Another exceptional novel by Diana Gabaldon. I have already read all of the Outlander series, but when they started to become available unabridged through audible.com I just had to purchase them and read them again! Davina Porter, who has read all of the unabridged versions of this series brings the charactors alive. Only Ms. Gabaldon could bring to life Scotland in the 1750's so vividly, I could practically hear the wind whistle through the trees, and the draw of Jamies' sword! If you get a chance grab this series, Audible has the first 3 unabridged, the other 3 abridged, but I would assume that they will come available unabridged soon.
I just couldn't stay with this book. I started it three times, getting closer to the end each time, but I just couldn't listen to the end. I swear, if I had to listen to her whine, "Jay-meee!" one more time, I was going to lose it.
I actually started reading this series of Diana Gabaldon first. I could not believe the research, the descriptions and the way the whole story just captured your imagination. I love the way she writes and I think of the whole 3 series this one was my favourite. Well worth listening too. Davina Porter does an excellent job of the narration.
I loved the first book and was thrilled to jump into the series but the second book gets bogged down in a million minor characters and subplots. I am near the end, I think, but the unnecessary details of Claire sewing up a man's testicles put it over the top.
The narrator is still great but she cannot save the plot.
First up I have to say that Diana Gabaldon's first novel, Outlander, was a surprising delight. I expected it to be a bit of chick-lit - and while there were elements of that genre the story was strong and kept this bloke engaged and entranced.
I was expecting a similar journey with Dragonfly in Amber. Sadly I gave up half way through part 2 - after investing about 12 hours with this story.
For me, this was a case of a storyline being totally obscured by overly detailed descriptions of mundane objects, environments and characters. My feeling was that the author was either trying to impress the reader with her knowledge of historical bric-a-brac, or perhaps was trying to pad out the story - or maybe a combination of both.
I desperately wanted to like this book - but try as I might I just couldn't. This is the first audio book in over three years that I have not been able to complete.
Thank goodness there is a Wikipedia entry for Dragonfly in Amber. At least I now know the key elements of the storyline! I doubt that I will ever return to this book!
I just love this series. What more can I say.
Just one thing....Audible bring us the Fiery Cross and a breath of Snow and Ashes unabridged and narrated by Davina Porter. Not the dodgy abridged version.
Lorinda J Hanes
I love this book, but the women they picked to narrate it sounded like somebody's grandmother, not a women in her twenties! I was really annoyed by her and could barley stand to listen. They need to get another narrator and re-record the book.
Even though I enjoyed the first book in the series, I should have known that I was really done with the story after nearly 20 hours of listening to it. I bought the second book and couldn't get more than an hour into it when I HAD to stop-- neither the story nor the voice of the narrator could hold my attention. It made me fall asleep.
I listened to the 39 hour book in two days. couldn't stop listening
To All My Favorite Narrators: You are the voices in my head...
Years ago after reading Outlander I tried to start this book. It was so slow that I gave up (a rare thing for me to do). I saw the Audio on sale and thought I would give it another try. Gabaldon certainly takes her time with her stories - which is both good and bad. You really have to give this book at least 6 chapters of your attention before the story picks up again. Once it does it's a fantastic book! Davina Porter is fabulous as always.