I would definitely recommend this audiobook to a friend, as it is completely unabridged and because it really brought Diana Gabaldon's story to life for me. Since I don't know French or Gaelic, I enjoyed hearing the pronunciation of the words and phrases in those languages.
My favorite character is Claire, as hers is the main storyline of the book. Everything evolves from her experience.
There are many "favorite" scenes ... just about any scene where Claire and Jamie interact, romantic or non-romantic, is riveting! It's almost like you are right there in the scene with them.
Not sure what an "extreme" reaction to the book would be ... it does make me laugh and cry, but that's pretty normal, I think.
As good as Davina Porter is as narrator, I think the audiobook needs a male voice to portray Jamie, and maybe some of the other male voices as well. For me, the story lost something to hear a feminine voice deliver Jamie's lines, deeper, gruffer or not.
I bought these audiobooks so I would have my own collection at a great price. I've read the entire series twice and look forward to reading it again when her final book comes out. Once you've met Jaimie....
Yes. I read this series many years ago, but LISTENING to the story adds a new dimension. Davina Porter does a great job with the varied languages, their sounds and inflections, thus rendering the characters more rich and personal.
The author takes you forward 20 years into the continued saga, leaving a gap that she subsequently fills in for you as the book progresses. It was nicely done, and more interesting than a typical chronological progression.
The two main characters, Jaime and Claire, are my favorites.
Jaime remains the strongest and most memorable character throughout the series, but of all those introduced in Dragonfly in Amber, I probably favor the nun at L'Hopital des Anges. She defines her life by its purpose, and uses her knowledge, strength, and subtle humor; to tend to the sick. I admire her.
Though the criticism of this series as being "too wordy" has some merit, the overall affect makes the read (or listen) very worthwhile. It's easy to say, "I walked from the house to the creek", but Diana Gabaldon actually takes you on that walk. You smell the earth, know if the ground is firm or spongy, feel the heat or coolness of the day, hear the insects and birds; and when you reach the creek, you put your foot in the cool water and feel the smooth bumpy moss-covered stones. The result of her descriptors is that you've had an experience, not just learned a point of fact.
The Story is written as if it could be really happening, to a real circle of people. The Performance of the narrator, she is the breath that made the story and the people feel alive. The Overall quality of the writer's story and the narrator to be able to come together and to create something, that makes you want to read more, listen more, is amazing! It all starts with The Book!
I didn't think I'd like historical romance, but this series has changed my mind. Dragonfly in Amber is the second book in the series and I find myself going for an extra walk, doing yard walk, or running errands in the car so I can listen to another chapter.
I love Jamie and Claire. The characters are so detailed I feel like I really know them.
The books in this series are absurdly addicting. I love the "historical" fiction (I actually have no idea how much "truth" is reflected in the historical attributes and am happy in ignorant bliss), but most of all I love the characters and the over-the-top situations they get into one after another - just when you think there's a lull, they get into something else dramatic and hilarious and perfect for keeping me awake on my long commute.
What DIDN'T I like!?!?! I think her reading makes these books (no offense to the author). I honestly don't think I would have taken up any of the sequels if not for the narration, simply because I would have thought it wasn't the sort of book I'd like... but she has me entranced - the energy, the accents, everything!
Listen to every one of these books and wait impatiently for the next.
I have a half hour commute to work each way. I love listening to audiobooks on the drive. It makes me look forward to the commute!
This is the second in the series and just as good as the first. Even those these books are really long, they keep you interested. This story has been my constant companion while doing housework, sewing, and taking long baths. Looking forward to the next in the series.
I am not sure, as it is quite long.
Claire is my favorite character; I would love to time travel.
I think the author sometimes goes into too much detail of a subject; my mind will sometimes wander, but she always pulls me back.