The year is 1771. Claire Randall is still an outlander, out of place and out of time. But now she is linked by love to her only anchor: Jamie Fraser. They have crossed oceans and centuries to build a life together in North Carolina. But tensions, both ancient and recent, threaten members of their clan.
Knowing that his wife has the gift of prophecy, James must believe Claire, though he would prefer not to. Claire has shared a dreadful truth: there will, without a doubt, be a war. Her knowledge of the oncoming revolution is a flickering torch that may light his way through perilous years ahead - or ignite a conflagration that will leave their lives in ashes.
©2001 Diana Gabaldon (P)2002 Recorded Books, LLC
I did not realize that this was book #5, in a series of 7. I found this out near the end of the story.
Despite this fact, I really enjoyed listening to this THE FIERY CROSS.
I loved everything about it - the narrator, the story, the characters, the words, the creative imagination of the author, the history, and that magical alchemy that occurs with a masterfully written book -- transporting one to another world.
Learning more about life in NC before the revolution was fascinating. It's strange though that the main characters seldom comment on the differences with their lives in the 20th century.
Historical aspects were the most interesting.But it did meander endlessly. A little too much blow-by-blow at times. I also thought the sex scenes were extremely irritating-misplaced and contrived. It seemed like the editor had said: need some more sex here! And the writer just put it in totally out of context or character
I find you just don't get into their minds enough.So with every one of them I'm thinking: how can you do that? I would like to see them fleshed out more.
Roger seems to have lost his intellectual side completely and turned into a sort of minor Jamie. Brianna has turned into an old time momma. Why did she decide to no longer wear "britches"? Claire on the other hand has become more of a real person/doctor and her voice, as voiced by the narrator, is less prissy.Jamie is a lot wiser and less edgy-morphing into a benign Pater Familias. But you don't hear about the how&why of these changes.
I'm hooked on these people, so I won't let them go until I have to.But this book is awfully slow and detailed.
It's really nice that being a Scottish history is read with Scottish accent, but too heavy for me to fully understand. The performance is very good but I can't say for the story because it was too frustrating to be guessing what was going on.
Music and book connosieur
I had finished the limited version and moved on to her last books out. don't understand why this came out like it did out of sync with the others. Really made for some confusing reading.
Call of duty.
Jamie is caught in a web that is not of his own creation or choosing. A true leader that others follow, he is caught between the political demands of the North Carolina Governor against the Regulators and his own desires and past experiences, Jamie must choose. And choose wisely. Good luck with that!
The hanging of Roger.
Fundamentally changing a central character is a great challenge for a writer. Diana does it well. She shows the weaknesses of Roger along with his stupidity. Yet we never lose respect for him and cheer his recovery. But Roger will never be the same. His personal struggles affect him and his family. By the end of the book, this subplot leaves the reader wanting more and looking forward to what comes next.
The whole story of the attempted murder of Duncan for "romantic" reasons leads to the unexpected death of a slave. Claire deduces the murder and solves it through an autopsy. What we take for granted today was considered sacrilege and scandalous 250 years ago.
In a book driven so strongly by the characters of Claire and Jamie as well as their relationship, I really like her development of Roger. He starts to develop his own position beside Jamie when his stupidity changes his life and those around him. His struggles are real and very well described by the author. Well done and come just a little too close to home.
This book is a fabulous addition to the Outlander series. It lays the groundwork for the coming chaos of America's first civil war - the Revolutionary War.
As someone who lived in North Carolina for 26 years, I learn a great deal about NC history from these books. When the author mentions an event, I cross check the facts and discover her research is flawless. And more fun for me. I look forward to each book to discover something new. And I love the relationships the author develops. There is plenty of action scenes for the guys written in a way that makes me wish I had lived in that era. But the breadth and depth of the relationships drive this story and make it all the more enjoyable.
Divina Porter is the voice of this series. Her reading makes the books even better. Combining a well written book with a powerful reader creates an irresistable story. She has the ability to project female, male, adult, and children;'s voices flawlessly. And her ability to maintaion those voices from book to book over the years amazes me.
The Outlander series is written from a female perspective and Divina delivers that feminine view very well. Yet she delivers the male voices, attitudes, and emotions equally well. Divina is one of the all-time great readers.
For those wondering where to start in the series, each book is written with enough background information that each book can stand on its own. You can start with the first book, Outlander, if you like. However, if you feel like jumping in the middle with another book, go for it! You can read (listen) to these books in any order and the quality of the writing makes for a truly enjoyable book.
Listening in order is nice and fun, but is NOT mandatory. Enjoy this book and every one in the series in any order you wish.
No boring made a book I love dull
Ok I love this book awhile ago and thought hey refresh my memory befor I read the next but the narration doesn't have the strength of the words
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