Outlander (Outlander Series #1)

Outlander (Outlander Series #1)

by Diana Gabaldon
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Outlander series is really good and now I am hooked on them just like all my freinds. Well, before I read any book series I HAVE to get most of them before I start to read any of them and I hate to read novels out of sequence.
Outlander was a delight! My friends were RIGHT! It WAS good and I did like it! I too fell in love with Jamie. In fact I felt sorry for the bloke! What he went through!! I cried for him, hurt for him, was enraged with everything he went through, right along with the heroine. I wanted to pummel Captain Randell so many times, even wanted to smack Jamie a couple of times for being so stubborn!
Gabaldon not only brought the characters to life but the time period as well. I really felt I was in Jacobite Scotland. She is an extraordinary storyteller. The book was suspenseful and filled with intrique as well as with romance. I'd still like to know who hit Jamie on the back of the head. She never really explained that. Several characters where suspected, but none admitted to it.
While slow in places, especially when the heroine was talking about the historical aspects of the time period or something that had to do with healing, the book had a nice pace and did keep me interested until the end. In fact when I reached the end I wanted MORE! Thank goodness there IS a second book! I have begun Dragonfly in Amber and already it has me intrigued and in tears!
Snoflinga More than 1 year ago
This book is 736 pages (on my Nook) and I read it all in a day and a half - that's how magnetic it is. Be warned, you won't get anything else done while reading it. Now, I wouldn't go around calling it academic literature or anything, but as an escapist novel, it is divine. I hate romance fussy stuff, *never* read romance novels, and I adored this book. Yet it is about a love story, and it has plenty of 'adult fun time' described in it to support the romantic relationship the two main characters have to each other. So a romance novel it is I suppose. And yet one that is well written, tight, with great plot control and well developed characters; tense thrills and wonderfully researched history. It is one of the rare novels in which, after putting it aside for a few days, I still have to remind myself that the characters are not real and I am not, in fact, living in 18th century Scotland and my husband will laugh at me if I talk with a brogue. It's so incredibly engaging! I enjoyed every minute of this work. I highly recommend it.
Mikkella More than 1 year ago
It took me about 200 pages before I became an addict,(and it was a rough 200 pages!) so don't let the beginning turn you off from this incredible series! There is a method to her madness, and once it catches, you will literally be lost in time!

I can't recall which book it was (2 or 3) that literally had me in tears by the end. This is the ONLY author ever talented enough to suck me into her world as thoroughally, and completely as this.
michelelna More than 1 year ago
I am an avid reader. Outlander, the first book in Gabaldon's Outlander Series, is one of the best books I've ever read! Claire and her husband go to Scotland for a second honeymoon shortly after WWII. While on a walk, Claire touches a stone and is transported back to Scotland in the 1700's. She meets Jamie Frasier and their incredible love affair, adventure, epic saga beings. There is something for everyone in Gabaldon's Outlander series: history, adventure, romance, time travel, warfare, even a touch of veiled eroticism here and there. Do not be afraid of the size of Gabaldon's books - you will be sad when they end and look forward to the next one with much anticipation.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have to admit - I DO NOT read romance novels - would never buy one. I like intense mysteries, historal fiction of England - and I found all of this in the Outlander only taking place in the Highlands. When I received this book as a gift for Christmas, I had no idea that I would get caught up in a "romance" novel. But its more than that, the history of the clans, the superstitions that the Highlanders believed - and just one turn after another in the storyline. I love the characters and the book is so well written - I couldn't put it down and ready for the 2nd in the series...how have I missed this author?
claireDM More than 1 year ago
This is my all time favorite book series I've ever had the pleasure of reading! if you like romantic settings, love, adventure--you will love these books. Read them all, you won't be disappointed! My most treasured books in my library. I own the paperbacks and am currently acquiring the hardcopies. I will pass these books down to my daughters someday.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Outlander is a title that I've had several friends tell me I need to read, but I just put it in the back of my mind as a dated historical romance until this tag. I wish that I had read this book when it first came out. Because then the novelty of time travel would have been fresh, and I wouldn't have felt the weight of every other romance I've read over the years with that theme that have cribbed from Outlander. Claire is a wonderful, absolutely non-stereotypical, character. Her dilemma of loving and marrying two men in two different times makes her fascinating as well. There was only one time I wanted to smack her: In Wentworth Prison, instead of watching Jamie and the brute fighting each other, she should have had the forthwith to smack Randall and take care of him before he woke up!! That made me want to tear my hair out a bit. The middle did drag a bit, and for awhile it felt like the book would never end. I enjoyed it, but it was loooong! I have already added Dragonfly in Amber, the sequel, to my wish list. It's got romantic sex without being pornographic. Lots of amazing historical detail. Jamie is awesome! How cool is it that for once the MAN is the virgin! Gabaldon turns so many romance stereotypes on their head. I highly recommend this beautiful read.
LitWitLou More than 1 year ago
Diana Gabaldon leads off with an interesting premise and, next thing you know, you're into a pretty good time travel book. She has talent, no question, and her style is just fine for this type of book. Spoilers coming spoilers spoiler spoiler. Spoiler The problem is that she hobbles her talent with a plethora of unnecessary sex scenes. Some are longer, some are shorter; some are highly explicit, some are relatively tame; sometimes the characters are both willing, and sometimes the scenes are of rape... or the next thing to it -- or both. Now I love sex morning, noon and night if I can get it. And I never thought I'd say this in a million years, but -- there's too much sex in this book. Sometimes it seems our heroine (Claire) must be the only woman in Scotland because nearly every man she meets wants or tries to jump her bones. And I think it's great that she and her husband have lots of sex -- but I don't need to read about it every dozen pages or so. This is a long book and I think it has room for about 3 long wet wild sex scenes and a bunch of more circumspect mentions of the subject. Now some of the sex is integral to the plot, but some of it just sidetracks plot and character development and is plain annoying. There was so much sex in this book that it left me thinking I don't have nearly enough -- but if I tried to keep up with Jaimie and Claire, I'm sure it would shorten my life. I have the next book, "Dragonfly in Amber," but I won't be reading it anytime soon -- if ever. "Muff," I say. Er, I mean, "Nuff," I say.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down. The characters are so real, how could you not love Jamie! I was a little doubtful at first with the time travel idea, however, once you get into the story, it just draws you in and you forget everything else. Claire's sense of humor is enjoyable. Diana Gabaldon's style of writing keeps you wanting to know what happens next. There is one part of the story that is a bit hard to read, and I have to say it brought tears to my eyes, but just makes you love Jamie even more. I am currently reading the next book in the series, and this is just as enjoyable.
ericamanda01 More than 1 year ago
I read this book about 10 years ago and just didn't care for it. I found it recently among my books and thought I would give it another shot and boy am I glad I did! The book is long and filled with so many details, but I think that is part of the charm of Gabaldon's writing. I found myself laughing, crying and cringing at so many parts. This is truly an original story and a great one at that. If you want a quick read, this book is not for you. I read it in 3 days, but there is so much to take it, I should have slowed down to really absorb it all. It's a well written story filled with everything you might want.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got this book for free, and totally avoided it for so long. It just didnt seem like a story I was going to be into. Im also not one to care much for sex scenes. For the first time I read a story that had the scenes make sense to me. I mean, as I kept reading( because i was hooked) I realized by the end of the last page how they fit into the story. She didnt just build the characters of the people, but the relationship as well. The love and all it was for them had a personality alomost. I wasnt sure what drove me through this book, but at the end I bought ALL the remaining books that followed and read them in 3 months. The story gets even better. I even started to look at myself, my marraige and all that makes me, me. Maybe I am to sentimental and some wont see this book as I saw it. If you liked it I say get the others to go with it. Follow this couple..its wonderful.
Colleen33 More than 1 year ago
This series of books is wonderful!  I started with this first book, "Outlander", and continued to read every following book until the end. Diana Gabaldon's writing is superb. Her attention to detail and gift of story telling has kept me thoroughly entertained over several months. The characters in the books have become my friends.  I was sorry to read the last page of the final and 8th book, but was left completely satisfied.  The relationships between the characters are what make these books so rich - especially the magical relationship between Claire & Jamie.  I used to read books like this & have thoughts like "I wish I had a relationship like that..." But this time I didn't because I've read other amazing books that have made my relationship with my husband just as sweet, loving & sexy as Claire & Jamie's. Check out Ariel & Shya Kane's books, "How to Have A Match Made in Heaven" and "How to Create a Magical Relationship". It's a possibility for all of us! Enjoy Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series!  It's delicious reading.
Mal_FL More than 1 year ago
Diana Gabaldon has really shown her talent in this first book in her series. Wow. The characters are well developed and all very interesting. The plot is amazing, the time travel is exciting. The history is fictional but well researched at the same time. What more could you ask for. When Claire Randall accidently time travels into 17 century Scotland, shes in for the ride of a lifetime, to say the least. She meets horrible people like Jack Randall and amazing people like Jamie Fraser. At first Claire wants nothing but to time travel back to her time. But slowly she adapts to her new life, and falls in love with Jamie. Your in for a treat if you decide to read this. If you've already read it, I'm sure you will agree to say that this book may have kept you up late one or two nights. The romance, action, and adventure of this book is amazing.
djcarc More than 1 year ago
Outlander is one of the best books I have ever read. And I mean it. It was suggested by a friend and I only read it because of her recommendation. I was not sure the story line sounded that interesting. It started slow but then it blossomed. The author puts you in the story. You connect with the charaters. I fell in love, I mourned, and I was captured. I highly recommend this book. It is one of my favorites.
Headingley_Girl More than 1 year ago
The only reason I got this book is because as I was prowling the book aisle in Costco, I came across this young woman standing in the aisle, caressing this book! Yes, standing there, in public, in an open public display of affection, CARESSING the book. Well, as you may imagine, I felt compelled to ask her what exactly her thoughts were regarding this little unassuming paperback titled "Outlander". As if she was awakening from a trance, with some effort she pulled her attention away from the book to answer me. Her explanation about the storyline was matter of fact. To me, it seemed unremarkable. In fact, I did not purchase the book from the storyline at all. It was her body language that influenced my decision (isn't it always body language in the end?) We spoke for a while about the series, standing in the aisle, as if we were old friends. She said "Trust me, you'll love the series". I believed her words, but it was her unconscious actions that compelled me to buy the book, and everyone in the series after it. Now, I only hope I can avoid caressing this book in public, just as my unknown friend did, if I happen to come across it in my travels...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I cannot believe this ebook is free! Get it now, you won't be sorry. Jamie and Claire are the ultimate couple in what can only be described as an epic adventure series with romance, sci-fi, history, and scientific detail mixed in. I have all of the books in the series in hardback, and I reread them often. Lugging around the hardbacks is a pain, but I love that this is on my nook now. I am starting it again tomorrow!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This series of books has the most captavating story line I have ever read. The intimacy, adventure and geography is so detailed that I feel my self in the middle of it, as the story progresses. I have read hundreds of books in my life time and have never read anything even close to this. Diana Gabaldon is a true genius. Spudville Idaho.
Sophie_Rose More than 1 year ago
This is the best book (and series of books) I have ever read. Diana Gabaldon has an amazing gift for story telling. She makes the characters come alive and I could not get enough of their story. Every new book that comes out in this series is a wonderful treat!
TheMochaLatte More than 1 year ago
What was I thinking? Really what WAS I thinking all these years? Why has it taken me so long just to pick up this book?! The 20th anniversary edition of Outlander is gorgeous. Upon it's arrival I was mesmerized by it's blood red and summer gold cover. Not to mention the detail on it is phenomenal. Additionally, the 20th anniversary edition comes equipped with a new map, a new essay, an attached ribbon bookmark, and a bonus CD featuring 4 songs from the musical. The bonus CD was absolutely incredible. I began listening to it before reading the novel, during, and after. I'm in love and the idea was great to include it. It added quite a bit of excitement to the experience and I can't help the overwhelming feeling to hug every single person who was featured on the CD. Their voices were exactly what I imagined from the characters. Details about the CD: Track 1: I am ready - Jamie Fraser (Allan Scott-Douglas) --My favorite of the four tracks. Track 2: Is tu fuil 'o mo chuislean - Gaelic chorus, Jamie, Claire (Cait & Annie Lennox/ Allan Scott-Douglas/Sue Roberston) Track 3: Why did I marry a Fraser - Jamie, Clare, Jenny & Ian Murray (Allan Scott-Douglas, Sue Robertson/ Michelle Bruce/ Kevin Walsh) Track 4: Claire's message - Claire & Dougal MacKenzie (Sue Robertson/Kevin Walsh) Now onto Outlander. Nothing I say will ever properly express how much I loved Outlander. The story was amazing. Time travel, adventures in the Highlands, fighting, blood and who could forget about the romance? Diana's characters were wonderfully described, detailed and realistic. I couldn't help feeling that I knew them on a personal level when reaching the end of the novel. There is no doubt that Diana Gabaldon is a very witty writer, her humor shining through when her characters interacted with each other. I was also happy to see that the story line was very unpredictable. "What's going to happen to Jamie and Claire in the next chapter?" Who knows?! Very exciting indeed. Though Outlander is a hefty 600 pages, and took me quite a few days to finish, I couldn't help by moan in sadness that it had ended. There is no doubt in my mind that Outlander has turned me into a fan and I will definitely me reading further into Diana's Outlander series.
ClanMcMarrow More than 1 year ago
This book has so much information in it, I've read it 3 times in the last 10 years.....twice in the last month....so much Scottish history,18th century, and has so much adventure in it!!!! Keeps you glued to the book!!! So exciting,and the characters are absolutely the best ever....a movie could not due this book justice!!! There are so many different plots going on at the same time, you have to take this book, slow, if you can!!! I went thru it the last time, CD back to back over one weekend!!!! It just keeps popping!! I recomend this book, for anyone interested in Scottish lore,time travel,Romance,Adventure and detail...IT's Great!!
KitchenDiva More than 1 year ago
I've read & reread the Outlander series at least 4 times and find new things in each story with every reading. Not to say that things don't grab you the first time around, but there is sooo much going on that you can gloss over aspects, or attitudes and they become richer & fuller with each retelling. It is a love story that transcends time, literally. If you are a history buff, you'll appreciate the accuracy Diana has given to her tales. While it is fiction, it is also very thoroughly researched and factual in place/time occurrences. While some of the romance scenes are a bit graphic and some of the actions are a bit brutal, it depicts life as it was in a time when there was no middle of the road for men of honor and those that loved them. A treasured part of my home library; I'm sure I'll keep reading them over & over again.
MrsLittle More than 1 year ago
I loved this book, and I'm loving the whole series! It has history, fantasy, romance, drama, action, and best of all, escapism.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my all time favorite book. Love the way the story flows and the historical views.
Dee_avid_rdr More than 1 year ago
When I first read this book, I immediately fell in love with the characters (particularly Jamie Fraser) and the plot. The story line is captivating, unique, and unforgettable. For those who love a good romance novel with a sprinkle of history and science fiction and a big healthy serving of sex, intrigue, passion, and conflict this is the book for you!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love all her books. The love story mixed with history is great. Can't wait for book 8 to come out in March.