This book was painful to listen to except for the exceptional performance by Davina Porter. Absolutely nothing happens to move the overall narrative/story forward. It is all just fluff and daily life stories – no intrigue or excitement like in the previous books. I don't know that I will continue with the series, unless someone tells me the next book is really good, in which case I advise you to skip this book and go straight to the next; you won't miss anything except one event related to Roger.
Compared to her other books this one seemed a bit slow to start. In fact if I'd had to read it myself I'm not sure I might have finished it but I do admit to enjoying Davina Porter's narration and Diana Gabaldon is a fantastic writer. Her ability to make the most mundane things seem intriguing and draws you in to the sights and sounds with such ease. A little of it goes a long way and I thinks that's way it seemed so slow in the beginning maybe. Thumbs up.
An absolute gem of narrative skill. For people who love to read Diana Gabaldon works, The Fiery Cross, is by far one of her best written submissions. I have listened to all of Davina Porter's narration and it is truly amazing to me how she manages to encapsulate all the characters voices throughout this excellent series. Great acting. A work of art upon a work of art. My favorite way of listening to these stories is to read them together with the books at the same time for the ultimate experience.
I wouldn't have gotten this far in the series, if I didn't love every word of it. Diana Galbadon is extremely talented, her attention to detail a second to none. Divina Porter brings the story to life with her voice. I move moved through the books very quickly, They have transformed my very long commute in the Washington DC region,and often times I'm listening while I'm doing chores around the house, The story is so captivating and has me in firmly in its grip. There are only two annoyances that come to mind: there are a lot of love scenes, and sometimes I grow weary of them, even though they are well written (though I never fast forward); and I wonder why she uses the word alacrity SO much. But these are not enough to bring it down to four stars. I strongly recommend for anyone who likes an epic story, that reads very much like historical fiction.