OUTLANDER by Diana Gabaldon
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33 Critic Reviews

It is not a light-hearted read, for sure. There's a very high body count, and some brutal torture scenes. But for me all of that was outweighed by the epic-style adventure and truly satisfying romance that made the novel a "Dove Bar" experience.
-All About Romance

Synopsis

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NOW A STARZ ORIGINAL SERIES
 
This eBook includes the full text of the novel plus the following additional content:
• An excerpt from Diana Gabaldon’s Dragonfly in Amber, the second novel in the Outlander series
• An interview with Diana Gabaldon
• An Outlander reader’s guide

Unrivaled storytelling. Unforgettable characters. Rich historical detail. These are the hallmarks of Diana Gabaldon’s work. Her New York Times bestselling Outlander novels have earned the praise of critics and captured the hearts of millions of fans. Here is the story that started it all, introducing two remarkable characters, Claire Beauchamp Randall and Jamie Fraser, in a spellbinding novel of passion and history that combines exhilarating adventure with a love story for the ages.
 
OUTLANDER
 
Scottish Highlands, 1945. Claire Randall, a former British combat nurse, is just back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an “outlander”—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding clans in the year of Our Lord . . . 1743.
 
Claire is catapulted into the intrigues of a world that threatens her life, and may shatter her heart. Marooned amid danger, passion, and violence, Claire learns her only chance of safety lies in Jamie Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior. What begins in compulsion becomes urgent need, and Claire finds herself torn between two very different men, in two irreconcilable lives.
 
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
 

About Diana Gabaldon

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Diana Gabaldon is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the wildly popular Outlander novels—Outlander, Dragonfly in Amber, Voyager, Drums of Autumn, The Fiery Cross, A Breath of Snow and Ashes (for which she won a Quill Award and the Corine International Book Prize), and An Echo in the Bone—as well as the Lord John Grey novels Lord John and the Private Matter, Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade, Lord John and the Hand of Devils, and The Scottish Prisoner; one work of nonfiction, The Outlandish Companion; and the Outlander graphic novel The Exile. She lives in Scottsdale, Arizona, with her husband.
 
Published October 26, 2004 by Dell. 560 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Crafts, Hobbies & Home. Fiction
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Critic reviews for OUTLANDER
All: 33 | Positive: 25 | Negative: 8

Kirkus

Above average
on May 20 2010

A satisfying treat, with extra scoops of excitement and romance that make up for certain lapses in credibility.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
on Jun 03 1991

Claire's resourcefulness and intelligent sensitivity make the love-conquers-all, happily-ever-after ending seem a just reward.

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Examiner

Good
on Mar 04 2012

Claire and Jamie have been game-changers for the romance world, showing that heroes and heroines need not be flat or one-dimensional for readers to eat them up.

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Examiner

Good
on May 21 2011

Her hard labor pays off...and readers will be pleasantly surprised at the beauty of the story within the covers of this novel.

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All About Romance

Good
Reviewed by Susan Scribner on Jan 18 2013

It is not a light-hearted read, for sure. There's a very high body count, and some brutal torture scenes. But for me all of that was outweighed by the epic-style adventure and truly satisfying romance that made the novel a "Dove Bar" experience.

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Suite 101

Good
Reviewed by Christina Guerrero on Apr 01 2012

Gabaldon plants clues throughout the book, from beginning to end. Studying every carefully-crafted word of 600 to 800 pages should be a pleasure for most readers.

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Open Book Society

Below average
Reviewed by hmhibbit on Aug 24 2011

Overall I thought this book was pretty good, but there are some things that keep it from being better in my opinion. I found a few parts to be kind of boring...

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Hypable

Good
Reviewed by Eric Trapasso on Jul 11 2013

I found this series to be rather refreshing after delving into a bunch of YA novels. Don’t get me wrong, I love The Hunger Games and Divergent, etc. and I love that the main characters are strong young women who are trying to make a difference and do what’s right, but they are also touchy teenagers who don’t know who they are yet.

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Your Entertainment Corner

Good
Reviewed by Elle on Mar 27 2011

"Outlander" is a page turner without a doubt...And as soon as I finish writing this post, I will go back to reading the book again because I must. It's calling me and I'm sure it will call to you too!

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Yahoo! Voices

Good
Reviewed by Heather Stottman on May 28 2011

I loved this novel and cannot wait to dive into the next book in the series. I would suggest this book for anyone who likes a good adventure or romance or likes historical novel s...

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Yahoo! Voices

Excellent
Reviewed by Thomas West on Jul 12 2010

All in all, this is quite a phenomenal novel, and a worthy addition to anyone's library. With its attention to detail, its riveting portrayal of both life and the ways in which human beings can fall in love despite their own wishes to the contrary, and its lush prose, Outlander is an excellent piece of literature and well worth a read.

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All the Books I Can Read

Below average
Reviewed by 1GIRL2MANYBOOKS on Jan 18 2011

The plot seems repetitive and moves in circles...All together there is far too much kidnapping and raping or attempted raping, going on in this book.

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Fyrefly's Book Blog

Good
on Mar 17 2008

Excellent escapist, slightly trashy, slightly guilty-pleasure beach reading. It was compelling enough to keep me absorbed and entertained through 11 hours of sitting in an airport...

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Devourer of Books

Excellent
on Sep 17 2010

If you are like me and have heard of these books but failed to read them, please stop what you’re doing and go and find the first one. They’re long, but they’re fast reads and they’re terrific. And now I’m out of here, because I’m on my way to buy the next two books in the series!

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Maryse's Book Blog

Good
Reviewed by Maryse on Nov 27 2010

I’ll just say, the book is truly exciting, scary, passionate, heart wrenching, WONDERFULLY tumultuous, and just plain…wonderful! I want to go back! And guess what? I get to!

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Romancing the Book

Excellent
Reviewed by Aubrey on Mar 30 2012

I recommend this book to everyone that ask me what book they should read. It is a book that totally changed my outlook on fiction and romance. It is the book that I compare other books to and one that I cherish.

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Literary Exploration

Below average
Reviewed by MICHAEL KITTO on Mar 18 2013

I’m not sure if I will continue the Outlander series but I would like to think that the romance starts in the next book. I’m curious to know if this is the case; I’m a little hesitant to invest in another 800 pages if it’s just more of the same.

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Reading for Sanity

Below average
on Feb 17 2011

In the end, I forced myself to finish this book, simply to say that I had finished it. For most of the book I was interested in how everything would turn out for the characters...but eventually ended up skimming because I was incredibly tired and just didn’t care anymore.

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http://goodbooksandgoodwine.com

Below average
Reviewed by April on Dec 27 2010

Overall, Outlander is a decent adventure perfect for the dead of winter. You should only read this, however, if you are craving a historical epic romantic adventure. Otherwise, well, I’m sure you will just be setting yourself up for disappointment.

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The Lit B***h

Good
on Jan 15 2011

Gabaldon really knows her stuff which makes the story authentic. She knows the landscapes, political/social history, and the culture of the Highlands–interestingly enough she has a PhD in Ecology??–strange!

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I'm Loving Books

Below average
on Sep 05 2009

Despite what I didn’t like I liked the book overall and I just adore their love story, it’s very lovely. I will continue to read the rest of the series to see how it progresses.

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Darlene's Book Nook

Good
Reviewed by Darlene on Mar 08 2012

With all the hype about Jamie, I had expected the scenes to be hotter. They are a little tamer than what I am used to from the likes of J.R. Ward and Christine Feehan, but Gabaldon’s scenes are more romantic...

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http://www.greenmanreview.com

Good
on Jan 15 2014

Gabaldon's attention to detail creates a lush world of daily life and daily tasks, and she engages in intense descriptive passages of minutiae which in hands of lesser skill would seem mundane, but in Outlander become fascinating and palpable.

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Another Look Book Reviews

Good
Reviewed by Michelle Kelly on Mar 25 2012

The Outlander story itself was spell-blindingly beautiful as always. Even though I had read the book a few time previously it amazes me on the little things that I had missed before.

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The Book Barbies

Good
Reviewed by Raquel on May 20 2013

If you're a romance reader, I definitely recommend that you read Outlander. Don't let the 870 pages scare you because they're an enjoyable 870 pages and no joke, by the time I finished this book, I wanted even more.

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Monniblog

Excellent
Reviewed by Monica on May 24 2011

I laughed and smiled, I cried for sadness and joy, I barrelled through hundreds of pages, and still I wanted more. I loved the main characters, Claire and Jamie. I loved their romance, their back stories, their strengths and weaknesses and cannot wait to read more from the Outlander Series. Squeee! love love love love love!!

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Book Reviews by Elizabeth A. White

Good
Reviewed by Elizabeth A. White on Aug 09 2010

I’ve read 600+ page books that felt as though they’d never end, but Gabaldon has packed so much action and intrigue into Outlander that by the time I took my first break from reading I was already on page 250 – the entirety of some shorter novels – with no effort at all.

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Owl Tell You About It

Excellent
Reviewed by Laura on Apr 03 2013

Oh, the tears! The tears I cried for Jamie and everything he endured in this book. When he told Claire about what happened to him in prison I was SOBBING. I’m pretty sure I’ve never cried like that over a book.

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The Brain Lair

Good
on Aug 31 2010

Outlander is an absorbing read. Gabaldon laces the story with so many details, including history and a description of the land, you feel as if you are right there with Claire. Jamie's upstanding hero antics are charming and captivating...

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Pedantic Phooka

Good
Reviewed by Holio on Jan 21 2012

I would definitely recommend this book, but I think it will appeal more to fans of Historical Romance versus PR or Fantasy. Proportionate to the historical story elements, the time travel and Druid threads play a very small role in the book.

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Review from Here

Good
Reviewed by Admin on Mar 01 2011

If you are looking for a book that you will be unable to put down, and will leave you wanting more I would highly recommend this one.

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Book Rain

Below average
Reviewed by BookRain on Aug 04 2011

Read it, just so you can say you read the book all the girls are fangirling about, but only if you don’t care about wasting your time. I just got tired of feeling uptight.

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Fictionally Inclined

Good
on May 27 2012

Outlander came this close to being a 5-star book to me. Unfortunately, there were a few things that rubbed me a little bit the wrong way, but I still loved it beyond belief.

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