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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.

Critic Reviews

"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)

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Great way to relive the first part of Outlander

What did you love best about Outlander?

I loved the characters. Jamie and Claire are both incredible and I love their chemistry together.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Probably Jamie Fraser because he was strong, yet had a soft side. And there was no reason why he should have believed Claire when she told him the truth, and yet he did.

Which character – as performed by Davina Porter – was your favorite?

Probably Murtagh.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Any of the loving scenes between Jamie and Claire, particularly when Claire decided to stay with Jamie and not travel back through the stones.

Any additional comments?

I thoroughly enjoyed the narrator's reading of Outlander. I am very much looking forward to listening to the rest of the series.

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  • 10-08-15

A tale of two halves

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1st half of book: C-
2nd half of book: A

The first half of this book was difficult to get through. The needless detail in numerous areas and lack of action was almost too much for me to bear. Had I not been listening to this along with my wife, I would have given up up on it. Neither on us liked Claire that much through the first two thirds of the book especially after all that Jamie did for her. The author didn’t give the reader much of a reason for Claire to return to her first husband and present time and as such, neither my wife nor I liked Claire. Jamie was doing everything he could to show his love for Claire. We both really liked Jamie. Claire had this deep internal conflict going on and we didn’t see it.

I had heard that there were sex scenes in the book but didn’t know how often they occurred. I could have done without the lurid details of every...single...encounter. I get it, they’re newlyweds and newlyweds have sex a lot. I just didn’t feel I needed to hear/read of every single encounter. Thankfully, the details of every sex scene subside and a story picks up one half to two thirds through. There’s plenty of action to keep my attention and not too much to put off my wife.

Without giving too much away, there’s one other thing that bothered me. Our heroine, Claire, is forced to murder more than once. I was very surprised at her ease of dispatching her victims. I would have thought killing someone for the first time would have a little more of an impact on Claire than what the author gave us. We were treated to every emotional detail of her sexual encounters but nothing on her killing someone for the first time? Claire seemed to be a seasoned assassin and I wasn’t buying how casually she killed.

The writing is very good (specifically the second half of the book) and as I said the action picks up late as well. There’s good historical detail here but it’s buried in some needless detail in other areas. To me, this 32 hours book should have been 20 hours.

The narrator did OK. She’s a perfect Clair, a very good Jamie, but her other voices were too much like Claire and Jamie that I got confused more than once on who was speaking.

My wife has already moved on to book two. I may give book two ago depending on how well my wife likes it. If book 2 is more like the second half of book one, I'll definitely jump in. I’m starving for some fantasy/science fiction from Brandon Sanderson so a review on a Dragonfly in Amber may be delayed.

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good book

I have read this book several times. enjoyed hearing it read while I work and run errands. live having both book and digital.

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Narrative

The performer for this book is incredible! That can make or break a book. Well done.

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Favorite Book of All Time

This love story speaks to me in a way I cannot explain. I started by watching the first eight episodes of the Starz series and thought I fell in love there, my God was I mistaken. This book is beautiful, sensual, loving, gut-wrenching and perfect. Please take the time to be enveloped in the rich and brilliant world Diane Gabaldon has so generously created and cheers to the road ahead.

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Incomparable!

Loved it...and love it every time that I listen to it. Always hear something that I've missed!

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  • 10-04-15

awesome

this is a great performance by Davina Porter. I'd never been a fan of books on tape but this changed my mind and got me hooked

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Addictive

The game of thrones has nothing on Outlander. I love it! I highly recommend this book.

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Not for me...

Probably geared towards women. And, at that, a bit abusive for both men and women in many respects. Just not what I thought it was.

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Wow!

One of the best love stories of our time! Highly recommend! The author really puts you in 1700s Scotland!