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Outlander Audiobook

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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    Elizabeth 03-10-09
    Elizabeth 03-10-09 Member Since 2014
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    "Good book if you're an undersexed minister's wife"

    ...with a lot of time on her hands. Bear with me: It has a good premise and excellent narration. But it reads like the author decided to rewrite "The Total Woman" as a pseudo-historical romantic adventure. If you love the first 8 hours you're in luck, because you're getting about 24 more of the same. However, don't look for character development or anything more than glancing historical detail. Also, fair warning: the author practically luxuriates in both repetitious sex scenes and homophobia.

    27 of 39 people found this review helpful
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    Tracy Wood 04-28-17
    Tracy Wood 04-28-17 Member Since 2017
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    "mostly romance and gore"

    narrator was great. i like listening to her voice. amazing how she keeps track of all the voices. Story line, not all that. i don't undetstand why people love it so much. mostly romance, gore, and poor choices.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jackie Auberg 04-14-17
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    "this book was tedious."

    I definitely struggled to finish this book. I found it boring, slow and predictable. The narrator was fantastic.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas Hoye 04-12-17
    Thomas Hoye 04-12-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Women's romance NOT science fiction"

    I bought this book thinking it was a sciencefiction but it actually is a romantic tale definitely written for women in a pretext of science fiction. Women will love it, men forget it

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Marissa Scranton, PA, United States 04-05-17
    Marissa Scranton, PA, United States 04-05-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Not a fan..."

    This took me over two years to finish and that was with using the whisper sync feature. I just don't understand why everyone raves about this series. I was bored with this pretty much throughout, but after listening to 15 hours I couldn't stand to let it stand unfinished so I struggled through. Maybe it's because I'm not big into romance novels. Only get this if it seems like your kind of book. Don't get it just because it's so popular.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cosmocitygrl Los Angeles, CA, United States 03-29-17
    Cosmocitygrl Los Angeles, CA, United States 03-29-17 Member Since 2010

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    "I'm torn"
    Any additional comments?

    I'm torn between liking this book and hating it. The man on man rape scenes are enough to make you gag but I do like the love story between the two main characters. I love all the accents and characters Davina Porter does but hate how she makes the female leads voice sound (like an old school marm instead of a 28 year old woman). I also love the descriptions of the time period and landscape. I will give the second book a chance but if its more of the same with the raunchy behaviors I'm out.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rebuttal to your rebuttal 03-28-17 Member Since 2016
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    "a bit disappointing"
    Where does Outlander rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I like time travel and some fantasy novels, but felt that this one could have made better use of the genre. For me it was only a little better than mediocre.


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

    No. It is well crafted but I found some long passages to be tedious and disturbing. How can you manage to be tedious and disturbing at the same time?!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I liked the parts that described scenes of Highland life, especially the festive occasions. I also enjoyed the parts about herbcraft.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I liked the contrast between how Claire felt about Frank and how she felt about Jamie.


    Any additional comments?

    If I'd been reading and not listening to this book I would have skipped through many pages, specifically the many long descriptions of floggings and other torture. I felt the love scenes were unnecessarily drawn out too. It's well written in other respects but these flaws make it hard for me to understand why it is such a popular book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    JR 03-27-17
    JR 03-27-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Too slow moving"

    Moves very slow. Too graphic at times. I loved the story but was very b

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ashley 03-27-17
    Ashley 03-27-17
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    "Complete disappointment and DISGUST."
    Would you try another book from Diana Gabaldon and/or Davina Porter?

    No way in hell.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Anything that's the absolute opposite of this book.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Narration was...meh. The voice acting is fine, the accents are okay, not horrible...but not great either.


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

    This book made me feel so betrayed, angry, and disgusted. It started out so great, if a little slow, and I was enthralled by the characters and the world. Then, chaos ensued. Claire started out as an intelligent, strong, and witty woman who quickly devolved into a bimbo. At first, the pairing seemed cute and dangerous in the best way, then Jamie practically rapes and abuses her. MINOR SPOILER ALERT Clair is forced into marriage with him (or be handed over to soldiers who will most likely kill her) HAS to consummate the marriage for plot development i guess???? Then the two constantly have sex, once RIGHT after Clair is nearly raped and killed by some passing soldiers. WHAT? This book glorifies spouse abuse in a way that is supposed to be "historically accurate" and just ends up being a horrific mess and insult. I felt betrayed by the author who actually made me root for for Claire and Jamie as Claire's husband is obviously a cheating moron. She took an interesting, strong female character and destroyed her in a single chapter. This is what you shouldn't do with a romance novel. The world looked like it would be so much more, and the characters had so much potential for a fantastic time traveling Scottish adventure and romancing of a hot highlander. Listening to this honestly made me cringe and I wish i had a physical copy to rip apart.


    Any additional comments?

    Don;t waste your money. I wish I'd looked up reviews before which warned me about all these things so I wouldn't have to spend 6 hours falling for a book that would stab me in the back.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Becky United States 03-25-17
    Becky United States 03-25-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Disappointing"

    I picked up this title because it was recommended by a friend. In spite of its overly romanticized tone, the story is quite good. However, I found it difficult to get past Gabaldon's homophobia. She includes two homosexual characters in her story. One is a pedi file and the other a sadistic rapist. Her decision to perpetuate such negative stereotypes of homosexual men is disappointing and distracts from what otherwise could be an entertaining story. I won't be reading her other books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Deborah Allen
    9/21/15
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    "Absolutely dreadful narration!"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend the written version of the book but not the audiobook


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Outlander?

    I love the first 2 books but they steadily decline.. having just finished the 6th book I shan't be continuing. But the first 2 are excellent.


    How could the performance have been better?

    By not being narrated by Davina Porter! She sounds more like she should be reading from Beatrix Potter than from a distinctly adult book. I enjoyed reading the book for myself and LOVE the TV adaption, but even so found myself zoning out while Davina was drawling on. Also I found her attempts at a Scottish accent cringe worthy - and considering there's more Scottish characters than anything else in here that can't be good!


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

    It already is.. well a TV series anyway - and it is excellent


    Any additional comments?

    If like me you watched the TV series and want to know more, buy the book and read it for yourself (if you are able) you will enjoy it better than listening to this

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ian
    Wakefield, United Kingdom
    4/19/15
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    "lost for words"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Nothing - the writing is way too banal for me.


    What was most disappointing about Diana Gabaldon’s story?

    The style which defies description other than "1950's jolly hockey sticks"


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Davina Porter?

    Possibly - but unlikely that a story she would read would be one I would listen yto


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

    Disappointment, boredom and incredulity.


    Any additional comments?

    Don' ... just don't.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ruth
    London, United Kingdom
    4/11/15
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    "Should be Outlawed!"
    What would have made Outlander better?

    A story, plot, interesting characters, less drivel.


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

    If you like a book which describes every "blow of the nose" this one is for you. I cant imagine how this became a series. I got bored with the first book after three chapters. This got 1 star only because you have to give a star to write a review.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Diane
    Eastbourne,, United Kingdom
    10/9/13
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    "Too long"

    I thought I was going to enjoy this book but sadly it was too long and so very detailed it was hard work to get through. I felt the actual story was lost with so much detail and indepth descriptions of just about every little thing that it became somewhat boring although the narrator did a good job with the voices of the different characters. I shalln't be listening to the other books. Maybe the mini series they are filming in Scotland will turn out better than the books !

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost Writer
    Dorset, England
    7/18/13
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    "Good idea for a story, bad realisation."

    The idea of this story is good in context. However, the writer has spoilt what could be a good tail by excessive, frequent, monotonous and frankly boring sex scenes. I am very grateful that Audible provide the facility to return an unsatisfactory audio book, and I am about to do so.
    If you're looking for a good story then don't buy this. If you have a dull sex life and are looking for something to spark it up, then don't buy this either!

    My compliments to Davina Porter for her efforts in reading, she is wasted on this this "novel".

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Miss P.
    6/30/11
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    "Not what I expected"

    I was expecting a lot from this book. I love historical novels and when I saw all the rave reviews for the Outlander series I thought I'd stumbled across a goldmine of books that would keep me entertained for months.

    Not so, unfortunately.

    I persevered with the book until the end but it really was hard work. It had all the makings of a great story but somehow it just didn't get there. Its weird tangent of what turned out to almost be S&M soft porn is really not what I was expecting, and there didn't seem to be any kind of "ending" to the story. I know it might lead into the next book of the series but I certainly won't be buying it.

    On the plus side, I did find the narrator quite good.

    11 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Pamela
    Corby, Northants, United Kingdom
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    "Applaud Writer and Narrator"

    I found this book to be so enjoyable and the characters really bring the story alive. I must say the book is fantastic but you have to listen with Davina Porter narrating as she is great with the difference voices and accents that she draws you in, it would not be the same without her. I coudn't put my Ipod down at times and even sneaked to listening while at work. I have never done this with any other book. Will now be going through all the books in the series.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Adrian
    4/4/09
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    "Funny, energetic and alive. A stunning work."

    From the very beginning you can tell this is going to be good. It takes exactly 60 seconds to settle into and never lets you go. It is both well written and well read. Both author and narrator come together to bring this to life.

    I really thought I would not like the subject matter for this book. I tend to go for things set in the future not the past - preferring Sci-fi to "Historical" works.

    I was wrong.

    If you are like me, not sure if you'd like the subject matter - give it a go.

    The story progresses well with good pace and characters you can relate to. There is just enough humour - it will make you chuckle without going over the top and detracting from the story.

    Enjoy!

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • scarletangel
    8 The Sedges, St Leonard's on Sea, East Sussex TN38 9TU
    7/3/09
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    "Outlander"

    This title would have been good if it weren't for the countless explicit descriptions of her lovemaking, I thought I was going to get an historical adventure but this should be labelled under erotic fiction, there was far too much descriptive sex and not enough action and had I known I would not have bought this title, this isn't really about adventures in Scotland but more about her sexual adventures.

    10 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Paul
    Codicote, United Kingdom
    9/26/11
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    "Not riveting"

    Was recommended the story and expected more tbh. Thought a the story to major on time travel and the impact on the main character. But actually she hardly refers to it, concentrating instead on 'manhoods', lusty romps with Scottish lairds and completely ignoring her hubby back in the 1940s. What a trollop! Dont bother unless you are a) female and like that kind of thing (sorry!) or b) you like audio versions of costume dramas!

    8 of 13 people found this review helpful

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