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  • Outlander, Book 1
  • Written by: Diana Gabaldon
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 32 hrs and 38 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (2,395 ratings)

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Outlander

Written by: Diana Gabaldon
Narrated by: Davina Porter
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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)

Editorial Review

Discover what listeners have been raving about and dive into the epic saga that is Outlander by Diana Gabaldon.

Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander is the first book in a series of fantastic historical fiction that blends real-life history with mythical and magical themes. This first novel follows the main character British nurse Claire Randall on her travels in the Scottish Highlands, where she falls through time after encountering ancient standing stones on Fraser’s Ridge. She is immediately thrown into the hectic world of 18th Century Scotland and forced to adapt quickly to assimilate and - hopefully - find her way home again. From the highlands to old-world North Carolina, the storyline is a twisting and turning adventure of war, romance - in the rugged yet kind Jamie Fraser- destiny, and fate, which will capture you from the start and not let go until the very end. Genre blending and unique, Gabaldon weaves aspects of love stories with history and time travel and adventure for an exciting and highly entertaining story.

Davina Porter narrates the audiobook version, which brings the epic story to life in a new way. She has narrated over 400 audiobooks in her time, including several classics, and she brings her wealth of experience to this reading for a stunning performance. She was awarded the AudioFile Golden Voice narrator for this series. Her attention to small details and nuances in the story makes for a beautiful audio experience, whether you’re familiar with the series or hearing it for the first time. Fans of the story can enjoy more of Gabaldon’s world in the Lord John Grey companion novels.

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love outlander

awesome story, one of my favorite series have read all the books already and enjoyed being able to listen again on the go, didnt love the performance mostly based on the mispronunciation of some Gaelic words but overall very enjoyable

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Wonderful narration!

A really captivating story with amazing narration! The narrator does an amazing job at mimicking the different voices of the characters. Would surely recommend!

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  • mc
  • 2018-10-07

Gripping and Positively Consuming

This is a great book for couples to listen to together and to have discussions on their own needs for closeness, connection and desire.

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Amazing!

I fell in love with the Outlander TV series. I knew I would not be able to tackle the books with my busy schedule and inability to stay awake at night (read: mom of 4!). The audio book is just as charming (or more) as the show. It transports me to another place (like stepping through the stones from my Canadian kitchen to 18th century Scotland). Davina Porter does an amazing job with the voices and accents. Can’t wait to listen to another of her works. #Audible1

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Such a rich and beautiful story

I enjoyed the audio as much as when I read the book. Such a nice way to revisit an old favourite. Adventure, history and romance combine to tell a rich and beautiful story.

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  • 2021-01-26

I could listen to Davina Porter all day

I have read this series and now listened to the first in the series and I still love it. The story flows beautifully, descriptions are gorgeous and the history is accurate with the lovely embellishments that make Gabaldon a great story teller. Davina Porter is a masterful narrator. I will continue to listen to the series because of the way she brings the characters alive.

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  • 2019-06-24

Wow, what a journey

This is my 2nd listen to this timeless series, and it is still just as good as the first read! If you enjoy long, detailed adventures, this is the listen for you.

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Thoroughly enjoyed the audio book Outlander

This book and the narrator did not disappoint. I have read this series many times and now listening to it was such a pleasure. The narrator was beautiful to listen to. On to the next book: Dragonfly in Amber

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Favourite book of all time

Listening to these books is by far the most enjoyable format. The narrator is absolutely excellent and brings out all the characters personalities so well, particularly Claire and Jamie. Whether you've never heard of Outlander before, or only ever watched the show, buy this audiobook. This is my second time with this book, but first time listening to it, though I've listened to later books, and I'll listen to it many more times I'm sure.

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Really enjoyed this, would recommend

I really love this story. I had a hard time for the first couple of chapters as I thought the narrators voice sounded too old. I quickly started to enjoy her and ended up loving her style and really loved it. Also there are some parts of background noise (coughing in several spots, and some talking), a bit distraing. Overall, I look forward to listening to the rest of this series and hope its the same narrator.

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