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Author: Diana Gabaldon Narrator: Davina Porter Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Outlander Series Release Date: June 1991 ISBN: 9781436101288
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They were odd circumstances, the ones that brought Claire Beauchamp and James Alexander Malcolm MacKenzie Fraser together. She was married, a World War II army nurse, and at that, they were supposed to be on their second honeymoon. Sure, her husband Frank's history wasn't something that particularly interested Claire, but this was not supposed to be a trip for kindling a new romance...until strange things began to happen.

The men, the ones that found her in the field...they seem to think that her nightie is, well, a state of undress, and what's more, they're running from the English. It's only when she meets James that she realizes the truth: she's gone back in time, and the year is now 1743. She's taken to a high court and questioned: Who is she? Where does she come from?

Fortunately for Claire, although she's an 'outlander', someone ignorant of Scottish history, and a dreaded Englishwoman at that, she's a gifted healer. She's able to earn the trust of some of the villagers, and with them comes James, a dashing young man who Claire talks out of a wedding...but it appears her feelings are more than just general helpfulness.

As the book goes on, the questions grow: Will she be able to return home? What of her husband? And who is this mysterious stranger? Claire wonders, will she ever see Frank again? And more than that...if she doesn't, does she care?

Diana Gabaldon was born in Arizona on January 11, 1952. Daughter of Mexican-American and English parents, she took examples from both backgrounds when creating her books. She is most known for her outlander series, a series of romantic fiction books set in the 1700s. She also did a stint as a full time researcher on environmental studies at Arizona State University, and also taught classes at the same time. She is currently married to her husband, Doug, and they have had three children together.

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

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Stunning!…Gabaldon is a born storyteller.”

    Los Angeles Daily News

  • “It is a large canvas that Gabaldon paints, filled with strong passions and derring-do. Strong willed and sensual, Claire is an engaging modern heroine plopped down in a simpler, more primitive time….Great fun…marvelous and fantastic adventures, romance, sex…perfect escape reading.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Don’t let the number of pages and the Scottish dialect scare you. It’s one of the fastest reads you’ll have in your library…Gabaldon creates characters that you’ll remember.”

  • “Gabaldon shows not only a talent with factual detail but also a flair for creating memorable characters and some striking sex scenes.”


  • “Highly imaginative and suspenseful…Gabldon’s ambitious first novel gives the reader a well-researched view of eighteenth-century life as seen through the eyes of a twentieth-century woman.”

    Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel

  • “Marvelously entertaining…A page-turner of the highest order and a good read from start to finish.”

    Chattanooga Times

  • “An old-fashioned page-turner…A mix of history, romance, and adventure.”

    Cincinnati Post

  • “This is escape fiction at its best.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Absorbing and heartwarming, this first novel lavishly evokes the land and lore of Scotland, quickening both with realistic characters and a feisty, likable heroine…Scenes of the Highlanders’ daily life blend poignant emotions with Scottish wit and humor…Claire’s resourcefulness and intelligent sensitivity make the love-conquers-all, happily-ever-after ending seem a just reward.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Though first novelist Gabaldon uses time travel primarily to allow a modern heroine, this is basically a richly textured historical novel with an unusual and compelling love story.”

    Library Journal

  • “Once-in-a-lifetime romantic passion and graphically depicted torture sessions are only the two extremes of this lively time-travel romance set in eighteenth-century Scotland—an imaginative and lighthearted debut by a promising newcomer…A satisfying treat, with extra scoops of excitement and romance that make up for certain lapses in credibility.” 

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Gabaldon’s genre-crossing classic of romance, fantasy, and historical fiction…achieves a new dimension in the audio format. Davina Porter maintains the distinct voices she creates for each character throughout the lengthy narration. Her delivery of eighteenth-century language sounds authentic and is easily understandable. The hot sex and graphic violence, integral to the story, are far more vivid [in audio] than they are on paper.”


  • Winner of the 1992 RITA Award for Best Romance Novel
  • A USA Today bestseller
  • A Doubleday Book Club Main Selection
  • A #1 New York Times bestseller
  • A Wall Street Journal bestseller
  • A Publishers Weekly bestseller
  • An iTunes Top Seller
  • A New York Times audio bestseller

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 panda bare | 2/18/2019

    " Will be listened to again and again... What a wonderful story of love and adventure... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 cook | 7/6/2018

    " Obsessed with this series read all novels and listing for the second time "

  • 4.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 5 Allison | 7/6/2018

    " Of all the Outlander books I've read, this is still my favorite. For me, it was a little hard to deal with how casually rape is thrown about -- which I understand is a reality of the setting -- but sometimes it feels a little unnecessary. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 RKathryn | 3/19/2018

    " I listened to this audio book which was narrated by Davina Porter. The only reason I made it through the book was BECAUSE it was narrated by Davina Porter. She is one of the absolute best audio book performers I have ever listened to and I've listened to a LOT of audio book performers. The book itself was good, but for my taste, it had way too much sex...over and over and over and over and over again. OK, we get it. They had a bunch of sex. Move on. The historical detail/information/situations were entertaining overall and the descriptions of life as they lived it in 18th century Scotland along with their experiences were engrossing and enlightening while at the same time a bit scary (not to mention disgusting!). The author, Diana Galbaldon, must have invested in an unimaginably extensive exploration of the times prior to writing this book. As mentioned by other reviewers, I too wish she had included more reactions by Claire to the disparity of the times as opposed to her 1940's life. Overall, I liked the book but because of the overabundance of sex scenes and Claire's lack of reaction to 18th century Scotland, I've only given 3 stars on the story. There were parts that I enjoyed immensely, but there were also parts that left me either annoyed (sex, again!) or less than satisfied (a lack of emotions or reactions). Without the excellent performance by Davina Porter, I would have given up about half way through! "

  • 4.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 5 Christina | 2/15/2018

    " I loved the book and the narration was also good. This is a great way to listen to a long book while doing other things. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy Emery | 2/12/2018

    " Reading books are wonderful. But listening to them are fantastic! Outlander is a book that I will be listening to for the rest of my life! Davina Porter is wonderful with all the accents. She does the Gealic perfect. and she has the type of voice that doesn't matter if she does male or female. I can't wait to listen to the next book in the series! Diana Gabaldon is one of the best writers out there. The history and how she brings it to life is amazing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy | 2/11/2018

    " I love this book!! It is fantastic everything rooled into it.. romantic, excitement,Syfy, time travel.and history. I love it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy | 2/10/2018

    " I was not sure if I would like listening to a book. But Davina Porter is wonderful. She sounds English, Scottish and she even speaks Gealic! I think that everyone should try an audiobook...but this one is a must! "

  • 4.333333 out of 54.333333 out of 54.333333 out of 54.333333 out of 54.333333 out of 5 Jenny | 12/1/2017

    " A great introduction to the series that draws you in, wanting you to keep reading what happens to the characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vickie | 7/5/2017

    " This book has everything to captivate the attention; from action to adventure, from romance to intrigue. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Selina | 5/3/2017

    " This story is so well written and just as beautifully read. I am so impressed with this series....a wonderful distraction, an amazing story and a pastime I do not regret losing myself in. Cannot wait to hear the rest! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristie | 2/19/2017

    " I highly recommend this audio. The narrator made me feel like I was right there in the middle of the action. The story line is unbeatable. I look forward to all books by this author. I have seen the movie as well before listing to this audio and the narrator held my interest like the movie did. I truly enjoyed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephen | 2/3/2017

    " Having seen the TV Series of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander Books 1 & 2, and listened to the audiobook of Books 3 to 8 to continue this wonderful saga, in order to hear how the original Voyager was written I got this first Book - Voyager. I love the way Diana’s C18th Scottish / English & mid C20th English humour, intrigue, pathos & empathy is brought to life in Davina’s audio performance. I found listening to the story of Diana’s web-like connections both within & between Chapters & Sections as enthralling & enchanting as it was represented on screen. This confirmed my decision of how much I needed to get this audiobook (& the future ones) in order find out how the Books were originally written in comparision & contrast to the TV Series’ version of Book 1 & 2. I both can’t wait & clearly hope that the visualisations of Books 3-8 will encompass the settings, characters, actions & emotions revealed in the audiobooks in their TV series that drew me in so inextricably with the first 2 Book’s TV series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 1/29/2017

    " Never have I ever wanted a story to be part of a story as much as this one has made me feel! I feel homesick for a place and time I've never lived. Amazing!!!! "

  • 3.666666 out of 53.666666 out of 53.666666 out of 53.666666 out of 53.666666 out of 5 ben | 12/18/2016

    " Loved the story, great premise, wonderful dialect you are brought along a great tale on intrigue into the history pages, easy to picture your place in time and involvement in the days of old as an outsider great charectors and narration. Keeping you in suspense the entire ride, expecting the obvious which never seems to come, just new obstacles at every turn until your wondering when this ride will end. Very lengthy not disappointing just a little overly descriptive roaming a bit far from the storyline nevertheless a very good read. "

  • 0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 Sally | 10/1/2016

    " Davina Porter is a delightful reader of Diana Gaboldon's Outlander, the novel that launched the popular Starz TV series. I highly recommend this audio book for fans of the TV show, or as in introduction to the Highland world that has spawned 8 novels, with a 9th in process. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ahmed | 11/14/2012

    " I think this should read as I fuss it's wonderfully book, anyone will get bnifit of it and then he increases the understinig and he will enjoyed and. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shannon | 9/28/2011

    " I can not wait for this book to come out Diana Gabaldon is by far my favorite and her books are the best. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Francespitt | 6/23/2011

    " I love DG's series of the Highlanders! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mmazon | 6/16/2011

    " Another great addition to the story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 6/14/2011

    " Exceptional book. Of the series, I learned much about pre-revolutionary war politics and daily life in the mountains. Great stuff! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Krista | 6/14/2011

    " A welcome return to Gabaldon's earlier storytelling. While there were scenes I didn't enjoy (Claire's capture, the revelations concerning Malva), this one definitely kept me turning the pages. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brooke | 6/12/2011

    " My Favorite in the Series so far! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin | 5/30/2011

    " Wow! Maybe the best one! She packed so much into this book, especially at the end. It felt a bit rushed that there was more detail in the beginning and then storming through a bunch of plot lines. But as always I loved it. Will read Echo soon but may delve into some non-fiction first... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gwen | 5/21/2011

    " Finally after all the graduations, freshman orientation and driving around the country I finished this book! Loved it! My obsession continues..... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharon | 5/12/2011

    " Much better than the last two, but I need a break. I'm going to read "The Discovery of Witches" next. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michele | 5/9/2011

    " This was the best of the series so far. I almost stopped reading after the last book because things were going nowhere. After about the first 100 pages of this book, there are a lot of interesting stories. It's one adventure after another in the last half of the book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debbie | 4/28/2011

    " can there possibly be another one coming? claire and jamie are old by now - how can they keep running around the countryside and fighting wars? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anne | 4/27/2011

    " I loved this book! After #5 I was hoping this book would pick up the pace. I love the tragedy the characters go through. the tragedy is what draws me to them. I was sad at the end...I am ready to start #7. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 4/26/2011

    " I liked how this one ended! One to the seventh and latest book of the series. "

About the Author

Diana Gabaldon is the beloved author of seven New York Times bestselling novels in the series that began with Outlander, including Dragonfly in Amber, Voyager, Drums of Autumn, The Fiery Cross, A Breath of Snow and Ashes, and An Echo in the Bone. In 1997 she received the RT Award for Innovative Historical Romance.

About the Narrator

Davina Porter has been enthralling listeners for over twenty-five years with her ability to mine the psychological depths of the characters she reads and bring them convincingly to life. In 2006, she won the prestigious Audie Award for Best Female Narration and in 2004 for Best Inspirational Literature Narration. She has been honored as an AudioFile Golden Voice and has won nineteen AudioFile Earphones Awards. As an actress, she has appeared on stage at the Vineyard Playhouse and the Square One Theater, among others.