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Outlander Audiobook

Extended Audio Sample Outlander, by Diana Gabaldon
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.21 (57 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Diana Gabaldon Narrator: Davina Porter Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Audio Length: Related: The Outlander Series Release Date:
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They were odd circumstances, the ones that brought Claire Beauchamp and James Alexander Malcolm MacKenzie Fraser together. She was married, a World War II army nurse, and at that, they were supposed to be on their second honeymoon. Sure, her husband Frank's history wasn't something that particularly interested Claire, but this was not supposed to be a trip for kindling a new romance...until strange things began to happen.

The men, the ones that found her in the field...they seem to think that her nightie is, well, a state of undress, and what's more, they're running from the English. It's only when she meets James that she realizes the truth: she's gone back in time, and the year is now 1743. She's taken to a high court and questioned: Who is she? Where does she come from?

Fortunately for Claire, although she's an 'outlander', someone ignorant of Scottish history, and a dreaded Englishwoman at that, she's a gifted healer. She's able to earn the trust of some of the villagers, and with them comes James, a dashing young man who Claire talks out of a wedding...but it appears her feelings are more than just general helpfulness.

As the book goes on, the questions grow: Will she be able to return home? What of her husband? And who is this mysterious stranger? Claire wonders, will she ever see Frank again? And more than that...if she doesn't, does she care?

Diana Gabaldon was born in Arizona on January 11, 1952. Daughter of Mexican-American and English parents, she took examples from both backgrounds when creating her books. She is most known for her outlander series, a series of romantic fiction books set in the 1700s. She also did a stint as a full time researcher on environmental studies at Arizona State University, and also taught classes at the same time. She is currently married to her husband, Doug, and they have had three children together.

Outlander, Diana Gabaldon’s landmark novel of Scottish lore, has captured the hearts of millions of readers around the world and catapulted her to the top of the New York Times bestseller 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Don’t let the number of pages and the Scottish dialect scare you. It’s one of the fastest reads you’ll have in your library…Gabaldon creates characters that you’ll remember.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “It is a large canvas that Gabaldon paints, filled with strong passions and derring-do. Strong willed and sensual, Claire is an engaging modern heroine plopped down in a simpler, more primitive time….Great fun…marvelous and fantastic adventures, romance, sex…perfect escape reading.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Stunning!…Gabaldon is a born storyteller.”

    Los Angeles Daily News

  • “Gabaldon shows not only a talent with factual detail but also a flair for creating memorable characters and some striking sex scenes.”

    Locus

  • “Highly imaginative and suspenseful…Gabldon’s ambitious first novel gives the reader a well-researched view of eighteenth-century life as seen through the eyes of a twentieth-century woman.”

    Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel

  • “Marvelously entertaining…A page-turner of the highest order and a good read from start to finish.”

    Chattanooga Times

  • “An old-fashioned page-turner…A mix of history, romance, and adventure.”

    Cincinnati Post

  • “This is escape fiction at its best.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Absorbing and heartwarming, this first novel lavishly evokes the land and lore of Scotland, quickening both with realistic characters and a feisty, likable heroine…Scenes of the Highlanders’ daily life blend poignant emotions with Scottish wit and humor…Claire’s resourcefulness and intelligent sensitivity make the love-conquers-all, happily-ever-after ending seem a just reward.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Though first novelist Gabaldon uses time travel primarily to allow a modern heroine, this is basically a richly textured historical novel with an unusual and compelling love story.”

    Library Journal

  • “Once-in-a-lifetime romantic passion and graphically depicted torture sessions are only the two extremes of this lively time-travel romance set in eighteenth-century Scotland—an imaginative and lighthearted debut by a promising newcomer…A satisfying treat, with extra scoops of excitement and romance that make up for certain lapses in credibility.” 

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Gabaldon’s genre-crossing classic of romance, fantasy, and historical fiction…achieves a new dimension in the audio format. Davina Porter maintains the distinct voices she creates for each character throughout the lengthy narration. Her delivery of eighteenth-century language sounds authentic and is easily understandable. The hot sex and graphic violence, integral to the story, are far more vivid [in audio] than they are on paper.”

    AudioFile

  • Winner of the 1992 RITA Award for Best Romance Novel
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A Doubleday Book Club Main Selection
  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller
  • A Wall Street Journal Bestseller
  • A Publishers Weekly Bestseller
  • An iTunes Top Seller

Listener Reviews

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Review by Ahmed | 11/14/2012

    " I think this should read as I fuss it's wonderfully book, anyone will get bnifit of it and then he increases the understinig and he will enjoyed and. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Review by Shannon Beck | 9/28/2011

    " I can not wait for this book to come out Diana Gabaldon is by far my favorite and her books are the best. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Review by Francespitt | 6/23/2011

    " I love DG's series of the Highlanders! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Review by Mmazon | 6/16/2011

    " Another great addition to the story. "

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About the Author
Author Diana Gabaldon

Diana Gabaldon is the beloved author of seven New York Times bestselling novels in the series that began with Outlander, including Dragonfly in Amber, Voyager, Drums of Autumn, The Fiery Cross, A Breath of Snow and Ashes, and An Echo in the Bone. In 1997 she received the RT Award for Innovative Historical Romance.

About the Narrator

Davina Porter has been enthralling listeners for over twenty-five years with her ability to mine the psychological depths of the characters she reads and bring them convincingly to life. She has been honored as an AudioFile Golden Voice and won the prestigious Audie Award in 2006.