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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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    Tiffany Centreville, VA, USA 11-09-06
    Tiffany Centreville, VA, USA 11-09-06
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    "Love IT!"

    I love this book! I have been avoiding buying the abridged version of these books for a very long time hoping that the unabridged version would come to audible. This series is wonderful for the romantic in all of us. Please hurry and put the rest of the unabridged versions on the website.

    16 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    AudioAddict 02-02-14
    AudioAddict 02-02-14

    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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    Jeff Pickering, Ontario, Canada 05-14-12
    Jeff Pickering, Ontario, Canada 05-14-12 Member Since 2014

    50yrs old / audible member for 5 yrs library. 75% nonfiction, 15% classics and 10% fiction. History/Science/biography/Eng.18th cent fiction

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    "FOR GUYS AS WELL"

    I wish I could take back the review I did on book 1 of this series. I said it was chick lit, which it is, too some degree, but to pass this series by because of a few sex scenes from the ladies point of view is foolish in balance with the really great story that you would miss.

    I was drawn to the first book because it dealt with time travel and was rated 5 stars. I got the second book because I became very attached to the characters and it also was rated 5 stars. The author is a very good writer and the narration is freakishly perfect. I prefer male narration because female narrators rarely narrate the male parts well enough. but Davina Porter pulls it off quite well.

    So far I've listened to her for about 70 hrs and I feel I could go on listening to her indefinatly ! Perfectly nuanced, perfectly timed , wonderfully relaxing, and sumptuously toned, thats how I would describe her narration.
    Im very happy that I have something like 5 big books left to go in this series, yet I already feel some separation anxiety of loosing these characters, thats testament to the fine writing Dianna Gabaldon has produced.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Chapel Hillian 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.


    7 of 8 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 2014
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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 2007
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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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    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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    06-29-08
    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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    Susan Adkins 12-10-06
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    "Simply The Best"

    I have read and listened to all five books in the Outlander Series. They are long but simply spellbinding. I applaud audible in getting the unabridged versions, but please carry all of the books in the unabridged format. Davina Porter is by far the best reader I have ever heard. Her ability to bring all the characters to life is astounding. With most female readers the male characters take on a female quality. Not with Davina reading! I have read that the sex scenes are over done and I have to strongly disagree with these statements. The "love" scenes are done very tastefully, they leave much to our own thoughts. Take a chance and listen to Outlander, you will have a hard time turning it off.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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  • Kindling Micky
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    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
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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
  • poppysmith
    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
  • Tashifan
    4/7/13
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    "A good romp through time"

    After reading Outlander I suprised myself by buying this sequal and enjoying it too. I found the 'history' aspect mixed with the adventure and romance enough to make me want to read it to the end. Yes, not what I would call serious literature but great fun and entertaining. Now I find myself wanting to know what happens next!! Ohh no, hooked .............

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • twixpanther
    12/23/12
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    "I finally have the entire series.."

    ...books 5 and 6 not previous;ly having been available, and am on my wya back through them.



    They are as good as I remembered.



    Fascinating historical storyline, incredibly engaging characters.



    THe only things that let the books down, are

    a) an increasing tendency for superfluous sex scenes, particularly in book 3 which only detract from the story

    b) For some reason, Audible have ALL 7 books but book 6 is ABRIDGED. I HATE abridged books!



    A shame as I'd give the entire series 5 stars if it wasn't for point a). As it is, a 4 will do. I still enjoyed them enough to buy them all and listen twice which is no mean feat for such epics!



    The narrator is absolutely superb by the way. Individual character's voices which are maintained throughout and a nice speed to it. Helps you get totally lost in the stories

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • jane
    CARLISLE, United Kingdom
    10/29/12
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    "well need a breather!!"

    well i am utterly mentally and emotionaly spent !! what a writter amazing and to bring all that history to life and make you live it abfab worth a read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • sally
    Nelson, New Zealand
    9/22/11
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    "A good entertaining listen even if a bit too long"

    This book follows on easily from the first. although to begin with the reader is uncertain whether the flick back into time is a short clip or the majority of the book. When its clear that its back to life in the 17th century following Claire and Jamie's life in France and then inevitably back to Scotland. It has the same detail about everyday life from the toiletting of the King to lice removal. Her description of history appears well researched and presented. Diana's enjoyment of describing the passion and sex continues. When Claire departs from her love back to more modern times it seems to come suddenly and unexpected. It seemed to me that there was a bit missing as she had earlier referred to being at Culloden field but then was not there. Catching up with what was back in the 20th century and how it was linked to history was cleverly woven into the story.The final chapters kept the intrigue alive and gave the opening into the next book. I spend a great deal of time driving long distances and this book has certainly kept me entertained. At times i found that there was too much detail and passages that did not add to the story but seeed to draw it out, when this happend i would have liked to have fast forwarded but was worried about loosing the next important bit of intrigue. I loved listening to the book scoring a 4 out of 5 due the what i felt were the parts that drew out the book but did not add to the story and could have easily been left out. Great read though.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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