With so many reviews, I'll simply add this: I've convinced a few of my friends to read this series and despite the wide span of genre preferences, they all truly enjoyed the series and marveled over Gabaldon's ability to blend a variety of genres, smoothly.
An avid reader living in NY.
Davina Porter is a good narrator and I enjoyed the book. It is one that requires time to read, since she goes into a lot of detail. After reading several sections I actually went to look up several of the historical references!
Yes! The voice of Jamie done by Davina Porter is excellent.
This is a great continuation to Outlander. With as many hours as the series takes to listen to, you would think that eventually one would tire of the story, but on the contrary, I can't get enough!
This is my second time through Dragonfly in Amber and I'm sure it won't be my last.
Davina Porter is wonderful with the different voices and accents.
Yes. I may re listen to the entire series. I love this writer.
Actually there's some similarity to The Rose. Joanna Kernsley. A trip back in time. Similar but not. Hard to explain. You need to read or listen to both writers.
I love the entire Outlander series, reading each book at least once a year, and so I was thrilled at how the skillful reading of Davina Porter brought the characters to life for me. Nuances of emotion that can only be noticed with a skillful reading make the stories even more enjoyable. Can't wait to earn the credits for the rest of the series.
I enjoy the love story between Jamie and Claire of course, but the historical details of the story, the play of the different times, and the rich descriptions of people and places make this one of my all time favorites.
Without a doubt, Claire, as the narrator, is my favorite character, the story unfolds primarily through her eyes.
I think the two most memorable minor characters in this story are Mother Hildegarde and Master Raymond, who play such a major role not only in Claire's development as a healer in a time before the modern medicine she is used to, but also in her growth as a woman. They help to fill out her character.
I love this series of books. I love this narrator. I love that all the books in the series are now available on Audible (there were two in the middle that previously weren't). The Outlander series is what Audible is all about.
The series is the story of a woman who accidentally travels 200 years back in time and meets the love of her life. Whenever I explain this premise to people I get raised eyebrows, but the truth is that the books are more historical fiction than sci fi/fantasy. I read an interview with the author once in which she said she set out to write historical fiction, but just couldn't get into the mindset of an 18th century woman so devised the time travel in order to place a modern woman in the period she wanted to write about. That decision made the books even more interesting. All of the main characters are relatable and fleshed-out. The history is meticulously researched. The conversations, love stories, intrigue, etc feel organic. The descriptions of Scotland - both modern and historical - are amazing and make me love the country even though I've never been. I really have almost no criticisms of the writing. This book is the only one in the series that I have a problem with and that's just because it skips forward in time and I don't want to miss a moment with these characters.
Meanwhile, Davina Porter is one of the best narrators I've encountered in an audiobook. (Thank you, thank you to the narrator and audiobook producers or whoever arranged for the same narrator to read the whole series so far.) She manages to have a completely different voice for each main character and to my untrained ear moves effortlessly from one accent to another as the story dictates. Her American accent is not perfect, but it's still very good. She has a great cadence, sounds like she's read the book 100 times prior to narrating, and never stumbles over what must be incredibly difficult Gaelic words... (in fact, a friend of mine who is reading the whole series on paper calls me occasionally to have me pronounce the Gaelic words for her).
Clearly, these are some of my favorite all time audiobooks. Despite their length, I'm on my third time through the series. Speaking of length, all the books in the series are pretty long, but still only one credit so if you have an Audible subscription, they are great deals. In short, buy the books, you won't regret it.
I love listening to audibooks when doing those tasks that don't require a lot of brain power. They make the time go by fast!
Dragonfly in Amber is a wonderful continuation of the story of Claire and Jaime Fraser. The entire series is definitely at the top of my list. Davina Porter just does a phenomenal job of staying true to the characters she has depicted so far in Outlander.
In this book, I feel as if the story gets a bit long winded. I'm not a fan of abridgment but I believe it could have been edited some before being published. There were some points where my mind would begin to wander and I would have trouble picking up the story again. However, the storyline is still good, just make sure you're not too distracted when listening to it. And it is also vital if you're going to listen to the rest of the series.
I know I am one of few who don't rave about this book. I want to fall in love with this as much as I loved Outlander. But for this sequel, I have mixed feelings. I liked outlander so much. I love Claire and Jaimee in the first book. But I was not into the Paris storyline, and was often confused.
I don't have the patience, perhaps. At nearly 40 hours, I was bored at times or worse, I was often annoyed. I really get upset with the weird homosexual rape and forced relationships, it's brutal and strange. And a new enemy with similar homoerotic ideas is just not my cup of tea. The constant "coming back from the dead" of Jamie's rapist/lover/enemy is tiresome.
But I do like so much of the book. I don't know why I don't love this as much as everyone else. But I'm going to try again at some point. I couldn't finish listening.