More than a decade ago, number-one New York Times best-selling author Diana Gabaldon delighted her legions of fans with The Outlandish Companion, an indispensable guide to all the Outlander books at the time. But that edition was just a taste of things to come. Since that publication, there have been four more Outlander novels, a side series, assorted novellas, and one smash-hit Starz original television series. Now Gabaldon serves up The Outlandish Companion, Volume Two, an all-new guide to the latest books in the series.
Written with Gabaldon's signature wit and intelligence, this compendium is bursting with generous commentary and juicy insider details, including - a complete chronology of the series thus far - full synopses of A Fiery Cross, A Breath of Snow and Ashes, An Echo in the Bone, and Written in My Own Heart's Blood - recaps of the Lord John Grey novels: Lord John and the Private Matter, Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade, Lord John and the Hand of Devils, and The Scottish Prisoner - a who's who of the cast of Outlander characters, cross-referenced by book - detailed maps and floor plans - an annotated bibliography - essays on subjects as wide ranging as Outlandish controversies regarding sex and violence, the unique responsibilities of a writer of historical fiction, and Gabaldon's writing process - a guided tour of the clothes, food, and music of the 18th century - a Gaelic glossary and pronunciation guide - personal photos from the author taken on the set of the Starz Outlander series As entertaining, sweeping, and addictive as the series itself, this second volume of The Outlandish Companion is a one (or two)-of-a-kind gift from an incomparable author.
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What I liked best was it was about two of my favorite fictional characters. What I liked least was the miniscule amount of new information provided in 22 hours of running time.
What was the most disappointing about Diana Gabaldon's story was that there was no story. This book is a recap of each of the books included in this Volume 2. I bought a hard copy of Volume 1 and it was full of new and interesting tidbits applicable to the series. This volume has very little new information and is basically a synopsis of each of the later books which I have read at least twice and listened to at least twice. I truly do not know why this book was published. I am curious about the hard copy and will look at it at the bookstore to see if it is as pointless as the recorded book.
Do not let the author be part of the narration.
Yes. It inspired me to ask for a refund.
No, I don't think I do.
This works decently as an audiobook, but would be much better read in book form. There are many lists, recipes, and blurbs (not to mention an abundance of footnotes) that don't make for exciting listening. Also, while I love Diana Gabaldon and appreciate the quirkiness of her voice, she takes some getting used to. And she reads VERY fast.
The upside is that they brought in Davina Porter to narrate and she is lovely as always (though I was thrown for a loop several times as she has changed her pronunciation of several words from when she narrated the big books.
There are summary readings of the last 4 books as well as Lord John novelas. So, be advised that there are spoilers if you haven't read them already.
I enjoyed hearing, this is Audible, from the author, and supporting crew members of the show. It was a treat to hear Davina Porter not only read the excerpts from the books but also the notes from Scottish herbalist consultant from the show. It was like Clair was talking about her craft.
This book is more like a Cliff's book summarizing the fantastic Outlander books (which I enjoyed very much). I thought this book was going to be a story, not a meandering monotonous narrative about how Diana came up and/or supports her historical accuracies or inaccuracies of her Outlander series.
It was awful.
I really forgot some details because it had been so long since I read the books and it was like a mini catch up and remember
How she explained a few things that I hadnt realized
I love Davina!!!! Diana speaks really fast but you get used to it.
Diana was a bit arrogant and made it clear she didn't like it if you disagreed with some choice she made. I respect that though because she is highly educated and wrote these amazing books. But I would probably be afraid to meet her since her personality is so intense! still LOVE these books!!!!
Hope she will write some more I wasn't ready to say goodbye to Jamie and Claire and I think she has a lot to still say about Brianna and Roger and the kids! fingers crossed she's not finished!
Hi I'm Regina and I'm a Bibliophile.
A wonderful way to revisit the series. Thankful for the speed control setting, as Diana's speaking pace is very fast. Great Methadone List!
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