ReRead Audiobook Review: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Posted October 10, 2014 by Felicia S in 2014 Read, 4.50 Wine Glasses, Audiobook, Reviews / 13 Comments

ReRead Audiobook Review: Outlander by Diana GabaldonSource: Audiobook Purchase, Kindle Purchase, Physical Book Purchase

Format: Audiobook

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Narrator: Davina Porter
Length: 33 hrs and 8 mins

Date Read: September 2014

Genre: Historical, Romance

The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon--when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient stone circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach--an "outlander"--in a Scotland torn by war and raiding Highland clans in the year of Our Lord...1743.

Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire is catapulted into intrigues and dangers that may threaten her life...and shatter her heart. For here she meets James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, and becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire...and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives

More Information:
Publisher: Dell, Recorded Books
Series: Outlander #1


ReRead Review

Read for Fun (Kindle)
Overall Rating: 4.50
Story Rating: 4.50
Character Rating: 4.50

Audio Rating: 4.00 (not part of the overall rating)

ReRead Thoughts: I am not sure that I ever wrote an original review for Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. My physical copy has lots of notes in it: Loved Jamie (who doesn’t), intrigued by Frank (most people aren’t), hate Black Jack (you are supposed too), and secretly want to give Dougal a hug (I am not sure why I wanted to do that but on the reread I felt the same way–guy is not lucky in love). I also wrote this on the cover: LOVED IT because it is a time-travel story with a bit romance not a romance with a bit of time-travel.

How do I feel now? Pretty much the same about all of it. I have always liked that even though the romance between Jamie and Claire is what we talk about the most–it really isn’t the main focus of the story. This is Claire’s time-travel adventure. Her bumps, triumphs, and adjustments to living “out of time”. Her decisions through out the story and what the impacts of those decisions have on history and Claire herself. Jamie is just a nice bonus and yes I still like Frank! Claire is a lucky girl!

Audio Thoughts:

Narrated By Davina Porter / Length: 33 hrs and 8 mins

Even though this time I didn’t listen to the audiobook, I have listened to this audiobook 3 times previously. Davina tackles all 33 hours of this story with great pacing, tone, and delivery. Very few narrators can pull off epic tomes of storytelling but Davina is one of them!


FTC Disclosure


Overall Rating
4.5 / 5
Story Rating
4.5 / 5
Character Rating
4.5 / 5
Narrator Rating
4.5 / 5
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13 responses to “ReRead Audiobook Review: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

  1. I haven’t read this or watched the tv show, but the commercials actually look very good, so they got me interested in the book. I would probably listen to the book as opposed to reading it. I’ll look for it in my library.

  2. I read Outlander when I first started blogging and wasn’t very impressed. Although I think my mom hyped it up so much that expectations had no where to go but down. After hearing such praise for them throughout the years I will have to give it another go, not to meantion that my library has all of them on ebook.

  3. I really need to give this series another shot. I read this one, and I liked it, but I didn’t LOVE it, and the books are so loooong. But I’ve already got the next two books. All I need now is the motivation πŸ˜‰

  4. I read and loved Outlander as well (although I have some friends that are much more in love with the book than I was, but that’s okay). I’ve had the second book, Dragonfly in Amber, on my tbr shelf for years now, and now I also have the audiobook on my Audbile tbr… One of these days I will continue with the series!

  5. I FINALLY have my mom reading the book after she was so upset that the show won’t be back on until April. LOL Of course she started where the show left off despite me telling her that she would like the details. One day! I also have the audio (when it was on sale… I couldn’t resist) but haven’t listened to it yet.

  6. I have all books and read them and have it in audio too. Love Davinia Porter narrating this series. However can see how you didn’t continue with perfectly valid reasons. I found some books just okay, but have on the whole loved them.

  7. I am so on the fence about this one, it is so long and I just don’t do well with long novels..I watched the TV series and it has peaked my interest but at the same times..still not sure I want to try it. I thought about the audio but that 33hrs really turns me For the same reason I want to listen to but don’t Steven Kings The reviews on this book seems to be love it or hate I just don’t know. πŸ™‚

    • OMG–If you ever give a really long audiobook a chance make it The Stand by Stephen King. I guarantee that 47 hours just flies by because Grover Gardner freaking KNOCKS IT OUT OF THE PARK! It the reason, given a time choice (and the only thing I miss now that I mostly review audiobooks) that I would do my annual reread through audiobook every time. That is one that you can listen on a higher speed too but I picked up so many things that I missed just reading it.

      Outlander isn’t for every one. Oh, I loved it but I stopped after book 4. The story has rich sweeping details which depending on what you want from a book can add to the story or totally take you out of it. I would say if you are happy with the TV Series (which I haven’t watched) then if you even think it would be smudged by reading then don’t. Just enjoy it in cinematic version πŸ™‚

  8. I’m one of the few people who stopped reading Outlander the first time because I got tired of Claire always knowing so much. I felt she was Mary Sue, before I’d heard that term.

    I was a more knowledgeable reader when I went back many years later and listened to the audiobook, and this time was captivated and listened all the way through. I think Davina Porter does a fabulous job.

    I understood more how her experience in WW II gave her a medical background that helped, and that the herbals and such of the time period did have some benefits she could draw on. I still think she’s a Mary Sue, but it didn’t bother me so much.

    That said, I got into the middle of listening to Dragonfly in Amber and gave up. I found that I just wasn’t up to listening to such a long book at that time, and never went back to the series.

    Just call me heretic.

    • I made it to Drums of Autumn then gave up. I am pretty sure I won’t listen or reread anything past Outlander again. I may change my mind (I still haven’t watched the TV Series) but I remember that particularly in Drums she started having all these long “knowledge” dumps that really took me out of the story. I got it because she was changing history but it really wasn’t that necessary. Which is why I am thrilled a gal at work reads them and then comes to tell me the whole story πŸ™‚ She is like a walking cliff notes version of Outlander!