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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.

What the critics say

"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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Love this book!

The story is AMAZING!! The narrator's tone and story telling is wonderful. At first I didn't care for the narrator's voice (it sounded a little too grand mother like) but it kind of grow on me and I ended up liking it.

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Amazing

I started by watching the series on tv. And seen it on audible so it wasn’t hard to Devi’s I had to listen to the book and OMG! The narrator does such an amazing job it makes you feel as tho you are right there with the characters ! Sooooo strongly recommend!

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Don't be tricked

This is an out of date 'bodice ripper' that is endlessly long and the narrator makes the heroine sound like a shrew. The only reason this book rose out of the ashes of time is because Netflix decided to make a series from it. Not worth a good credit.

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Most Wordy Book ever

I will not waste more time on this series. So many words to say the same thing over and over. This is a romance novel at its worst with a bit of history thrown in. I really don't know why it is rated so highly.

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Phenomenal!!! A Truly Epic Journey

I simply couldn't stand to put this down. I was hanging on every word. The relationship and undying love for one and other that develops between Claire and Jamie is so romantically exquisite but not unbelievable. It even encouraged me to strive to improve my marriage and regain the passionate love we used to have. This book touched on every human emotion. I didn't simply read/ listen to it, I experienced this book. The only thing that remotely bothered me was the was how the narrator used two different pronunciations for both Geillis Duncan and Laoghaire McKensie. I found that to be a little distracting. All and all, I can't wait for the following series!

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love outlander

awesome story, one of my favorite series have read all the books already and enjoyed being able to listen again on the go, didnt love the performance mostly based on the mispronunciation of some Gaelic words but overall very enjoyable

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Better than expected but containing one fatal flaw

3.5* I wasn’t aware this was anything more than historical romance, so was pleasantly surprised that it was such a hybrid. More historical accuracy than I’d expected as well. Touches on Scottish mythology and superstitions, has jailbreaks and rebel Scotts and political intrigue. Of course, sex and sexuality, and gender roles are central—to its benefit and detriment. This would have been an easy 4 stars for me if it didn’t rely so heavily on the presence of sexual assault. Especially in the first three quarters of the novel. Seems like anytime Claire screws up she’s threatened with rape from all sides. Even backstory of other characters involve rape. It’s very preoccupied with it, and I guess because it sets up the main sort of stakes as to whether or not Claire will be with her “real” husband or her Scottish one, the stakes are also sexualized? It just made me desensitizing toward the issue and felt incredibly lazy as it went on. The fact that men were threatened with it as well mildly breaks from the trope I suppose, but come on. Not sure if I’ll continue with the series or not. Might give the show a chance instead. *Spoiler warning* The largest gripe I have, though, is Randall himself and the homophobia. Randall is revealed to essentially just be an evil gay also in love with Jamie. The contrasts between Randall as an ancestor and Claire’s husband is maybe semi interesting? Men reacting to power dynamics and war differently. But there’s certainly no positive depictions of gay men and uhh she was spirited away on magical rocks that are not even historically present, so saying it’s all for historical accuracy is bs. Especially when she herself is challenging gender roles and expectations and Jamie seemingly seems written to break stereotypes of how a male love interest might be depicted. The Duke is also always laughed at and the subject of open ridicule and he empowers Randall to do as he does. Extremely suspect and bumped down my rating because it hampered my enjoyment.

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Wonderful!

Diana Gabaldon is a fantastic writer! Davina Porter narrates the book and gives life to the characters. I love the details and descriptions that Diana has meticulously woven through the pages of her book. I look forward to listening to the rest of the series. Thank you for filling my imagination!

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Great story. Frustrating narration.

Story is great but the narrator mispronounces almost every Gaelic word / name. Listening to her pronounce plaid as played, Laoighaire as Leer, Geillis as Geelee, dunn as done and so on and so forth. It gets old quickly.

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Wonderful narration!

A really captivating story with amazing narration! The narrator does an amazing job at mimicking the different voices of the characters. Would surely recommend!

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  • Sara
  • 2014-09-10

The Time Travel VS Romance Quandary

I downloaded this book years and years ago and settled down to a 30+ hour listen. Based on many raving reviews I thought the book was a time travel tale of beloved fiction. There was so much about the book that I knew I would enjoy. The time travel, the Scottish highlands, medicinal herbs, life hundreds of years ago, gardening...the list goes on.

However, I have to state up front I hate romance novels. At the half way point I had the sudden realization--I know I'm quick-- that this book was a dreaded romance novel. I was horrified and had heard enough of what Jamie wore or didn't wear under his kilt to last me forever. The heaving bodices were weighing me down as well. This was before Audible allowed returns of hated books. So I shelved the book with a shudder, gave up, and it sat there in my library untouched for years.

Fast forward to last month when the Outlander cable program started and I watched just to see what it was like. Well--to my shock--it is wonderful. The filming, the setting, the costumes--all fantastic. So I'm listening again with renewed interest. I cringe a bit every now and then to be honest. But I am enjoying the book at long last. I can see what those positive reviewers were about. Living proof that if you don't like a book give it time. You might like it after all.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-11-30

Interesting story with a little too much romance

A very interesting story but spends too much time on the romance and sex than the actual storyline with long stretches between the interesting action parts

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  • Tifanis
  • 2015-11-23

I tried to hang in there, but it wasn't for me

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

I would possibly try another book by Diana Gabaldon in the future, but this style wasn't for me. I read online to try to figure out if I needed to "hang in there" until a certain point to get hooked, but I found most people love it or don't care for it, and I fell into the latter category.

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  • Lulu
  • 2012-08-19

The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books

I had read a few audiobooks and had even joined Audible. But until I read this book I did not understand the magic of the format. Before reading this book I had no interest in1) romance 2) science fiction or fantasy and 3) time travel genres. I'd heard enough about the series that it piqued my interest because I loved historical fiction. Especially the period of time I knew the book covered. And I always found the challenge of tackling a big book rewarding.

This book changed so many of my perceptions of genre and reading format. While I still argue that though there is definitely a romantic and sexual relationship at the books core, it was only one part of the adventure. It still doesn't fit the romance genre to me, but it did such a good job of weaving romance and sexuality into the adventure it made me curious to read more traditional romance novels and see if they handled the topic as well. They didn't, but I discovered other good books I never would have tried of not for Outlander.

Likewise, other than Anne Rice's Vampire series which I had read many years ago, this was one of my very rare ventures into fantasy-science fiction. Setting aside my understanding of reality to accept someone else's is always difficult. But reading Outlander and the subsequent books in the series, I found myself trying to work out in my mind how this might have happened. It encouraged me to explore this genre more thoroughly as well. Even more surprising, it made me evaluate my perception of "time", what it means and how it works. I found myself paying more attention to physics and the study of the time and space relationship.

The twists and turns of the plot kept me turning the page just like the best mysteries I read. While reading the book there were enough unanswered questions, clues and short glimpses of scenes or events that caught my attention and made me store them away to remember "when all was revealed." But all was not revealed at the end and I found myself turning over these clues and snippets, trying to determine their significance, what I thought they meant and what their purpose was. One requirement of a great book is that you cannot get it out of your mind after you turn the last page. This book met that criteria. I thought about it for weeks.

Most importantly I learned that other voices can bring a whole new level to the reading experience, if it is the right voice for the right book. I would have enjoyed this book regardless, but if I read it myself and heard my voice in my head the characters would never have come so alive as they did in Davina Porter's voice. This is a perfect marriage of book and narrator. I was so surprised when I later discovered more about Porter's age, experience and background. She made a 21 year old Scotsman come to life. Her voice is Jamie to me. She handled each character wonderfully, although it is the first and only time I have ever listened to a book or series of books and thought a woman narrator did a better job on the men's voices than she did on the women's. I have loved hearing how the narrator has aged the character's voices throughout the series. You hear the young Jamie in the middle aged Jamie's voice, but you also hear the growth and maturity. I have accepted the narrators in the Lord John series, even when the book includes Jamie and actually think they are narrated well. But I am not certain I could accept another narrator for future Outlander books.

Finally, my initial interest in this book was from a historical fiction viewpoint. A good historical fiction novel, by Bernard Cornwell or Sharon Kay Penman sticks to as much historical fact as possible but presents it in an engaging and relate-able format. It makes you interested enough in the times and events that you will endure the dry-er, less lively recitation of facts of that same event or time in a nonfiction book, just to learn more. Outlander and this series delivered that in spades.





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  • 🎧 Cyndi Marie 🎧
  • 2020-06-16

✫✫ 5 Stars ✫✫

I really enjoyed this story but give it 4 stars for the length! This book was SOOOO long and I don't enjoy really long books. I love the story and the history. I started off hating Jamie but boy I sure LOVE him now! The narration was great too!

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  • BeesKnees
  • 2017-10-05

I may be the only woman alive who didn't like this

I am almost an hour in and have yet to become invested in any of the characters. This book just doesn't work for me. It seems to drag and I find my mind wandering. I had high hopes but perhaps I am just not the kind of girl to get swept up in verbose historical romances.

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  • Teresa
  • 2014-03-01

Too much....

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

First I must state that I am only 11 hours into this book and I realize it is probably unfair of me to do review it. That being said I must vent. I was quite enjoying the first 8 or so hours. Then it started. Screw after screw after screw. No, I am not a prude but I have outgrown Harlequin style prose. Especially with a Scott accents that reminds me of my brother-in-law's mother and an English accent like my old piano teacher... creepy. I am skipping forward to chapter 19 in the hope that he can keep his hand out from between her moist thighs for the next 30 hours.

Would you ever listen to anything by Diana Gabaldon again?

Not sure yet.

What would have made this romance irresistible?

I didn't know it was a romance. It was in the scifi list.

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  • Tracy Wood
  • 2017-04-28

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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  • crazybatcow
  • 2008-09-24

Don't tell anyone that I liked it...

I bought this audiobook because it was in the sci/fi fantasy category. The write up claims it has "a dash of time travel" - and that's all it has in the way of fantasy/time travel - a dash.

Time travel is used as a way to launch a HISTORICAL ROMANCE. And, ultimately, this is exactly what it is: a very detailed romance novel set in 18th century Scotland.

Keeping that in mind: it is VERY well done. The narration is terrific and the story engaging (though I did use the fast forward several times to get through the long descriptions of clan family lines, or details of the clothing/housing/etc of the time).

I don't like romances and I don't like historical fiction so I thought the two together would mean I had wasted my credit. Not so. Even though it's as far from my usual listening choices (sci/fi or cop/detective stuff) as it could be, the story flew by: I caught myself smiling at events in the story pretty regularly.

Assuming a starting point of 3 stars for an average story, I added one star for the narration (which brings the story to life) and a second star for making me smile in public. I took off a half star for requiring me to fast forward some of the descriptions = 4.5 star story. So I give it 5 stars because 4.5 is not possible. (I did buy the next book in the series too.)

Remember though, this is a romantic novel with some/lots of sex (though having made it through the sex scenes in Altered Carbon, this is pretty "romantic" sex) - so if you're looking for sci/fi or fantasy, you will be disappointed in this.

Otherwise... if you're not the romantic type but, like me, stumble onto this story by accident only to find that you like it - don't worry, we won't tell anyone...

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  • Melissa
  • 2008-05-09

Perfect stress reliever!

Not that this series needs one more great review, but if you are still on the fence about giving it a try, I would urge you to do so. I'm a 3rd year doctoral student, overwhelmed with work and obligations, and quite literally the only thing that gets me excited about my 45-mile commute to school each morning is Davina Porter's amazing voice bringing to life Diane Gabaldon's epic adventure/romance story. I miss these characters when I'm away from them for too long - it's that good!! I've read a few comments about these books being too long, but I love them so much that I'm grateful to get to spend this much time with them. It should time out that I will get my degree right as I'm finishing the last book (I only listen on my commute so they last), and I intend to start them all over again when I do. They are simply that good.

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  • Claudine
  • 2015-12-03

very good entertainment when driving long distanc


Great reader!

I've been reading this for a month, twice a day while driving to and back from work. the story is good, and the writing really brings you into the story. I couldn't keep from think of the characters! I would say this is more of a woman's book:love story.... but you also learn a lot on historical background. thanks I'm ordering n2

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2017-11-20

Great in all aspects!

The reader is awesome !
We are indeed in the story with the different accents of the various characters !
Can’t wait to listen to the next book !

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  • Vanda Ferrão
  • 2020-11-29

magical

when you start you are bound to it. you cannot leave it anymore, so if you don't want it to happen, you better never start...

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  • Magali Agnel
  • 2019-12-21

Great story, wonderful storytelling

I listen to the audiobooks with earphone, you can hear sounds coming (I guess) from the recording studio : people talking, coughing... it’s still totally bearable but noticeable from time to time, especially if you are yourself in a quiet environment. I guess the recording is kinda old though which can explain it. So far I am at the end of book 2 and I can still ear those noises. Except from that I love the story and Davina Porter’s voice is wonderful. Great book!

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  • Jackwood
  • 2019-03-26

une belle histoire

mieux que la série éponyme, le livre transporte le lecteur dans un autre temps et lui fait partager les sentiments de l'héroïne.