Version: Abridged
Author: Diana Gabaldon
Narrator: Geraldine James
Genres: Fiction & Literature
Publisher: Random House (Audio)
Published In: July 2001
# of Units: 6 CDs
Length: 6 hours, 15 minutes
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Claire Randall is leading a double life. She has a husband in one century, and a lover in another...

In 1945, Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon—when she innocently touches a boulder in one of the ancient stone circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an "outlander"—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of our Lord...1743.

Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire's destiny in soon inextricably intertwined with Clan MacKenzie and the forbidden Castle Leoch. She is catapulted without warning into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life ...and shatter her heart. For here, James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, shows her a passion so fierce and a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire...and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.

Reviews (20)

Too Short

Written by Anonymous on January 11th, 2013

  • Book Rating: 3/5

This series is wonderful. I have read 7 books of the series and plan to continue as they are released. However, my advice is to request the unabridged version. The abridged version removes too much of the meat and details. The unabridged version is quite lengthy, but I strongly recommed, especially if you plan to continue the series. This book, being the first in a lengthly series, sets the stage for situations and characters to come later in the series.


Written by Anonymous on December 7th, 2011

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This is a wonderful story. I highly recommend the unabridged version. The abridged one leaves out too much of the story. I was surprised that I have missed such a good and well done story for so many years. If you like a story that has depth and flows in a way that appeals to the heart. This one is a jewel. And I'm please that there are 7 more in the series. A great way to spend time while I do my hobbies. Happy listening.


Written by Sambella on February 5th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 2/5

I love a book that surprises me but this one surprised me only with its cumbersome length. The peril, rescue, remorse cycle repeated over and over, covering no new ground most of the time. It wallowed in itself. It would have been better at half the length.


Written by Liz on August 28th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Awesome read/listen! Had me hooked fast can't wait for the rest of the books in the series!


Written by Anonymous on February 21st, 2009

  • Book Rating: 1/5

I could not make-it to the third CD. I don't understand why anyone would give this book more than 1 star, if I could I would say 0 stars.


Written by Tammy Barnes on February 19th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

After Diana Gabaldon's books, all 6 of them, over the last couple of years. I was very pleased to listen to Outlander. It brought back all those emotions I felt when I read it new. I am looking forward to listening to the rest of the series on audiotape.

Didn't care for it

Written by Torey Yates on November 15th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 1/5

Couldn't get in this selection...listened to about half of the first CD. Just not interested. Disappointed because it had so many positive reviews.


Written by Jeretta Ford on November 15th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Great read, but not a good audiobook. Seemed to move slowly.

Loved it ...

Written by Anonymous on October 31st, 2006

  • Book Rating: 5/5

As with most everyone else, a very enjoyable read! Worth the time!


Written by Karyn from Pointe Calumet, QC on September 19th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 3/5

I really like this series in book form, but the abridged versions on cd leave out what I feel rounds out both the relationships and the characters of Jamie and Claire. If I had not read the novels first I still found the flow of this story choppy

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.