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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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The best!

My favorite book! The narrator was perfect for this book and she really put me in the moment. Loved it.

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Davina Porter makes this audio book.

Davina gives accents and characterizations so well that you see the men and women clearly through their voices. A thrilling story well presented.

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Historical Adventure.

If you could sum up Outlander in three words, what would they be?

Experience the adventure.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Clair. Strong and purposeful.

Have you listened to any of Davina Porter’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Only in Outlander series.

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

After Clair decided not to go back threw the stones.

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  • Debra
  • Franklin, TN United States
  • 12-29-14

Excellent historical fiction!

What made the experience of listening to Outlander the most enjoyable?

This series is incredible. The characters, the blending of history, and the fact that Gabaldon actually made the time travel so believable all made this a story I couldn't stop listening to.

Who was your favorite character and why?

It's hard to pick. Both of the main characters were so engaging.

What about Davina Porter’s performance did you like?

It was flawless.

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

I wouldn't say my reaction was extreme. I just found the story riveting and didn't want to stop listening.

Any additional comments?

I highly recommend this series to anyone who like historical fiction.

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left behind

Considering all of the positive reviews indicating how much people have enjoyed the books of this series ; I can say only, I was left behind.
I was determined to like this book and looking forward to having sequels to the story, which I really hoped to enjoy.
However, my determination was futile, because I could not develop, let alone maintain, an interest in this story.

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My kind of series. Well developed -- ( long )

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. It is a great romance novel with depth and a twist of time travel.

What did you like best about this story?

The depth of historical context the author goes to lets you get lost in the story.

What about Davina Porter’s performance did you like?

Yes. She is a perfect fit, bringing Clair's personality to life.

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

I laughed, I cried, I got angry, but what I liked best is it made me curious.

Any additional comments?

Each book in this series is long. Which allows for in depth character, context, and story development. You will get attached to characters. If you like historical novels and romance you will like this series, however if you are picking it up for the time traveling alone you will be disappointed.

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  • Amy
  • birmingham, AL, USA
  • 12-27-14

tedious romance novel with historical pretensions

This novel could have been an entry in the Guardian newspaper's annual bad sex award for the most cringe-worthy sex scenes in fiction. Yes, I cringed with contact embarrassment throughout, but the worst aspect was the total lack of accuracy. I'm able to do the willing suspension of disbelief thing, but if I'm going to enjoy a time travel fantasy, then I need not only for the historical details to be correct, but also for the characters to behave in realistically believable human ways. This book failed completely on both counts. If you're not a historical pedant, as I admittedly am, and you just want to immerse yourself in a steamy romance, then you might enjoy this book, but I quickly lost interest and will not be choosing any other books by this author.

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Can't put this book down!!

Would you listen to Outlander again? Why?

Not until I have read all the books.

What did you like best about this story?

You really care about what happens next and how they will fare.

What does Davina Porter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Her wonderful command of the different voices of all the characters and their emotions.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

As much as possible.

Any additional comments?

I have finished four of these books now, and always want to start the next one right away. The fourth one did not have a preview of the next book, and I thought it was the end. Tears came to my eyes. But, then I thought it can't be the end. There is so much more of their story. Then I found there were at least 4 more of the usual long-length books and 2 novellas, and more. Then happy tears came to my eyes!!

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Can't stop listening especially towards the end

I downloaded this book out of random recommendation from Audible without knowing anything about it. I didn't even read the synopsis. So, in the beginning of the book when the background and scene establishment were made, it was a bit boring for me cos I didn't know where the story will lead. It was about 1 hour of listening in that boring mood. However, the more I listened and stick to it, the story became more intended and engaging. Now I found myself trying to find all of my free time to just listen to it.

As an Asian, I don't know much about English and Scottish history. But this book gave me a new perspective and knowledge at the same time. I researched more of the historical facts about the settings during the Rising and WWII. It's a fun way to educate myself and get to enjoy the plot and character. Now, I am inspired to travel to Scotland just to see the castle and such :)

All and all, I highly recommend this book for anyone who has spare time to travel back into time ^_^

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FIrst Time Reviewer

Would you listen to Outlander again? Why?

I'm already listening to the story again. I want to catch anything I might have inadvertently missed the time before.

What did you like best about this story?

I expected to like it, but how much I liked it came as a total surprise to me. I've never before written a book review that wasn't required of me in school, but I feel compelled to tell people about how much I'm enjoying this series.

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

I would be hard-pressed to say which of the voices was my favorite. Any of the Scottish Highland characters, probably, as the sound of that beautiful accent stays in my head even when I'm not listening to the book.

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

If by "extreme reaction" you mean "becoming totally obsessed with it" - then yes. I had an extreme reaction to it. I've laughed and cried multiple times.

Any additional comments?

Early into the book I posted a snarky, "Someone put romance in my science fiction again!" to my Facebook account. I didn't name the book I was reading because 1. I was embarrassed to be caught out reading a romance novel, and 2. I was quite enjoying it in spite of myself.

I've begun to refer to the "Lord John" novels as my "Gateway Drug". On November 12, 2014, Audible offered "Lord John and the Private Matter" as its "Deal of the Day". I like historical fiction - and although I didn't know anything about the time period, the description and reviews convinced me to give it a try. I finished it quickly and in short order bought several more of the Lord John novels. Believing I had exhausted the supply of those, I went looking for more Diana Gabaldon novels and found that she was better known for her series Outlander. After initially hedging because I perceived it to be a romance, I fell completely and totally in love with the Outlander series, myself. I'm reading "Dragonfly in Amber" now, and I'm worried about the future state of my mental health seeing as there are ONLY eight books in the series (give or take a couple of novellas). I'm an English teacher, and a voracious reader, and the first book of the series came out when I was twenty! (And oh, if I love it now - how I'd have loved it then! I suspect I would have benefited greatly from having a literary role model like Claire Beauchamp Randall Frazier, to say nothing of Diana Gabaldon herself!)

Upon Googling Diana Gabaldon I found that a TV series based on the book had recently premiered. I haven't had television in many years, and I haven't missed it. I vastly prefer my own imagination to what I see on the screen and have been disappointed with the few film adaptations of favorite novels that I've read. I made an exception for this one, idly clicking on the first episode in the series, which is at present the only free episode being offered by the station that produces it. Now I find myself contemplating getting cable TV just so that I can see the rest of the series. So yes, I guess you might say that I've had quite a reaction to this book!