I am not sure if it can beat the first book, but it was a nice addition to the first book. I am so happy that you can see more Jamie and Claire in this book and I am eager to pick up the next. I guess that is exactly the point! These books are full of history that I was not aware of so I am excited to read them again or listen rather.
I read the series years ago and wanted to get the library in audio format. Enjoyed the first book (Outlander), well read, appreciated the accents, and I learned how to pronounce many of the Scottish words that I skipped over in the book. Dragonfly in Amber covers a three year period and sometime it felt like it would take three years to listen to it. Didn't realize how verbose Ms. Gabaldon could be. Sometime the story dragged and I can do without the references to the first book. I know that story and didn't need a repeat. I am getting ready to start on book #3 (Voyager), may be the deciding factor if I continue the rest of the series.
Once again Davina Porter earns her own star on the audio book. A good follow up to Outlander, DIA reintroduces all of your favorite clansmen and adds a host of new, colorful European characters. The story has some slow spots but is worth the time.
I purchased the first two books in this series hoping it would be interesting and was very disappointed. I love history (particularly the history of Scotland) and was excited to find these books, unfortunately they fell very short of my expectations. These books are very slow paced. I found the story more like a soap opera than an action adventure. There were times I was curious to see what happened to the characters, so I would struggle through the painfully slow, sexually explicit parts of the story that make up the majority of the books. However after several instances of sodomy, rape, and finally sexual child abuse, I knew the author would not be changing her pattern of writing more about sexual encounters than advancing the plot. In short, finding out what happened to the characters was not enough of a draw for me to waste my time finishing this series. I would not recommend these books to anyone.
I absolutely loved Outlander but I am 20 hours into this book and nothing has really happened yet. The narration is outstanding but the plot is very slow moving and contains a level of detail that encourages the mind to wander.
While I enjoyed the first book in this series (Outlander), this second installment was overlong and repetitive. A skilled editor could've cut about 25% from the book and the story would've been better for it.
Glad to be part of the audible community and I hope that my reviews help to choose the right book and share my love of reading.
I have enjoyed OUTLANDER very much. The second book is long-winded, and the author uses the words: "He licked his dry lips"... "She said dryly" or "He said "wryly" so many times that I cringe EACH time the comparison comes up. PLEASE PLEASE stop taking the Lord's name in vain. What is with that??? Yes, the story is addicting, but very long-winded and it repeats certain elements too many times. The narration is wonderful.
Any thing about this great couple is great! Well read by Davina Porter and well good story line.