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Dragonfly in Amber Audiobook

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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    Lisa 03-02-07
    Lisa 03-02-07
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    "Dragonfly in Amber"

    Another exceptional novel by Diana Gabaldon. I have already read all of the Outlander series, but when they started to become available unabridged through audible.com I just had to purchase them and read them again! Davina Porter, who has read all of the unabridged versions of this series brings the charactors alive. Only Ms. Gabaldon could bring to life Scotland in the 1750's so vividly, I could practically hear the wind whistle through the trees, and the draw of Jamies' sword! If you get a chance grab this series, Audible has the first 3 unabridged, the other 3 abridged, but I would assume that they will come available unabridged soon.

    15 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Margaret CHILOQUIN, OR, United States 03-20-12
    Margaret CHILOQUIN, OR, United States 03-20-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Was she being paid by the word count?"

    I enjoyed the first Gabaldon novel I read although I did think it was longer than necessary. This one just goes off the charts with more of - more of - more of - more of the same. Love scenes get really tedious. Killings get really tedious. Minimal character development. There are parts of this story that are engaging but too often it is just a soap opera.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Paula Beck Chester, MA 12-15-07
    Paula Beck Chester, MA 12-15-07 Member Since 2015

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    "Long, but pure pleasure"

    This series is wonderful. The narrator is absolutely incredible, with great Scottish voices and even a Scottish chieftain with his false teeth taken out!

    19 of 22 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 2015
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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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    Carol 06-19-09
    Carol 06-19-09
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    "Dragonfly in Amber"

    Davina Porter the narrater was excellent and very easy to listen to. Would recommend.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sally HeywoodAustralia 02-18-08
    Sally HeywoodAustralia 02-18-08 Member Since 2015
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    "love this series!"

    i have just recently discovered Diana Gabaldon and am thoroughly enjoying her books. a bit long but never boring. i didn't want to come to the end and have found myself totally absorbed in the story.

    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

    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.

    22 of 27 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!



    29 of 36 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 2014
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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.

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Wild_Iris 06-29-08
    Wild_Iris 06-29-08 Member Since 2014
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    "Lengthy toward the middle"

    The characterization in this second book is as entertaining as in the first book. However, the lengthy exploration of Louis's French court slowed down the action without adding much to the plot. The first and last 30 minutes of the book seem disjointed, and more time could have been spent on developing Claire's relationship with her daughter, Brianna. Kept reading purely for Davina Porter's brilliant narration.

    13 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    8/1/15
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    "Loving"

    This story and the narrator is doing a great job can't wait to read the next instalment am absolutely hooked x

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • marie theresa lilley
    7/10/15
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    "Mille gratias"

    I adore this book and this series. As a long time book fan I love being able to plug in and listen to them at any time. Excellent narration brings it to life for me with no jarring notes. Great price with WhisperSync. Many thanks!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Claire Porter
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    "Amazing"

    Truly wonderful, so many emotions and fascinating historical facts. My life has changed having this series in it. Cant wait to start on book 3

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  • Amazon Customer
    6/15/15
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    "and the saga goes on"
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    So far out of the first 3 books this has been not as enjoyable. I still love the Jamie and Claire saga, but I was not as involved as book 1 or 3. I am hoping book 4 is as much fun as those 2.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. L. Lawson
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    "love th book"

    I love it and cannot wait to read the next book in the sission and session 2 in vido

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • S
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    "A bit predictable"

    Great narration which brings the story alive. Story was very predictable. Overall an easy entertaining listen - good for the daily commute.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Helen
    Newton Abbot, United Kingdom
    4/24/15
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    "Another wonderful story"

    I loved this second book in the outlander series, it made my laugh and cry in even measures towards the end. The characters of Jamie & Claire are mesmerising and their love is believable and deeply felt as you listen. Thankyou for an enthral long read, looking forward to the next instalment with Book 3.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • cazsto
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    1/13/15
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    "Nail biting historic tale!"

    Davina narrated this equally as well as she did in the first book in the series, 'Outlander', with great delivery & devotion to each of the characters voices. very well read!
    Dragonfly in Amber, had me sitting on the edge of my seat. I found myself seeking out time to listen , however short that time may be. This book is very addictive, I found myself empathising with many of the characters parts & this made it hard for me to put the audio book down.
    looking forward to hearing the next in the series, 'Voyager'

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jules
    1/10/15
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    "Splendid!"

    great narration, story has good pace and full of feeling. book 3 here I come!

    0 of 0 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

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