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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (954 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ann H. Gabhart Narrator: Renee Ertl Publisher: Oasis Audio, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Shaker Series Release Date: July 2009 ISBN: 9781608145287
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She thought she was content—until a love from the outside world turned hers upside down.

Gabrielle Hope and her mother joined the Harmony Hill Shaker community in 1807. The community promised stability and devotion that Gabrielle wholeheartedly embraced. But when a local doctor must be brought into Harmony Hill from the outside, he sets into motion a chain of events that will challenge Gabrielle’s loyalty to the Shakers. As she falls deeper into a forbidden love for this man of the world, Gabrielle must make a choice. Can she experience true happiness in this simple and chaste community? Or will she abandon her brothers and sisters for a life of the unknown?

Soulful and filled with romance, The Outsider lets you live within a bygone time among a unique and peculiar people. This tender and thought-provoking story will stay with you long after you finish the final chapter.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An interesting…historical tale that explores the fascinating world of a religious Shaker community.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Offers a glimpse of a bygone era in which the Shakers lived together in chastity and faith.”

    Library Journal

  • “An amazing book about a group of people who…want to live their lives closer to God and keep outside influences at bay. Gabhart obviously did her research and gives life to a long-ago Shaker community.”

    RT Book Reviews (4 stars)

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Antiabecedarian | 2/18/2014

    " this is part of a series of books i collected in order to better understand my more perplexing male friends. wilson is an autodidact, so i relish what he proclaims. for the life of me, however, I can't remember any of it... and the outsider is yet another book i have not finished. besides, i am presently past wishing to understand the motives of the more aggravating male friends, who fit the mold. i did find it interesting that wilson follows his theories to its most extreme logical conclusion, the personality profiles of serial killers... which don't interest me at all; i prefer all the grey areas of human conditionings, in light of the extremes... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lachwhip | 2/11/2014

    " The most important philosophical book in my life bar none. Not sure how I can endorse this more fully. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jamie | 2/7/2014

    " A pretty good analysis/overview of historical people suffering from existential issues. Wilson takes issues from several different people's lives and writing and puts it all together to classify those type of people who crop up in history every once in awhile who just don't fit in. It got a little dry in places, but I particularly liked the sections on Dostoevsky. If you're not already familiar with existentialist thought or writers/thinkers like Dostoevsky, Sartre, Hemmingway, Blake, Camus, etc., then this (text)book probably isn't for you. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joseph | 1/13/2014

    " This book is great if you have read most of the books that the author discusses. However, if you have not, it is still a good study of the outsider in literature and why such a character has come to exist. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 W.R. | 12/30/2013

    " A book that the artist, poet or visionary should not be without. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Viswanathan Venkataraman | 12/4/2013

    " Book that led me on to many other authors, fitted with my world view at that time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adam | 11/14/2013

    " This book and Demian tie for the most amazing Psychological/Existential books I've ever read. For anyone who has struggled with their ideas of self or motivations of isolation, you might want to take a look at this. I will read it again and I don't do that often. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Doug | 8/20/2013

    " This book meant so much to me as a teenager growing up in the 1960's. I actually used it almost as a bibliography - reading many of and about many of the people mentioned in the book. Doug "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 blake | 8/19/2013

    " A fantastic review/history of existentialism up to the 1950s or so. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pirjo | 7/15/2013

    " I loved this book. It gave me my identity: I am an Outsider! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Krishna Giri | 6/25/2013

    " This book was written for me. Only Mr. Wilson wasn't aware of that. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bruce | 4/10/2013

    " A fascinating and insightful account of various artists who stood outside society and convention. Probably of value to anyone, artist or not, who feels like an outsider in the contemporary world. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrew | 3/27/2013

    " A riveting deconstruction of the search for truth, the madness inherent in it, and a proposed solution. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Thadd | 12/27/2012

    " This title, an interesting look at people who live outside the mainstream of life, focuses on Vincent Van Gogh, T.E. Lawrence, and others. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gabriel | 11/8/2012

    " This is one of those books that makes you want to read a bunch of other books. Mostly Dostoevsky. It was a romp in the waters of the outsider in literature as seen through the works of DH Lawrence, aforementioned Dostoevsky, Hemingway, Sartre, and others. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jason Brawn | 6/25/2012

    " A good read, but heavy going. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brenden | 4/18/2012

    " Was my introduction to philosophy, I can't believe he was only 22. Colin Wilson is a force to behold. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jerry | 10/29/2011

    " Good introduction. However, forcing all of his subjects into the category "outsider" can be a bit inane. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eliane | 6/5/2011

    " A wonderful love story in the most unusual place, a place where love between a man and a woman is not allowed. A very good inside look into the life of a Shaker village where work and brotherly / sisterly love are the rule. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laurie | 3/3/2011

    " I bought this book at the $1 store. It was worth what I spent but I would have been disappointed had I spent full price. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Crystal | 2/21/2011

    " I didn't know much about the Shakers - so in that respect, I enjoyed the book. The story line was "ok" but the writing was a bit "weak". "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 2/1/2011

    " It was more interesting for the historical perspective than the protagonists. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dani | 1/29/2011

    " This one wasn't the typical type of book I normally read, but it was okay. I don't think I would really recommend it to anyone either. Very mediocre, too light I guess. I suppose it was too soft-hearted for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nona | 1/19/2011

    " I found the Shaker lifestyle interesting.
    Gabrielle Hope finds her devotion to her Shaker community tested by a doctor from the outside who pulls Gabrielle into a forbidden affair that will change her life forever. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christine | 12/22/2010

    " This was a fascinating read, as the main doctor of the story helps two young Quaker people leave the community they've joined to live a more normal life during the Civil War era. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vonette | 12/22/2010

    " This was an excellent piece of historical fiction. The author obviously did her research on the Shakers and makes them very real to the reader. I was fascinated by this insider view of their community. I must find other books by this author. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carol | 11/17/2010

    " Plodding and predictable. I did learn more about Shakers than I ever wanted to know. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Lou | 10/13/2010

    " Interesting simply for the view into the Shaker sect. Learned some interesting things about the Shaker's. Overall a good story. "

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About the Author
Author Ann H. Gabhart

Ann H. Gabhart is the bestselling author of several novels, including Angel Sister, Words Spoken True, The Outsider, The Believer, The Seeker, The Blessed, and The Gifted. She lives with her husband a mile from where she was born in rural Kentucky.

About the Narrator

Renee Ertl is an audiobook narrator and actress with more than a hundred voice-over, print, on-camera commercial, and corporate video projects to her credit. She started working in the industry as an actress in summer stock and dinner theater, and she has traveled extensively, performing on cruise ships and touring with “Up with People.”