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Outlander (The Outlander Series Book 1) [Hardcover]

Diana Gabaldon
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (871 customer reviews)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Filled Adventure in 17th Century Scotland Dec 2 2007
By Teddy
Format:School & Library Binding
When I first heard of this book and all the positive hype, I was skeptical. It's a book that is hard to classify as just one genre. It's part historical novel, romance, suspense, action, and science fiction. I right away wonder how much romance was in it, you see, I don't mind some, but I don't like true chick lit or Harlequin romance. However, the more I heard about it the more I wanted to at least give it a fair try.

It did end up having a lot of sex and some romance, but it was also an excellent historical adventure in 17th century Scotland. I thoroughly enjoy this romp threw time. Diana Gabaldon writes with near perfect pitch and prose. The only thing I found a bit annoying in parts was that it was a bit repetitive in parts. I think a little more careful editing was needed.

Though the book is over 800 pages, it reads very fast and be for warned, it is very hard to put down! I spent some wee hours in the morning with this book! Don't suffer from sleep depravation like I did. Learn from my mistakes. Don't read it right before sleep time!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic historical/time travel romance! March 8 2012
By Darlene TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Now I know what all the fuss is about!

Outlander has a number of literary awards, including: AAR Top 100 Romances, 1992 Romance Writers of America RITA Award for Best Romance, 2003 BBC's Big Read for Best Loved Novel, and 2001 Puddly Award for Romance (2001).

Ever since I started blogging, I noticed that Outlander is one of those series that I keep hearing about over and over again. I did join an Outlander Reading Challenge in 2011 but failed miserably and never even read the first book. For me, the book length was a little daunting. I was informed by Gabaldon in a tweet to me (Eek! Yes, she did! How cool is that?) that Outlander is the shortest book in the series, aside from the Lord John Grey novels.

In the beginning of the story, Claire has been reunited with her husband, Frank, in Scotland. For much of their eight-year marriage, they have been separated due to World War II. Claire, a WWII nurse, is picking flowers at a place called Craigh na Dun, where the stones have been arranged in a circle atop a hill. As she leans down, she hears a buzzing noise coming from between two of the rocks. Claire has somehow come upon a portal and travels two centuries back in time.

At first, Claire has no idea what has happened and believes she has stumbled onto a movie set. Naturally, she is dumb-founded when she finally realizes what has happened. Her nursing skills come in handy, as she is more educated about modern medicines and treatment than even the doctors in that age! Claire treats a young man named James "Jamie" Fraser, who is an injured warrior. She rides with him back to Castle Leoch, which is owned by the Mackenzie Clan. They are very suspicious of her and think that she is a spy.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book!! March 27 2006
Format:Hardcover
First I have to say I am not a lover of historical books. I acutally usually don't read them at all but I was drawn to the time travelling aspect of this book. It was wonderful. The writing was absolutely page turning. I read it every spare second I had and even some seconds I didn't have to spare. I loved the story of romance, the background of Scotland all that happened in between. I am now just beginning the second book which has begun every bit as good!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I cannot get enough! Oct. 6 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This book, along with the rest of the series and the author herself have become my favorites. I couldn't put this book down when I first read it. I have read the entire series of books and am reading them for a second time. I have also read all of the "spin-off" books. This book/series you will either love or hate. I used to read only murder mysteries before. Since I have read Diana's books, I have never been able to go back! No one's writing measures up anymore and I crave more intricate plots lines and more "real" characters from all other books since. Diana puts so much research and time into her books and it shows. I will admit the beginning is a bit slow but if you can get past that, then I'm sure you will end up falling in love with this book as many others have.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cant put this down! Oct. 25 2004
Format:Paperback
This is a wonderful story, it completely envokes all your senses and draws you into a blissful state of reading heaven. If you like a story mixed with hopeless romance, mystery, history and action this book has it all in one.
Be prepared to be taken on a journey into the world of 1746 old time Scotland and savour every moment of it, as the book appears large it will soon come to an end!
Loved it!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Betrayed after 700 pages?!!!!! Buyer BEWARE! March 1 2001
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
Ms. Gabaldon is an extremely good writer and I throughly enjoyed the majority of this book...until scenes of such unnecessary vividly described sexual abuse/rape of a major character. I was unprepared for the depth of description and continued reliving of the event. The author had me held in her hand; I came to care about these characters and felt she could and should have found another path for this story. I had already purchased the remaining books in this series and am unsure as to whether or not I can "trust" her again with the rest of the series. I read in my leisure time for relaxation and for at least some form of escape from the more disturbing things in this life and I was sorely disappointed and disquieted in spirit at the conclusion of this book. I invested so much time with these characters and I had hoped I could trust an author in this genre to at the very least describe any serious troubles in a more removed or deminished way. I have never written a review, yet felt compelled to warn anyone buying this book be wary and forwarned. I wish someone had warned me! I'm going to check the reviews for the next books before I continue!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Cannot wait to see the tv series and read the complete set! Mnest ever for a long time!
Published 8 days ago by Debra Ann
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful book
Can't really put it down. The story is so good. It goes on being good in books 2 and 3. Book four a little boring and then stuck forever (book 8 as of July 2014) in the American... Read more
Published 12 days ago by Nina Connors
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book. On the 2nd book in the series now and can't wait for the TV series.
Published 13 days ago by Rosalie Gonsolin
5.0 out of 5 stars best story teller ever love her stories and they sneak ...
best story teller ever love her stories and they sneak in a little history
Published 24 days ago by Mavis Becker
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! Couldn't put it down!
Loved it. Couldn't put it down.
Published 25 days ago by CJ
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW!
I was reluctant to read this book as it's not my usual genre but it did not disappoint. I'm hooked!! History, romance, mystery, suspense, this book has it all.
Published 25 days ago by LaceyLStewart
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding
I would read this book over and over. Cannot get enough of the story. Can't wait to read "Written In My Own Heart's Blood"
Published 1 month ago by Carroll
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Novel
I've read this book approximately six times now, and I enjoy it more each time. I recommended this book and the subsequent Outlander series to all my family and friends.
Published 1 month ago by 68sherwood
5.0 out of 5 stars Outlander/Gabaldon fan
Love this book & series. I always wanted a hard cover edition of Outlander & so happy to get this one. It's perfect !!
Published 1 month ago by Arlene S Hollingsworth
5.0 out of 5 stars Top-notch historical fiction
This is one of the best novels I have ever read. (Three times). Diana Gabaldon has a knack of creating characters that leap off the pages. Read more
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