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)
I rarely reread a book unless for reference, as in a how to book or bio. There are too many new books or books I haven't read, to waste the time re-reading a story.
She is excellent. I've only listened to her on books by Diana Gabaldon. I'm on book 5 and think Davina Porter brings all the characters to life. She has a superior ability in voice to make all characters indistinguishable. She does so with delightful changes in pitch, tenor and accents. She is really remarkable and the reason I want to hear the whole series.I will be sorry when the series is over. I'm on book 5 of 7.
It evokes almost every emotion.
I have read the book three times and I listened on audible and I must say it touches my heart just like reading it does. Diana Gabaldon has a way of telling a story like no other and the characters Jamie and Claire have a love that binds them like no other. Davina Porter's telling of the story makes it almost real.... It's by far the best book and series I have ever read and I have read alot. I give it an A+++++ :)
Davina has hit gold again, with that beautiful narration. This one picks up where Outlander left off. It's 20 years later, but most of the book is recollection, so fills in the gaps. Just love this series, and I'll keep listening and reading. I usually have both, so when I get tired of listening, I can read for a while, and vice versa, since the books are so long. They are well worth the time.
Yes, I read the print version but listening to the story teller I felt connected to the charactorsIt felt like a journey in time. Can't wait to get into the rest of the books that follow.
Claire and James and the places their story took them. and how they were bound togetherthrough everything.
Her voice was excellent, She brought out the feelings of the characters. Made them more then what they were on paper. Real
I do not know. It covers so much, romance, adventure, hummor, time travel, history, wars,life in Scotland in the 15 th an 16th centery. It boggles the mind. no one can believe it until the read it for themselves then they ar hooked on it all.
With so many reviews, I'll simply add this: I've convinced a few of my friends to read this series and despite the wide span of genre preferences, they all truly enjoyed the series and marveled over Gabaldon's ability to blend a variety of genres, smoothly.
An avid reader living in NY.
Davina Porter is a good narrator and I enjoyed the book. It is one that requires time to read, since she goes into a lot of detail. After reading several sections I actually went to look up several of the historical references!
I'd absolutely would recommend not only this title but this audiobook recording to a friend. If I could give Ms Porter 6 stars I would. This is my 5th or 6th time reading this title since it came out in print over 15 years ago. It's one of my favorite series and this title is probably one of my favorites of that. Diana Gabladon's historical accuracy and ability to transport a reader back in time (via pages not stones that is) is a rare gift.
Not that they are similiar in subject but I'd compare the series to the Earth's Children's series by Jean Auel. Both writers have an exceptional gift for research and incorporating that research into a delightful and rewarding experience.
I wouldn't have thought it was possible for an English woman to play an young American woman, and English doctor, a host of Highlanders, an English duke, the King of France, and various other characters so convincingly. The words allow you to get lost in the story, but the performance brought it to life for me in a way that reading it on paper (and kindle) didn't. I thought Ms Porters performance was outstanding. I look forward to listening to the rest of the series.
I wouldn't rename it at all. The title has meaning beyond the literal.
I love this series. Everything about these books is fantastic. The author,narrator, and characters are so easy to fall in love w!
Yes! The voice of Jamie done by Davina Porter is excellent.
This is a great continuation to Outlander. With as many hours as the series takes to listen to, you would think that eventually one would tire of the story, but on the contrary, I can't get enough!
This is my second time through Dragonfly in Amber and I'm sure it won't be my last.
Davina Porter is wonderful with the different voices and accents.
"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.
"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.
"Fantastic book but inferior recording"
Yes......well if you don't read this one how can you read the next, these books are fantatic
Yes but who can sit and listen for this long
Although the book is fantastic, the recording quality is not, there is a continual echo through out the book which gets annoying at times, I have tried it on two iPods, one phone, one iPad and a pc and it's still the same
"Fantastic! the 2nd book of the Outlander series"
It is 1968 and Claire has returned to Scotland with her grown daughter Brianna. Here she plans to reveal to Brianna her long kept secret, one of time travel, Jamie Fraser and their attempts to change the course of events that Claire knows await the Scotland of 1945. Enlisting the help of young historian Roger Wakefield to find out the fate of the clansmen of Culloden. Roger will make a discovery that will shatter what Claire believed to be true.
"find these books excellent"
i have listened to outlander and now this D in Amber is a new twist and is just as good i have the next two
books waiting to be next on my listening list.
"The tension builds"
If you are a fan of historically accurate fiction, you will love this beautifully produced reading of an exciting story, the characters really come to life.
"A good romp through time"
After reading Outlander I suprised myself by buying this sequal and enjoying it too. I found the 'history' aspect mixed with the adventure and romance enough to make me want to read it to the end. Yes, not what I would call serious literature but great fun and entertaining. Now I find myself wanting to know what happens next!! Ohh no, hooked .............
"I finally have the entire series.."
...books 5 and 6 not previous;ly having been available, and am on my wya back through them.
They are as good as I remembered.
Fascinating historical storyline, incredibly engaging characters.
THe only things that let the books down, are
a) an increasing tendency for superfluous sex scenes, particularly in book 3 which only detract from the story
b) For some reason, Audible have ALL 7 books but book 6 is ABRIDGED. I HATE abridged books!
A shame as I'd give the entire series 5 stars if it wasn't for point a). As it is, a 4 will do. I still enjoyed them enough to buy them all and listen twice which is no mean feat for such epics!
The narrator is absolutely superb by the way. Individual character's voices which are maintained throughout and a nice speed to it. Helps you get totally lost in the stories
"I wanted to like it but...."
The problem with all the best stories is that is the narrator cannot bring the book to life then it doesn't matter how well written is the essence is already lost. That is the problem I have with this book. Davina Porter does not have the vocal range of accents to narrate a book with as many characters and nationalities as these. She tried hard in Outlander, and until the very last section was OK, but in this books she seems to have given up. Rodger keeps undulating between Scottish and English, Clair seems to do the same and I don't even know where Brianna's voice has come from but it certainly isn't recognizable as American. Someone really should have told her to go away practice accents and come back. I think it is a real shame that a book as well written as this should have a narrator who can do it justice, and I'm sorry but Davina Porter just doesn't
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