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Outlander

Narrated by: Davina Porter
Length: 32 hrs and 38 mins
5 out of 5 stars (22 ratings)
Regular price: £33.89
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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

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.

Critic reviews

"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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wow what a wonderful story so many times in the depths of despair and then to be lifted to the highest hights of love x

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Best of the Outlander series

People I know seem to be somewhat disparaging about Diana Gabaldon. I was until I listened, then listened again -very carefully. As someone who taught English for years it’s easy to over analyse all writing and dismiss it. Think again.
How she managed to bring these complicated characters and a story that spanned several centuries to life in a period of tumultuous Scottish history is astonishing.
I am a Scot. I am intensely interested in Scottish history and language. I am amazed that she has managed to write a series of books that span time and place and don’t leave me writing in embarrassment.
I have read her biography. Apparently she wrote most of the books before she even set foot in Scotland. I find her ability to capture some of the essence of this beautiful and turbulent country quite amazing. Perhaps she came through the stones. I just don’t understand how she gained the insight she has to conjure what she has with no experience of the Scottish character or how it has been formed.

I try hard to criticise the narrator. When I stop being over critical and just allow myself enjoy it I don’t find her voice a problem. Let’s face it she is trying to bring so many disparate characters to life. She makes a good job of juggling male/ female Scots and English voices.

My biggest problem is with Jamie’s voice. Just when I am really getting into his character vowels seem to go to pot and the voice really jars.

Jamie must be a nightmare to narrate. How would you begin to translate this huge character into an audio book? Claire would have proved less of a challenge- bland Home Counties.










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Loved this book, the story, the characters and the narater. well worth the 40hrs listening.

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good idea but overly long

This is long and wordy and I say this as a reader of Dickens and Austen! But, you do get a long narration for your money.

The premis of the plot is interesting and I think well researched. However some divergences from the text are irritating and sometimes erroneous.

The narration is well done, with various voices male and female, well distinguished.

But overall my download was spoiled by an intrusive echo or "voices off". Very feint but once heard always there.