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4.15478260869565 out of 54.15478260869565 out of 54.15478260869565 out of 54.15478260869565 out of 54.15478260869565 out of 5 4.15 (69 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Diana Gabaldon Narrator: Davina Porter Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Outlander Series Release Date:
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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.

The thrilling and romantic tale of a WWII combat nurse who steps through an ancient stone circle and is thrown back in time to 1743 Scotland. First in the series. "Richly textured... an unusual and compelling love story."<#151>Library Journal Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “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.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “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

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

    Los Angeles Daily News

  • “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

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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