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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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Good start to a series but long

Pretty well written, long however it could have been edited. I liked the characters. I woould read the next in the series, but wish they would move a little faster.

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Background noise.

I really liked the narrator but if you listen closely can can hear talking in the background, it's very distracting.

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Just ok

Not bad, slow moving but funny at times.
Had a lot more to work with that wasn't used in this book.

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  • Amissville, VA
  • 01-24-15

I'm really torn on the "performance"

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

n/a

What was one of the most memorable moments of Outlander?

the plot twists

Would you listen to another book narrated by Davina Porter?

Absolutely!

Any additional comments?

The "studio" quality of this recording was horrible. I'm on the second portion, and I've heard someone coughing in the background at least three times. There are also portions of the recording where you can hear a faint recording in the background. Sigh. So distracting.

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Addictive

When I first read the blurb on this book, I thought it would be too similar to Karen Marie Moning’s Highlander series, which is one of my favorite ever. I was loathe to read another series like it because I didn’t think anything could live up to the bar Moning had set. When the TV series began, one of my friends fell in love with it and recommended the books, so I gave in. And now I’m positively addicted! While the two authors have followed the same premise, their writing is so different, it’s nearly impossible to compare the two.

Gabaldon’s characters are strong and yet human. Claire Beecham’s strength get’s her through amazing trials and ensures some passionate head-butting with her equally strong-willed Scottish partner. Yet, underpinning her strength is a vulnerability and impulsiveness that often gets her into trouble and endears her to readers and Scots alike.

Jamie, on the other hand is a conundrum of innocence and wisdom. His experiences growing up in the brutish Scottish highlands have sharpened his senses and wit. There are times when the words out of his mouth seem to come from a hundred year old soul. Then there are times when his uncensored words give away his youth and innocence - especially when he is alone with Claire. This combination of traits ensures that Jamie perfectly fulfills the idea of the Scottish hero - fierce protector and gentle lover - without perpetuating the stereotype.

Gabaldon’s authentic depiction of the seventeenth century Scottish Highlands is one of the main attractions of this novel. While the characters may be romantic, their environment is not. Gabaldon has so wonderfully captured the tension between the Scottish and British, the rustic realities of life without technology, the dangers of traveling in such times, the superstitions of our ancestors and the role of women in earlier society. Claire’s strong-willed nature, in a time where women were often considered nothing more than property, throws the contrast between the now and then into sharp relief. The character of Captain Randall and Claire’s continuous comparison of him to his descendant, strengthens the contrast between the times, and also heightens the moral dilemma Claire faces in her attempts to reconcile the two halves of her life.

There is so much that has been packed into this novel and so many wonderful and frightening experiences that each of the characters have lived through, I feel as though I have lived an entire lifetime alongside them. It is a rare and amazing talent for an author to be able to draw a reader so deeply into the lives of her characters as Ms Gabaldon has done.

This novel is pure addiction. You’d be a fool not to read it!

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Best audiobooks EVER

Best audiobooks EVER far more enjoyable having it narated opposed to reading. The narrator gives much depth to each character

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  • Michele
  • TROUP, TEXAS, United States
  • 01-22-15

Awesome

Diana Gabaldon always does it right. Loved this book. Claire and Jamie are one of the best couples in the whole romance category.

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I just loved it!!

Have never read anything like this book and it surpassed all of my thought of how it was going to be. Loved it all!!

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Brilliant! Can't wait to see what's next!

Truly amazing writer. Leaves you teetering on the edge of every page waiting to see what's in store next.

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  • LA
  • 01-18-15

You'll never be the same.

Somehow this book seeps into your soul and becomes part of you. You won't regret reading it.