Outlander Audio CD – Audiobook, 1 Apr 2006
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" Marvelously entertaining ... A page-turner of the highest order and a good read from start to finish." -- "Chattanooga Times"
" Absorbing and heartwarming ... Lavishly evokes the land and lore of Scotland." -- "Publishers Weekly"
" Gabaldon is a born storyteller." -- "Los Angeles Daily News"
"Marvelously entertaining ... A page-turner of the highest order and a good read from start to finish."--"Chattanooga Times"
"Absorbing and heartwarming ... Lavishly evokes the land and lore of Scotland."--"Publishers Weekly"
"Gabaldon is a born storyteller."--"Los Angeles Daily News"
Praise for Diana Gabaldon's Outlander novels
"Marvelous and fantastic adventures, romance, sex . . . perfect escape reading."--"San Francisco Chronicle"," " on "Outlander"
"History comes deliciously alive on the page."--New York "Daily News"," "on" Outlander"
"Gabaldon is a born storyteller. . . . The pages practically turn themselves."--"The Arizona Republic"," "on" Dragonfly in Amber"
"Triumphant . . . Her use of historical detail and a truly adult love story confirm Gabaldon as a superior writer."--"Publishers Weekly"," "on "Voyager"
"Unforgettable characters . . . richly embroidered with historical detail."--"The Cincinnati Post"," "on "Drums of Autumn"
"A grand adventure written on a canvas that probes the heart, weighs the soul and measures the human spirit across [centuries]."--CNN, on "The Fiery Cross"
"The large scope of the novel allows Gabaldon to do what she does best, paint in exquisite detail the lives of her characters."--"Booklist"," " on "A Breath of Snow and Ashes"
"Features all the passion and swashbuckling that fans of this historical fantasy series have come to expect."--"People"," "on" Written in My Own Heart's Blood"
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Praise for Diana Gabaldon s Outlander novels
Marvelous and fantastic adventures, romance, sex . . . perfect escape reading. "San Francisco Chronicle"," " on "Outlander"
History comes deliciously alive on the page. New York "Daily News"," "on" Outlander"
Gabaldon is a born storyteller. . . . The pages practically turn themselves. "The Arizona Republic"," "on" Dragonfly in Amber"
Triumphant . . . Her use of historical detail and a truly adult love story confirm Gabaldon as a superior writer. "Publishers Weekly"," "on "Voyager"
Unforgettable characters . . . richly embroidered with historical detail. "The Cincinnati Post"," "on "Drums of Autumn"
A grand adventure written on a canvas that probes the heart, weighs the soul and measures the human spirit across [centuries]. CNN, on "The Fiery Cross"
The large scope of the novel allows Gabaldon to do what she does best, paint in exquisite detail the lives of her characters. "Booklist"," " on "A Breath of Snow and Ashes"
Features all the passion and swashbuckling that fans of this historical fantasy series have come to expect. "People"," "on" Written in My Own Heart s Blood""
THE FIRST NOVEL IN THE BESTSELLING OUTLANDER SERIES - soon to be a major new TV series.See all Product Description
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After watching the first 8 episodes in a week, and realising the show had been developed from a book, and of course with the knowledge that the books are always better than the visual adaptations I downloaded the first book onto my Kindle.
The book was as wonderful and emotional as I had hoped it would be. Diana Gabaldon captures the beauty of the Scottish Highlands and true unabiding love with words alone. You are transported into the world of Outlander when you are reading and into the world of Claire and Jamie.
But this is much more than just a romance novel. This is true epic fiction, which covers the fear of the English invasion of Scotland prior to the wars of independence, the witch trials, and general day to day living in the harsh terrain and weather climates of the highlands.
The discussion of religion and Claire's struggles with her own religion having been an agnostic in her own time but it's relevance in Jamie's is beautifully discussed and covered towards the end of the book and actually proves to explain the things this couple are willing to do and sacrifice for each other time and time again.
Despite all this there is a touch of the fantasy and sci-fi with this novel, which is probably what I love the most about it. The fact that you never quite know what will happen at any given point.Read more ›
Then one day I decided I wanted to read a really good romance so I went online and googled "Best Romance Novels" and Outlander #1 (Outlander Series) came up as the #1 romance novel. So, I thought - why not? After reading all the books in this series by Diana Gabaldon (not once but twice) I am now eagerly awaiting what is purported to be the final book, "Written in My Own Heart's Blood."
Other reviewers have written about the premise for this book which involves time travel for a young married woman named Clare Beauchamp Randall from the 20th century who accidentally goes back in time to the 18th century. Not knowing if she will ever return to her life in the 20th century and in order to spare her life, she must get married in the 18th century. So she marries a young man named Jamie Fraser.
What can I say that would be enough? In my opinion, Jamie Fraser is close to everything a woman would want in her mate. He is loyal, willing to give his wife freedom to be herself, selflessly sacrifices himself for those he loves, has a heart large enough to take in those who are not his blood and make them family and may God have mercy on you if you try to harm them.
The adventures Jamie and Clare go through together are absolutely amazing. The set of books in this series can be truly identified as historical. You will never again view the Scottish people in quite the same way after you go through the Battle of Culloden with them.Read more ›
If you have not read any of Diana Gabaldon's books then you are missing out on a real treat but I would suggest that you read them in order, starting with Cross Stitch then Dragonfly in Amber, Voyager, Drums of Autumn, Fiery Cross and finally, A Breath of Snow on Ashes. They are all wonderful books and can be read out of order (especially the first four which I think are the best) but I think you get so much more understanding of Claire, Jamie & Co if read in order.
Granted, it took me a few chapters to get into it and I *did* wonder if I'd made a mistake paying a whole 23p (plus postage!) for the copy... Ha. The beginning was quite slow and laced with gratuitous sex scenes of duller than dull history buff Frank and his wife- the stories heroine Claire, but by the time Claire stumbled accidentally back through time into Jacobite Scotland I actually found myself quite enjoying it after all.
Maybe it's to do with Gabaldon's depiction of all of the epic battles, the geography of the place and her fantastic writing- you really can imagine yourself falling back in time to crumbling castles or running through woods away from the Red Coats. Her sense of description is just astounding- other reviewers have complained about her research being inaccurate, but as I'm not an expert on Jacobite Scotland I just took the book for what it was- a really terrific read. Or maybe it's because I'd actually taken a chance on reading something different than usual and was surprised by the potential of this untapped genre.
Whatever the reason, I'm ordering the rest of the books from this epic saga and I can't wait to curl up and read them. I really must remember that in future when a book comes so highly commended, it's usually with good reason!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
So good! Am very happy I bought it! Puts the series into more detail, and the writing is brilliant. Recommend!Published 19 hours ago by Michelle Davies
What can I say? This is how it all began. For those of who have watched Outlander the series knows how it all began. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Angel
This book is written really well, I had heard it was a good series but had had by doubts. It far surpassed my expectations, the characters are well written, the story goes at a... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Mellis mama
Ok to pass time on a plane. However, the story is very unbelievable. Maybe best for these romantic at heart!Published 6 days ago by Xian