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This story really drags on with so many unnecessary details. I loved Outlander and think the premise of the story is very interesting and had great potential, but the author can't seem to resist adding in so many descriptions and sideplots that end up going NOWHERE. Especially their time in France.... I ended up skipping some chapters and felt like I didn't miss anything, because she repeats herself and goes back over so many of the same things - Jamie's broken fingers, and how it happened, Jamie getting sea sick... who cares??? after the first time, does she really need to spend another hour describing him hating boats again? I listened to all three books, and thought the story was mostly good, but it's way too long.
This is the second novel in the series, presently at seven, of the "Outlander" series by
Diana Gabaldon. I read it first and regretted it. While it is self sufficient (self supporting without need for other books) it contains a good deal of material which will ruin the first novel, simply titled "Outlander," (hence this name for the series of novels) in my opinion. Since I am a great fan of Gabaldon and this series I'll strongly suggest you read all seven novels, although two, The Fiery Cross and Breath of Snow and Ashes, are not available as unabridged books. You'll need to purchase the actual hard back or paperback book for these two (books five and six of the series). DO NOT buy the abridged form. They lack far too much detail and too much of the actual stories themselves IMHO. In many ways Dragonfly in Amber is my favorite of the series, possibly because it was first and provided the motivation to read (and listen to) all of the novels in the series. This is a grand book, Dragonfly in Amber, but I hope you will heed my caution and read/listen to "Outlander" first.
An incredible series! I have read all of the books in this series in hardcopy, purchased them as CDs so I could listened to them a second time while travelling and anxiously waited until they were available for download to my IPod so I can enjoy them again and again. If you are new to the series - 'lucky you'! Download them all at the same time and listen to them in order. (If you don't it doesn't matter - but once you meet Jamie and Claire you won't want to let them go).
I have this book in paperback as well, and found I never had the time to read it. But with the Audible.ca version, I have been able to strap on my headphones, and go about my day listening to this book!!
I loved her first book "Outlander" and this continued easy style of writing, along with the great story flows really well with the Audible.ca version.
I will be looking for the next soon.
I confess I'm hooked on the story... Claire and Jamie's story. (Jamie is so delicious, I swear I want to eat him with a spoon... *sigh*) But, the tedium you have to wade through to uncover the important events and lovely moments... Sometimes I wanted to tear my hair out at the author's purple prose. It just never lets up!
I had been irritated by this tendency to OVER describe things and add unimportant events in Outlander. But I was so enchanted by Jamie and Claire, that it was a mild annoyance. (Except when she talks EXCESSIVELY about beatings, over and over and over again. I mean, WTH?!) But in Amber it was only this great love for the characters that made me keep slogging though the massive amounts of tedium where we get to learn in great detail how dead end characters watch grass grow. (Figuratively speaking.)
I guess I also have gripes about some of the logic that the characters come up with. A large part of this book centers around Jamie and Claire trying to stop a major battle in which the Scots are slaughtered. But for knowing what was coming, their efforts were much ado about nothing. A lot happens, but nothing happens. They are SO inept. It's obvious that the author doesn't plan on them being successful. Then the return to the present at the semi end of the book is SO anti-climatic. As Claire and Roger go off to look for another minor character, and what this leads to is overly drawn out, I found myself screaming, aaaarugh, who cares!?
But I shall go on to the next book, because I need to know what becomes of them... I just hope that the author gets a better EDITOR!
I enjoyed the first book, but this one somehow just became less and less intereresting until I found (somewhere in the second download) that I simply didn't care anymore, and stopped listening. And the author's fondness for eroticized violence became tiresome too. Maybe the central conceit (the time-travel thing) just isn't enough to sustain the story beyond the first book.
I enjoyed this listen but as with the first one there are moments it is so sloow, I don't think I will finish. But overall it's an enjoyable story, full of detail and description and history. Not too much of a romance more of an adventure. Narrator is excellent. Could be shorter!
This is the only book i've ever read that i cried about! I think Davina porter's narration had something to do with that too! It's a bit slow in parts, but you have to expect that going in. Heavy emotional. I think all women wish for the kind of devotion that Jamie gives Claire. I just couldnt stop listening. and sooo funny in parts too! Yes, maybe it's a litle violent, but i think relative to the time i think that violence is accurately portrayed. MUST READ!!
This is the second of the series of 7. As usual-great to listen to-we travel to FL from Ontario, and we just love this author for audio books!
I'd listened to Outlander and was quite captured by Diana Gabaldon's descriptions of Jamie Fraser whose "hair catches the sun and looks like flames" as he rides. In other more risque scenes which are frequent through Dragonfly in Amber, we spend long moments considering the golden hairs on the back of his wrist. At times rather an enjoyable thought. I must be a middle aged single woman! I like it that she is explicit and honest in her writing. I enjoyed the Herbal Lore, the Magik and History, both Scots and French. She somehow made a romp with King Louis sound like a normal event!