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)
Loved loved loved this book and am loving this series! The author is fantastic and brings the chatacters to life. Can't wait to start Voyager!
An audio book to be enjoyed repeatedly. Fine story and character development, evocative imagery. Will be starting on Voyager directly.
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.
"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.
"This series of books are amazing"
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.
It has to be Clare. She's witty, kind, loving and calm.
Jamie, Davina's character voices are impeccable.
Love at its deepest
as you can see I just adore the outlander series (so far..) wonderfully amazing
"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.
"enthrawling story worst american accent ever!"
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
"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.
The continuing story of Claire and Jamie.. Fascinating, compelling, intoxicating!... A romp through history... traveling in two centuries, full of wonderful characters, who both engage and repel. Epic battles..heartbreaking, as the narrative speaks of the futility of war. Love portrayed timelessly as truth. Funny, affectionate and unputdownable...thank goodness for audible narration by Davina Porter, (who deserves an award!) that brings vividly to life every character and scene with such dramatic flair. As I said ...Wonderful!
"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.
"Wow, another 10/10"
What can I say? Another beautifully written story, amazingly narrated by Davina!! I'm absolutely hooked and have been on a rollercoaster of emotions (again!!) listening to this audiobook... I'm just in love with everything about it!
"dragon fly in amber"
loved it ! Wonderful dynamic descriptive dialogue from Diana Gabeldon. story
line throughout the series is gripping and definitely one of those series that you will read time and time again.
As with the first book I was absolutely hooked.
I enjoyed reading and learning more about the characters.
The story flowed beautifully and the attention to detail was second to none, the author has clearly done her homework.
Would recommend readers read the book before seeing the series on tv .
I am now starting on book three
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