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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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    Sandra 08-10-14
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    "snapped out of the story"
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    I almost called it quits when Clair left with jack Randal but listened more, I had to stop listening and quit the story when Clair made a deal with Jack her husband's torturer & rapist... Yeah Jack Randal has proven to be a trustworthy sort, could it possibly be a good idea to trust the fate of the war on jacks word?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Shannon 07-25-14
    Shannon 07-25-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing story, but annoying echo with audio"
    Would you listen to Dragonfly in Amber again? Why?

    No, but I would read it again. I loved the story, but there is an annoying echo several times in the audio. I tried to listen with headphones, without, on different devices, but it was always there. A small echo as the narrator reads.


    Have you listened to any of Davina Porter’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Davina Porter has an amazing, soothing, sweet voice and her performance is fantastic and perfect for Clair. Just that annoying echo--which isn't her fault.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    R Barrett 07-12-14
    R Barrett 07-12-14
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    "Just drivel"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    The author sacrifices a cohesive story at the alter of filling pages. Far too wordy, filled with unimportant "plot twists" which serve no purpose other than to extend the already overlong narrative. If you've "made up your mind" to read this series, then be prepared to the suffer through this installment.


    What could Diana Gabaldon have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Fewer of the little unimportant "feelings" the protagonist takes such pains to describe. This book would have been well served by a "less is more" approach when detailing each and every thought and emotion Claire Elizabeth Beauchamp Randall Fraser is having/did have/would have/would have had but for....etc, etc, etc.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    N/A


    Do you think Dragonfly in Amber needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Too late


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    Millie D Urevig MINNEAPOLIS, MN, US 06-30-14
    Millie D Urevig MINNEAPOLIS, MN, US 06-30-14 Member Since 2013
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    "great story"
    Where does Dragonfly in Amber rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    very near the top


    What did you like best about this story?

    the time setting, imagining both the primitive and the sophistication that were woven into the story. and they way Claire was able to handle it with out exposing her true identity.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    the normal life on the family estate


    If you could take any character from Dragonfly in Amber out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Claire


    Any additional comments?

    The detailed private scenes were not necessary, it was a distraction.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    carol 06-29-14
    carol 06-29-14
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    "The Highland Saga Continues!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definitely would recommend this series. They say you can start with Book #2, but I think the start with "Outlander" 1st is important for the details. Really love the whole concept. Totally beliveable. and EXCELLENT narrating by Davina!


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

    Jamie defends the honor of Claire and kills his godfather Dugal before he has a chance to kill Claire.


    What about Davina Porter’s performance did you like?

    Davina keeps you totally enthralled. She is perfect!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Judi Bedford 06-27-14
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    "Shouldn't review because haven't listened!"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I listened to the first book in this series, but can't force myself to start this one. The first one had some torture sections (particularly late in the book) that made me sick and I couldn't listen. I had to fast forward through some of that. It was also very, very long, which isn't normally a problem for me. (For instance I loved Pillars of the Earth!) I bought the second one before I finished the first. But now, I'm going to return it because it's been sitting in my library for weeks and weeks and I can't make myself listen.


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    Mike 06-12-14
    Mike 06-12-14
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    "background noise"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Make a better recording without background noise of someone else reading another book just loud enough to cause distraction.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cecelia 05-08-14
    Cecelia 05-08-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Heart wrenching perfect extension of Outlander."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Even on its own I would recommend this book; however, I suggest beginning at the beginning.


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

    Jamie's realization that Claire is real, both times.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Their first reconciliation as they are both hesitant and self-conscious.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    A sequel like no other!


    Any additional comments?

    This is a wonderful book on its own, yet it is the perfect book to follow Outlander.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mashby 04-25-14
    Mashby 04-25-14
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    "Usually a lot of detail is a good thing."

    I'm on the 3rd book of this series and like the story line. Ms Gabaldon does a wonderful job with her vivid descriptions but often there is so much of the minute that you loose track of where the story was going. Although, listening to Davina Porter tell the story does help make all of the unnecessary detail more enjoyable. She is an excellent narrator.

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    Sally new hampshire 04-23-14
    Sally new hampshire 04-23-14
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    "not crazy about the reader's voice"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Dragonfly in Amber to be better than the print version?

    good question....I have found after reading about half the book (I started reading and then added listening about 1/4 way thru) that the reader's interpretation opf particularly Jamie's voice really conflicts with my imagination's version! He sound so old and not romantic at all to me. And I find that Clair's voice is not consistent.


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

    I love the story - it is the reader's voice (althou very good) is not ideal for my enjoyment of the book.


    Did Davina Porter do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    She did a great job considering the vast characters she had to represent...however, as I mentioned above, I think it's time we had multiple readers...as in animated movies. It would be so much more enjoyable. (Esp male voices for male characters...)


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Barrie
    Dudley, United Kingdom
    8/17/08
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    "A brilliant follow up"

    This lived up to the brilliance of the first book, and I finished it in five days. Plenty of laughs and tears, and a gripping plot.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • robert
    clacton on sea, United Kingdom
    10/5/14
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    "enthrawling story worst american accent ever!"
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    fantastic story very well performed (ignoring the worst American accent I've ever heard, it was more west country than anything!) thoroughly enjoyable highland /time travel romp! definitely purchasing book 3

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • C
    FARNBOROUGH, United Kingdom
    9/23/14
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    "This series of books are amazing"
    Would you listen to Dragonfly In Amber again? Why?

    absolutely, They are absolutely wonderfully narrated by Davina Porter. She makes these books as amazing as they are. Without her reading them I don't know if I would love them as much as I do.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It has to be Clare. She's witty, kind, loving and calm.


    Which character – as performed by Davina Porter – was your favourite?

    Jamie, Davina's character voices are impeccable.


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

    Love at its deepest


    Any additional comments?

    as you can see I just adore the outlander series (so far..) wonderfully amazing

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Patricia
    Ashford, United Kingdom
    6/13/12
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    "Can't put it down"

    No really I'm losing sleep as I must know what happens. After reading the first, I am now half way through this book and still have all the others to catch up on. Davina Porter is an amazing narrator. You honestly believe in all the characters and their different voices; how does she do it? I would never have enjoyed these books if I had read them myself. I couldn't have switched from voice to voice in my head the way it is narrated.
    Oh just one other thing; A plead to reviewers; you are giving too much away and this spoils it for those who haven't yet read or finished each novel.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Patrick
    Morpeth, United Kingdom
    4/18/10
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    "I was caught in amber too"

    A wonderful, wonderful story ! Painful, touching, exciting, I know it's a cliche, but I didn't want it to end, and when it did.......downloaded the next one ! I commend this to the House.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • JM
    UK
    10/3/07
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    "more sex than history"

    I love historical novels, but this really is more of a romance novel with a bit of history thrown it as filler. If you are looking for a book with lots of sex scenes set in a 'period' ambiance this is your book, if you are looking for more history than slightly vulgar sex than this one isn't for you.

    9 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. L. Lawson
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    5/21/15
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    "Billions books"

    I cold not stop listening
    The love between Clair and Jamie
    The voices of the narrate was.
    Billable

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • S
    5/17/15
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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
  • Mrs Jane Dewar
    5/14/15
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    "A thoroughly good read."

    Excellent I I all three categories. I look forward to the next book in the series.I will wait in hopeful anticipation. THe authoress creates a marvellous atmosphere and has obviously done a tremendous job in researching the background material. The characters are well crafted and retain this throughout the whole book.

    Well done Diana Gbaldon

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Laura
    5/6/15
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    "loved it!"

    impossibile to stop. it is so good. perfect story, well written. The reader is great

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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