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Paperback Outlander Book

ISBN: 0385319959

ISBN13: 9780385319959


(Book #1 in the Outlander Series)

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NOW A STARZ ORIGINAL SERIES Unrivaled storytelling. Unforgettable characters. Rich historical detail. These are the hallmarks of Diana Gabaldon’s work. Her New York Times bestselling Outlander novels have earned the praise of critics and captured the hearts of millions of fans. Here is the story that started it all, introducing two remarkable characters, Claire Beauchamp Randall and Jamie Fraser, in a spellbinding novel...

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Book #1 has me hooked!

I've had so many people mention this series to me over the last few years. Now I understand why! Just back from service in World War Two, Frank and Claire Randall are on a "second honeymoon" trip to get to know each other again after being apart for 5 years. After witnessing a Druid ritual at a set of standing stones (a la Stonehenge,) Claire returns to look for some botanicals to add to her collection. As she explores the stone circle, she's pulled to and through one of the stones - in the same place, but 200 years in the past! Wow - I am now halfway through the 3rd book in the series, and either have or have ordered the remaining major books in the series. I am totally hooked!

Loved it

Great condition great price love the book


I’m am now a devoted fan of Diana. I couldn’t put this book down. I ordered the series & can’t wait for the last book to be written to add to my collection! I am waiting until I finish the books, then i will watch the show. Looking forward to her new series as well.


i watched the 1st part of the series then decided to purchase it the idyllic tale is not common few slide thru the cracks but we must leave room for jamie to slip thru those cracks she makes the tale all too real all too involved she plays the pawns well as any good chessmaster does but she does it with panache a gut wrenching reality the book is nothing like the series so if staid is not your cup of tea perhaps this book will pique your interest also but remember this is only one man,s opinion


I really don't understand all the good reviews, I couldn't even finish the book, it was so boring I lost interest by Chapter 3

Words cannot describe

Words cannot even begin to describe my depth of feeling for this series and it's amazing characters. Diana Gabaldon and written the most amazing story of magic, romance, character development, andof course, an amazingly strong independant female character with the perfect, stubborn Scot by her side. I will forever and always read these books over and over again.

Loved this book!! Reading the 2nd book in the series now & it too is so good!!! And the TV series is fabulous as well.

Not a Romance - but an amazing adventure

I have read the entire series from Outlander(thanks for pointing out that Cross Stitch was the same, thought I found another one!) through A Breathe of Snow and Ashes at least 3 times now. The comments from the 2 star are very sad indeed. Perhaps they should have taken the time to read the entire book/series and then would understand that scene was consistant with the era and NEVER happened again! I also think you should understand that this series has been mis-labeled as a romance. It is much more than that - its an adventure! Its about their lives and how they just seem to fall into the craziest predicaments. I can hardly wait for the next installment. I check Gabaldon's site constantly in anticipation of the next one.

A Fan for Life

In 1989 I accidentally picked up Dragonfly in Amber without knowing it was the second in a series once I figure that out I have been hooked for life. When I saw this title I thought maybe it was another book. I did not realize it was Outlander with a different title so the reviews helped there, but I have to say anyone who reads these books gets hooked. They are so well written and executed that I cant wait for the next one to come out. Diana Gabaldon is a superb Author and her depictions of history intertwined with her characters leads you on an unimaginable journey filled with tears, laughter,love and hate. WOW What an adventure.

Emotionally Satisfying

To clarify further from other reviews, this version of Outlander was also published in Australia which is where I purchased a copy. Cross Stitch takes you on the most unbelievable rollercoaster road as far as your emotions are concerned. I think I cried about 7 times at various different points throughout the book, sometimes from joy and other times from sadness. It is a fierce and passionate love story as well as being an accurate interpretation of life in the 1700 & 1900's, with many historical references throughout. The main character Claire is a strong, intelligent and sometimes feisty woman who is very lovable. She's married to Frank Randall in the year 1945 and manages to go back in time to the year 1743 in which she meets Frank's sinister ancestor Captain Black Jack Randall and flees into the arms of a few Scottish clansmen. That's when the real story begins! What really impressed me about this book was Gabaldon's realistic interpretation of the historical events of England and Scotland and the way in which she paints the world the characters live in. It ignited a passion in me to learn more about the times for that particular era which no other book I've read has been able to do. Having never been to the UK, I find myself wanting to visit the Scottish highlands and see for myself the landscapes that she painted so vividly in my mind and to visit their forts and castles. Cross Stitch is a highly satisfying book, which gets my hearty vote of 5 out of 5!


A lover of historical fiction, adventure books, and books with a time travel theme, I hesitated buying this book, despite the very intriguing sounding plot, because it was labeled as being a romance novel. Still, curiosity won the day, and am I ever glad that it did! This has got to be one of the most engrossing and highly entertaining novels that I have ever read. Surprisingly well written, I was hooked almost immediately.The novel begins in the year 1945, and the plot revolves around the adventures of Claire Randall, an Englishwoman and combat nurse during World War II, who is reunited with her husband, Frank, after the war. While on a second honeymoon in Scotland, she visits a strange flat topped hill in the highlands of Scotland, where a forbidding stone circle draws her. Touching one of the stones, she is hurled through a vortex in time and finds herself in eighteenth century Scotland.There, she meets James Fraser, a brave and brawny Scotsman, and finds herself thrust into the midst of clan warfare and intrigue. Finding in Jamie a soulmate, she falls passionately in love, but is conflicted because of the feelings she harbors for the husband she left behind. She goes on, however, to have enough adventures to last a lifetime. What happens to these star crossed lovers in eighteenth century Scotland is riveting.The author is a master storyteller and her use of historical detail is superlative. Those who love well written, historical fiction will be delighted. The book tells a rip roaring good story and is a veritable page turner. This is the first in a now published series of four books. Having read each and every one, all I can say is... Bravo! I love each and every one of them!

...And I don't even LIKE "romance" novels!...

I put off reading this book, even though it was highly recommended by a friend. I didn't have the heart to tell her that "romance novels" weren't my cup of tea- never mind some far-fetched paranormal historical romance. I could have not been more wrong!I loved this book. I mean, I REALLY loved this book. It was absolutely packed with adventure, passion, thievery, witchcraft, heart-stopping suspense, love, war, escape, buggery, revenge, even some wolves were in there for good measure! Diana writes with spirited intelligence, heart, and humour. Her charcaters are full of life and will live on long after you close the cover, and pop it back onto the shelf, and to my delight, the love scenes are written with imagination and freshness- no ridiculous "he touched her quivering milky bosoms" here. The research for factual information in this superb novel is first-rate, and meticulous, which makes this book an even greater pleasure to read. If you are someone who prefers to read literary fiction over any other genres, as I do, all I can say to you is PUT YOUR PREJUDICES ASIDE AND TRY THIS BOOK. I'm sorry I didn't read it sooner! It truly is the work of an excellent, and extremely talented storyteller and writer, all my "book snob" friends will be getting a copy for Christmas,and I can't wait to dig into the others in the series!

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