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 am a fan of science, skepticism, and (oddly enough) fantasy. I love thought provoking ideas and intricate character development!
Wonderful story from Diana Gabeldon, and wonderful performance from Devina Porter! I love the characters who are real and complex, a perfect combo of romance, history, humor, love, and drama!
The narrator is excellent at doing the different voices.
Claire and Jaime are always my favorite. Though as time goes on I find that I loose a bit of love for Jaime's character. In this book I lost a lot of love for Roger. But before this I loved Roger and Brianna together too.
She's just awesome.
Maybe I just get caught up on the details but it seems that as the series progresses the men get less respectful of their relationships. I can't tell you how frustrated I was that the writer made such a big deal about Roger kissing another woman only to completely avoid any explanation of Brianna's reaction or his reasons for doing it. I am married so I do realize that no marriage is perfect. However, if my husband had kissed another woman there would be hell to pay and not just from the other woman's husband. I don't know why it was made into such a big deal only to have Brianna completely ignore it. That was a small part of the overall picture but I thought it made the story a bit unrealistic to have Brianna just ignore his infidelity.
Overall it is a great story. But I stopped routing for Brianna and Roger to make it as a couple. I started thinking that maybe she could do better. Just a thought.
I find I'm committed to "reading" them all now that I've come this far, but I do find the heavy, recurrent sex scenes are becoming increasingly ludicrous. It is as if the author runs out of material to fill in the story, so, here we go again! And also the depictions of daily life - in between shootings, hangings and other crises, of course - are so rosy as to be almost comical. It was a very tediously difficult life I feel certain, but it seems the Frasier clan works 16+ grueling hours a day, at the most menial and backbreaking chores, and LOVES it. And then they all have sex.
It goes on and on about fertility, birth control, and people who are pregnant, want to be pregnant, and can't get pregnant. If you want to avoid talk of babies, I'd suggest skipping this one.
You definitely need some time to devote to this story, as the plot line has so many twists and turns that you may forget some if you put it down for too long. Davina Porter does a great job narrating and distinguishing between tons of different characters, dialects, and accents. I fully intend to start the next book soon.
Love Diana Gabaldon's writing. I am completely enthralled with this series because she paints vivid pictures, both beautiful and honest. The narrator is exceptional in her mastery of dialects, both male and female.
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