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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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  • Vincent
  • Brisbane, Australia
  • 02-02-15

Favourite book series ever!

Gotta listen as well as read, Davina seems (to an Aussie) to have the Gallic, French English and Scots accents down so well that actually reading it is more of a chore! Laugh out loud, cry too, just watch when you're driving, those tears are a hazard! So emotive, Diana does such a brilliant job of the story, you can't put these books down. Read them twice and listened twice as well, my husband now addicted too lol.
Many Happy Reading Hours,
Regards, Jenny

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Fourth time listening

I hear something new each time I listen. Claire and Jamie, as well as the other characters are like family and every time I listen, I feel like I've gone back to visit old friends.

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Simply Marvelous

Excellent, book for any reader. It is filled with adventure suspense and steamy passion. It is the type of book you will not put down until ye, are finished. On to book two!

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listen before watching it on TV

Would you consider the audio edition of Outlander to be better than the print version?

Great story and the TV series is doing a decent adaptation but as always there is much more in the book<br/>

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Im heading to Scotland in two weeks!!

loved all of it, just be prepared to get sucked in to all the books that follow.

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I have been sucked into the Outlander series

Would you listen to Outlander again? Why?

NO because with hundreds of hours listening, shall suffice.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Claire, would have enjoyed knowing her.

What about Davina Porter’s performance did you like?

Her description of people and things, and her control of characters voice.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

None but enjoyment.

Any additional comments?

Great job by all concerned.

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So captivating I forgot to eat!

The reader is a wonder! I was completely taken in by the story, imagining men and women of all ages, health and nationalities!
This story is so thrilling that it has become a constant companion with my stitching work and my before bed routine.
What a joy to be swept away!

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Enchanting novel

Amazing novel, very realistic, intelligent and enjoyable all through the whole book! I loved the characters, the adventures, the very natural way Diana Gabaldon writes, the whole 18th century scenery, the romance and Claire's narration - especially the way Davina Porter read it. She's done a wonderful job with all the different accents from scottish to french, portraying every charachter uniquely and transmitting all the emotions and thought with only her voice. It was a pleasure to listen to it! I can strongly recommend!:)

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Porn for chicks!

This is no more than a series of soft-porn episodes for women. Total waste of time.

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A must read/listen

A beautifully written book, rich with detail of Scotland in both the 18th and 20th centuries. I am eager to begin the next book in the series.
Davina Porter's reading was artfully done. She does a beautiful job of transitioning from one character to the next.