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)
The story starts out in the present and then quickly switches to the past. Problem is, I had become interested in the present day characters and it took me a long time before I "got into" the story that takes place in the past. I kept waiting for it to switch back to the present.
There are parts of the book that are very interesting, but there are also (too) many sections that were not.
There is a book that precedes this one - perhaps it would have helped if I'd read that first.
I love this author and the series -- on paper-- but I was more than disappointed with the audio version. I felt a good book was ruined because of my own issues. I couldn't stand to listen to the narrator's prissy voice and her crisp accent. It just wasn't the voice I had given the characters when I read the first book and so they were incompatable and unbelievable to me. I tried, but I just couldn't stand to listen to more than an hour of it. It was like nails on a chalkboard.
Some may find her voice enchanting, as this is strictly subjective.
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I must be missing something because this is one of the worse books I've ever read. It took me 6 months to get through the first few chapters - I didn't even know about the whole "time traveling" thing until I came back here to read the synopsis again. I finally decided to finish it only because I had nothing else in my iPod to listen to! The best thing about this book is the narrator. But the story is confusing and implausible, even as a sort of science fiction. Claire is supposed to be a women of the 1940s who goes back to 18th century France. But she acts and talks like a woman of the 21st century. Her lover, James, is some Scottish thug who's supposed to fighting a war but he's always simping up under Claire all the time like a wuss. There's more sex than war, under the guise of a "love story". I did get a good sense of French and Scottish history but Claire's constant whining ("Jay-Meeeeeeeee") becomes irritating pretty quickly. The book goes on and on forever with nothing much happening except Claire and Jamie having sex. Not once in close to 40 hours does Claire ever take a BATH! Disgusting! I don't see how "Jay-Meeeeeeeee" could stand to be that close to her! I was thinking about reading the book which preceded this one but I can't take another 30 hours. Hopefully Claire bathes in the other installments......
Romance story ... yes, if you like romances. Fantasy ... not so good. History of the period ... pretty thin. There are a zillion copies at any public library in America. Save your credit.
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.
really great narration, reminds me of a mini series -- somewhat historical, great chic lit
Glad to be part of the audible community and I hope that my reviews help to choose the right book and share my love of reading.
I have enjoyed OUTLANDER very much. The second book is long-winded, and the author uses the words: "He licked his dry lips"... "She said dryly" or "He said "wryly" so many times that I cringe EACH time the comparison comes up. PLEASE PLEASE stop taking the Lord's name in vain. What is with that??? Yes, the story is addicting, but very long-winded and it repeats certain elements too many times. The narration is wonderful.
I have read "Outlander," the first in these series many times, and adored Davina Porter's lively reading and amazingly varied accents so very much. This second book in the series is also a great read, and Porter is again amazing as the reader. I thought the beginning portions dragged a bit in location/plot/ narrative, (which I won't elaborate in fear of a spoiler), and was overjoyed when the story took us back to what I loved from Outlander. Warning: I was convinced I had accidentally downloaded the wrong book in the series for the first 25 minutes of listening; stick with it! it just seems as though you have skipped an entire book in the beginning.
"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.
"So wished the narrator could pronounce 'plaid'"
Yes I enjoyed it very much but it was very annoying to hear the narrator constantly pronounce 'plaid' incorrectly
"Brilliant story, brilliantly read."
Deep, beautiful, detailed.
Outlander, it is a continuation of the story. Rich Scottish 18th century history and love.
Her voices were amazing for the different characters. She was natural.
Yes it made me cry in a few places.
"Love love love!!!"
I would definitely recommend this series (infact I have to pretty much everyone I know!) as it's so well written
When Jamie and Claire are reunited!
She does amazing accents!
It was very long but I didn't want to turn it off!
Beautiful story and so well written!
"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.
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