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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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    Cheri Waverly Hall, Ga. 08-23-15
    Cheri Waverly Hall, Ga. 08-23-15 Member Since 2012

    Addicted to Audiobooks! Whispersync Deals! The Romance Genre! And Discovering New Authors and Narrators!

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    "Another great story in the series!!!"

    I really enjoyed the second book in the Outlander series and will eventually listen to them all (and watch the series). However, because these books are so long, I will not listen to them back to back but they are a refreshing change from what I normally listened to.

    3 of 3 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.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Katrina T. Lawson 11-08-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Meh"
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    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.

    6 of 7 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.

    20 of 25 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!



    36 of 46 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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    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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    Luzmaria 10-01-13
    Luzmaria 10-01-13
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    "GREAT SERIES"
    What made the experience of listening to Dragonfly in Amber the most enjoyable?

    The narrator


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

    I listened to the 39 hour book in two days. couldn't stop listening


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Wendy Lawrenceville, GA, United States 03-20-12
    Wendy Lawrenceville, GA, United States 03-20-12 Member Since 2011

    To All My Favorite Narrators: You are the voices in my head...

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    "Slow Start, But Worth it"
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    Years ago after reading Outlander I tried to start this book. It was so slow that I gave up (a rare thing for me to do). I saw the Audio on sale and thought I would give it another try. Gabaldon certainly takes her time with her stories - which is both good and bad. You really have to give this book at least 6 chapters of your attention before the story picks up again. Once it does it's a fantastic book! Davina Porter is fabulous as always.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Laura 04-29-10
    Laura 04-29-10 Member Since 2012
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    "Dragged on and on"

    I enjoyed the first book of the series, Outlander, and was looking forward to finding out what became of the characters, Claire and Jamie. Dragonfly began interestingly with the story of the, now adult, daughter of Claire and Jamie. However, it flashed back to the past, dragged on and on,then ended with as many questions as it began with. Bottom line, nothing much happens considering the book's length. I have not read the third book in the series, but if I had known what I know now, I might have just skipped to the third book.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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  • sarahmoose2000
    12/5/16
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    "Cliffhanger"

    What a cliffhanger and kudos for managing one after 30 odd hours of listening!

    That's what great about these books, you get totally wrapped up in them, and don't notice the time flying by.

    Clare returns to Scotland with her now grown daughter. She is trying to pick up the courage to tell her all about her time travelling, and so we hear the second instalment of Clare and Jamie's love story.

    The book is split between France and Scotland, as Jamie continues to work out what Prince Charlie's next move will be. I preferred it when they were back in Scotland and having lived in Edinburgh for a while, could recognise the areas they mentioned, which is always fun.

    Went straight ahead and bought the third one, can't wait to start it.

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  • james palmer
    11/20/16
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    "Totally captivating!"

    I had already seen the TV series and loved it when I bought these books. I'll be going straight onto the next one- can't wait!

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  • Clare J Reece
    11/18/16
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    "Perfect"

    Having watched the tv series which, I suggest everyone does and more fool you if you don't. I thought I'd listen to the audio.....I can't recommend it enough....I'm not sure I could ever find another book to top it....thanks Diana !!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • J. T.
    11/12/16
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    "Just Brilliant
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    This and Outlander are some of best. historical fiction books I have read or listened to. Beautifully read and brought a live by Davina Porter in a way a 'read' book could never do. Thank you for the experience. I look forward to Voyager.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • lucy
    11/11/16
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    "absolutely great but definitely Silly/loved it."

    very long story but always enjoyable. it's such a crazy story but great if you're just after some entertainment whilst you do other things!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Celticprincess
    11/9/16
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    "It’s so packed with action it felt like 3 books"
    Where does Dragonfly In Amber rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Bang in the middle. The story is fantastic, the narration decent.


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

    One and without spoilers? That's difficult. There were many memorable moments in this intense and action-packed book


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes, but it was nothing extraordinary


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

    Hold on tight!!


    Any additional comments?

    This was the last one I truly liked from this series, I lost interest mid-way through the third book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tremaine Cornish
    Wirral, United Kingdom
    11/2/16
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    "An excellent yarn, laced with fact and fantasy."

    Loved it, Amazingly graphic in places, a great historical yarn which has taught me too!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fiona Seltzer
    Glasgow
    10/17/16
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    "Enthralling"

    This is the second book,I resisted for only a day having read the first, now I want another.
    The reader manages Scottish male and female voices well.

    I am a bad sleeper and use audio books to lull me to sleep but this. Is way too good and not a lot of sleeping was done......that is a compliment...really it is

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Clare
    9/30/16
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    "Brilliant !!"

    My second book in the series. Can't wait to start Voyager. Brilliant Narration. Brilliant Story. captivating and so visual .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lauryn
    9/9/16
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    "Wow, another 10/10"

    What can I say? Another beautifully written story, amazingly narrated by Davina!! I'm absolutely hooked and have been on a rollercoaster of emotions (again!!) listening to this audiobook... I'm just in love with everything about it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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