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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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    Giselle United States 08-20-12
    Giselle United States 08-20-12 Member Since 2012
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    If you could sum up Dragonfly in Amber in three words, what would they be?

    Lengthy


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Good ending


    What about Davina Porter’s performance did you like?

    She transitions into various characters with ease


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Diana Gabaldon always finds a way tot make me cry


    Any additional comments?

    Great series. Book difficult to get into but give it chance! It gets better

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    cindy ramona, CA, United States 08-19-12
    cindy ramona, CA, United States 08-19-12 Member Since 2009
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    "I thought this book would never end....."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    ...and then when it did I was a bit sad. A bit. I read the series first book, so when it came to drawn out sex scenes that I wasn't in the mood for, I could just skip the pages. Well, audio books are not so easy, so there I sat in traffic, listening to Jamie and Claire whoop it up in bed without a way to get through it quickly....Don't get me wrong ~ Gabaldon weaves a GREAT story chocked full of Scottish history and culture. LOVE LOVE LOVE that about the book. But sometimes the tedium of the intimacies get....well, sorry Jamie and Claire...DULL and repetitive. If you like many intimacies and lots of locking love looks, you'll probably be calling me a prude and love this series. Fair enough! :) I reckon I just like to her about intimacies somewhere else besides traffic on a commute. It did make me miss the UK, and it was easy to envision the people and places Gabaldon wrote about. The reader? Eh....sometimes struggled with the accents, and sometimes made Claire a bit more whiney than the author perhaps intended. But it is a good read. Will I read the next?? The jury is still out on that for now.....


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Creative spin to the continuation of the series.


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

    The characters were differentiated, but sometimes her accents got sloppy.


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

    It has one....


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    Debra Emporia, KS, United States 08-15-12
    Debra Emporia, KS, United States 08-15-12
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    "Woo Hoo"
    Would you listen to Dragonfly in Amber again? Why?

    On a regular basis.


    If you could rename Dragonfly in Amber, what would you call it?

    Awesome.


    Any additional comments?

    Diana Gabaldon has the gift of words. And Davina Porter takes them to a whole new level.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Steve St Charles, MO, United States 08-15-12
    Steve St Charles, MO, United States 08-15-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Good Book Great performance"
    Would you listen to Dragonfly in Amber again? Why?

    Yes. So much goes on, I might have missed something.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jammie.


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

    Just as good


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

    the one with money. So they could pay.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    J. Stein Cape Cod, MA United States 08-14-12
    J. Stein Cape Cod, MA United States 08-14-12
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    "Best I've ever heard"
    What made the experience of listening to Dragonfly in Amber the most enjoyable?

    This story was made even more beautiful with the lovely Scottish and British accents that Davina Porter has mastered.


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    Revis 08-14-12
    Revis 08-14-12
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    "One of my favorite books - ever!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Dragonfly in Amber to be better than the print version?

    Equal - the audio version has its good points, the print version is easier to refer back to certain passages.


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

    When Jamie sends Claire back through the stones to save her and their child.


    What about Davina Porter’s performance did you like?

    Expressive.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Jamie says to Claire, "Tomorrow I will die. This child is all that will be left of me - ever. I ask ye, Claire - I beg you - see it safe."


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Anne Mong Cramer 08-13-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Never a Dull Moment"
    Would you listen to Dragonfly in Amber again? Why?

    Yes, it's truly an escape story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jamie and Claire Frazier


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

    Brilliant narration!


    Any additional comments?

    Great adventure story. A bit long on the S&M details, and I'm not sure Frank Randal adds anything to the story if you are not into that kind of thing. The rest of the story makes it worth riding out those parts. I read the book decades ago, and I enjoyed Davina Porter's narration even more.

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    Sheri Apple Valley, CA, United States 08-13-12
    Sheri Apple Valley, CA, United States 08-13-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Excellent!"

    I loved every minute! The story is wonderful and the narration artfully done. A winner!

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    Amazon Customer Philadelphia, Pa. USA 08-06-12
    Amazon Customer Philadelphia, Pa. USA 08-06-12
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    "Love this book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Dragonfly in Amber to be better than the print version?

    No but I truely enjoyed it all the same as I could not hold a book at this time.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love all of Diana Gabaldon's books


    What about Davina Porter’s performance did you like?

    Ms Porter has the ability to bring the story to life. I enjoy the way she portrays each character.


    If you could rename Dragonfly in Amber, what would you call it?

    NA


    Any additional comments?

    NA

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    Tracy DEL MAR, CALIFORNIA, United States 08-06-12
    Tracy DEL MAR, CALIFORNIA, United States 08-06-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Yet Another Amazing Tale of Adventure."
    Any additional comments?

    I love the way the narrator reads this book with the correct accents.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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