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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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    Amazon Customer Alameda, CA 12-03-13
    Amazon Customer Alameda, CA 12-03-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Why is this so popular?"

    I saw all the positive reviews and thought "this many people can't be wrong." However, this many people also find professional wrestling entertaining, so, I guess this many people CAN be wrong. I didn't like this book. It was listed as Fantasy, but is mostly, almost entirely, not. It was a frustrating listen as the main character stumbled along into one calamity after another. She also spend a fair bit of time getting serviced, which sounds find and good, but really started to get a bit dull after, oh, I don't know, the 800th time. I'll skip the next in the series, and all others from Ms. Gabaldon. I'm sure she has her place and her following, but it was soooo far from what I was looking for. It felt like it really belonged in the paperback section with Fabio on the cover.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    James Austin, TX, United States 11-30-13
    James Austin, TX, United States 11-30-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Too much of a harlequin type of feel"
    What disappointed you about Outlander?

    The story just sucked. For what the author wanted to tell, it took way too long. And maybe I misunderstood what I was getting. I felt there was too much of the romance than the historical fiction that was described. I just don't need to wade through 200 pages describing the different ways the lead characters make love. It doesn't move the story along.The reason I bought the book is that the plot was intriguing to me. Woman goes back in time and has to deal with those issues. But that was never explored and, in my opinion, the story just got stuck in quick sand. Or more to the point, a gif. Just regurgitating the same thing over and over again.


    What was most disappointing about Diana Gabaldon’s story?

    Again the endless time wasted on describing how the two leads made love. Describe it once and your good. I am not interested in listening to how it was in the straw, or hot springs or in the inn with everyone listening or ...


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

    She did a good job with them.


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

    No.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Leslie Stern Durham, NC 10-19-13
    Leslie Stern Durham, NC 10-19-13 Member Since 2016

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    "Amazing Narrator Amazing Author Amazing Book"
    What did you love best about Outlander?

    Davina Porter has to be my most favorite female narrator EVER (Jim Dale is my favorite male narrator). She is able to nail Claire's British accent and a sexy lower register Jamie Fraser...and all kinds of other characters and accents in between. I am amazed every time I hear her narrate this story.


    What other book might you compare Outlander to and why?

    I wish I knew what other book compares.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I don't have 1 favorite scene. It's impossible to pinpoint just one.


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

    Absolutely, but there aren't enough hours in the day. I have listened 3 times already and will probably again. I steal away to this book whenever I have the chance...driving in my car, folding laundry, laying down in my bed at night, whenever!


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    Hoheria 10-18-13
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    "I really tried but ..."

    I really persisted with this one but couldn't get past the totally unbelievable reaction of the protagonist to being transported a couple of millennia into the past. The narrator was pleasant to listen to but the performance was crop,ed by the material.

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    Katherine 10-18-13
    Katherine 10-18-13

    I love to read mysteries, histories, biographies, humor, and Jane Austen.

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    "Excellent performance, the story not so much"

    So many folks have told me that I simply MUST read this series. So I gave the audio book a try.

    The good - the performance was excellent. The reader does a fine job of seamlessly shifting from English to Scottish accents, and her characters are well-defined vocally. No problems following the plot or which person was speaking.

    The bad -. I simply could not stand the central character. She stupidly gets herself into trouble repeatedly because she won't accept that her values and mores clash with the time into which she has been thrust. I also hated a lot of the dialogue. Do people really talk like that? Conflicts continually arise because characters jump to bad conclusions and won't say what's on their minds. The prolonged and frequent sex scenes were frankly boring after awhile. Finally, the male characters - no matter how wounded, no matter how close to death - were almost always the savior of this annoying damsel in distress. She does get herself out of a few scrapes, and helps to save her beloved at a couple of points, but mostly she waits to be saved. Very tiresome!

    I finished the audiobook but have absolutely no interest in continuing the series.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Tedd Dover, NH, United States 10-17-13
    Tedd Dover, NH, United States 10-17-13 Member Since 2012
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    "I dont understand the great reviews from everyone"
    What disappointed you about Outlander?

    SLOW story, very predictable. At no point did I care. This read like a teen girl romance, where the actual plot wasn't even important in comparison to the "strong female lead."

    I gave it about a quarter of a way through before I had to bail.

    It's not a terrible book, but it's just not any good.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    narration was fine.


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    VT 10-06-13
    VT 10-06-13 Member Since 2015

    Bookworm

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    "Feels just like a romance novel"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I don't really feel there is much of a story to this except it really just feels like a romance novel with a sadistic twist. Story-wise, it's a bit weak for me and I really don't like the female lead. Hard to like someone who can just forget about her husband (presumably she was still in love at the time) after just a month.


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    brenden Rocky Mount, VA, United States 10-05-13
    brenden Rocky Mount, VA, United States 10-05-13
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    "I really wanted to like it"
    What would have made Outlander better?

    This book was the typical seemingly strong independent woman who really just wants to be dominated by the "bad boy who is actually a good guy" type of romance. I really wanted to love it, but the pacing was dreadfully slow, and I actually never finished it. I had wanted a series to pull me in, so I even looked, after finishing about 90% of this, to see if maybe it was just a fluke, and maybe the later books would be more engrossing, but from the reviews I read, it sounds like the other books are more of the same.


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

    Definitely the spanking scene. Domestic violence is not okay. Romanticized domestic violence is even worse. I understand it was part of the culture, but this really made me dislike Jamie. Especially when it has the other men telling him afterwards that he didn't need to be so rough. If he would have done it reluctantly, it would have been one thing, but she made it clear that he took great pleasure from it, and that is simply disturbing.


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Anna O'Connell, Australia 08-29-13
    Anna O'Connell, Australia 08-29-13
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    "yuck!"

    Listening to Davina Porter narrate this tale of a time traveling saucy wench makes me cringe! The romantic (read 'sexy' ) bits, always trying in audio, sound ridiculous coming from her perfectly enunciated mouth. I know, I'm getting old, and I'm way past this kind of book.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Andreina Berkeley, CA, United States 08-28-13
    Andreina Berkeley, CA, United States 08-28-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Too Long, too much..."
    What disappointed you about Outlander?

    It was too long and repetitive. I enjoyed the beginning, then I was waiting for it to become really interesting, it just became eventful. It is not my kind of book, I know now.


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

    I am not sure if this was or not part of the plan, but I did not enjoy (at all) the tyrant-gay angle of Captain Randall.


    What three words best describe Davina Porter’s performance?

    The performance was ok for the story.


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

    Yes, I like many things about the story, but I just grew tiresome at some point. The same story could have been told in half a time.


    3 of 6 people found this review helpful

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