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  • The Fiery Cross

    • UNABRIDGED (55 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4987)
    Performance
    (4433)
    Story
    (4423)

    The year is 1771. Claire Randall is still an outlander, out of place and out of time. But now she is linked by love to her only anchor: Jamie Fraser. They have crossed oceans and centuries to build a life together in North Carolina. But tensions, both ancient and recent, threaten members of their clan. Knowing that his wife has the gift of prophecy, James must believe Claire, though he would prefer not to. Claire has shared a dreadful truth: there will, without a doubt, be a war.

    Lorrie says: "LOVE THIS"
    "slow but enthralling"
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    What did you like best about The Fiery Cross? What did you like least?

    Learning more about life in NC before the revolution was fascinating. It's strange though that the main characters seldom comment on the differences with their lives in the 20th century.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Historical aspects were the most interesting.But it did meander endlessly. A little too much blow-by-blow at times. I also thought the sex scenes were extremely irritating-misplaced and contrived. It seemed like the editor had said: need some more sex here! And the writer just put it in totally out of context or character


    Which character – as performed by Davina Porter – was your favorite?

    I find you just don't get into their minds enough.So with every one of them I'm thinking: how can you do that? I would like to see them fleshed out more.
    Roger seems to have lost his intellectual side completely and turned into a sort of minor Jamie. Brianna has turned into an old time momma. Why did she decide to no longer wear "britches"? Claire on the other hand has become more of a real person/doctor and her voice, as voiced by the narrator, is less prissy.Jamie is a lot wiser and less edgy-morphing into a benign Pater Familias. But you don't hear about the how&why of these changes.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm hooked on these people, so I won't let them go until I have to.But this book is awfully slow and detailed.

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