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)
Books are just the best!
My favorite books ever! Gabaleon has the gift of making you feel as though the characters are your family. The way the love, fight, and are flawed as we all are.
This one is good,,,not great like the first. A lot of history to keep up with.
I did enjoy it though. I know it is to set up the next book.
I will read again, if nothing else to get all the historical references correct.
I do recommend it. The next book in the series will not make as much sense to you.
Some books just become your best friend. I have a few best friends and I continue to read them over and over again.
I read Outlander and enjoyed it very much. Once I started the second book I was pre warned that this second book is hard to get through at times but picks up again in the third. I completely agree. Towards the end of the book I had to force myself to finish it but it was well worth it. I'm still giving it 4 starts due to the fact it's still entertaining and I love the writers style.
....it has a fabulous ending. This is the second in the series and of course you want to read them all in order, but warning - you know what's coming and there will be tears, but wait till the ending. My favorite character that Ms. Porter portrays is Jamie because he seems to have so many moods - you know what Claire is thinking cause Gabaldon writes from Claire's point of view. Ms. Porter also does a good job differentiating between the same accents and same sexes. I think I like her "girlie" Scottish accent the best, but they are all excellent. The story is fabulous and a must read after Outlander. I did cry through most of this, because the characters know what's coming, yet they all know their duty and know what they must do. Also the story doesn't get boring the second or third time through. II'm on my fourth - only because you don't catch a lot of details the first time through and Gabaldon refers to them later in books. IOW, the book is a page-turner; you can't wait to find out what's happening next and can easily glance over details that mean a great deal later - a picked up book here, the mention of a character there, and there is a LOT of background in this book that you will want to go back and listen to again. If you're using the Audible App, you can bookmark and easily navigate through chapters just as if you were reading a book.
I'm a history fan and love reading historical novels that grab you by the heart and make history come alive. I also love the personal stories of the main characters who aim to be "people of worth" and the struggles that entails.
I absolutely love Outlander and the story between Jamie and Claire. However "Dragonfly in Amber" took quite a bit of time for me to get through. It could be, perhaps, due to the political nature of this particular storyline and the nuances that went along with it. The beginning of the story took a bit of adjustment as it was difficult to understand exactly from whose point of view the narrator was speaking. Make it through that, though, and the cadence that made Outlander such a joy to listen to returns. I do enjoy Davina Porter and would score her performance as one of the best narrators around - so much so that I'm looking for additional books with her voice. Overall it was worth the listen and I will be moving on to the next book in the series.
I love the stories and hearing them can be quite helpful with the gaelic. but I find the narrators voice to be jarring. Though I gradually became accustomed to it.
Davina Porter does a wonderful job. But the story was too long and I'm getting tired of Claire the beautiful and universally loved and unbelievably medical and politically wise. Get a pimple, Claire.
"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
"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
"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.
"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.
"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.
"Love Outlander, Hate Audible"
Total waste of time. Wouldn't download to ipad or iphone completely.Eventually managed to listen to a chapter but it was read so badly and by a woman with an awful voice (I am used to BBC Radio4 dramas) . Didnt send me an email to remind me I had to start paying. Only worth it if you are blind.
the second book in the series begins to show some flaws, editing mistakes and discrepancies and can be convoluted and boring at times.. but worth reading to get to Book 3.
I like this set of books however it is badly written. Using the word lighted when it should have been lit. Things like this popped up throughout the book which did ruin it for me. The story itself is however good. It could have just done with being properly edited.
This story and the narrator is doing a great job can't wait to read the next instalment am absolutely hooked x
I adore this book and this series. As a long time book fan I love being able to plug in and listen to them at any time. Excellent narration brings it to life for me with no jarring notes. Great price with WhisperSync. Many thanks!
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