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  • Outlander: International Edition

  • Outlander, Book 1
  • By: Diana Gabaldon
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 32 hrs and 38 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (3,233 ratings)

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Outlander: International Edition

By: Diana Gabaldon
Narrated by: Davina Porter
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Publisher's Summary

Outlander, Diana Gabaldon's landmark novel of Scottish lore, has captured the hearts of millions of listeners around the world and catapulted her to the top of the New York Times best seller list.

Intrigue, danger, and desire merge in this lush novel of loyalty and time travel.

In 1945, Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon. Their blissful reunion is shattered when she touches a boulder in one of the ancient stone ruins and is instantly transported to a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans - in 1743. 

Will Claire find her way back to her own time, or is her destiny forever linked with Clan MacKenzie and the gallant James Fraser? Davina Porter's lyrical narration will launch listeners into an exhilarating world of heroism, pulse-pounding adventure, and breathtaking romance as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love.

©2004 Diana Gabaldon (P)2020 Recorded Books, Inc.

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couldn't handle the voice actor

I found it unbelievable the voice actor sounded much older than the main people's perspective and it just kept me back from sinking in to the book. she had a lovely voice and it was pleasant to listen to. I just couldn't merge the book and the voice. But it did sound like a good story, what I got through. so listen to the sample and if you like her voice give it a try!

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Narrator's voice does not match the character

What didn’t you like about Davina Porter’s performance?

I couldn't pair the narrator's voice with the character - the narrator's voice felt too old and stuffy to be the young, headstrong Claire. I couldn't keep on with this audiobook after the first 3 hours. I have now read the book in its normal written format and loved it, but still cannot bring myself to return to the audiobook version as narrated by Davina Porter. Sorry Davina, it's not you, it's me!

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bodice ripper posing as historical fiction

What would have made Outlander better?

not sure there was anything that would make it better, i just didn't like the interminable sex (yeah i get it, they were hot for each other) unbelievable close scrapes and escapes for Claire, and Jamie the superhero surviving beating after beating. just toooooooo much.

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

obviously lots of people really like it and the series … why should she change it for me?

What didn’t you like about Davina Porter’s performance?

Davina was fine, is was the content

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

most of them…but particularly the escape of Claire from the prison only to land in a pit full of bodies, then get attacked by wolves, which she kills single handed (NO weapon) then gets picked up by some dude who wanted to marry Jamies mother way back when… oh dear, REALLY?!?!?!

Any additional comments?

obviously I accidentally chose a genre that i really don't like, but i did go on the many many previous reviews….almost 100% positive … so maybe its just me….

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Like waiting for Donald Trump to finally shut up.

My new mantra is "don't rely on best seller claims". I'm 6 chapters in and so far there's been a long winded instruction on gardening and another on how to dress a wound, and not much else. I picked the book based on the summary and claim of reader popularity. I was expecting something clever but instead found a lot (an awful lot) of words that presume to be clever, about a woman whose husband's only interest is sex, and who appears to divide people Iinto 2 categories: overweight or not. I'm at the end of my tether as I obey the Stay-at-home orders and persevere with this book. Or will I? So far I've had about as much enjoyment as I get listening to President Trump drone on about nothing each day in his "Corona taskforce briefing". Oh man, I should have taken the blue pill.

Update: I'm on Chapter 13 and FINALLY something appears to have happened. Hurrah!

update again. I'm now on Chapter 15 and can't go on. This book is awful, nonstop drivel. I'd rather visit the dentist. At least I tried.

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Great Story.........great Narration

What did you like most about Outlander?

I absolutely love the story and I can't wait to get into the next book in the series. I also love the Narration by Davina she is very believable with all the various characters.

What did you like best about this story?

I love the time traveling and of course the love story between Claire & Jamie,

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

This is my first Performance by her but after this series, I will be looking at other stories.

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someone needs some cough mixture

the narrating was ok, the background out of sync echo when listening on headphones is very distracting and the random coughing throughout in the background is also off-putting, I found myself tuning in to the background.

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Enthralling

Absolutely loved this book. I'm a huge fan of The Bronze Horseman series by Paullina Simons, and I've been looking for something as good as. Throughout listening to this book, I drew a lot of parallels out of both books. The characters are well defined and the story is full of detail. The voice actor does a great job and I'm looking forward to listening to the next one.

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Outlander

I started my journey to read the series way back in 2004 and eagerly awaited each new book. I love the books and wanted to give audible a try. I wasn't disappointed my only bug bear is that the narrator, Davina, at times, sounded a little to "listen with mother" in the way she spoke. Her Scottish accent was god though.

This series is brilliant if you are in doubt, don't go by the BBC tv series currently out, as usual the transfer from book to tv is poor.

Our Jamie Fraser is a bear of a man, big, strong, with reddish blonde hair and if swooning was still a thing, I'd be doing a lot of it!

Claire is tall and confident and a five years older than him.

Do yourself a favour, either buy the books or download them here. I am using my monthly subscription to buy them all on audio although not sure if I can wait till next month, might have to get two a month. 😎

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Brilliant story

With ones own imagination coupled with the writers own admirable talent, this is a delight to listen to. The author has told a story that in another less talented scribe would not fill you with all the emotions that Diana has done. A great deal of thought, research and hard work has given us, the reader a journey that I cannot wait to continue in reading the second in the series ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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struggled

time travelling mills and boon. yawn. most interesting part, time travel, 90% dialogue and romance..

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