Outlander

Version: Unabridged
Author: Diana Gabaldon
Narrator: Davina Porter
Genres: Fiction & Literature
Publisher: Recorded Books
Published In: September 2005
# of Units: 28 CDs
Length: 32 hours, 30 minutes
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Overview

Outlander, Diana Gabaldon's landmark novel of Scottish lore has captured the hearts of millions of readers around the world and catapulted her to the top of the New York Times best-seller list. Intrigue, danger and desire merge in this lush novel of loyalty and time travel. In 1945, Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon. Their blissful reunion is shattered when she touches a boulder in one of the ancient stone ruins and is instantly transported to a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans ... in 1743. Will Claire find her way back to her own time, or is her destiny forever linked with Clan MacKenzie and the gallant James Fraser? Davina Porter's lyrical narration will launch listeners into an exhilarating world of heroism, pulse-pounding adventure, and breathtaking romance as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love.

Reviews (121)

Outlander

Written by Adriana O. on November 1st, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I love it! I could not stop listening it and the narrator is great.

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Written by Tahlia M. on October 13th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I love this book I\'ve read all eight so far!!

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Written by Anonymous on October 7th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

What a wonderful book this had me absolutely gripped.

Written by Pamela B. on September 10th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I absolutely love it.

Written by Kelly D. on September 4th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This is my favorite book series EVER !!

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Written by Deborah M. on August 5th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I was enthralled with Outlander. My neighbour had recommended the show to me, but I had not had time to see it. The plot, though improbable, appealed to my imagination and was very well developed. My dog has never been so well walked, as I used every excuse to get out to listen to this book. I found the narration to be first rate and especially enjoyed the authentic (to my ears anyway) accents. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this narrator, and immediately ordered book two.

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Written by Babbie J. on July 15th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Great story and narrator was wonderful. I watched the series and now that I'm reading the book, I realized I missed so much the first time I watched it. Nice job!

Written by Levi K. on June 30th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

A series that makes me long for the impossible.

Written by Sharon J. on June 1st, 2019

  • Book Rating: 3/5

The narrator was 5/5 stars, the overall story also 5/5. The redundant sexual content did not add to the value of the story.

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Written by Marilyn R. on March 15th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Thoroughly enjoyed this book. I have watch the series and was familiar with storyline. The reader was excellent, as she changed her accents accordingly. I have started listening to the second book in the series and plan on listening to all of them. The love between Claire and Jamie is one that withstands time.

Author Details

Author Details

Gabaldon, Diana

To millions of fans, Diana Gabaldon is the creator of a complex, original, and utterly compelling amalgam of 18th-century romantic adventure and 20th-century science fiction. To the publishing industry, she's a grassroots-marketing phenomenon. And to would-be writers everywhere who worry that they don't have the time or expertise to do what they love, Gabaldon is nothing short of an inspiration.

Gabaldon wrote her first novel while juggling the demands of motherhood and career: in between her job as an ecology professor, she also had a part-time gig writing freelance software reviews. Gabaldon had never written fiction before, and didn't intend to publish this first novel, which she decided to call Outlander. This, she decided, would be her "practice novel". Worried that she might not be able to pull a plot and characters out of thin air, she settled on a historical novel because "it's easier to look things up than to make them up entirely."

The impulse to set her novel in 18th-century Scotland didn't stem -- as some fans have assumed—from a desire to explore her own familial roots (in fact, Gabaldon isn't even Scottish). Rather, it came from watching an episode of the British sci-fi series Dr. Who and becoming smitten with a handsome time traveler in a kilt. A time-travel element crept into Gabaldon's own book only after she realized her wisecracking female lead couldn't have come from anywhere but the 20th century. The resulting love affair between an intelligent, mature, sexually experienced woman and a charismatic, brave, virginal young man turned the conventions of historical romance upside-down.

Gabaldon has said her books were hard to market at first because they were impossible to categorize neatly. Were they historical romances? Sci-fi adventure stories? Literary fiction? Whatever their genre (Gabaldon eventually proffered the term "historical fantasias"), they eventually found their audience, and it turned out to be a staggeringly huge one.

Even before the publication of Outlander, Gabaldon had an online community of friends who'd read excerpts and were waiting eagerly for more. (In fact, her cohorts at the CompuServe Literary Forum helped hook her up with an agent.) Once the book was released, word kept spreading, both on the Internet and off, and Gabaldon kept writing sequels. (When her fourth book, "Drums of Autumn," was released, it debuted at No. 1 on the Wall Street Journal bestseller list, and her publisher, Delacorte, raced to add more copies to their initial print run of 155,000.)

With her books consistently topping the bestseller lists, it's apparent that Gabaldon's appeal lies partly in her ability to bulldoze the formulaic conventions of popular fiction. Salon writer Gavin McNett noted approvingly, "She simply doesn't pay attention to genre or precedent, and doesn't seem to care that identifying with Claire puts women in the role of the mysterious stranger, with Jamie -- no wimp in any regard -- as the romantic 'heroine."'

In between Outlander novels, Gabaldon also writes historical mysteries featuring Lord John Grey, a popular, if minor, character from the series, and is working on a contemporary mystery series. Meanwhile, the author's formidable fan base keeps growing, as evidenced by the expanding list of Gabaldon chat rooms, mailing lists, fan clubs and web sites -- some of them complete with fetching photos of red-haired lads in kilts.