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Staff Pick

History, time travel, Highland lore, romance, battle, dead sexy Scottish men, and well-written repartee... I dare you to find one thing in that list that doesn't sound completely riveting. You can't do it, can you?

Outlander may technically be classified as "Romance" — and sure, there's some mushy stuff — but this book literally encompasses all styles of fiction from historical to science fiction. The dialogue is laugh-out-loud funny in spots, and reduces you to tearful wallowing in others. After reading the entire series (multiple times), I'm just waiting on tenterhooks to hear that maybe, just maybe, they will make a worthy mini-series since, for me, the characters already have breath and life; now I just need to see their faces.
Recommended by Heidi Mager, Powells.com

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Claire Randall is leading a double life. She has a husband in one century, and a lover in another... <BR>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. <BR>Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire's destiny in soon inextricably intertwined with Clan MacKenzie and the forbidden 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. <P>"From the Trade Paperback edition.

Synopsis:

Outlander, Diana Gabaldon's landmark novel of Scottish lore has captured the hearts of millions of readers around the world and catapulted her to the top of the New York Times best-seller list. Intrigue, danger and desire merge in this lush novel of loyalty and time travel. In 1945, Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon. Their blissful reunion is shattered when she touches a boulder in one of the ancient stone ruins and is instantly transported to a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans ... in 1743. Will Claire find her way back to her own time, or is her destiny forever linked with Clan MacKenzie and the gallant James Fraser? Davina Porter's lyrical narration will launch listeners into an exhilarating world of heroism, pulse-pounding adventure, and breathtaking romance as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love.

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nrlymrtl, January 17, 2014 (view all comments by nrlymrtl)
I read this book years ago as a teen and before I had a serious intimate relationship. Since there is plenty of sex, there were parts that I simply didn’t get (but still intrigued me). Now, having read it as a full adult, I still quite enjoyed it. Yes, there is sex but each scene reveals something about the characters involved and I never felt it was gratuitous. Read away, guilt free!

Now the bigger draw is the historical fiction aspect. It is great, such detail, so much going on with the plot. The setting is great and watching Claire try to navigate her way through it without becoming someone’s pawn, or killed, was sometimes heart-stopping. First, I really liked that the book started in 1945, a time of turmoil, with the unknown looming ahead for the folks of that time. Claire and frank are getting reacquainted after being separated as they served their country. We have plenty of time to get to know Frank, his love of genealogy, and Claire and her interest in medicinal plants.

Of course, before they can settle into their new life, perhaps start a family, Claire is whisked off to 1743 Scotland. Right off, she is practically thrown into a skirmish and runs into one of Frank’s ancestors, Jack Randall. Jack turns out to be the evil nemesis of the book and he lets his course ways be known straight off. But the Scots whisk her away. Of course, they have plenty of questions, and luckily, wounded that Claire can see to.

And that is another aspect I enjoyed. Claire, while not a warrior in standard sense, has seen some pretty gruesome things as a combat nurse. So she impresses the Scots both with her strong stomach and her swearing. Haha!

Now I do need to put it out there that there are a few scenes of near-rape and one scene that is detailed rape. Just a word of caution to those who might wish to avoid those scenes. I will say that they were not gratuitous and added to the story, and the character development.

There is also one scene where Claire takes a beating. Honestly, I was a bit conflicted over this. But Gabaldon does an excellent job of putting it into context of the time period. Plus, I liked Claire’s final response to it.

Overall, an excellent read. I am so glad I picked it up again after so many years and I plan to continue the series. Gabaldon pulled my emotions left and right, and even dug a few out of me that I didn’t know I had.

The Narration: Davina Porter was excellent. She did an English accent and the Scottish accents with aplomb. Plus there was a bit of French thrown in. She had distinct voices for the large cast of characters and she carried the various emotions of the intense scenes quite well.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781419381010
Author:
Gabaldon, Diana
Publisher:
Recorded Books
Read:
Porter, Davina
Narrated by:
Porter, Davina
Narrated:
Porter, Davina
Subject:
Romance - Historical
Subject:
Romance - Time Travel
Series:
Outlander
Publication Date:
20060431
Binding:
Compact Disc
Language:
English
Pages:
28
Dimensions:
5.85x5.19x2.67 in. 1.52 lbs.
Media Run Time:
950

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"Staff Pick" by ,

History, time travel, Highland lore, romance, battle, dead sexy Scottish men, and well-written repartee... I dare you to find one thing in that list that doesn't sound completely riveting. You can't do it, can you?

Outlander may technically be classified as "Romance" — and sure, there's some mushy stuff — but this book literally encompasses all styles of fiction from historical to science fiction. The dialogue is laugh-out-loud funny in spots, and reduces you to tearful wallowing in others. After reading the entire series (multiple times), I'm just waiting on tenterhooks to hear that maybe, just maybe, they will make a worthy mini-series since, for me, the characters already have breath and life; now I just need to see their faces.

"Synopsis" by , Outlander, Diana Gabaldon's landmark novel of Scottish lore has captured the hearts of millions of readers around the world and catapulted her to the top of the New York Times best-seller list. Intrigue, danger and desire merge in this lush novel of loyalty and time travel. In 1945, Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon. Their blissful reunion is shattered when she touches a boulder in one of the ancient stone ruins and is instantly transported to a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans ... in 1743. Will Claire find her way back to her own time, or is her destiny forever linked with Clan MacKenzie and the gallant James Fraser? Davina Porter's lyrical narration will launch listeners into an exhilarating world of heroism, pulse-pounding adventure, and breathtaking romance as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love.
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