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
"Compulsively readable." (Publishers Weekly)
"A winning combination of vivid imagination and good common sense." (Kirkus)
"Diana Gabaldon is a born storyteller." (Arizona Republic)
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.
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.
The performance was not the issue as much as repetitive dialog.
No--I stopped a little over halfway though.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
Once I started listening I could not stop. I enjoyed every minute and can't wait to listen to the next book.
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.
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.
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!
It was too long with way too many details. It either needed more action or less detail.
I would recommend it to friends but would warn them you can dual task while listening to it.
"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.
"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.
"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.
"So wished the narrator could pronounce 'plaid'"
Yes I enjoyed it very much but it was very annoying to hear the narrator constantly pronounce 'plaid' incorrectly
"Brilliant story, brilliantly read."
Deep, beautiful, detailed.
Outlander, it is a continuation of the story. Rich Scottish 18th century history and love.
Her voices were amazing for the different characters. She was natural.
Yes it made me cry in a few places.
"Love love love!!!"
I would definitely recommend this series (infact I have to pretty much everyone I know!) as it's so well written
When Jamie and Claire are reunited!
She does amazing accents!
It was very long but I didn't want to turn it off!
Beautiful story and so well written!
"Fantastic book but inferior recording"
Yes......well if you don't read this one how can you read the next, these books are fantatic
Yes but who can sit and listen for this long
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
"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.
"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.
"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.
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