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)
Despite being two days long, it took me almost a full month to listen to Dragonfly in Amber. I read, on my wife's adamantine recommendation, Outlander last year. As a scot by heritage, I found it interesting and engaging, if a bit blush-inducing. Dragonfly in Amber takes the politicking and intrigue to new heights, while avoiding becoming a travelogue, which the first book suffers a bit from.
Gabaldon writes with a vision and scope that I'd say well exceed the term "novel," which means the structure of the narrative is a bit different. Time seems to stretch out, and twists pile on twists in a way your regular-sized novel can't afford with a sub-500 page economy. But I dig it. It's like you're really there with the characters, and really experiencing this bizarre Jacobite situation.
I for one will certainly listen to the next book.
I can't imagine how hard she must work. Her voices are always spot on despite having to voice various ages, accents, and genders. Brava. She brings so much to an already fascinating and interesting read.
Yes, but with caution. If you read Outlander, take a break before starting this one since it's a big book, and the next one is too. You might want to continue immediately to book 3 after finishing this one, and it's a long time to commit. It doesn't start where you think it would. It doesn't end where you think it should, either. But keep reading, it'll be okay. Prepare your heart, because it's going to break, bad. Read fast, then make sure book 3 is on hand so you can move on quickly before the pain gets too much. I love this series so much! Diana Gabaldon is a genius!
Claire and Jamie, as always. But Fergus is growing on me, and Master Raymond was so intriguing, I want to know more of him.
Jamie. I can differentiate her voice and accent for Jamie now, althought the rest of the clan was Scottish too. Davina voiced Jamie with a warm tone that was both familiar and authorative
Master Raymond. I want to know what's the deal with him.
Simply amazing. Such a beloved series,
Second time listening to the entire series. ...Absolutely love it! Every story line is clever and intriguing, but especially the love story between Jamie and Clair. I'm obsessed. Thank you Diana for your brilliance.
This is a historical romance novel. Just warn me next time.
Come clean on her intended audience so I would not have wasted my time. I gave up twenty percent in.
Decent reading of poor material.
Do some thinking before you make a hasty decision on buying a book written by a woman intended for women.
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