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)
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
I listened to the 39 hour book in two days. couldn't stop listening
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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.
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.
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.
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!
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 !!!
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.
"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!
"It’s so packed with action it felt like 3 books"
Bang in the middle. The story is fantastic, the narration decent.
One and without spoilers? That's difficult. There were many memorable moments in this intense and action-packed book
Yes, but it was nothing extraordinary
Hold on tight!!
This was the last one I truly liked from this series, I lost interest mid-way through the third book.
"An excellent yarn, laced with fact and fantasy."
Loved it, Amazingly graphic in places, a great historical yarn which has taught me too!
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
My second book in the series. Can't wait to start Voyager. Brilliant Narration. Brilliant Story. captivating and so visual .
"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!
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