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Dragonfly in Amber Audiobook
Dragonfly in Amber
Written by: 
Diana Gabaldon
Narrated by: 
Davina Porter
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Dragonfly in Amber Audiobook

Dragonfly in Amber

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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author Diana Gabaldon enchanted scores of fans with Outlander, her electrifying historical saga set in 18th-century Scotland. Now the sequel sweeps listeners back into the past as Claire relates more of her perilous sojourn there with her Scottish warrior husband, James Fraser. Twenty years after her strange journey back in time, Claire has returned to Scotland with her daughter, determined to share with her the secret she has harbored since her time travel. Still longing to know the fate of her beloved warrior, she recounts the story of her stay with him in the intrigue-ridden court of Charles Stuart and their attempt to avert the doomed Highlands uprising at Culloden. As her story unfolds, it reveals implications more far-reaching than even Claire could have guessed.

Narrator Davina Porter's gift for expression captures the history and flavor of a harsh place and time, and gives it the polish of a warm and engaging love story.

©1992 Diana Gabaldon; (P)1998 Recorded Books

What the Critics Say

"Compulsively readable." (Publishers Weekly)
"A winning combination of vivid imagination and good common sense." (Kirkus)
"Diana Gabaldon is a born storyteller." (Arizona Republic)

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    Amazon Customer 02-19-08 Listener Since 2005
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    "Enthralling"

    I actually started reading this series of Diana Gabaldon first. I could not believe the research, the descriptions and the way the whole story just captured your imagination. I love the way she writes and I think of the whole 3 series this one was my favourite. Well worth listening too. Davina Porter does an excellent job of the narration.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Dolores Sun Lakes, AZ, United States 06-28-08
    Dolores Sun Lakes, AZ, United States 06-28-08 Member Since 2016

    Avid audible listener. Favorite writers: Stephen king, Bryce Courtenay, R. R. Martin Fav narrators: Humphrey bower, Roy Dotrice, Frank Muller, Robin Miles

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    "Gabaldon is a literary genius"

    I have listened to the Voyager, Outlander, Dragonfly in Amber and finally Drums of Autumn. All books in the series that I have listened to are magnificent. Authors knows that perfect narration is the key to an excellent audio book and Davina Porter is the absolute best. Will listen to them again. Just when you think Diana's story is "pat," she puts a twist in the story that makes you sit up staight and say, "Wow". Thank you so much, Diana and Davina.

    24 of 30 people found this review helpful
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    Craig Mt WaverleyAustralia 06-16-09
    Craig Mt WaverleyAustralia 06-16-09 Member Since 2005
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    "Tedious"

    First up I have to say that Diana Gabaldon's first novel, Outlander, was a surprising delight. I expected it to be a bit of chick-lit - and while there were elements of that genre the story was strong and kept this bloke engaged and entranced.

    I was expecting a similar journey with Dragonfly in Amber. Sadly I gave up half way through part 2 - after investing about 12 hours with this story.

    For me, this was a case of a storyline being totally obscured by overly detailed descriptions of mundane objects, environments and characters. My feeling was that the author was either trying to impress the reader with her knowledge of historical bric-a-brac, or perhaps was trying to pad out the story - or maybe a combination of both.

    I desperately wanted to like this book - but try as I might I just couldn't. This is the first audio book in over three years that I have not been able to complete.

    Thank goodness there is a Wikipedia entry for Dragonfly in Amber. At least I now know the key elements of the storyline! I doubt that I will ever return to this book!



    33 of 42 people found this review helpful
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    Chapel Hillian 10-22-13
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    "Tedious listen"
    Would you try another book from Diana Gabaldon and/or Davina Porter?

    I loved listening to the first in the Outlander series and looked forward to this second one, but it was so tedious and repetitive that I didn't finish and won't be looking for others. There were very good and engaging sections, but in the end not enough to compel me to listen to the end.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Diana Gabaldon? Why or why not?

    I think not--I generally like long listens, but this was too long and tedious to hold my interest and in the process I lost my affection for the series.


    What aspect of Davina Porter’s performance would you have changed?

    The performance was not the issue as much as repetitive dialog.


    Was Dragonfly in Amber worth the listening time?

    No--I stopped a little over halfway though.


    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Vicky Thorneside, QLD, Australia 09-14-08
    Vicky Thorneside, QLD, Australia 09-14-08 Member Since 2013
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    "Great again"

    I just love this series. What more can I say.
    Just one thing....Audible bring us the Fiery Cross and a breath of Snow and Ashes unabridged and narrated by Davina Porter. Not the dodgy abridged version.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Rock Hill, SC, USA 03-12-10
    Karen Rock Hill, SC, USA 03-12-10 Member Since 2011
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    "Let down"

    I loved the first book and was thrilled to jump into the series but the second book gets bogged down in a million minor characters and subplots. I am near the end, I think, but the unnecessary details of Claire sewing up a man's testicles put it over the top.
    The narrator is still great but she cannot save the plot.

    18 of 23 people found this review helpful
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    JWeller 06-12-15
    JWeller 06-12-15
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    "Boring!"

    Even though I enjoyed the first book in the series, I should have known that I was really done with the story after nearly 20 hours of listening to it. I bought the second book and couldn't get more than an hour into it when I HAD to stop-- neither the story nor the voice of the narrator could hold my attention. It made me fall asleep.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Katrina T. Lawson 11-08-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Meh"
    Any additional comments?

    I just couldn't stay with this book. I started it three times, getting closer to the end each time, but I just couldn't listen to the end. I swear, if I had to listen to her whine, "Jay-meee!" one more time, I was going to lose it.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Ajax, ON, Canada 12-21-10
    Karen Ajax, ON, Canada 12-21-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Slow moving"

    I tried to enjoy this book based on other reviews, especially since this was the second book in the series that I read, but found it too slow moving for my taste. I also thought that the narrator's voice sounded too mature for the the main characters who were in their early 20s.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    G Reinhardt 09-24-08
    G Reinhardt 09-24-08 Member Since 2014
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    "Couldn't put this book down"

    I will admit, that I LOVE "Smut." That being said, this author has wonderful characters, fun plots, such suspense as that I couldn't put down the book. As I write, I'm down-loading book number 2. Although I would definitely categorize this as a "chick book," I REALLY enjoyed it and would high recommend it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Patricia
    Ashford, United Kingdom
    6/13/12
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    "Can't put it down"

    No really I'm losing sleep as I must know what happens. After reading the first, I am now half way through this book and still have all the others to catch up on. Davina Porter is an amazing narrator. You honestly believe in all the characters and their different voices; how does she do it? I would never have enjoyed these books if I had read them myself. I couldn't have switched from voice to voice in my head the way it is narrated.
    Oh just one other thing; A plead to reviewers; you are giving too much away and this spoils it for those who haven't yet read or finished each novel.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • C
    FARNBOROUGH, United Kingdom
    9/23/14
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    "This series of books are amazing"
    Would you listen to Dragonfly In Amber again? Why?

    absolutely, They are absolutely wonderfully narrated by Davina Porter. She makes these books as amazing as they are. Without her reading them I don't know if I would love them as much as I do.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It has to be Clare. She's witty, kind, loving and calm.


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

    Jamie, Davina's character voices are impeccable.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Love at its deepest


    Any additional comments?

    as you can see I just adore the outlander series (so far..) wonderfully amazing

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Barrie
    Dudley, United Kingdom
    8/17/08
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    "A brilliant follow up"

    This lived up to the brilliance of the first book, and I finished it in five days. Plenty of laughs and tears, and a gripping plot.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • robert
    clacton on sea, United Kingdom
    10/5/14
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    "enthrawling story worst american accent ever!"
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    fantastic story very well performed (ignoring the worst American accent I've ever heard, it was more west country than anything!) thoroughly enjoyable highland /time travel romp! definitely purchasing book 3

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Patrick
    Morpeth, United Kingdom
    4/18/10
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    "I was caught in amber too"

    A wonderful, wonderful story ! Painful, touching, exciting, I know it's a cliche, but I didn't want it to end, and when it did.......downloaded the next one ! I commend this to the House.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ellie g
    12/5/15
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    "Wonderful!"

    The continuing story of Claire and Jamie.. Fascinating, compelling, intoxicating!... A romp through history... traveling in two centuries, full of wonderful characters, who both engage and repel. Epic battles..heartbreaking, as the narrative speaks of the futility of war. Love portrayed timelessly as truth. Funny, affectionate and unputdownable...thank goodness for audible narration by Davina Porter, (who deserves an award!) that brings vividly to life every character and scene with such dramatic flair. As I said ...Wonderful!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • JM
    UK
    10/3/07
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    "more sex than history"

    I love historical novels, but this really is more of a romance novel with a bit of history thrown it as filler. If you are looking for a book with lots of sex scenes set in a 'period' ambiance this is your book, if you are looking for more history than slightly vulgar sex than this one isn't for you.

    11 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • Perdita
    UK
    7/21/16
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    "Superb follow up"

    This book is marvellously plotted and the historical details really paint a glowing picture of the dirt, gore, relationships, politics, even fashion of the times both in the 18th and 20th centuries. Davina Porter is a very talented voice actress

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. Judith Warburton-Avis
    Newton Abbot, Devon, England
    7/12/16
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    "Super audio book"

    Brilliant!! Wonderfully written and beautifully read. A joy to listen to. I recommend to others.



    Read.



    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Articulate
    6/14/16
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    "Excellent 2nd part to the series."

    Hard to put down. Credible even though incredible. Wonderfully drawn relationships. Must go now to start book 3.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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