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 (132)

Written by LeslieY on May 22nd, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I started watching the Outlander series and binged several seasons quite fast! I found myself enthralled w the the storyline of that time period /history, the mystical undertones w time travel and the epic love story b/w Jamie and Claire. I decided to give the books a go and I am so glad I did! The show producers did an excellent job bringing the author’s words to the screen. I will say the author gives excellent, vivid and yet LONG descriptions of people, places, actions and feelings. I did speed up to around 1.2 so that helped. The narrator’s amazing ability to shift from Scottish accents to to even French is quite amazing! I’m ready to start the next one! What a mesmerizing idea... a love that transcends time and space. I love the historical references. The love scenes are a quite detailed but she’s trying to show how connected they are and how true lovers want to not only please the other, but also consume the other. Does a modern day Jamie exist ? Haha. Jk. I’m happily married;)

Written by Sandra Field on May 15th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I love this book and the narrator is fabulous!

Written by Hajnalka S. on April 29th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Loved it, the story line in beginning is a bit confusing but after can't stop it. Widh it continues!

Written by Tracey S. on March 26th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Brilliantly narrated can’t wait to hear the next volume

Written by Anonymous on March 8th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Davina Porter is one of my favorite narrators and truly brings the excellent book to life

Written by Karen B. on February 27th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Loved the book.

Written by TRACEY M. on February 24th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

wonderful and have listened many times

Written by Penny A. on February 6th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I love this I actually may quit watching the show and read the books.

Written by Stephanie B. on February 2nd, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Love this series! Very interesting story line and the narrator does a great job with all the voices. I loved listening to these after watching the series. Listening to book 5 now and expect to continue until it’s over. Looking forward to the journey.

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Written by Archie W. on January 17th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

The story is great. You find yourself experiencing life in 1740 Scotland with all the wonders and hardships. I love the politics, fighting and sex. The book has brought me closer to my wife.

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.