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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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Jill

Excellent story.
I definitely want to continue reading the next book. Loved the characters of Jamie and clairie and their love story

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wonderfully performed

wonderfully performed with character voiced and full of emotion. The beauty of the words spring to life with careful narration

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Great story but

What did you love best about Outlander?

The story was amazing

Any additional comments?

I loved this book but really, too much emphasis on sex for my taste. I wish books had a rating system like movies do.

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There are better ways to move plot than an idiot

Would you try another book from Diana Gabaldon and/or Davina Porter?

Gabaldon - NO.
Porter - ABSOLUTELY! Very talented narrator.

What was most disappointing about Diana Gabaldon’s story?

Woman has historical knowledge of the time yet bumbles about doing the most idiotic things. She knows that the party she is with is worried about pursuit and yet wonder off alone as if everything was a splendid stroll out for a latte at the corner bakery. The short sighted idiocy of the Claire drove me nuts. At least make her out to be a dunce before she goes back in time so that I expect the stupidity.

What about Davina Porter’s performance did you like?

Brilliant work with accents, wonderful at creating vivid and distinguishable voices for each character and great pacing.

What character would you cut from Outlander?

Claire. Yeah. That would do it.

Any additional comments?

Read through the reviews before you buy this one. A close acquaintance recommended it to me and I thought I'd check it out, but I should have been more wary.

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Lovely story

Very dry at first, but it is easy to fall in love with the characters. Once I did, I couldn't stop.

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Great story

Great story, keeps your attention. Ready for the next book in the series. Audio performance was very helpful in following.

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Kept me wanting to listen more

At first I thought I would not get into this story line but immediately that was proven false. This story is wonderfully thought out and told. I found myself staying up late to find out what would happen nextIcan't wait to start book 2!

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Idaho Outlander fan...

I have read Diana's series featuring this wonderful Frasier family saga. Reading some of it again via Audible will prepare me for the second season of Outlander as presented by Starz. (April 4th--my husband's birthday!😘) This series has intrigued me to visit Scotland. I love the deep and committed love story. I have shared some parts with my husband which has rekindled some dying embers. Bring it, folks! The accent as read via Audible made this special...

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Great book.

A good book can be completely ruined by bad narrating. That is not the case in this audiobook.

The book itself has a little bit of everything in it. There is romance, drama, sci-fi and there's adventure.
All in all it's a really good read.
Or in this case a really good listen.

The narrating is so good that the voices of the different characters almost seems like it's a different person talking for each one.

Five stars all around!

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Wonderful Story

I love the blend of romance, history, and magic. Some of the "romance" scenes were a bit graphic for my taste, but the story was so enchanting that I didn't mind too much.