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)
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For months I put off buying the abridged version of this audiobook in hopes of buying the unabridged version. Finally, after months of waiting and an e-mail or two to Audible Customer Service, I bought the abridged version. Alas, the very next month, the unabridged version came out. As such, I've had the opportunity to listen to both.
Admittedly, the abridged version gives the highlights, however, it can't give sufficient background info or do full justice to Gibaldon's outstanding storytelling ability. While 38 hours for the unabridged version might seem daunting, it's a delightful sojurn. Who, in the midst of a love affair is anxious for it to end? That's the journey this author offers.
If you're new to Diana Gibaldon's "Outlander" series, start with the first book, "Outlander." Once again, I highly recommend the unabridged version. "Dragonfly in Amber" is the second of six or more books in the series.
The narrator, Davina Porter, does a fine job of presenting Claire Randall, the story's spunky protagonist (complete with captivating British accent) as well as the other characters.
This is an outstanding book! Please enjoy it to it's fullest--unabridged and at your leisure. It's a great way to pass hours in the car. (Handheld computer or MP3 player via FM transmitter through the car stereo). Besides, listening to the full version will allow time for audible.com to obtain the next book in the series in unabridged format.
Thanks audible. Keep up the good work!
I agree with all these glowing reviews, especially the reviewer who said they were in intense pain for Jamie and Claire! I cannot stop thinking about these characters---they are so compelling.
I thank Audiblebooks so much for my finding the Outlander series---I am obsessed.
This second book is absolutely wonderful as it moves back and forth through time. One of the author's brilliant writing touches is to present something---an event that a character tells, and then later reveal what really happened.
I have already started on the third book in the series and I don't want it to end! As I said, I'm obsessed.
I've been a fan of Diana Gabaldon for years, and I was one of the many who wrote to Audible customer service begging to see the unabridged titles in the Outlander series added to the Audible library. At long last...I was so excited when "Outlander" showed up one day. I checked back every week to see when "Dragonfly in Amber" would be posted!
Gabaldon does thorough historical research and has excellent chaacter development in her stories. There is romance, but not so much that I would put the book in that category. There is mystery and magic, action and adventure, intrigue and espionage.
"Dragonfly in Amber" picks up where "outlander" leaves off, but it also carries the listener forward to what the future may hold and sets the next few books up nicely.
Another exceptional novel by Diana Gabaldon. I have already read all of the Outlander series, but when they started to become available unabridged through audible.com I just had to purchase them and read them again! Davina Porter, who has read all of the unabridged versions of this series brings the charactors alive. Only Ms. Gabaldon could bring to life Scotland in the 1750's so vividly, I could practically hear the wind whistle through the trees, and the draw of Jamies' sword! If you get a chance grab this series, Audible has the first 3 unabridged, the other 3 abridged, but I would assume that they will come available unabridged soon.
"Dragonfly in Amber" by Diana Gablaldon is the sequel to the phenomenal (and also highly recommended) "Outlander." There are now actually six books in the series, with more to come, so if you enjoy these books, there is much more for you love!
This series is brilliantly crafted by the author, with plot twists by the score (there is NOTHING predictable about them), quirky characters (some you love, some you hate!), and dialogue that will make you laugh and cry. The characters will be so real to you by the end, you will find it hard to believe they have not been sitting at your kitchen table all along, telling their tales themselves. The "Outlander" books definitely defy GENRE. Initially set in Scotland in 1743, they have it all--history (meticulously researched), action, romance, drama, war, time travel, spies and intrigue--sprinkled throughout with characters based on real historical figures. These are LONG books, but by the end of each one you may be wishing it would go on further. Read (listen to) "Outlander" first, and you could be hooked in the first few chapters. The other books in the series are: "Voyager" (book 3); "Drums of Autumn" (book 4); "Fiery Cross" (book 5); and "A Breath of Snow and Ashes" (book 6). If that isn't enough, read the companion book "The Outlandish Companion," which explains a lot about the author's process of creating the series and characters, and answers her most frequently asked questions. The author's website is also worth a visit.
These books are written for intelligent readers, and I myself have created quite a large circle of "Outlander" fans by suggesting them to my friends and family, who subsequently get hooked. I do not recommend these for readers under 18, because of some graphic loves scenes, and other intense themes. However, I cannot recommend the series highly enough. Read (listen to) them twice each, at least!
OK, not as great as the first book, Outlander, but darn close! I did find my mind wander here and there in a few slow spots, but Gabaldon always made me fall right back into the story. Jamie and Clair are near and dear to my heart now and I sobbed for them and all the Scots that suffered a horrible end at Culloden.
I find myself researching history about the events in the book and am so impressed with the amount of Gabaldon's work put into this amazing story.
I just had to write this review to encourage folks to give it a listen. Davina Porter is one of my two favorite narrators and I'm just so into this story, I've got to go and download book three right now!
Avid audible listener. Favorite writers: Stephen king, Bryce Courtenay, R. R. Martin Fav narrators: Humphrey bower, Roy Dotrice, Frank Muller, Robin Miles
I have listened to the Voyager, Outlander, Dragonfly in Amber and finally Drums of Autumn. All books in the series that I have listened to are magnificent. Authors knows that perfect narration is the key to an excellent audio book and Davina Porter is the absolute best. Will listen to them again. Just when you think Diana's story is "pat," she puts a twist in the story that makes you sit up staight and say, "Wow". Thank you so much, Diana and Davina.
I love this book! I have been avoiding buying the abridged version of these books for a very long time hoping that the unabridged version would come to audible. This series is wonderful for the romantic in all of us. Please hurry and put the rest of the unabridged versions on the website.
This series is wonderful. The narrator is absolutely incredible, with great Scottish voices and even a Scottish chieftain with his false teeth taken out!
i have just recently discovered Diana Gabaldon and am thoroughly enjoying her books. a bit long but never boring. i didn't want to come to the end and have found myself totally absorbed in the story.
"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
"well need a breather!!"
well i am utterly mentally and emotionaly spent !! what a writter amazing and to bring all that history to life and make you live it abfab worth a 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.
"A good entertaining listen even if a bit too long"
This book follows on easily from the first. although to begin with the reader is uncertain whether the flick back into time is a short clip or the majority of the book. When its clear that its back to life in the 17th century following Claire and Jamie's life in France and then inevitably back to Scotland. It has the same detail about everyday life from the toiletting of the King to lice removal. Her description of history appears well researched and presented. Diana's enjoyment of describing the passion and sex continues. When Claire departs from her love back to more modern times it seems to come suddenly and unexpected. It seemed to me that there was a bit missing as she had earlier referred to being at Culloden field but then was not there. Catching up with what was back in the 20th century and how it was linked to history was cleverly woven into the story.The final chapters kept the intrigue alive and gave the opening into the next book. I spend a great deal of time driving long distances and this book has certainly kept me entertained. At times i found that there was too much detail and passages that did not add to the story but seeed to draw it out, when this happend i would have liked to have fast forwarded but was worried about loosing the next important bit of intrigue. I loved listening to the book scoring a 4 out of 5 due the what i felt were the parts that drew out the book but did not add to the story and could have easily been left out. Great read though.
"Dragonfly in Amber"
This is a truly magic book. Second in the Outlander series (Cross Stitch in England) about Clare who time travels to meet her Scots lover. During the book you travel to France where Clare and Jamie move within the Court Circle of King Louis prior to the Franch Revolution. You see the poverty and lack of medical care within France at that time. You hear of the herbs and potions that were used to treat the sick of the day. Then we move to Bonny Scotland and become embroiled with Bonny Prince Charlie on his journeys to Culloden. Fantastic book. Fantastic series. This is second in the series following Cross Stitch or Outlander as is can be called. Best read in series but also brilliant if read on its own.
"As good as Outlander"
I purchased Dragonfly in Amber as I was nearing the end of Outlander as I didn't wish my reading experience to be interrupted. I had got very engrossed in the story of Claire and Jamie.
In this book we learn a little more of Frank and how he reacted to claires' disappearance and subsequent return, pregnant.
I really enjoyed the time shift and arrival in Scotland of Claire and Briana and how the stroppy young lady reacts to hearing about her real father.
this book is a mixture of historical fact mixed with fiction making the story so real with its added humour and heartache as well as being on the edge of ones seat to learn what is to happen next.
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