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Outlander (Outlander, Bk 1)
Outlander - Outlander, Bk 1
Author: Diana Gabaldon
ISBN-13: 9780440212560
ISBN-10: 0440212561
Publication Date: 7/1/1992
Pages: 850
Rating:
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.
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Publisher: Dell
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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This is probably the best series I have EVER read-and I've read a lot. I think I read the entire series (all six, 900 page books) in under 2 weeks. While I was working and going to school-that's how awesome they are, I could not put them down, I HAD to find out what would happen. I agree with what others have said that these are not romance novels-they really focus on the heroine and the realities of what it would be like to be stuck in another time. Her writing and storytelling is very believable, and the sub-plot of what plays out between Jamie (swoon!) and Claire, is just a the icing on the cake. What a great read-two thumbs way, way up. I ended up buying all the books after because I want to make sure I can find them when I want to read them again. I've already reread bits and pieces of them, and I only read them for the first time a few months ago. Awesome, awesome writing.
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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I'm not a fan of time-travel/science fiction/fantasy/series, but this novel defies being categorized. Yes, it is time-travel, yes, it is romance, yes, it is historical fiction. Overall, it is phenomenal! I happened to pick up Outlander at a garage sale for 25 cents -- and then couldn't stop until I read the rest of the series, plus the Lord John novel spin-off. I can't wait to see how Gabaldon picks up with the next book in the series. FANTASTIC!
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
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Had a hard time with the first couple chapters cuz I thought they were kinda boring. But, once she reaches Jamie, I couldn't put it down. Very intense.
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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I've read this book at least 3 times, and am making my way through the entire series (again)! One of my all time favorite books...
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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My absolute, most favorite series in the world ever! She writes such beautiful, haunting books that have adventure, romance, intrigue, travel, history...you name it, it's in it! She makes me laugh, cry and hope that all of her books won't ever end.

I cannot tell you how many times over the years that I have found myself wondering about Claire and Jamie as if they were personal friends of mine instead of characters in a book.
  • Currently 2.5/5 Stars.
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Good story but a little too much of a romance novel for me
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
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This is a wonderful, engaging story that I found easy to lose myself in. Well written, extremely accurate, and evocative, I definitely enjoyed this book cover to cover.
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
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Trust me...even if you aren't a fan of romance, this is a great book. I've never met anyone yet who didn't love it.
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
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I read this book after meeting a woman on an airplane who was reading a romance novel while I was reading a vampire romance and we knew a kindred spirit when we saw one. We spent the flight talking about our favorite subject and she told me about Outlander. She said it was the best book of any genre she'd ever read. I thought it was quite a compliment and bought it the next day.

After I read this book I didnt' enjoy the next four or five books I read. The quality of Gabaldon's writing is so superior to other authors in the genre (historical romance?) that everyone else seems like a hack. Absolutely beautifully written. At the start I had difficulty getting into the book. I put it down several times before I made it past the first couple hundred pages. Then I couldn't put it down at all. As it is a loooong book, I didn't get much sleep!

The slow development of the relationship between Jamie and Claire is almost excruciating. Yet it is the most romantic development, the deepest love, the most intense and believable relationship I've ever read. The love scenes, for the most part, are not particularly graphic or even very long, but the love and the relationship around them makes them seem more graphic and much more intense.
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
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I love all things Scotland, and so a friend of mine recommended the Outlander series, and I have to say I am hooked!

I fell in love with Jamie almost instantly, and loved the journey of Claire and Jamie. Can't wait to read the next one.
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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I picked up the fifth book in this series at a thrift store only to relaize it was part of a series. Came onto PBS and got lucky in getting books 1-4 within a week. Finished off the first book, Outlander, in about 2 days. Interesting novel, a bit of romance, time travel, history and mystery all in one! I look forward to reading more within this series. I found myself becoming more and more interested in the characters and wanthing to know what would happen to them.
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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This is my favorite book of all time. What more can I say.
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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What an awesome story! My only complaint is that the time frame of events, being exceedingly quick, was irritating. Otherwise, it is an awesome historical novel about well-develop[ed characters.
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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This is my favorite romance of all time. It is very epic, definitely a time commitment, but so worth the read. I have to say at first I wasn't that impressed, but I pushed through and the book took off at about page 75, once she time traveled. Jamie is so strong, such a protector- I am forever reading highlander books because of him, I love this kind of man. The story had a lot of great sexy love scenes, turns and twists, jealousy even some funny scenes. It definitely choked me up and brought some tears. I plan to read the rest of the series, but I keep pushing it off. Hopefully 2011 I get the guts to continue.
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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I had a very hard time putting this book down. I found myself sneaking into the kitchen or bathroom to read a few more pages throughout the day. If you love a good, historical romance novel and don't mind time travel, read this!
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
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I don't know how she does it, but Diana Gabaldon holds me with her descriptions of time and place in a way I have NEVER been held. I am in love with Jamie - surely she had to know someone like him. His every move and emotion is so well described. Thank you Ms Gabaldon for making an old heart remember how sweet young love can be.
  • Currently 1.5/5 Stars.
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Everyone told me I'd love this book, but it really didn't do anything for me. Fight, almost get raped, and then have sex with her highlander husband. Repeat ad nauseum. The "fantasy" part of it was negligible, and really kind of gimmicky.
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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Wow! I wish there were more stars so I could give this series at least 10!
(also on amazon.com)

A friend of mine recommended this book and I was a little leery about reading it at first due to the time travel component (sounded weird and I've never been a scifi fan), but finally decided to read it because my friend spoke so highly of it and our tastes are very similar.

I've never written a book review before, but feel compelled to comment on this one. Outlander is an intoxicating combination of historical action/adventure fiction, time travel and romance. There are lots of plot twists, as much action as a James Bond movie and as many characters as a Dickens novel. The characters are so vividly drawn that you feel you know them as intimate friends by the end of the book/series. The historical details are fascinating and life in 18th century Scotland is described in such exquisite detail that you feel as if you have visited Scotland.

However, be warned. These books are highly addictive! If you read this, you will be compelled to read the rest of the books in this series (to date, dragonfly in amber, voyager, drums of autumn, fiery cross, and breath of snow and ashes). I read all six of the series in six weeks (6000+ pages / 3 million words). My husband says I became obsessed with the books and read them to the exclusion of everything else including housework, friends, family and him. It became so bad that by the time I was nearing the end of the last book, (breath of snow and ashes), he was threatening to leave me unless I gave up reading.

Jamie Fraser is hero with whom no living man can compare. He is at once a fierce, courageous, protective warrior and yet a passionate, tender, sentimental and sensitive husband with a very engaging sense of humor to boot and you just can't get enough of him and his feisty, bold, smart wife Claire. Jamie's love for Claire is so selfless and unconditional that it is at times heartbreaking. I found the scene where he takes Claire back to the standing stones (thinking that she wants to return to her own time and that it's not safe for her to remain in the 17th century) so touching that I cried. He explains later that he prayed all the way up that hill; not for her to stay, because that wouldn't have been right. Instead, He prayed for the strength not to fall on his knees and beg her to stay.

Even my husband enjoyed the book. Although the ending of Outlander is disturbing and upsetting, it does not diminish the book in any wary --rather it adds to it. I've come to realize that the plot twists at the end of her books are a technique of Diana's--just when you think everything is fine and we're going to have a happily ever after, Diana pulls the rug out from under your feet and the characters experience some (often life threatening) disaster which they must surmount; sometimes it's more than one disaster in succession. It keeps you excitedly turning pages up to the very last page. I find Outlander the best of the series, then Voyager and then Breath of Snow and Ashes, although each one is a very good novel capable of standing on its own; none of them disappoint.

It is an insult to Diana Gabaldon to classify this as a "romance" novel just because it does have some romance in it among the other plot themes. I think historical/action adventure would be more accurate. It is so much more than others of the romance genre. I'm afraid she has ruined me for other authors. I picked up a couple of other novels to read while I'm waiting for Diana's next installment in the series (due in 2-3 years) and nothing else quite compares.

Oh, and BTW, it couldn't be any further removed from a 1980's style "bodice ripper", to which some inane reviewer compares it.

Write faster, Diana! Write Faster!
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
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Yes, I know this is a best-seller, and I know that it gets very high reviews. But I have to admit that I was disturbed by the whole book and especially the violence. Instead of reading the whole series, I had absolutely no desire to learn what happened further with these characters.
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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The first book in a fabulous series. It makes you laugh and cry, and really makes you wish you were in Scotland. Instantly fell inlove with Jamie Fraser. I've told everyone I know to read this series, and they've loved it too. And if I'm not mistaken, Jamie and Claire are mentioned in "The Time Traveler's Wife".
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Excellent read. Keeps you interested to the point you forget the time. I can understand why is is becoming and HBO series this summer.
  • Currently 2/5 Stars.
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I am utterly shocked that this book/series has such a high rating! It's the reason why I was suckered in.

Long story short (pun intended) if you enjoy long winded, well written romance novels with lovable, well written characters that you can't help but NOT care about, gratuitous sex, rape, brutality, 50 pages of boring everyday life filled with passionate 2 page sequences of intense wonderful drama and a book that you will PROBABLY only read half of because the other half is you skipping through the stuff that just shouldn't be there (it's so pointless) like seriously, there were almost 10 pages of Claire cleaning out her supply cabinets at one point.

Diana Gabaldon, you should try learning about SUBTEXT.

At first I thought this book was BORING, I understand setting the scene but COME ON and get to the point! After I skipped the first 10th of the book I fell in love with the setting and the characters, it was lovely, and then came that thrumming boring lull of a whole lot of nothing. I am almost surprised that the author didn't write about how many times claire went to the bathroom for as much nothing was mentioned in this book.

All in all, It's not horrible, it's a very well written book but it almost feels like an unfinished, unrefined product. Dissappointing.
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Better-than-average time travel romance as an English woman finds herself transported from 1946 England to Scotland in the days leading up to the Jacobite Rebellion. Part 1 of a series.
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
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Loved it. Don't knwo why you will only let me give it 4 1/2 stars. It was definitely a 5 star book to me. Th etwo main characters were great & the time travel was done in a very believable way.
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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I first read Outlander about five years ago upon the recommendation of a good friend. It didn’t disappoint the first time, and I’m happy to say it was even better this go around. The characters I already quite adore come more to life as I became reacquainted with them, making an even more beautiful story than I remembered.

The first time I read this novel, I found myself in a similar position to Claire, wondering if and when she would get back to 1945. I was on edge, waiting with anticipation to see how she’d finally manage to make it to her destination.

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  • Currently 0.5/5 Stars.
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While this book is highly acclaimed by many readers, I found it to be dull, poorly executed drivel. Especially unpleasant is the antagonist who's repressed homosexuality and attraction to our hero fuels his violent rages, sadistic behavior, and repression of the Scots in this area of operation.

I gave the book 1/2 star so that no one would think I'd forgotten to rate it. If only negative stars were available... I kind of feel cheated out of my time spent with it.
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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Excellent! There is a reason this book is a classic and a must read! Read it and think of the endless possibilities....
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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Completely engaging, romantic adventure! I love historical fiction, and usually pick up books where the main character is someone of historical significance. I also am a sci-fi fan. This book was recommended to me on both counts, and I wasn't disappointed, though the only sci fi/fantasy aspect of this book is an instance of time travel. The steaminess of the romantic aspects took me off guard, but I really liked it. Now I wonder if I might also love romance novels... hmm. That said, this was still so much more. Claire was written well, she's an easy protagonist to hop along with for the ride. This book also answers the question of: how can I believably put a smart, capable female protagonist into the 18th century? Time travel! You've found this book likely because someone recommended it, now get it, and read it! You won't regret it!
  • Currently 1/5 Stars.
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I began this book because I liked the concept: a nurse in post-war 1945 warps backwards in time to 1743 Scotland where she finds love and adventure in the Highlands...why did I finish the book? Most likely due to a sense of literary masochism (although I suffered through the S&M kind too in the latter pages--be warned!). The tragic irony is that in the beginning I had assumed the story would actually go somewhere, instead of looping around the same track multiple times, where nurse Claire and her kilt-clad lover gallivant, fight, make love, get captured, beaten, rescued (not necessarily in that order) over...and over...and over...

Jamie, the hot-blooded Scot, was probably the best developed character (relatively), although it may have been just the brogue. And he had the tendency to say the most inane things sometimes (a particular metaphor involving duckweed comes to mind...gag!). Claire is "feisty" and "spunky" (read: annoying), very erratic in behavior, and overall not very likable. At one point, potential intriguing material is wasted--Jamie must punish Claire, who has endangered the lives of his clansmen with her stupidity. This could have been a psychologically interesting scene, but instead it turns into a kiss & make-up/out session while the characters remain static. Another interesting time-traveling character is wasted later in the story, disposed of without answering some intriguing questions about the consequences of time travel. Issues remain simplistic and complexity, though tantalizingly dangled, is never pursued.

I could rant for pages about what I didn't like--long exposition sections containing important "clues" to the story, lots of superficial description of people/places, but nothing that develops the characters. And mistakes--picking fruit in April? Really? Am I the only one who noticed this? And finally, the bland language that served merely to record the action as if narrating a movie. But for all my griping, the book didn't really plunge into the abyss until around page 300 when the situation takes a really ridiculous turn, and the ending, smacking of religious-Freudian-voodoo did NOT do it for me at all. Blah.
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
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I ordered this book because I read reviews on several sites saying what a wonderful series it is. I was wary of the size at first lol I have 5 children and typically pick a book I can hold one handed and read thru very quickly. I was mildly involved in the first couple of chapters but I have to say once Claire got to Jamie I was hooked. Cant wait to move on to the rest of the series and find out what happens. Every woman needs a Jamie. It wasnt all romance either, the descriptions in the book and the struggles of the time were very well written.
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
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I love this book - although it is not GREAT literature - and you must suspend disbelief frequently.... it is a lovely read that keeps you on the edge of your couch and wanting more. One of her book jackets says, "Lots of action, lots of sex..." and this is right - but done right - it's a fun read - I love this series.
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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This was a wonderful read! It took me a little while to get into the story, but then I ended up getting swept away by the adventure. It's a fun, romantic, historical fiction account of life in Scottish highlands. The lead character accidentally steps through a portal to a time 200 years in the past. I look forward to reading the other novels in this series.
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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My mother mailed me the first few books of this series a few years ago because she loved them so much. They are incredibly addictive to read. The character and story development are excellent. Even though a lot of people say these are "romance" novels, there is just so much more to this book similar to how there was more to the series of The Clan of the Cave Bear. Romance is a rather part of the entire story arc for the series, but don't let that detour you from reading them. Diana Gabaldon has done a wonderful job of capturing the historical era that her heroine ends up getting transported to. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good escape from everyday life.
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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I've read this book many times. It's one of my all-time favorites, and still my favorite in this series. One of the great things about it is that every time I read it I find something new that I missed before. I'll confess though that the very first time I read it, about ten pages into it, I thought ... I don't know if I'm going to like this. Famous last words, as they say.

This is definitely a love story, more so than the other books in the series. But to say that's all it is really sells the novel short. It's the most complex and compelling love story I've ever encountered. But as much as it's a love story, it's a piercing study of what it really means to be man, to be a husband, to be responsible for a family, to be willing to sacrifice everything to uphold vows you've made in the face of violence, hatred and injustice. It's a thoroughly grown-up story, and not for the faint of heart. That said, there's plenty of black humor and good fun, too.

Two downsides: Once you get into it, you won't be able to put it down for anything--crying children, dirty laundry, house fire, whatever. And, as other reviewers have mentioned, after you read this, you'll be spoiled and continually disappointed in less satistfying stories.

The seventh in this series--An Echo In The Bone--comes out later this year. If you start reading now, you MAY just have time to read them all before its 9/22/09 publication date.
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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Fantastic read. I know now why there are so many faithful fans of this series. I can't wait to move on to the next one!
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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This book has everything.I couldn't put it down. Action,drama,love,sex,good till the last page.
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
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This is book one of a six (so far) book series. I don't usually like time travel stories, but I loved this one! It's in my "read again" pile.
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.
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Diana Gabaldon's Outlander is the first book in a series that is historical fiction, fantasy and science fiction, action and adventure, and romance all rolled up into one book. I enjoyed the book for many reasons particularly a strong female lead character. Really, I enjoyed all aspects of the book except for the graphic physical descriptions. Those I can do without.

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  • Currently 3/5 Stars.
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I had always assumed this was just a romance novel, but there really isn't one genre this book fits into. It really does have everything in it. I was a little worried it would just blabber on about nothing (like so many other large books), but it pretty much gets right to the point. I loved all the politics in it. There are a few really disturbing parts in it. I highly recommend this one.
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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I'm probably the umpteenth million person to say how wonderful Outlander and all things Diana Gabaldon are, so I won't go into any long summaries of the story. Instead, I'll just share some of the many things I love about Diana and the Outlander (and Lord John) series: First, I love her sparkling wit. Diana will come out with these one-liners that have me literally gasping for air, I'm laughing so hard. Sometimes they are snarky or sarcastic (but not in a mean way) and sometimes they are just plain FUNNY. She always does it in a way that is character-appropriate. Second, I love how she sets the stage brilliantly...I always have a clear mental picture. But at the same time, even though the books are close to 1,000 pages, I never feel like she's just droning on about each little detail. It's as if she just transports me there. I love living in Claire & Jamie's world. Third, I just love that her characters are PEOPLE. Flaws, quirks and all. Ok, well, Jamie is a bit larger than life, and a man I'd like to have (wouldn't all Diana's female readers want a Jamie for themselves???) but other than that, you feel like these are real people, with real emotions & real problems. At the same time, Diana never psychoanalyzes or psychobabbles. She just lets you get to know the characters for who they are. Fourth, following from this, is that the romance is romantic without descending into one steamy sex scene after another. Yes, the sex scenes that are in Outlander (book and series) are there, and they are HOT, but the books are so much more than the sex. Fifth, I love how the books defy description: is it historical fiction? romance? adventure? fantasy/SF/time travel? Mystery? Well...all of the above. Diana is just so skilled at telling stories of all types. She refuses to be bound by conventions that say "this type of book should be this so I am going to be safe and follow the formula." Nope, not Diana. And so the result is a truly unique book that has you staying up till all hours turning the pages. I've literally read Outlander about 6 times, and each time I find something new, unique and different. She's truly a master author. Take a chance - you won't be sorry. There's a reason so many millions of readers adore Diana.
  • Currently 2/5 Stars.
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As seen on http://theinfamousj.livejournal.com/470707.html

I am torn between giving this book 1 star (didn't like it) and 2 stars (it was okay) because it was clearly not my taste, but it also was readable by the fact that I did, in fact, finish it. Because of that, I'm going with two stars.

Outlander tells the tale of how ex-WWII combat nurse Claire Randall gets sucked back in time using the druid magic of a standing stone circle, where she is promptly forced to become the bride of a very handsome, very sexually desirable, and very well-to-do Scottish guy. Not-at-all-gentle sex, history, bigamy, rape of a male, and herb lore follow.

As I said, not a fan. Likely because I'm not a fan of descriptions of rough sex, I am not a fan of domestic violence, and I am also not a fan of history. I will not be reading the second book in this series.
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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Wow. Amazing. Now I get it, what all the hype is about. I think I am in love with Jamie Fraser. I was distraught (really) about half way through at the thought of Claire leaving him behind to return to the present, which I thought was inevitable. And when she was pushed out of Wentworth only to have to deal with wolves before she could even consider saving Jamie, I was near frantic.
My profile says that I love nothing more than a great romance, one that grabs a hold of you and doesn't let go. This one delivers! I haven't been this emotionally tied to a book in a long time - if ever. This is definitely one that you will want to read again and again. I picked this up at a second hand store and cannot imagine who in their right mind would give this book up.
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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great romantic book
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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LOVED this book!
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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I have to say that for me, this book started out really slow. I almost put it down and didn't continue reading. Wow! I am SO glad I continued reading. Once the real story started, it was obvious why the beginning had to be so detailed. I loved this book and can't wait to read more by this author!!
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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I love this book,in fact all the books in this series.
Because they were originally published years apart,I am rereading them all to get a better understanding of the storyline.
  • Currently 2/5 Stars.
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Much closer to the supermarket-romance genre than I'd been expecting. I enjoy time-travel that really makes use of the different periods, and romance that is well-woven into a plot, like Time & Again. Glowing reviews led me to believe I might have found another winner, but I would say you should only try this book if you like the Romance-with-a-capital-R genre. In Outlander, Claire is magically transported to the 18th century, but her experiences adapting to the period are too quickly glossed over in favor of heated romantic encounters with a man whom I frankly found a little off-putting. I know many other readers think he's the height of sexy, but I prefer heroes who 1) never beat up their women no matter how justified, 2) win ladies with their activity, charm and wit instead of brawn and farming-knowledge and 3) don't spend quite so much time being stabbed, whipped, humiliated, and raped. In fact, there was altogether too much raping, attempted raping, misunderstood raping, and threatened raping throughout the book. It hit the point of being silly, where I was rather expecting every new character and scenario to somehow work in a rape angle ("Claire, I hope you will have another pancake - the cook makes nothing but pancakes since she was raped by a baker.")
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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A very, very good read
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I don't think that I have ever read any other book written as well as this one. I must say that I am completely impressed. Gabaldon does an absolutely fabulous job at drawing her reader into this story. Morally, I disagree with most of the content, but I cannot help but give this book an outstanding review simply due to the craft of the writing.
Usually, I very much dislike stories written in the first person perspective simply because they make feel like I was cheated out of the 'rest of the story'. We do read fiction, after all to escape real life and being at least somewhat all knowing is nice at times. :o) This book however, does not lack anything. The first 3 chapters set the stage and then after that, I hope you set aside lots of time, because you won't be able to put it down. The characters were so real, I could feel their pain and share their triumphs.
I haven't read any other books by Gabaldon, but honestly I don't think that she could ever top this one.
Amazing writing. Clever story. Well worth the read even if you don't like this genre of book. A job well done!
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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Many years ago, a friend suggested this book to me. I read the back cover and decided that I just couldn't deal with a time traveler - the premise of the book just seemed too contrived so I gave her back her book. Several months ago, I found myself in a remote part of Mexico without a book to read. The hotel's lending library had a much discolored and used copy of Voyager. I started reading it and was hooked! When I returned to the states, I had to start the series at the beginning.

To me, the Outlander series is just so much fun and a great story. The historical context is wonderful especially as it is filtered through Claire's 20th century sensibilities. If you're a history buff, you'll enjoy all the little tidbits that Ms. Galbadon weaves into her story. She didn't have to put so much in - and some will fault her for doing so - but I find they add so much to my enjoyment of the story. I grow weary, sometimes, of all the love scenes but you can skim over what you will.

Recently, I found audio tapes of the book in my library. I had to check them out because I realized that I didn't know how the Scottish/Gaelic words should sound. What a treat to hear Jamie say "mo duinne" or how "Murtagh" is supposed to be pronounced. Hearing the Gaelic words really added a dimension to my enjoyment!
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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Amazing book!
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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I had first heard about this book on a book club group so I decided to check it out. I have to admit I almost quit reading it as it was really slow starting. But I kept on going on it and so glad I did. Once the story got moving it was impossible to put the book down. The story line between Claire and Jamie is just addicting. It has quickly become one of my favorite books.
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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The first book in Diana Gabaldon's Outlander story sets the pace for the rest of the story. Suspenseful, romantic and THOROUGHLY enjoyable, readers will be dying to get their hands on the rest of the series!
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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I wish I could remember who recommended this book to me in the first place, because I owe them a huge thanks (or I should curse them for keeping me up at night). While I absolutely loved the characters (hubba hubba Jamie) and the overall story, it is l-o-n-g and could have done without some of the scenes. There's just too much distress and rescuing going on along with a tad too much graphic sex. All that being said, I was still up till the wee hours reading it and cannot wait for book 2 to arrive.
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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An excellant book...no other way to state it. I am not a reader of romance novels, neither am I a reader of fantasy (or science fiction). But this book has elements of both in it, and I loved it. Before I read it the first time, I asked what it was about of the person who recommended it to me. She said it was sort of a romance novel and sort of a book about time travel, and I scoffed at reading it...this person pressed me to read it "you will love it" was the statement that was said to me...and I did. I have read the book twice, listened to it twice on audio, and would love to have a copy of the unabridged version in my own collection....an Excellant book. It is a story of a woman who travels back in time 200 years and falls in love, but Oh so much more than that. You must read this.
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
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I love time travel book and this is one of the best!
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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A wonderful series!
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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I loved this book! I think this is a great romance novel! Its a great story and I found myself thinking of Claire and Jamie as real people. When Jamie talked to Claire about their relationship, I would get butterflies in my stomach. This book has a dfferent tempo then most of the regular romance novels. Its like you are in the story with them and not just reading a book. And yes, I know this is fiction!
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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The Outlander series received rave reviews from a few friends of mine so I decided to give the first book in the series a shot. While I wasn't blown away, I found it to be an enjoyable read. I really liked the theme of the book and found some of the historical information fascinating. The love scenes fell a little flat for me and I started to feel bothered by Gabaldon's near obsession with sadomasochism, a theme that popped up several times in the book, particularly near the end. The way it was presented really bothered me, particularly at the end of the book, where I found myself feeling almost sick to my stomach with tension. Despite my strong emotional reaction to this element of the book and it's ending, it did draw me in. It took me nearly 2/3rds of the way through the book to get there but when I got to the last 250 pages, I could not put it down. I'll be keeping up with the series.
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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When an acquaintance first told me about this book, I didn't think I would like it or that it would be believable as I'm not a sci/fi person either. Boy, was I wrong. I, too, read the entire series in a couple of weeks and could not put it down. It has everything...romance, adventure, gore, history, suspense. I've never read anything quite like it before or since.
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
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This is my all time favorite series of books! If you can make it through the first 100 pages of this book, which in MHO were a tad slow, you won't be disappointed. Ms. Gabaldon's characters are so well developed and the story so engaging that I found myself forgetting they weren't real people. I had to put the book down and walk away on more than one occasion because I was so annoyed with Claire or Jamie!

The story will captivate you and the history that comes to life in the pages of this book (as well as all subsequent books in the series) is better than any college course I ever took.

One note, though: These books have to be read in order. I imagine it would be nearly impossible to make sense of anything if you started with "Dragonfly In Amber" or any later book.
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
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Where to begin...this book is the most amazing journey I have ever been on. Heartwarming, totaly Scotland. This book is the first in a series that you seriously cannot put down. It takes place in 1945 and 1743. The main character, Claire, time travels between the two times. What happens next is an amazing adventure that takes Claire on a wild, romantic ride through perilous times. Claire meets Jamie, her soul mate. You become so embroiled in the lives of these characters you forget you are not actually there.

When I pick up one of these books all else falls away and I am truly transported to another time and place.
  • Currently 1/5 Stars.
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This book was so highly recommend on this website as well as others that I couldn't wait to read it. Unfortunately, I just couldn't get into it. I thought it was WAY longer than it needed to be and it just dragged on & on. I really wanted to like it & was hoping that it would pick up but it just didn't. I was very disappointed. I may pick up the 2nd book in the series just to see if that one's any better.
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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I am hooked
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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I am not a fan of time travel but after reading this book I was hooked on the series! I highly recommend this book. It was one of the best books I have ever read.
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Sometimes I tend to read fast and forget to enjoy the story. I am also not a big fan of romance novels. This book was a departure for me but I enjoyed it a great deal. I read it with the condition that I would only order the next book in the series if I liked this one. The character development was good and it was refreshing for someone to want to do the right thing and to actually think about what that might be. This book is long enough I had enough time to enjoy it and so I am looking forward to the sequels. The historical details & description of living conditions all brought a reality to the book that made it even more enjoyable. The story also didn't take itself "too seriously". I won't comment on some of the humor I found in the tale as you need to come across it and enjoy it fresh.
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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Loved it!
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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This Diana Gabaldon series, starting with Outlander is the best I've ever read!! So much detail and intricate plots!! I've read the whole series about 5 times!!! If you like historical romance and time travel you will love this series as much as I do!!
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Interesting read. I enjoyed this book, but thought it was a bit too long.
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
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Outlander shouldn't really be classified as "romance." There is romance in it, but it defies genres. I'm almost 60 & I have read this series at least twice. I turned my doctor onto it & months later she was still hooked on the series.
I DON'T read romance novels! This is a little bit of everything: time travel, general fiction, thriller, SF, & some romance. It's my favorite book of my favorite series of all time. And I've read thousands of books in my life in most genres. Please don't miss out on this! You won't be sorry & don't give up before Claire ends up back in time. That's the REAL story.
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
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excellent book. kept me in suspense. I couldn't put the book down. Made me feel like I was really in the story. I love that.
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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I could not put down this book. It swept me away to 1700 Scotland. I loved Claire and Jamie.
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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Book 1 in the series that made me fall in love with Claire and Jamie, and crave more, more, more. I have the first six of the series and am anxiously awaiting the next one! These books can't be classified under one category - they're historical fiction, romance, with a smidge of science fiction. Claire, a nurse from the second world war, travels with her husband to Scotland. While there, she visits the standing stones of Craig na Dun, and travels back in time to 1743. This isn't normally my type of book. I first picked up "Voyager" (3rd in the series), because it was a huge thick book which I'm drawn to, noticed it said trilogy and assumed all three books were in the same volume because of the thickness. I realized my mistake when I got home. That was one of the best mistakes I've ever made, because otherwise I would have missed six of the best books I've ever read. If you like getting lost in big thick character-driven books, you won't go wrong with this series.
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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This is the first book in a very addictive series. I don't normally like books written as series-the subsequent books always fail to deliver. Not so with this group of novels. The author Diana Gabaldon is a New York Times best selling author and her story actually improves with each new book. This is a tale of a woman living in two centuries. An ancient stone in the British Isles acts as a time machine to transport her into Scotland at a time when it is revenged by raiding clans and torn apart by war. An absorbing story of the land and lore of Scotland that left me obsessively searching the bookstores for the next novel in the series: Dragonfly in Amber. These are BIG novels, nearly 1000 pages of hard to put down reading!
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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By far one of the most imaginative fantasy-meets-romance series I've read. Great characters, wonderful plot, and credibly researched historical information.
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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This is a fabulous book. Claire ends up going back in time...accidently and meets up with Jamie a Scot. It is a great story and an unbelievably good book.
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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Definitely in a class by itself. I've always been a fan of time travel and this is one of the best. The subsequent books in this series, while excellent in their own right, just never quite measure up to it in my opinion.
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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A must read!
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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Book 1 in the Outlander series. Time-travel romance. Couldn't put it down.
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
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Read this one, then follow up with "Voyager." Unusual and interesting.
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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Once you read this, be prepared to read the rest of the series - you won't be able to stop.
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
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Best book ever! I try to get everyone I know to read this one! Don't know how anyone could ever part with it....
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First in a series of awesome historical science fiction bodice rippers.
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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Loved this book, one of my all time favorites. The entire series is amazing, though the first one may be my favorite.
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The author makes you believe that it's possible to go in time with this wonderful account which also reflects her great knowledge of Scotland in the 1700's. She does a great job with her character who must try to use her knowledge of life in the 1940's to survive in the 1700's without revealing that she's from another time!
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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One of the best books ever! The author writes a spellbinding tale that will keep you flipping pages late into the night. Time travel, adventure, action, killer romance, lush landscapes, Scottish history, castles, richly developed characters and more action. You won't want it to end. Thank goodness there are sequels!!
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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A wondrfully romantic novel about time travel to eighteenth century Scotland. A combat nurse from 1945 is torn between love for her husband back in the present and Jamie Fraser, the Scottish Laird and warrior. A little long, but I loved the story and the characters Claire and Jamie.
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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Great first book of the series. This is a romance/history book that kept me up until all hours. Also got me hooked on the series!
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
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I couldn't get into it! boring and long.
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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This is one of my favorite books ever! It's a mix of romance, time travel, action/adventure and historical fiction. While you'll find it in the romance section of the bookstore, don't let that turn you off ... it is NOT your typical romance novel. I even know guys who love this series! Be forewarned: There some violent and some -very- steamy scenes.
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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Engrossing, intriguing, emotional story, though one that is not for everyone. It is violent, with scenes of physical torture, rape, war, and just the brutal life of the 18th century. It is also tender, touching and wildly romantic. Jamie Fraser is a hero for the ages!
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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I LOVE this series and especially this book. Claire is hilarious and tough. Jamie is the hottest fictional character I have had the pleasure to read about. (It's been a long time since I've had a little crush on a character in a book, but Jamie does it for me!)
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
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Very enjoyable book, a well written lighthearted read. This is a book that's very hard to classify, as it can be considered part of several generes. It includes elements of historic fiction, romance and a touch of fantasy.
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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I have been wanting to read this book for a long time so was looking forward to it. However, I had a really hard time getting into it for some reason. I don't know why. It took me half way through before I was drawn in and this is a long book. After that point I really enjoyed it and am wanting to read the sequels. Having said that I would still recommend reading Outlander.
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
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This paperback is not in the best shape - an ex-library edition. But an excellent read and the perfect book to take on your vacation and leave behind for the next reader. The first in a series but a good read all on it's own.
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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This is a great book that is the beginning of a fantastic adventure! It's got a bit of everything - adventure, romance, time travel.
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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I was about half-way through when I added book 2 of this series to my wish list. I don't know if I'll do the whole series (7 and counting) but I look forward to the next installment. The premise is thought-proking, moments of realization, conditions and people harsh. It felt a bit of a roller-coaster ride, but of course, the world and times were dangerous especially for the people Claire finds herself in the company of. And Jamie Fraser lives upto the hype of romantic, sensual hero.
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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This is one of my favorite books of all time! It is such an amazing story! It has a little bit of everything! I would recommend it to anybody who enjoys romance/historical fiction.
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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One of my favorite series. Wore out my first paperback copy I got when it first came out, so this is my replacement copy!
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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...could have been about 200 pages shorter, but enjoyed it otherwise :)
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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I very much enjoyed reading this Epic, it is the first time I have read this author..
I thought she was very descriptive n her writing, I can certainly understand why this was hard to get a hold of, I will continue on with the rest of the series
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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I read this book as part of a book club reluctantly and enjoyed it so much that I am now in the process of reading the rest of the series.
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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This story was very nice. There are many concepts in this story that I liked: time travel, folk stories that the locals tell etc.
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
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Loved it, can't wait to read the next one in the series.
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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Currently reading this but nearing completion, the book begins a bit slow but after the rough start it gets into a faster paced other worldly adventure of fantasy, history and intrigue. A wonderful captivating read with colorful characters and descriptive scenery. A wonderful book that is sure to please those with an thirst for adventure and romance.
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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One of the best books and series' out there. I've never read anything that has completely captured my attention and my imagination as fully as Gabaldon's series. You become so invested in the lives our Gabaldon's character that they start feeling like real people!

I would recommend this book to anyone and have!
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
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What a ride! This book is unbelievable and then even better. You better have a free day or two since you will not want to put it down. The writing is so vivid and alive you are right there with Jamie and Claire. This is a can't miss book. Once you are hooked you will have to read the series. Wow, what a ride!
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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A lot of detail, but I enjoyed it.
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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It's 1945 and the war has ended. Claire Randall and her husband Frank are taking a second honeymoon in the highlands of Scotland after eight years of separation. One day, while Frank is absorbed in his research of his family history, former nurse Claire takes a walk to a small ancient rock formation to gather some plants for her collection. Suddenly and mysteriously she is hurtled back through time to the year 1743.

Alone and confused, Claire stumbles across a band of Scottish Highlanders and lies her way into their good graces. Within the group is Jamie Fraser, a charming and handsome warrior whom Claire finds herself drawn to. But what of Frank back in her own time? How will she get back? Does she even want to?

It has been a painfully long time since I have read a book as good as Diana Gabaldon's Outlander. I admit that the synopsis is cheesy, laughable even. Girl goes back in time? Come on, give me a break. Outlander however, is anything but cheesy in nature.

It is so hard to describe how wonderful Outlander was. I had so many "moments" throughout the entire (very lengthy) book. There were moments of sheer terror, joy, excitement, sadness, and even...dare I write it in a review?...a few moments that really turned me on.

Gabaldon's characters are so real. It's actually kind of scary. Her characters were so relatable and so wonderfully physical and emotionally deep that I sometimes would have to remind myself that they were indeed fictional. Claire is so torn emotionally that I can feel her pain and her torment as she tries to decide what to do with her predicament, and Jamie...it must be said: what a hunk! OMG. I have not been this into a romance novel since "Plains of Passage" came out several years ago.

But labeling Outlander as a romance novel is such an unfair label to give. It was more than that; it was an adventure novel, a fantasy novel, a historical fiction, and so much more.

A word of caution: this one is for the ladies. I can see a guy sort of getting into it in the beginning, but losing interest as the romance part intensifies as Outlander goes on. A stereotypical point to make I know, but it had to be said in any case.

But...oh my goodness ladies: I've been done with Outlander for quite some time now and even glancing at the finished book on my shelf makes me fan my face Miss. America style once again. It was that good. I can't WAIT to get my grubby little hands on the next book in the series (Dragonfly in Amber). I've read some lukewarm reviews about it, but I don't care! If it has Jamie in it again...whew! Can you see me fanning myself? I am.

5 stars is so not enough.
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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It took me a few chapters to get into the book but once I did I couldn't put it down! I love Jamie, I love his accent and I love that he calls Claire, Sassenach. I am definitely looking forward to reading the rest of the series!
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
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It may take a bit of time for this book to take off for some people... not me, but some feel that way.... but once you get into the heart of the book - you will be obsessed with Jamie & Claire.... Unforgettable characters and series, I own the whole thing and love it. Diana has managed to write characters you want to know, you love and you absolutely wish existed! I thought great fiction was dead before Diana - I only read non-fiction for a long, long time - and now she opened this world back up to me - with such intelligent writing and characters that resonate to your core. Because of her I gave the genre a chance - and now own THREE unforgettable series, The Outlander, Gabaldon, Into the Wilderness Donati, and The Bronze Horseman Paullina Simons ALL are a cut above the rest in terms of intelligence, unforgettable characters and lifetime loves - I so hate it when the characters fight, clash, escape death, finally get together in the last 25 pages of the book, get married, the end....I want to know how they lived! I want the everyday as well as the drama - and the seasons of their lives and these three authors provide all that and more! If you give these books a chance you WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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This book is brilliant. It is a book I measure others against. The characters are rich and deep and the research is impecible. Of course there are things you have to "accept" - like the time travel but her detail and character development is exceptional. Without question it is probably my favorite book of all and the entire series is also terrific. I feel as if I know Jamie and Clare Fraser - I come away from the book feeling many emotions and that is the biggest compliment I can give a writer.
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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Absolutely AMAZING! Could not put down!! If I could jump back in time with Claire I would!
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
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Beautifully written, compelling, magnificent, alluring, intriguing, outstanding story. I've read it over 3 times and love it every time. Diana Gabaldon is a master of words!
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
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This series as a whole was phenomenal. Despite the nature of most time travel Novels, there is an air of plausibility to Outlander that simply makes it irresistible, and as such you will find yourself unable to leave the book for any amount of time. The uncanny ability of the author to capture the historical elements of two different historical eras while weaving an undeniably strong love story, a search on the part of her characters to for their own passions and purpose in life, and a graphically real historical account or war, famine, strive and the like is beyond anything you as a reader can even begin to imagine. This is to say nothing of the beautiful language in which the author writes, the details to imagery that will leave you standing in fields of Heather while you sit a read. It is a simply phenomenal.
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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One of my favorite books ever - great series!
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
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This was an Okay book I probably won't read any more of the series. A little to much sexual content for my taste.
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
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There were bits and pieces of this book that were a wee bit slow, and even so, well worth the read. The details of life in Scotland in the 1700s and life in Scotland in the 1940s are both well-researched and presented in such a way that the author is not just spewing information at you. It helps that the main character is learning these things for herself for the first time.

I couldn't wait to see which way Claire went, so I scanned through the last few pages about halfway through the book. I loved the choice she made, and just had to see how it came about.

If you like time-travel, Scottish culture, hot men and a really good story, definitely put this one on your To Read list.
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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What surprised me most about this book is that it is first and foremost a romance. This is the story of Claire, who time traveled by accident to a time of Scottish clan conflicts as well as conflicts with the English "redcoats", and Jamie, a red-haired (what else?) Scottish warrior. Gabaldon writes well so the story moves quickly and keeps one's interest. I find it hard to believe that life was really as chaotic as Gabaldon outlines but it was a fun book to read - just long. Yes, I liked the book and if one enjoys Gabaldon's writing and romances this is a must read. If not, choose another novel.
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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First book in the series and it's my favorite
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
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Great Historical Romance! Not a typical romance novel -- my husband likes the series.
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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This was a very good book. However, Gabaldon could have shortened it by 1/3 and it would have been much better. The story is a good one and kept me interested. But the reader must slog through so many scenes that are so similar to one another that at times it gets very boring. For instance, she could have cut down on the length of the love scenes considerably. Also, I was very turned off by all the attention (and many, many pages) spent on the subject of corporal punishment. It's a testament to the outstanding general story line that I just didn't stop reading at the point of where she and Jamie are going on and on about all the beatings he's incurred over his entire life.

I am in the middle of her next book, Dragonfly in Amber, and I am having the same problem keeping my interest going. If she had reduced the book by about 1/3 I think I would have no problem staying interested. So the dilemma is that the books ARE good enough to just keep you reading, but you must endure a lot of uninteresting redundancy in order to get through them.
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
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I loved this book. Diana is a fantastic writer and she does a great job of combining describtion and action so you dont get bored reading about how beautiful the heather is. :) My favorite aspect of these books is Clair's healing ability and the use of nature around her to help out the process. Totally facinating! I would recomend this book and the rest of the series to anyone.
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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Without a doubt one of the best books I've ever read. Can't wait until Dragonfly in Amber is available!!
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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This is the start of the best series I have ever read. Gabaldon's storyline and writing style develops this series into a must read.
  • Currently 1.5/5 Stars.
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I enjoy a good romance novel. I tried to like it enough to read the 2nd in the series - but never managed to finish the 2nd book. It took too long to develop to grab and hold my interest. The series was recommended to me by many women who are rabid fans - alas, I cannot join them.
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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loved this book. i re-read it every year. it's my guilty pleasure!
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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well written and exciting. A keeper.
  • Currently 2.5/5 Stars.
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This was the never ending story. It was so LOOOONG! I just couldn't wait to be done with it. I felt it was a rather sappy romance. I know everyone loves this series so I thought I would give it a try. There were moments that were somewhat fun but the book could have been about a third of the length. I probably could have read it quicker by just reading every third sentence and gotten the same results. I enjoyed reading about the Scottish highlands but all the drama of this kidnapping, that fight, this person almost dying, that person and their dark secrets...It was really all just to OUTLANDish for me. I already have the second in the series but it will be awhile before I give it a whirl. I felt that reading this book was more of a chore than a pleasure.
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
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I really enjoyed this book. If you like historical romance I would try this one out. It's set against the Scottish Highlands and brings in the changing political scene. The book is quite a few pages, but I couldn't put it down.
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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Excellent book! I am enjoying it very much. Romance, and adventure set in Scotland in 1745.
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
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Because of the length of this book (the size of a trilogy), I was reluctant to start it. However, I am very glad that I did, because it's a very entertaining story--well imagined and well told.
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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This is the best series I have ever read! I can't decide whether it is the story, the characters, the history, the romance, or what, but I am totally hooked on this series. I hope there are many more books to come.
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
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Great mix of history, romance, and fantasy. Terrific use of humor (loved Claire & Jamie's wedding/wedding night) but also a revealing look at darker subjects. First in the series and yes, it is a little long, but worth it. Later books have dragged more slowly but by now I am so interested in the characters I can't stop. If it says anything about this series - it is one of the few I buy ONLY in hardcover and all are keepers.
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Really liked this book. It kicked off a long dormant love for historical fiction.
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
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I liked it and the story has stayed with me.
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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I really like historical novels and I really enjoyed this book. Diana Gabaldon has a way of drawing you into the action, making one really care about the characters and their outcomes. I liked it so much i just ordered the next 6 books in the Outlander series!
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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MY FAVORITE BOOK OF ALL TIME :)
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
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I really loved that this was a SINK MY TEETH in kind of novel. Very long and easy to read. I could imagine myself in the highlands of Scotland. A little slow to start but worth it. Now reading book2.
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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Love the outlander series. Unexpected twist of time travel and history. Draws you in to the characters as if you know them personally.
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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I had a very hard time getting into this book, and almost didn't continue. (what a loss that would've been!) As someone else said, once she steps through those stones, things pick up dramatically, and the story gets rolling. If you can suffer through the first 200 pages, you won't regret it.
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
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This is not just another boring romance novel!
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
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Interesting book about a nurse in WWII who time travels to Scotland of the 17 hundreds. The first of a series. It presents a good picture of life in that time.
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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Wonderful book. I was hard to put down. Kept wanting to know what was going to happen next.
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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Time trave and history readers will enjoy
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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I can't wait to read the rest of the series.
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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Loved it.
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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loved this book
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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Outstanding book! Couldn't put it down.
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
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Amazon.com:
In Outlander, a 600-page time-travel romance, strong-willed and sensual Claire Randall leads a double life with a husband in one century, and a lover in another. Torn between fidelity and desire, she struggles to understand the pure intent of her heart. But 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.
While on her second honeymoon in the British Isles, Claire touches a boulder that hurls her back in time to the forbidden Castle Leoch with the MacKenzie clan. Not understanding the forces that brought her there, she becomes ensnared in life-threatening situations with a Scots warrior named James Fraser. But it isn't all spies and drudgery that she must endure. For amid her new surroundings and the terrors she faces, she is lured into love and passion like she's never known before.

I was lame and sore in every muscle when I woke next morning. I shuffled to the privy closet, then to the wash basin. My innards felt like churned butter. It felt as though I had been beaten with a blunt object, I reflected, then thought that that was very near the truth. The blunt object in question was visible as I came back to bed, looking now relatively harmless. Its possessor [Jamie] woke as I sat next to him, and examined me with something that looked very much like male smugness."
Gabaldon creates characters that you'll remember, laugh with, cry with, and cheer for long after you've finished the book. --Candy Paape
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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Outstanding! One of the best books I've read in years. This is the first book in a wonderful series.
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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First book in series. Excellent!
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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I really enjoyed this book. The first 30 pages was a bit hard to get through all the history. After that, it was fabulous! The heroine is wonderfully modern and sassy. Recommended.
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
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Very enjoyable read...will read more of this series.
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
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Given to me by a friend. Never got into it, and lost touch with friend. Want it?
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Gabaldon writes exciting historical fiction, thoroughly researched and fully realized.
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
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A good vacation read. And not as graphic as most romance novels.
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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A really great time travel book.
Claire Randall goes through the ancient stone circles in England 1945, and ends up in Scotland in 1743. For her protection they make her marry a highlander from a Clan Mackenzie so he can be her protector during a time of war with England. And the weird thing is that the worst enemy she encounters is actually an relation of her husband from 1945...
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
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Claire Randall is leading a double life. She has a husband in one century, and a lover in another.
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
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Great beach book or airplane read. Engaging tale of romance in 18th century Ireland.
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
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I throughly enjoyed this book and the books in this series to come.
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
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Great book! I had to start the next in the series as soon as I put this one down!
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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This is a FABULOUS series, and Gabaldon's writing is just wonderful. You are so immersed in the factual details of another time, you won't be able to put it down...
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
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Great Story, goes through a long twisting plot that doesn't necessarily surprise you but keeps you entertained through the whole 850 pages!
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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excellent romp
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
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Awesome series. I love the Outlander books. Long epics with great colorful characters. This is the first one in the series. Try it.
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
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Warning...has sex.....but it was an awesome story!! I hope the other books carry on the story!!
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
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The first in the Highlander series is an awesome read! Claire Randall,a former combat nurse back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon-when she innocently touches a boulder in one of the ancient stone circles that dot the British Isles. suddenly she is a Sassenach-an "outlander"-in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year 1743. Once you read this 1st book you'll be addicted and must read the rest!
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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WOW! This is the first book in a long time that I have wanted to read over and over. I can hardly wait for the next one to get here.
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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Absolutely incredible, romantic reading. These books more or less consumed my life for a few weeks!!
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
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Combining time travel with romance and excellent writing makes for an interesting read.
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
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Interesting concept! And you gotta Jamie!!
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
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An interesting fantasy romance.
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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Addicting series! Start ordering the next ones in the series NOW as you'll want to have them on hand for when you finish each book!!
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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The reader gets sucked right into the story and you just can't put it down! Excellent!
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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This is the 1st of Diana Gabalon's Highlander saga (5 in total) and it's an awesome read! I couldn't put it down and read it fast enough!

In Outlander, a 600-page time-travel romance, strong-willed and sensual Claire Randall leads a double life with a husband in one century, and a lover in another. Torn between fidelity and desire, she struggles to understand the pure intent of her heart. But 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.
While on her second honeymoon in the British Isles, Claire touches a boulder that hurls her back in time to the forbidden Castle Leoch with the MacKenzie clan. Not understanding the forces that brought her there, she becomes ensnared in life-threatening situations with a Scots warrior named James Fraser. But it isn't all spies and drudgery that she must endure. For amid her new surroundings and the terrors she faces, she is lured into love and passion like she's never known before.
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
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This was a good book, long but good.
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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Have you ever read a book you didn't want to end? Have you ever read a book where the characters made you cry? That is this book! I did not want to put it down. A+++ read.
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
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Wonderful Book! Great characterization and she does a great job making you want to read more!
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
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One in a series that involves romance and time travel with Claire Randall who travels back in time and into the arms of gallant eighteenth-century Scot Jamie Fraser.
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
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I started reading this series along time ago. If you like time travel stories. This is a good one.
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
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Loved this book so much and am now on the 5th book of the series and cant wait to read the last one! I will really miss all these characters, they feel like family to me now. Great book! recommend it highly!
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
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This book took me a while to get through. In the end, I liked it, but I don't think it's the best I've ever read. I've ordered the next in the series to see if it picks up since there are so many rave reviews!
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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This book is sweeping in its scope, and mesmerizing in the action and adventure it contains. A very entertaining way to learn something about 18th century Scotland! There's plenty of political intrigue, violence, sex (even some bodice-ripping) but I don't think the book belongs in the "romance" category. It has great character development, and creates a many-layered complex world that seems quite real and plausible, even though it begins with a time-travel event!
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
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The first book in the wonderful saga of Jamie and Claire Fraser. If you are a woman and don't fall in love with Jamie, something is wrong! My very favorite author and series.
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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Diana Gabaldon's books are the ONLY books that I collect & buy in hardback! Excellent!
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
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I have read and re-read this series and am now collecting it in hardback. Outlander is the first book in a series that takes place before and during the Scottish rising, as well as in the era of WWII. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a page-turning escape from the real world.
  • Currently 1/5 Stars.
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I know a lot of people love this book but I really disliked it and so did my daughter, who read it separately. If you're into historical romance it's probably something you'd enjoy but it held no charms for me.
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Interesting premise. I really enjoyed the adventure.
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
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Claire Randall is leading a double life. She has a husband in one century and a lover in another. From 1945 to 1743.
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
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Love this series--packed with adventure and romance!
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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I love this series! the whole time travel, sexy Scottish guy, stubborn female story line really works and the historical aspects are really interesting. Did I say I love this series? I LOVE all of the books Gabaldon has written.
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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I read this book years ago, and it's still one of my favorite books ever. A wonderful story.
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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This is a really good book. A really good one.
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
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Amazing start of an amazing series, with the sexiest hero ever.
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.
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An adventerous story of Claire Randall accidentally transported to 18th Century Scotland. She leaves behind one husband only to end up with another. Her loyalties are torn between the two men and as she struggles to return to the her own time she discovers she has grown fond of the 1743 Scotland. Great read.
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
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Once you start this don't plan to do anything else! I am not a fan of historical romance, but this was one fantastic romantic suspenseful sexy book. I've already started the next in the series!
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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I absolutely loved this book. This is a novel that I will buy a hardback for my collection to read over and over again.
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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A great book--unforgettable!
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
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This was one of the best books I have ever read. I was pulled in from the very beginning and could not wait to get back to it when I had to stop. I would recommend it as a must read.
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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One of my favorite books. Wonderful characters, unforgettable writing - I can't recommend it highly enough!
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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This book is a classic -- I've re-read it I don't know how many times -- and every time I read it, I appreciate something new about it. The second book in the series, Dragonfly in Amber, is not as good as this one, but the rest of the series does not disappoint.
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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In 1945, Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is back from the war & reunited w/her husband on a 2nd honeymoon - when she innocently touches a boulder in one of the ancient stone circles that dot the British Isles. Sudden she is a Sassenach - an "outlander" - in a Scotland torn by wqar & raiding border clans in the year 1743.
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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One of my favorite authors.
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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One of the best books I've read in a long time...kinda fantasy and historical fiction with a touch of romance, I just loved it! Can't wait to read the next one.
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
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excellent. looking forward to the next one in the series
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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Time Travel, Adventure, A Highland battle, a wedding and tons of action made this book the beginning of a strong following for Gabaldon's Outlander Series. Full of historical detail and well written this makes a wonderful read.
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
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eh, it was OK. Didn't like it as much as I thought I would.
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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I love the Outlander series and this is the one that started it!
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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Wonder beginning to a fantastic series. I loved it!
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
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Different cover art
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.
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While on her second honeymoon in the British Isles, Claire touches a boulder that hurls her back in time to the forbidden Castle Leoch with the MacKenzie clan. Not understanding the forces that brought her there, she becomes ensnared in life-threatening situations with a Scots warrior named James Fraser. But it isn't all spies and drudgery that she must endure. For amid her new surroundings and the terrors she faces, she is lured into love and passion like she's never known before.

"I was lame and sore in every muscle when I woke next morning. I shuffled to the privy closet, then to the wash basin. My innards felt like churned butter. It felt as though I had been beaten with a blunt object, I reflected, then thought that that was very near the truth. The blunt object in question was visible as I came back to bed, looking now relatively harmless. Its possessor [Jamie] woke as I sat next to him, and examined me with something that looked very much like male smugness."

Good Story
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
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Great author & great book
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
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The cover is different than cover shown.
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
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Book 1. Could not put it down! Loved it.
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
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"Claire Randall is leading a double life. She has a husband in one century, and a lover in another...." This is quite a page turner. It was interesting to read about Scotland in the mid 1700's and Claire's absorption into this new and strange life.
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
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This is possibly the best book I have ever read. Every woman need a Jamie of their own!! Who could play him in the movie version?? I'm not sure anyone out there could do him justice!!
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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At first I was unsure about tackling this book because it is so long (and so are the books that come after it!) but I decided to give it a try because I've heard so many good things about it. I am very glad that I did! It didn't take that long to read because I couldn't put it down. There were so many things that I wish had not happened in the book (how much battering can one body take??), but the relationship between Claire and Jamie is just breathtaking to watch.
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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Such a wonderful story.
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
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Excellent time travel book... amazing!
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Absolutely captivating. I can't recommend it highly enough.
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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Loved it! A historical, adverturous love story.
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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Fantastic time travel/romance! One of my all-time favorite series (I re-read this series at least once annually)!!! This is the first of five currently in PB, and the latest HB comes out 27 September.
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
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In 1945, Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon--when she innocently touches a boulder in one of the ancient stone circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach--an "outlander" in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of our Lord..1743.
Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire's destiny is soon inextricably intertwined with Clan MacKenzie and the forbidding Castle Leoch. She is catapulted without warning into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life...and shatter her heart. For here, James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, shows her a passion so fierce and a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire...and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.
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This is my all time favorite book! I've given it to many of my friends. A most enjoyable read!
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Great story.
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The first in this popular series.
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This first book in the Outlander series, is the beginning of a wonderful story ... can't wait to read the rest of the series.
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This is a wonderfully written book. It can stand alone or is the start of a great series, which is good news if you like Gabaldon's work (and I suspect you'll be a fan after you read this!)