite yet ...I find the whole series a joy to listen to


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

    yes but I do need to sleep.


    Any additional comments?

    I started out with this book and needless to say I have all six and I'm going to finish the series .she keeps you wanting more to find out how it will end .love these books... can't say anything more.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Shannon 07-25-14
    Shannon 07-25-14
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    "Wow. I could read this again and again."
    If you could sum up Outlander in three words, what would they be?

    Sexy. Action. Heart-wrenching.


    Any additional comments?

    While I love the story and Davina's narration... Throughout the entire book it sounds like there is someone talking in the background. I listened to the book in my car, out for walks, at home, at work (pretty much anywhere I could!) and most often I was completely alone-- yet I always heard someone talking that wasn't Davina. It sounds like someone was talking in the studio behind her. Very distracting and annoying! It's a good thing the story is good enough to overlook this annoying quirk of the recording.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Karla boston, ma 07-24-14
    Karla boston, ma 07-24-14 Member Since 2012

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    "Good listen, but..."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    A good story, I learned some stuff about 18th century Scotland and the Highlanders; but I wasn't expecting a historical ROMANCE which this pretty much was. I am not a romance novel reader, so the juicy love scenes weren't my cup of tea. But if you need to eat up 33 hours in a car, go for it!


    What about Davina Porter’s performance did you like?

    Great voices!


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    L. H. 07-16-14
    L. H. 07-16-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Really disappointed"
    What would have made Outlander better?

    This is fine for people who want a torrid historical period romance with plenty of violence and domestic abuse, etc. justified by the time period. I thought I was getting a type of sci-fi time travel book and I guess I let myself be mislead by the positive reviews. Also, I don't understand why Claire took her predicament so calmly and why her escape efforts were so ridiculously lame. Oh, and she orgasms after 10 seconds? Hmmm. The character was just not remotely believable for me. Most of the others weren't either.


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

    MUCH less dwelling on whippings, floggings, strappings, rape and near-rape, torture, endless sex with Jamie - I couldn't get past the first 1/3 of the book, even to find out if she went back to 1945, etc. Obviously there's a huge market for this type of book, but for me - ugg!!


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    She was great, no complaints.


    What character would you cut from Outlander?

    Honestly - Claire! Can't answer this appropriately given that for me, the whole premise is just not what I like.


    Any additional comments?

    Thank you Audible for your return policy!

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Katherine 06-20-14
    Katherine 06-20-14
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    "Far more romance than historical fiction/fantasy"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    People who prefer historical romance novels


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

    More plot surrounding time travel, and less plot surrounding her love life with Jamie. That was most of the novel


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

    Jamie had a decent accent


    What character would you cut from Outlander?

    all the random side characters with confusing names who did little for the plot or the setting


    Any additional comments?

    This was too long by like, 5 hours or the equivalent 300 pages

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Jimmie 06-19-14
    Jimmie 06-19-14
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    "Mostly boring"
    Would you try another book from Diana Gabaldon and/or Davina Porter?

    I typically like old English stories especially when they have a mystical aspect such as going back in time but after 20 hours of listening the story went nowhere. Neither of the two main protagonist brought anything truly interesting to the story, nor did I find the obstacles confronting them of any real challenge. I doubt I would try another book by this author.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I don't mind a little romance , in fact I like it, but I need a little more adventure, or a lot more human interest and challenging obstacles, something that puts a little more on the line than life-and-death or brings a tear to my eye.


    What about Davina Porter’s performance did you like?

    Story aside, Porter's performance was great.


    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    paul 06-03-14
    paul 06-03-14 Member Since 2017
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    "Should have been something great..."

    I must confess I first started reading this because the show coming out and though I thought the book was a complete waste of my time, I felt it could be better for television. Ok now that's out of the way. The beginning was so promising, but even then there were hints I didn't quite catch of what it was about to become.

    Sex is not bad for all books in some its a thing of morality and hurts the people around a character, others it character building and shows what type of person they are. In Outlander it's a cheap ploy to get two people together (It wasn't really about sex till certain events) and it wasn't necessary (or atleast at that moment) The Claire and Jamie relationship was great then slowly ruined after one page.

    In life I'm told sex ruins relationships and so is the case with this book, it may be good to some, great to others, but all I got out of it was after barely getting to know someone in the sack is much more beneficial then getting to know them as a person. Know what your getting into, its not an awful, it just could have been so much better.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful

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