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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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    Erin Baldwin 07-08-13

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    "Had me until the rape and beating scene"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Captain Randall's character was pretty cliché


    What three words best describe Davina Porter’s voice?

    exasperated, patronizing, wise


    What would have made this romance irresistible?

    have some fallout after the rape and beating scene


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Chuck 07-05-13
    Chuck 07-05-13 Listener Since 2003
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    "Great story, a bit much sex for my taste"

    This is a good story, well written and well read. The sex scenes are a bit long story, a bit much sex from a male point of view. This may be a chick flick type of thing. But the romance is good. You may need to listen on headphones when the grandchildren are visiting.

    Audible should note which titles are embarrassing to listen to without headphones.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica minneapolis, MN, United States 06-19-13
    Jessica minneapolis, MN, United States 06-19-13 Member Since 2017

    i'm listening

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    "THIS IS A ROMANCE NOVEL"

    I got this on a 4.95 special and glad I did. This is not a fantasy novel, this is not historical fiction. This is a romance novel. This has a sex scene every 10 minutes for most of it, complete with stroke count. I will say that its probably a super excellent romance novel because I listened to MOST of it and it is long. I put books on while I go about my day, in and out of the room, in and out of the house. Usually with a book this long I would have to listen 5 times or so to have heard the whole thng for sure. But everytime I came back into the room they were at it again. I only listened once, but I did listen to almost all of it .

    To be sure there is some magic and there is some history and those elements of the story were engaging, but too interrupted and not well enough developed for me. Its a shame, coulda been good. If you like romance novels I think this must be as good as they get.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Y. Irvine, CA, US 05-28-13
    Linda Y. Irvine, CA, US 05-28-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Couldn't wait for it to finish!"

    Worst book I've ever listened to, and the bad news is that it's freakishly long. Couldn't wait to finish it. The story had no purpose, just keeps on going and going... The narration is the worst part, can't understand what she's saying half the time. Wish I knew audio books can be returned.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Ann Palos Verdes Estates, CA, United States 05-22-13
    Ann Palos Verdes Estates, CA, United States 05-22-13 Member Since 2013
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    "tried 3 times"

    Tried 3 times to start it. Just found my mind drifting each time. Simply couldn't get into it. Tried to return it, but return not working.

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    Christine 05-14-13
    Christine 05-14-13
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    "Great Narrator, Flat Characters"

    I gave this book 6 of its 32 hours to get me excited about it. I like historical fiction, which is why I chose this book, but I am not too keen on romance or science fiction. The plot seemed contrived and the characters, other than the heroine, were two dimensional. I was able to anticipate most plot twists in the 6 hours I listened, but maybe there was more excitement to come later in the book; it IS 32 hours long! On the positive side, the narrator was excellent!

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    Lesley LAWRENCE, KS, United States 05-10-13
    Lesley LAWRENCE, KS, United States 05-10-13 Member Since 2017
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    "The Plot Just Never Showed Up"

    I gave up on Outlander almost 1/4 of the way through because I was just too bored to go on. I rarely give up on novels, but the plot just never. showed. up. And life is way too short to listen to 32 hours of a book I didn't care about.

    All the author gives us in the first 8 hours/150 pages is Claire, a generic and apparently very emotionally flexible character who was pretty cool with being transported to another time and wasn't too worried about getting back. She never got past hanging around the castle talking to Jamie, and it didn't feel like she ever would.

    The narration was fine, and I loved the Scottish accents, but without a single interesting character or apparent moving conflict to pull me through a 800+ page novel, it just wasn't going to happen.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 05-01-13 Member Since 2016

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    "Never Again"
    What disappointed you about Outlander?

    It was described as a combination of science fiction, history, romance, and adventure. Romance was too heavy and graphic for my taste. Science fiction is a stretch, just because she goes though time at a ring of stones? Historical fiction was interesting and had there not been SO many sexual encounters in so many places at so many times, the adventure would have been more enjoyable.

    There was a violent act in the story that was completely unneeded for the story. Then, the expected emotional trauma is miraculously overcome through the power of love. It just seemed so gratuitous and unbelievable to me.


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

    I have not read any books like this before. Someone thought I would like them. I did not realize it was so heavy on romance or I would have chosen another book. So I already knew I didn't like the Romance Genre.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    It was pretty good but the book was so long that I got tired of it and the narration by the end.


    What character would you cut from Outlander?

    I wouldn't cut the characters, they were fine. I would cut the story in half though. It was way longer than it needed to be.


    Any additional comments?

    I found getting through Outlander a chore but was determined to read the whole book. I will pass on the rest of the series.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    gilbert 04-09-13
    gilbert 04-09-13
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    "oops. Bought a Romance Novel"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If you like Romance Novels, then you probably already know what this is like. I have not, so I was shocked by the graphic intimate scenes. I really wanted a Scottish Historical Fiction before my trip to the UK. I will keep looking. The storyline starts out like the Korean TV Drama, "Faith, The Good Doctor". That show may have borrowed from this storyline. I have no comment on the ending because I stopped after I fast-fowarded through half the book. There were too many intimate scenes.


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

    She was good. She sounds a little like Nadia May.


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

    Just give me the story, if you know what I mean.


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara 04-04-13
    Barbara 04-04-13
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    "Long time...Nothing happens"
    Would you try another book from Diana Gabaldon and/or Davina Porter?

    No


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

    No


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

    All of part 1 could have been cut down to 1 hour. Listening to this is like listening to grass grow.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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