Diana Gabaldon is simply the best author there is. Her books are emotionally charged and have you wanting more and more. I was thrilled that Audible got the unabridged versions of Dragonfly in Amber and Voyager. Do not EVER get the abridged versions. There is simply too much left out. I can't wait for the unabridged versions of Drums of Autumn, Fiery Cross and A Breath of Snow and Ashes. Give these books a try, you wont be sorry.
I listen to an average of 100 books a year, and the Outlander books are some of my most favorite! I find myself going back and listening (they have to be fantastic for me to want to re-listen) time and again. Davina Porter does a brilliant job with the narration!
When I started reading this series I had no idea that this series would continue from book to book with the same couple. I have to admit that once I finished book one and two I thought that their story was finished. I didn't believe that the author would keep me interested enough in the adventures on a single couple's marriage to continue reading.
Much to my shock I am forced to admit I was very wrong.
As a reader of romance novels I am used to each and every story coming to a neat and happy ending at the close of each book. It's romance, right? I want to read about that first meeting, the courtship, their happy ending. Why, in God's name, would I want to read about a marriage. What's romantic about that? The same couple from book to book? Believe me if someone would have told me that's this series is about one couple I wouldn't have picked it up.
Don't get me wrong. I'm not against, the sacrament of, institution of, contract of, or whatever you wish to call it, marriage. I'm married. Though I am very happy in my marriage from time to time looking at the world from a married woman's point of view. The word romance isn't the first thing that pops into one's mind at the mention of husband. Argument happen, some worse then others, reconciliation, compromises and sacrifices are made. All these things come to mind when I think of marriage not romance. Is there romance in marriage? Yea, sure... But most often it's overlooked. With THAT BIT said I should mention the book and I'll just touch lightly just so I won't spoil too much. *wink*
I've never read such a beautiful reunion of a couple... Ever! It gave me goose bumps and that doesn't happen with me at all, believe me. Not only that, but with the other side of the coin have I ever read a couple's anger toward each other rise to a point until you think they might not recover.
Gabaldon liked to put little bombshells in her stories. By bombshell I mean little tidbits of information that are over looked until it's stepped on like a land mind! Blowing the story wide open and letting the character bits fall where they may!
The series, so far, is rich in character, backdrop, adventure, history, details, details, details and... Oh yes romance too.
Oh, and FYI did I mention this story is epic? Yea, there are a lot of pages and a lot of details but its organized really well and doesn't leave your head spinning. Her historical facts are so on point that historical fans like me will totally get their history geek on by being steeped in this story. By the end of the book you'll be exhausted.
It's so worth it...
Another GREAT book, this third volume. Nice and long.
Narrator couldn't be better.
Really looking forward to buy and read the other 3 books, when available at Audible, with the same narrator!!!
So well written and so well read. It has been a pleasure to come back to these books and having read them a few years back to listen to them. The narrator is just supreme, it's like listening /watching a drama. Even though a little far fetched the number of adventures Jamie and Claire find themselves in, Gabaldon still makes it believable. Loved it. Well done to Audible for making these available.
The narrator is wonderful, and she does the voices so well that you are always aware of who is talking. Also this is one of my favorite books in the series.
C'mon. Jamie all the way.
She brings the characters to life, and you can become so immersed in the story that you feel like you are really there with the characters.
The starz series is doing a wonderful job with the story. While they change a few things from the book, it seems neccesary to keep the story moving. Both the show and the book, if taken separately, are equally enjoyable in their own way
For those of you who are like me and get exasperated at searching for correct orders, here's a list for you. It should be noted that often, the author starts her books in a way that makes you feel you missed a book and are on the wrong one. Keep calm, and read on. It will all be sorted soon.
2. Dragonfly in amber
4. Drums of autumn
5. The fiery cross
6. A breath of snow and ashes
7. An echo in the bone
8. Written in my own hearts blood
Loved it. I got all of them am believe if she is sick to death of this story that there is more room for several books. The down side is that these books were extremely hard to read & if I didnt have audio I would not know the story.
If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again there is no use in reading it at all. Oscar Wilde
I think what I. Loved most about voyager was the relationship between Jamie and Bree. It was a long time coming for him and I think it was beautifully expressed
I cant really see how you can compare any of Diana's books to another. I really think she has a talent for imagination.
I have read all the books and loved them but I really wasn't able to connect with the characters and their personality until I listened to the audio version. Davina brings each character to life, I feel she has really made them as they were supposed to be portrayed
Id have to say Jamie,his life story is incredible. But id also love to hear Clare's take on her experiences. Both character's are amazing in their accomplishments
Wonderful story, beautiful prose.
Davina Porter is an immensely talented audio book narrator. She can perform many different voices and accents, really capturing the essence of each character, individually.
YES. YES. YES.
If I were offered the chance to meet any three people in this world, the author of this series, Diana Gabaldon, would undoubtedly make my list. Her books are downright amazing- intricately woven, stunning prose, vivid imagery, and page-turning intensity.
I sometimes joke that Gabaldon's novels are bad for both my education and social life, since I just can't seem to put them down, and Voyager (book #3) was no different. I lose myself in the pages of her books, feeling like I am living a parallel life with the characters. I cry their tears and experience their joys- both marks of an incredibly talented author.
I don't know since I haven't read the print version - but based on the audio version I believe that it would be just as enchanting.
Gone with the Wind - however I think that the series is much more complete but no less epic.
Perhaps Ghost Fish? Artemis might be an appropriate name as well.
I love how Diana Gabaldon weaves the plot of the book together and enhances the story with subplot and detail. Just when you think you know what will happen the plot switches course and takes the reader on yet another wonderful journey. I love the series so far and each book answers questions left from the previous installment.