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Dragonfly in Amber | [Diana Gabaldon]

Dragonfly in Amber

New York Times best-selling author Diana Gabaldon enchanted scores of fans with Outlander, her electrifying historical saga set in 18th-century Scotland. Now this 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.
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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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    Chapel Hillian Chapel Hill, NC 10-22-13
    Chapel Hillian Chapel Hill, NC 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.


    5 of 5 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 2009
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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.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
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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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Julia Aryeh bedford, ny United States 02-14-07
    Julia Aryeh bedford, ny United States 02-14-07 Member Since 2004
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    "Loved it"

    This lady can write! this was even better than the first one - loved it. the whole series is worth every minute. savor it and enjoy.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    AudioAddict Austin, Texas, USA 02-02-14
    AudioAddict Austin, Texas, USA 02-02-14 Member Since 2013

    I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!

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    "Wonderful book and series"

    STORY (epic historical fiction/adventure/romance) - You will want to start with Book 1 of this series and hear them in order. The books are very long -- this one is over 39 hours. It is about a present-day English woman (Claire, the "Outlander") who is propelled back in time to the Scottish highlands in the 1700's. The time travel isn't the thrust of the book but, rather, a mechanism to put Claire in position to give listeners a modern perspective on life in that period. This perspective is long, detailed and sometimes confusing, but it is never boring.

    The main characters are lovable and well-developed. You will become totally engrossed in the plight of Claire and her Scottish husband, Jamie, as they try to survive in this brutal time period and prevent war with the English. Their love for each other is deep and absolutely beautiful. Reviewers who criticized the first book, Outlander, for its sexual content will be pleased to find there is much less in this book.

    PERFORMANCE - Davina Porter is my favorite female narrator. Sometimes I paid more attention to her lovely voice and performance than I did to the story itself.

    OVERALL (Actual rating 4.5) - I would have rated this book a five if it had been about 10 hours shorter. There is sex and language which might be offensive to some.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Lia Sutton, Australia 09-21-11
    Lia Sutton, Australia 09-21-11 Member Since 2009

    I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!

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    "Don't miss this series"

    Once I started listening I could not stop. I enjoyed every minute and can't wait to listen to the next book.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    dave Brigham City, UT, United States 01-18-11
    dave Brigham City, UT, United States 01-18-11 Member Since 2005
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    "Just enough history to love"

    One of the reviews for "Outlander" warned that this was a "romance novel" written "by women, for women" and as far as the "romance" part of it goes, I've found that to be true. But, I'm fascinated by history and have always loved speculation on things such as standing stones etc. I am also of scottish decent and have spent considerable time reading about and researching my heritage and I enjoy the slant that the author puts on highland history. For the most part I think she portrays everyday things about 18th century highland life very believably... er... other than the way the main character GOT to 18th century scotland... But even that is a fun idea.
    So, yes, there is a lot of "romance novel" to wade through... but just enough history to keep me reading the series.

    9 of 10 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 2007
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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 10 people found this review helpful
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    Tanya Stratford Alden, Michigan United States 12-03-09
    Tanya Stratford Alden, Michigan United States 12-03-09 Member Since 2008
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    "I didn't think it could get better...but it did!"

    Another amazing book in the Outlander series. More interesting characters are introduced, all quite like-able. The love story continues nicely, and doesn't get repetitive...it seems to grow naturally. Once again Davina Porter has done an amazing job narrating. The only downside is, you better have Voyager on hand when this book ends because you won't be able to wait for it. Another must read!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Annette bloomington, IL, United States 08-31-13
    Annette bloomington, IL, United States 08-31-13 Member Since 2013
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    "It was entertaining if not a bit too wordy."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    It was too long with way too many details. It either needed more action or less detail.


    Would you recommend Dragonfly in Amber to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would recommend it to friends but would warn them you can dual task while listening to it.


    Have you listened to any of Davina Porter’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • 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.

    5 of 6 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.

    0 of 0 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.

    9 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Andria
    Surbiton, United Kingdom
    9/6/14
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    "So wished the narrator could pronounce 'plaid'"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I enjoyed it very much but it was very annoying to hear the narrator constantly pronounce 'plaid' incorrectly


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kindling Micky
    OLDHAM, United Kingdom
    8/2/14
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    "Brilliant story, brilliantly read."
    If you could sum up Dragonfly In Amber in three words, what would they be?

    Deep, beautiful, detailed.


    What other book might you compare Dragonfly In Amber to, and why?

    Outlander, it is a continuation of the story. Rich Scottish 18th century history and love.


    What about Davina Porter’s performance did you like?

    Her voices were amazing for the different characters. She was natural.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes it made me cry in a few places.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Holly-Anne
    Beeston, United Kingdom
    7/7/14
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    "Love love love!!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would definitely recommend this series (infact I have to pretty much everyone I know!) as it's so well written


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dragonfly In Amber?

    When Jamie and Claire are reunited!


    What about Davina Porter’s performance did you like?

    She does amazing accents!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It was very long but I didn't want to turn it off!


    Any additional comments?

    Beautiful story and so well written!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wendy
    Newport, United Kingdom
    10/24/13
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    "Fantastic book but inferior recording"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes......well if you don't read this one how can you read the next, these books are fantatic


    What did you like best about this story?

    Everything


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes but who can sit and listen for this long


    Any additional comments?

    Although the book is fantastic, the recording quality is not, there is a continual echo through out the book which gets annoying at times, I have tried it on two iPods, one phone, one iPad and a pc and it's still the same

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • J
    Pewsey, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "Fantastic! the 2nd book of the Outlander series"

    It is 1968 and Claire has returned to Scotland with her grown daughter Brianna. Here she plans to reveal to Brianna her long kept secret, one of time travel, Jamie Fraser and their attempts to change the course of events that Claire knows await the Scotland of 1945. Enlisting the help of young historian Roger Wakefield to find out the fate of the clansmen of Culloden. Roger will make a discovery that will shatter what Claire believed to be true.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • mr
    benfleet, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "find these books excellent"

    i have listened to outlander and now this D in Amber is a new twist and is just as good i have the next two

    books waiting to be next on my listening list.

    JC

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Siobhan
    Bristol, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "The tension builds"

    If you are a fan of historically accurate fiction, you will love this beautifully produced reading of an exciting story, the characters really come to life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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