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3.83 out of 53.83 out of 53.83 out of 53.83 out of 53.83 out of 5 3.83 (6 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Diana Gabaldon Narrator: Davina Porte Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Outlander Series Release Date:
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In her now classic novel Outlander, Diana Gabaldon told the story of Claire Randall, an English ex-combat nurse who walks through a stone circle in the Scottish Highlands in 1946, and disappears … into 1743. The story unfolded from there in seven bestselling novels, and now the story continues in Written in My Own Heart’s Blood.

1778: France declares war on Great Britain, the British army leaves Philadelphia, and George Washington’s troops leave Valley Forge in pursuit. At this moment, Jamie Fraser returns from a presumed watery grave to discover that his best friend has married his wife, his illegitimate son has discovered (to his horror) who his father really is, and his beloved nephew, Ian, wants to marry a Quaker. Meanwhile, Jamie’s wife, Claire, and his sister, Jenny, are busy picking up the pieces.

The Frasers can only be thankful that their daughter Brianna and her family are safe in twentieth-century Scotland. Or not. In fact, Brianna is searching for her own son, who was kidnapped by a man determined to learn her family’s secrets. Her husband, Roger, has ventured into the past in search of the missing boy … never suspecting that the object of his quest has not left the present. Now, with Roger out of the way, the kidnapper can focus on his true target: Brianna herself.

Written in My Own Heart’s Blood is the brilliant next chapter in a masterpiece of the imagination unlike any other.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Features all the passion and swashbuckling that fans of this historical fantasy series have come to expect.”


  • “What can one say about a book we have been waiting five years to read? In this case, it is worth the wait. Few couples have engendered the devotion of readers the way Jamie and Claire have, and Gabaldon has created another sweeping novel full of history, epic adventure, and romance. With its complicated plots and twists and turns, as well as a large cast of characters, Written in My Own Heart’s Blood is brilliantly divided into eight sections that perfectly dovetail together. From past to present and from tragedy to triumph, this is a book not to just read but to experience!”

    RT Book Reviews (4½ stars, Top Pick!)

  • “With her Outlander series, [Diana] Gabaldon…successfully [juggles] a sizable and captivating cast of characters, developing thrilling plotlines that borrow equally from adventure, history, and romance and meticulously integrating a wealth of fascinating period details into the story without slowing down the pace. The result is a sprawling and enthralling saga that is guaranteed to keep readers up long past their bedtimes.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Continuing her Outlander series, Gabaldon again pushes the boundaries of genre fiction…Gabaldon’s themes are decidedly grown-up…but the basic premise is a dash of juvenile fantasy, a jigger of historical fact, and heaping helpings of counterfactuals. If you’re a Gabaldon fan, the Scottish dialect, laid on with a spade, and all those naughty asides will be a familiar pleasure…And yes, there’s room for a sequel—or 10.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “The long-awaited eighth installment in the enormously popular Outlander series is narrated with grace and zeal by Davina Porter…Porter portrays the wide cast with impressive range. Even in the most complex conversations, the listener can clearly discern which character is speaking. Porter’s most outstanding depiction is that of Claire herself—a woman who is deeply passionate and intelligent. Often her voice carries undertones of bubbling laughter or suppressed derision. Simply enchanting. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A Los Angeles Times Bestseller
  • A #1 Washington Post Bestseller
  • A Wall Street Journal Bestseller
  • A #1 NPR Bestseller
  • A San Francisco Chronicle Bestseller
  • A #1 Chicago Tribune Bestseller
  • A Publishers Weekly Bestseller
  • An iTunes Top Seller
  • Barnes & Noble's Biggest Books, June 2014
  • A 2013 Library Journal Editor’s Pick
  • A June 2014 Entertainment Weekly “Must Read”
  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
  • An AudioFile Best Audiobook of the Year for 2014
  • One of Audible’s Best Audiobooks of 2014: Listener Favorite
  • Nominated for the 2015 Audie Award for Fiction
  • Nominated for the 2015 Audie Award for Best Solo Narration – Female

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Michelle | 8/7/2016

    " Nothing negative to say except that it ended. I loved all of the Outlander series, and this was no exception. "

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