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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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poorly done soft porn

Packaged as an historical novel, this is a thinly veiled bodice ripper. Sadly, it doesn't even succeed at the sexy bits. Super lame all around. The chirpy narrator is sometimes irritating, to boot. Avoid if you have two brain cells to rub together.

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Very difficult to listen to.

This is first audio book i would return. The narrator ruined it for me totally. can't say much about the story because i simply couldn't listen past the fist 5 chapters.

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  • Julia
  • EUREKA, MO, United States
  • 08-30-17

How is this so popular?

The first FIFTEEN hours of this went swimmingly. Aside from the narrator sounding like an old woman, it was great fun, beautifully written, funny, wry, sexy, extremely well researched...

And then the beating happens. There isn't any grey area about it. Its not a little light bondage, there's nothing consensual about it. The hero beats the heroine with a belt until she's black and blue. She inexplicably forgives him the next day. And then a little later he rapes her. He HURTS her, admits to having LIKED it, and it made me physically sick!!! I'm not a squeamish reader, or even a particularly righteous individual, but this was RIDICULOUS!!!

In fact, HOURS of this book are spent detailing beatings. The beating Claire received, the beatings Jamie received throughout his life, and they laugh about both ha ha ha. What the actual F?!

Side note: everyone wants to rape Claire. Even gay men, apparently. As a friend of mine said when I was ranting to her: "Diana, your Id is showing..."

This book should come with a warning in the blurb. The top reviews mention nothing about any of this that I saw.

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Historical romance -NOT historical fiction

This is a romance novel for peole that have a leaning toward fantasy - not a fantasy novel or historical fiction book with a dable of romance. There is not much more to this book than interactions between the protagonist and her lover, the story without these interactions would be less than an hours read.

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Not what I expected

This book was more of a romance than a fantasy novel. Fine if that's what you are looking for.

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Background noise

What did you like best about Outlander? What did you like least?

I overall quite enjoyed the story.<br/>The thing I did not like was the unnecessary amount of intimate sections in the book that did not added to the story line at all in my opinion. If anything it felt like the story was being dragged out.<br/>I was not offended by the sections, nor am I a prude, but certain sections in the book felt more like a romance novel than a fantasy novel.

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It was not the performance of the narrator that was bugging me, actually she did a great job. It was the presence of noises in the background. At first I thought it was people talking in the room, but when I looked up I was all alone, and the sounds were present throughout the performance no matter where I was.

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Not for me.

I didn't enjoy this book. Wish I wouldn't have used a valuable credit on it.

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Deprived mind

This author has no moral compass! I should have given up before this. I started watching the tv production and could not even finish that. Sick.

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mostly romance and gore

narrator was great. i like listening to her voice. amazing how she keeps track of all the voices. Story line, not all that. i don't undetstand why people love it so much. mostly romance, gore, and poor choices.

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this book was tedious.

I definitely struggled to finish this book. I found it boring, slow and predictable. The narrator was fantastic.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-27-09

One of the best

Don't start this book unless you are prepared to want to read the whole series. It is wonderfully read and a real page-turner. Strong characters that you will love. Beware also when you get to book 5 because the one available at audible (as at Aug 09)is abridged and has a different narrator. A bitter disappointment.

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  • Frome Hall
  • 11-08-08

Great book for the sexually frustrated

Well written story but plot ultimately ridiculous/incredible. Lots of action and adventure which will appeal to many readers. Now for the downside: the sexual content of this book is appropriate and in context at first but after I don't know how many times, I was left thinking \"Oh God, they're at it again.\" The two main characters are like rabbits on heat and, while I may like a little action, after a while I felt a little soiled by this book.

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  • Rachel
  • 08-13-08

an awsome read!

I wish I could give this book 6 out of 5. Truly wonderful. Historical fighting, love, scottish history, passion. I thought it sounded a bit strange from the blurb, and only got it because I wanted a really long book to go away with. I had to get the next installment straight away! I just couldn't wait.

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  • Rachel
  • 09-22-09

Not for me

I rarely give up on a novel, but this one just seemed a little too silly in its premise.

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  • Flora
  • 11-08-17

Not worth the Hype

A well read, pretty well written story that pulls you in, then turns into a Scottish version of 50 Shades of Grey - good for a bit of evening entertainment but not much else.

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  • Cullen Fan
  • 11-08-17

best series ever

loved every minute of this book. already read them and currently watching the tv series

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  • Jen
  • 10-18-17

Love it

Love it, can't want to listen to the next one in the series. Thank you.

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  • Read to Enlighten and Escape
  • 09-19-17

Better than the TV adaptation

Listened to this after watching the series on tv. Subtle differences make much more sense than the adaptation. Enjoyed the story, good narration although occasionally the voices get mixed up but no loss of continuity.

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  • RD
  • 09-02-17

Much better than the tv series

After being introduced to outlander via the Tv series I thought I'd give the books a listen... so much more detail to the story and told so well! 5* book! Can't wait to listen to the next in the series!

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  • Tracey Jevons
  • 08-31-17

Fantastic

Listened greedily all through. One of the best listens ever. Ordered the second immediately & no doubt complete the series. As always the books are better than the TVs series.

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  • krystyna
  • 06-10-17

Completely encompassed by fantasy

This book is wonderful, in that something so unbelievable, is so believable. I fell head first into the drama and intrigue and can't wait to read more.

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  • charmayne.conduit
  • 05-04-17

So slow

This book was recommended to me as a similar book to 50 shades. I couldn't finish it, I couldn't even get started. It was an extremely dry story, I found it quite dull.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-02-17

Best thing I've ever done.

If you're unsure about whether to jump into this long book, or umming about the historical genre being right for you - just go for it! And stick with it whilst it gets set up. I just finished book 8 of this series. It's SO entertaining to listen to. Davina Porter is an outstanding narrator. Now, my entire extended family is hooked on this series. It's addictive and contagious, and provides a wonderful world to escape into at any time. If you like romance and sexiness, there's plenty! You'll learn about history as a bonus, and get rewarded with lots of drama, mystery, emotion and intrigue. Hope you love it!

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  • Emily
  • 04-23-17

a bit of an iffy relationship at times

I get that it was a different era but I thought some aspects of their relationship especially in the beginning were border line abusive and her rationalisation of his actions a little disturbing. she was not from that era so should know not to justify it...

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  • Dannielle
  • 04-15-17

A great story of love and its survival.

I came to this book from the television series which I thoroughly enjoyed, the book is breath taking , you feel you know what it may have been like living within the clans.

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  • Jacqui Bau-Matticoli
  • 03-29-17

Fabulous

A fantastic story with characters you can't help but cheer for. A very exciting book.

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  • Margaret
  • 03-26-17

Great to listen to!

The narrator for this book was absolutely fantastic. I hope she narrates the rest of the books in the series! Looking forward to book 2!

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  • Roxanne
  • 03-09-17

a fantastic story

This a riveting story from begining to end. You are carried along with the story so much so that it's hard to stop listerning. I can't wait to down load the next book.

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  • Kate Murphy
  • 02-22-17

Very slow to start with but then I couldn't stop listening!

First 15 hours I found hard going but I loved the rest of the book!

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  • Alison Mitchell
  • 02-16-17

Can't get enough

I am so in love with the Outlander series, I feel like I know the characters as my own friends and family. I am up to book 5 now and I don't have any plans on stopping.
Davina Porter does an excellent job of narrating, putting on accents and variations in voices for different characters.
If you like a bit of drama with touches of history, action, herbal medicine, love and not-too awkward sex scenes, this is for you.