Audio book Review: The Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Outlander (Outlander Series #1)The Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

  • ISBN-13: 9781440788512
  • Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC
  • Publication date: 10/19/2009
  • Format: CDs (28)
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Source: Purchased


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.

Her husband is two centuries away, she is related to her lover’s mortal enemy, and her neighbors think she’s a witch. In this unforgettable novel of time travel, Diana Gabaldon fuses wry, modern sensibility with the drama, passion, and violence of eighteenth century as she tells the story of one daring woman and the man who loves her.

My Thoughts:

So first I must disclose that I have read Outlander at least twice in the past and I love the story line but this time around I wanted to give the audio book a go.  I have wanted to reread this series but with each book exceeding 800 pages there just was not a way that I could reread the series and read anything new at the same time.  Thus came the idea of listening to the book since I have over a hour commute each day I can listen to about a CD a day. Keep in mind that this still meant that it took me almost a month to listen to whole book.  But I really enjoyed it maybe even more so than reading it.  I think the reason behind this is that I just got to enjoy the language and movement of the story without stressing if I was catching everything or struggling through some of the Gaelic.  

I will say, as is true with the book, either you will love this story and reading of it, or it will not be for you.  Diana Gabaldon is amazing at writing a story that crosses over so many different genre types.  There is time travel,  romance, war, witches, history, and so much more.  By far this is one of my favorite series of all time.  My only frustration is the amount of time between book requires me to reread when a new one is coming out and that is quite a time commitment, but always worth it.

One of the best parts about the audio portion is that the readers is authentic and does a great job with the emotion and the Gaelic, I loved hearing how the words should be pronounced, in most cases not even close to how I would have thought.  It is a beautiful language.    

Overall, I would recommend this audio book but be aware of the commitment it will take to get through the entire story.

David also listened to a lot of the audio book and here is this two cents:

I thought it was pretty well read.  I didn’t hear any mistakes, even in the Gaelic speech.  She did a good job with the accents, and while I might have found her voice a bit irritating at times, I’m an American, so that’s not unusual.  

My Rating:

5 Penguins for sure!




4 thoughts on “Audio book Review: The Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

  1. So glad you enjoyed Outlander on audio. My daughter is just getting to the series and devouring it. She now wants to borrow my audio books to listen on her drive to and from work to supplement her reading!

  2. I think Davina did a brilliant job of reading this. (That said? I’m halfway through Dragonfly In Amber, and I need to get reading it again…)

    I love Jamie Fraiser, I love Claire, but for me these books are relatively easy to put down… but I still enjoy them.

  3. I have yet to read this book! I know I should go hide in shame because I have had this one for over a year and just the size of it always scares me. Since I have so many books to review for the blog I just find it hard to sit down with a book that is 800+ pages!

    Since you love this one so much I’m going to have to try really hard to pick this brick up off my shelf soon.

    Thanks for the great review

  4. Oh Jamie!

    I loved the audio too, though I had read the book 3 or 4 times before I listened to it.

    Awesome review!

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