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Davina Porter

32 Hours 49 Minutes

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March 2012

Audio Book Summary

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 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.

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  • Katherine D.

    The book itself is amazing. I was a fan of the show before the book and they go together very well. But the narrator makes the book so much better. She switches from English to Scottish accents for respective characters. Really enjoyed listening to her and the book!

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  • Shannon T

    Started a few times before I could get into it. Once I got past through the first few chapters, it got good and I will probably read the whole series now. I am already on the second book. The only criticism that I have is that the author could've better conveyed a sense of love and intimacy in other ways except detailed sex. To me, the multiple sex scenes were actually a distraction away from the intent to convey strong love and connection. The narration was good. Easy to follow the characters via the narrator's skilled ability to switch between English and Scottish accents. Only (minor) criticism regarding narration is that it sometimes sounded teasing/happy when the passage read didn't seem to fit the situation. Overall, I would highly recommend this audiobook.

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  • Anna G

    Amazing story. I love all the historical references and the medical knowledge she brings with her to this new time and place. I also love the narrators story telling especially the changes in the voices.

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  • Robin Kent

    I have loved the Outlander series for two decades, but have never listened to them. Wow! Davina Porter is amazing!!!!!!

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  • HAROLD CHRIS J. a great book. I found myself crying And wanting more. This tickled my heart about love. And devotion to your love one

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  • Bobbie G

    the most enjoyable romantic adventure I have ever read

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  • p hagen

    Impossible to listen to....gaps , pauses, narrator sped up...slowed down....very disappointed with this book. I couldn't finish listening to it......frustrating!

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  • Chelsey M

    LOVE this!! Finished in just a couple days and starting book 2 now. Was one of my grandmothers favorites so I wanted to read it. (Ending is sexual and violent.. a little disturbing. I don’t think it needed to be so explicit to be a part of the story line. Beware!)

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  • Edouard S

    Really enjoyed it

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  • Jessica Herring

    4.25? Audiobook? One of my [many] New Year’s resolutions was to get through Outlander if it killed me and for a while, I thought it might. I must’ve restarted this audiobook at least three times in the past 18 months and it still took watching the television adaptation to solidify its contents in my mind. For nearly the first third of the audiobook, I felt like an unenthused spectator at a sporting event with a roaring crowd. There is so much praise for this series, but I was initially underwhelmed. However, after hour five and encouraging words from someone whose opinion I trust, I’ve began to see the light at the end of the tunnel. My interest in Outlander really began to shoot upward once I started using the television adaptation as a supplemental tool. The excruciatingly slow nature of this story caused me to glaze over countless important details while listening to the audiobook. Speeding up the narration helped quite a bit, but not as much as following along with the television show. I was actually very impressed with the book-to-screen adaptation. Most of the characters’ lines seemed to be pulled directly from Gabaldon’s work. By hour 10, I knew I was interested enough in the story to finish the rest of this installment, but I was still unsure about continuing on with the series. There were numerous aspects of the plot that troubled me and I constantly had to adjust my mindset from that of a 21st-century feminist to accommodate the historically accurate, yet disturbing, actions of 18th-century Scottish culture. Fortunately, I was able to do so, but I absolutely do not recommend this story to anyone sensitive to any type of abuse (sexual, physical, psychological, you name it- it’s all in Outlander). My main reservation with both finishing this installment and continuing with the rest of the series was length. Eight installments and this is the shortest one at 32 hours (not counting the many novellas). Not only would that eat up my audiobook credits, but it would put me seriously behind with my reading challenge. The pace of this novel is far too slow for it to be this long. Gabaldon’s writing may be beautifully detailed, but even my patience has a limit. Hence, my number one reason for detracting almost an entire star is that this novel is just too damn long. I feel that this story could have been told just as well in 20-25 hours and even a small consolidation of plot points would have gone a long way toward securing my attention and interest. With that said, I’ve heard from several sources that this series gets better as it goes along and as I already own the next installment, I will doubtless be giving it a shot at some point. Most likely after I zip through a few smaller (aka normal-sized) novels to ensure that hearing a 50-hour audiobook doesn’t hinder my reading challenge progress. I’d also like to become up-to-speed on the television series so it matches my reading progress thus far. If you are thinking of undertaking the Outlander series, I encourage you to follow along with the show. Doing so greatly enhanced my understanding and overall experience with the novel. This is a very different type of time travel adventure from those I have read in the past. The time travel enigma definitely takes a backseat in Outlander, which is probably why it isn’t primarily seen as a science fiction novel. It more strongly resembles a historical fiction novel, possibly akin into something written by Philippa Gregory in regards to historical accuracy and immersion. Kudos to Gabaldon for the obvious amount of painstaking research done to ensure historical accuracy. Outlander‘s setting is positively consuming and fosters the sense of cultural immersion I am so fond of in historical fiction. Narration review: Davina Porter is a widely-admired narrator. After spending more than 32 hours with her, I can see why. The vocal distinction she provided was top-notch. Indeed, her Scottish brogue was so convincing but I found myself frequently straining to understand it. Like with all accents, it became easier to understand with time, but just barely. As the next installment is partially set in France, I’m very excited to hear Porter’s French accent. I’m sure it will be delightful. One aspect of this audiobook that I was slightly disappointed in was the quality of production. There was a faint, but constant sound of white noise present in the background throughout the entire 32 hours. I realize this audiobook was produced in 2006, so that may be why, but I hope subsequent installments don’t have this issue. It wasn’t a major concern, but still slightly annoying, especially because I had to listen very closely when a Scottish character spoke. ??

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