Diana Gabaldon's powerful, witty, and heroic characters lend themselves well to the rich, melodic narration accorded them by Davina Porter. Under her spell, listeners find themselves transported back through time to exciting, faraway places alive with people they would enjoy knowing.
©1993 Diana Gabaldon; (P)1998 Recorded Books
"Triumphant....Her use of historical detail and truly adult love story confirm Gabaldon as a superior writer." (Publishers Weekly)
I now have my husband just as hooked on the saga of Jamie and Claire as I am (except I actually went out and bought the printed books to read because Audible only has the 1st three unabridged books). DO NOT try and make do with the abridged versions because they are awful. If you must wait-they will be worth it. The first 3 are for download here (about 40 hours each). They are long but you are still wanting more. My husband and I listen to a little bit every time we get in the car together (I've already listened to them all).
Davina Porter brings them all to life-you can tell who is talking without the "he said-she said" at the end of the sentances.
Davina Porter is again fabulous and flawless in her reading of this book. The story itself is, however, painful for me and is my least favorite in the series. The main character falls from grace and in my opinion never recovers fully to his previous stature as a truly admirable character. I also felt that some of the plot points were contrived and several main characters were behaving in ways that were distinctly inconsistent with the characters the author had so faithfully and deeply developed in earlier books. Still, one has to endure this volume in order to get to the next one -- Drums of Autumn. And ultimately, it's worth it.
This is my favorite book out of this series. You have to read Outlander to understand what is going on but trust me its well worth it. The characters become like friends and you find yourself caring about them and there story while learning a great deal about Scottish history. Outstanding book.
I'm not sure who I love more - Diana Gabaldon or Davina Porter.
They are perfectly suited for one another and the product of their collaboration is a treasure.
Voyager was not as enjoyable as Outlander, but I still enjoyed it immensely.
Again I really loved this book You just have to keep going to find out what happens. Some parts seemed to go on and you wanted to know quicker what happen to people and things like the pictures of Brianna, but as you find out it is worth the wait. I would tell anyone who whats to get in to a good story to get all these books. I hope that the next two will be coming out unabridged and they have the same person reading them. (she is Clare) to me anywhy. I am on the next book don't know what I will do when I am done.
I LOVE these books! Davina Porter is AMAZING and brings all the characters to life in this series. I listen to them about once a year and cannot wait to have them ALL on my ipod (right now they are on tapes...ugh!) You will not be disappointed (as long as you get the UNABRIDGED version..you won't want to miss a minute of this story!)
Hurry up Audible...I already need the next one!
The obsession Diana Gabaldon can create for those who read or listen to her books is insane. I mean I can barely stand not being able to listen or read her books about Jamie and Claire and after Dragonfly it was like torture awaiting that point where everything is righted for us loving fans.
I've already looked. The next book isn't on the site in it's unabridge form. I recommend starting over with Outlander and continuing all the way back to this title.
You won't be disappointed by this series... I assure you!
can I just say that this has been my favorite of the books so far, I could not put this down in the car doing laundry around the house, I was lost in this book, It is long but worth it my husband started it because of me and he got hooked he took it on a bisness trip and said it helps the time on the planes go quicker, I hope that you enjoy you will love the ending!!!! Have a good read
I ignore genre labels. Some of my favorite books are outside my genre comfort zone. Listening to audiobooks is still reading. Not theater.
I have enjoyed everything Diana Gabaldon has written, but am most fond of the Outlander series. While this third book in the series isn't my favorite, there is so much to recommend about it. First, it fills in gaps. This is where you learn what happened in the 18th and the 20th century during the years between Culloden and when Jamie and Claire are finally reunited. It also deals with the fact that the lovers are middle aged when they reconnect and yet the passion remains. The characters are fully developed, older and wiser. It also introduces and fleshes out secondary characters that play important parts going forward. And finally, like all of her books, it provides several great jumping off points - those story-lines in her books based on real events and/or real people that encourage you to investigate and learn more about that time, place or person on your own.
I think some of her very best writing is in the book's beginning, at the end of the battle when Jamie is waiting to die. And in the middle of the book in the scenes where Jamie and Claire are nervously and clumsily reunited. The section written that introduces Mr. Willoughby is priceless. As are the sections dealing with everyone else's reactions to Claire's return.
The end gets a little confusing and bogged down, but the first 9/10ths of this book more than make up for that.
I just finished listening to Voyager and was crushed to think my adventures with Jamie and Claire were over. To my pleasant surprise I found that there are three more books. To my consternation, they are abridged and narrated by someone other than Davina Porter. She is Jamie and Claire. In Ms. Porter's profile she won an award for her narration of "A Breath of Snow and Ashes" so I know it is out there. I hope the other two books are also out there, unabridged and narrated by Davina Porter.
On another note, I just recommended the Outlander series to my mom. This is definitely one of the best series I've come across in a long time.The pairing of Diana Gabaldon's writing and Davina Porter's narration is perfect. All the characters come to life. I found myself laughing out loud at some scenes and smiling wistfully at others. Do yourself a favor and listen to this book and the two that precede it.
Good story in a series of good stories, (although I found some of the love scenes going on a bit and fast-forwarded here and there but thats probably just me ;o) )and I really did enjoy lisening to it in the car. Looking forward to the next in the series. Have to make special mention of the narration - I listen to a LOT of audio books and Davina Porter is exceptionally good, easy on the ear and really captures the characters.
"A roller-coaster ride"
Gosh you do get your money's worth out of Diana Gabaldon's books. Over 45 hours of listening - phew! This book is a roller-coaster ride - always something happening. Jamie and Clare don't know what boring is and neither does the reader/listener. Davina Porter does another wonderful job at narrating this story. This being book 3 of the Outlander series, I did find the sex scenes a bit tiresome and wish the author would just set the scene and stop at the bedroom door although often have a chuckle at picturing the narrator sat in a recording booth expressing all this passion. I listen while walking my dog around the local park and really look forward to this hour everyday. Looking forward to book 4. By the way, I am female although my name on the review says Mr.
"Diana Gabaldon in audiobook format"
What a boon to have these great books in audiobook format. I have read each of the books in the series and am loving them even more in this format. The book are the best and the narrator just adds to the pleasure.
I am currently listening to voyager and I can't wait to get into the car so that I can listen to some more.
These audiobooks are definetly worth buying. There are hours of enjoyment awaiting the 'reader'.
"One of the best"
Don't start this book unless you are prepared to want to read the whole series. It is wonderfully read and a real page-turner. Strong characters that you will love. Beware also when you get to book 5 because the one available at audible (as at Aug 09)is abridged and has a different narrator. A bitter disappointment.
"A wonderful immersion into the past..."
Addictive, facinating, enjoyable
I thoroughly enjoy and appreciate the great detail that Diana Gabaldon writes in this fourth instalment of the Outlander series. I feel transported back to a time, of which though much is known about, I will never experience first hand. I enjoyed the different points of view of the main characters. Nothing disappoints in this story and I love the continuing tale Jamie and Claire's love and the development of Briana and Roger.
Davina Porter does a wonderful job with all aspects of the narration, from accents, to singing, to a variety of foreign languages and difficult pronunciations. I greatly appreciate the time and effort that goes into the creation of the performances and I never feel, at any point, in the 55+ hours of narration, that the performance is tired.
"Just as good, if not better!"
I am so hooked on this story, and so in love with the characters so brilliantly portrayed by Diane's voice. Next one loaded ready to go.
"Another great part in this series"
Yes, only after reading the first 2 books in the series though. It was narrated beautifully.
Knowing what happened next in the Outlander series and the Narrator, who made the characters come to life.
I feel that Davina Porter has given each character such thought for the way the characters would have said the words, that she made the story come to life and feel completely real.
I'd happily listen to her narrating all sorts of books - the best by far!
Yep! Although I don't think I could sit down for 47hrs!
I loved it the book was so captivating I had all emotions whilst listening to this book.
My favourite of all the books (so far). Loved it so much. Great job Davina.
I watched the first series based on the first book, Outlander, and then went on to read the books. I struggled to get into the previous one, Dragonfly In Amber, because it focused so much on the author's research into history rather than the story itself, but still enjoyed it. I'm so glad I persevered with it because this one, Voyager, was fantastic and more focused. I love the story and can visualise Claire and Jamie easily because I watched the series.
The time travel parts and the love between Jamie and Claire are most memorable.
I've got used to the narrator and I like her very much now, although she's a little too posh and sometimes too enthusiastic, bright and lacking emotion when reading parts of the book that should seem more sad or frightening. She reads very slowly and sometimes I use my Audible app to speed things up when the book goes into descriptions of surroundings not essential to the story.
Quite a few - especially the love between them as I'm an old romantic. I wish it existed in real life!
I struggle to find audio books that grab me emotionally and I often buy them and end up listening to them last thing at night as I'm going to sleep. A semi-boring book is a great cure for insomnia. But this book kept me awake with my heart beating fast until 2 and 3am. I had to stop listening to it because I was getting no sleep.
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