We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
 >   > 
Outlander Audiobook

Outlander: Outlander, Book 1

Regular Price:$34.99
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

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)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.5 (40486 )
5 star
 (28088)
4 star
 (6823)
3 star
 (2841)
2 star
 (1465)
1 star
 (1269)
Overall
4.5 (32610 )
5 star
 (23160)
4 star
 (5080)
3 star
 (2269)
2 star
 (1098)
1 star
 (1003)
Story
4.7 (32715 )
5 star
 (25831)
4 star
 (4478)
3 star
 (1452)
2 star
 (481)
1 star
 (473)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Jessica minneapolis, MN, United States 06-19-13
    Jessica minneapolis, MN, United States 06-19-13 Member Since 2017

    i'm listening

    HELPFUL VOTES
    223
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    184
    26
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    6
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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
  •  
    Linda Y. Irvine, CA, US 05-28-13
    Linda Y. Irvine, CA, US 05-28-13 Member Since 2014
    HELPFUL VOTES
    5
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    226
    12
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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
  •  
    Ann Palos Verdes Estates, CA, United States 05-22-13
    Ann Palos Verdes Estates, CA, United States 05-22-13 Member Since 2013
    HELPFUL VOTES
    6
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    12
    5
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Christine 05-14-13
    Christine 05-14-13
    HELPFUL VOTES
    4
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    58
    6
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Lesley LAWRENCE, KS, United States 05-10-13
    Lesley LAWRENCE, KS, United States 05-10-13 Member Since 2017
    HELPFUL VOTES
    10
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    39
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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
  •  
    Amazon Customer 05-01-13 Member Since 2016

    Beth

    HELPFUL VOTES
    4
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    18
    5
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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
  •  
    gilbert 04-09-13
    gilbert 04-09-13
    HELPFUL VOTES
    3
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    5
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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
  •  
    Barbara 04-04-13
    Barbara 04-04-13
    HELPFUL VOTES
    4
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    7
    4
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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
  •  
    Ceanothus 03-26-13
    Ceanothus 03-26-13
    HELPFUL VOTES
    4
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    15
    10
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Disappointing."

    I was hoping for a good historical fiction in the vein of the books written by Orhan Pamuk, and was bitterly disappointed in that regard. It does fit the category of historical fiction, and it does a semi-decent job of putting you into the setting, but it doesn't have enough of the background history or enough character development to be great literature. It is far more of a romance story than I expected, and also devotes way too much time to sexual details that seemed gratuitous to me - as if someone's editor told them it would sell better with more sex. I found myself thinking, "oh, not this again" multiple times, and even fast-forwarding through parts of it - especially the details of the sadist's idea of fun sex. Too much information there, and not enough on the background politics of the time or the characters' personal histories. I did finish the book, but I have no intention of reading any more by this author.

    The reader was very good however, and was probably the main reason I finished the book. She was able to seamlessly switch from a female voice with an English accent to various male voices with Scottish accents in a way that never seemed at all strained. She didn't draw any attention to herself as distinct from the story, and really seemed to BE the characters.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Joanne Boulder, CO USA 03-22-13
    Joanne Boulder, CO USA 03-22-13 Member Since 2017
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Long and repetitive"
    What did you like best about Outlander? What did you like least?

    Story makes you use your imagination. Long and repetitive themes.


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

    More expression and great accents.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Maybe, but it would be LONG


    Any additional comments?

    No qualms about the audio book, but not sure what all the fuss is about about the Outlander series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
Sort by:
  • L
    BridgendUnited Kingdom
    10/1/06
    Overall
    "First book of a series"

    This series is a mixture of science fiction, history, medicine and romance. Forget historical or geographic accuracy. This is escape and should be taken as fiction based on fact. Diana Gabaldon wrote this as an exercise and did it extremely well, even though she had never visited Scotland before writing Outlander. It is thought provoking, funny, sad, erotic and dramatic.
    There are, to date, six books in the series following the Frasers from Culloden (and the lead up to it) to the beginning of the War of Independence in America. There is one or possibly two more books to come.
    Ever wondered where certain ideas came from? Who thought of putting phosphate on bits of wood with an air proof covering? Could have been someone who had already seen the idea in action.
    I thoroughly enjoyed the books and Davina Porter is an excellent narrator. She manages to capture a 1940's English female accent but still does a very good Scottish male voice. Quite an achievement and well worth listening to.

    45 of 50 people found this review helpful
  • John
    United Kingdom
    12/2/13
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Get out of bed and get on with the story!"
    What would have made Outlander better?

    The story gets the narration it deserves. Both are tedious and more Mills and Boon (I imagine as I haven't read any) than serious historical novel. A possibly good idea is interrupted by so much sex and "oooohhhhh Jaaaammmmieeee" that it never really gets a chance. I did listen right through to the end, even though I wanted to stop half way, and have masochistically even gone part way through the second book, thinking it may improve, which it didn't. If anything it got worse. Unfortunately I bought three of this series at the same time on the basis of other reviews, but just couldn't face any more of this tedious drivel.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Diana Gabaldon again?

    Emphatically not!


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

    Highly unlikely.


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

    About 60% of it.


    Any additional comments?

    I can honestly say that nothing I have read has annoyed me more than this series.

    40 of 45 people found this review helpful
  • Sceptical Shopper
    UK
    3/6/12
    Overall
    "Entertaining romp"

    A page turning bodice ripper with added pornography. The book started off ok but I found the increasing dominance of the sex scenes became boring. Definitely written to appeal to women rather than men - my husband couldn't stand it and gave up on the first book.

    26 of 29 people found this review helpful
  • Alan
    Northwich, Cheshire, United Kingdom
    3/28/07
    Overall
    "Lose yourself in a gripping story."

    I thoroughly enjoyed this. Being a bloke I was looking for a nice time travel adventure but I soon got caught up in the thrills and spills of highland life without missing the real reason for choosing the book. The first couple of chapters drag a bit but keep close attention as they make historic references picked up later on. I was fascinated and enthralled!

    31 of 35 people found this review helpful
  • Marcus H.
    Oxfordshire. United Kingdom
    9/14/12
    Overall
    "Clichéd chick-lit"

    I actually fell for the 5* reviews on this book and feel like a bit of a fool for doing so. This really is "chick lit" and quite poor at that. The story is historically very weak indeed and is really aimed at female titillation because every other scene revolves around sex and, to be honest, it's so damned boring! What's more it has the clichéd goody v baddy storyline that has been done to death since time immemorial.



    It took so long to get going that I almost gave up on it on three or four occasions. It's a shame really because when it did get going it was actually quite good but for 70% of the time it wasn't. If it wasn't for Davina Porter's amazing narration I don't think I'd have stuck it out til the end. Without her wonderful voice the whole thing would've ground to a halt rapidly.



    To put it in the sci-fi/fantasy section is a bit misleading because the only thing that is faintly related to this genre is the initial time slip. With a bit of imagination from the author we could've really been put into the excitement and terror of a 20th century woman suddenly finding herself in the 18th century but instead we have a main character that knew exactly how to behave and speak from the start and was all too accepting of her situation.



    Because the times where the story got moving were quite good I give it 3*s but for the most part it was a load of tosh and I certainly shall not be listening to any more of the series!

    26 of 30 people found this review helpful
  • Karen
    Douglas Water, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom
    5/10/07
    Overall
    "Outlander (Cross Stitch)"

    Having read the books many years ago as they were written, I thought it would be interesting to listen to the first one being told. It was very quickly addictive and many things went by the wayside until I finished listening to the story. Davina Porter was very good, however, I agree with the reviewer who commented on her Scottish voices. I am Scottish, and the accents did grate slightly. However I appreciate the difficulties in being female and trying to narrate in an 18th century male Highlander voice. Overall, very entertaining, and very enjoyable. I look forward to listening to the others.

    25 of 29 people found this review helpful
  • R
    Templeogue, Ireland
    2/27/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Terrible Story, Terrible Charactars"

    I found this book one of the worst books I have ever had the misfortune to purchase from Audible. The basic premise of the book is fine, however...... it completely lost me when the main characters new husband is basically forcing himself on her, she then decides that he is doing such a good job that it is not really rape after all.

    Similarly, when her husband beats her for wandering off and needing to be rescued she is first extremely put out. But after thinking about it for a while she decides it was probably for the best.

    This book is a wife beating rapists wet dream.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Victoria
    High Wycombe, United Kingdom
    4/26/12
    Overall
    "Mind-numbingly dull"

    I found this painful to listen to. Firstly the reader speaks as though she is the Queen, which I found really off-putting at times. Secondly, the chapters before the time travel drag on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on.... and they go into so much boring detail about things that no-one could possibly be interested in. It also included some of the most excrutiatingly embarrassing and unsexy sex scenes.
    I thought once the time travel happened, I would be embarking on a thrilling historical romp. I was sorely disappointed. It was more of the interminable detailed descriptions of the most boring events and more of the awful sex scenes.
    Dreadful!

    42 of 50 people found this review helpful
  • Stewart
    Manchester, United Kingdom
    11/3/11
    Overall
    "Excruciating!"

    I acquired this as the free title in a 3 for 2 offer. Thank goodness I didn't pay for it!
    Be very careful, the sample is taken from the sensible start of the book.
    I only managed half of it - 16 hours of sex and violence fantasies are more than enough for me.
    If your idea of fun is a huge 18th century be-kilted Scotsman being beaten and having sex incessantly, this may be for you.

    20 of 24 people found this review helpful
  • Paul D
    Normandy, France
    12/1/13
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Eat your heart out Barbara Cartland!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Some degree of historical reality/accuracy is useful in a historical novel,.


    What was most disappointing about Diana Gabaldon’s story?

    Lacked any depth, just a bodice ripper using a historic setting - the Scottish highlands. No conception or the era or realistic characterization.


    Did Davina Porter do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

    No. Heroine, "oh gosh, I've time travelled, never mind."


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

    No redeeming features for me. A big error. Thought it may be interesting and a little different. It was certainly different to anything I would spend time listening to.


    Any additional comments?

    My mistake, but perhaps it should have been made clearer in the blurp that this was a shallow bodice ripper in Mills and Boon gendre and should be avoided by all but those of a certain gender and age.

    19 of 23 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.