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)
This was better than I expected. Let's face it, what a monumental task to write such a long book and then make it part of a series with all seven (?) of them being just as long ...and just as captivating!
The narration is outstanding as there is no question as to who is talking and what they are feeling!
I also must agree that there was just a little too much breathless sensuality in this one. I mean, I get it. They love each other, but every time (and pretty frequently for mature adults) is not like going over Niagara Falls!
Another GREAT book, this third volume. Nice and long.
Narrator couldn't be better.
Really looking forward to buy and read the other 3 books, when available at Audible, with the same narrator!!!
So well written and so well read. It has been a pleasure to come back to these books and having read them a few years back to listen to them. The narrator is just supreme, it's like listening /watching a drama. Even though a little far fetched the number of adventures Jamie and Claire find themselves in, Gabaldon still makes it believable. Loved it. Well done to Audible for making these available.
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 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.
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.
As the story went on I liked Jamie less and less. I was once in love with him now I'm just disappointed. Jaime's character deteriorates as the story goes on.
No But I think I'm done with this story.
Disappointment. As the story continues, Jaime becomes less worthy of Claire's journey back in time. He is a known criminal that basically lives in a brothel. He has a bastard son and has married the woman who turned his first wife in as a witch. Honestly I'm not sure what Claire loves about him anymore. The honest and beautiful man she loved is gone. Yet when Claire finds out about all of Jaime's indiscretions she turns into a complete push over and says " well I love you so it's ok that you are a dirt bag." Sorry but I would leave Jaime in a heartbeat and go back to my previous life. Jaime is a big liar, man whore and a criminal in this book. I'm over him!
I'm thinking this series should have ended earlier so that the love between the main character remains pure. As it continues the love/ history between the two main character's is mutilated. Makes me sad.
Author of Five (Maor Series)
Twenty years after Claire left Jamie Fraser at the standing stones, she returns to Scotland to share the truth with her grown daughter Brianna. In divulging her history, she discovers that her true love did not, in fact, die on the battlefield at Culloden. Now she must choose between a future with the daughter she loves dearly, or one with the man she has pined for all these years apart.
There are very few writers who can carry off a series of more than three books and still keep the reader begging for more. I must admit to being skeptical after ‘Dragonfly in Amber’ - I mean, Jamie and Claire have lived through it all already, haven’t they? Yet Ms Gabaldon has managed to once again create a heart-breaking, riveting, dangerous adventure.
In this installment of the Outlander series, Gabaldon takes us beyond the shores of Scotland in the seventeenth century. We get a taste of the trade routes, colonies and dangers of overseas travel, contrasted starkly with the amenities and ease of travel of the nineteen sixties.
The real hardships of Jamie’s life seem that much greater against the comforts of Brianna and Claire’s time and yet their emotional distance and turmoils appear equal. These are two should that have truly become one. I was concerned that the time apart and separate experiences would have created an irreconcilable rift between Claire and Jamie. But their love is true enough to span centuries. In fact, the time apart made their reunion that much sweeter. I loved getting to see Jamie and Claire fall in love all over again and get to know the new people that they have become.
Rich history, offset by sweeping descriptions of the natural beauty of the new colonies and heart-wrenching emotional dilemmas, interspersed with century-spanning romance and heart pounding action, makes ‘Voyager’ a must-read for any self-respecting Scot-lover, historian or book addict.
This is also definitely one of my favorite narrators! She is PERFECT for this series!
The narrator is wonderful, and she does the voices so well that you are always aware of who is talking. Also this is one of my favorite books in the series.
C'mon. Jamie all the way.
She brings the characters to life, and you can become so immersed in the story that you feel like you are really there with the characters.
The starz series is doing a wonderful job with the story. While they change a few things from the book, it seems neccesary to keep the story moving. Both the show and the book, if taken separately, are equally enjoyable in their own way
For those of you who are like me and get exasperated at searching for correct orders, here's a list for you. It should be noted that often, the author starts her books in a way that makes you feel you missed a book and are on the wrong one. Keep calm, and read on. It will all be sorted soon.
2. Dragonfly in amber
4. Drums of autumn
5. The fiery cross
6. A breath of snow and ashes
7. An echo in the bone
8. Written in my own hearts blood
Wonderful story, beautiful prose.
Davina Porter is an immensely talented audio book narrator. She can perform many different voices and accents, really capturing the essence of each character, individually.
YES. YES. YES.
If I were offered the chance to meet any three people in this world, the author of this series, Diana Gabaldon, would undoubtedly make my list. Her books are downright amazing- intricately woven, stunning prose, vivid imagery, and page-turning intensity.
I sometimes joke that Gabaldon's novels are bad for both my education and social life, since I just can't seem to put them down, and Voyager (book #3) was no different. I lose myself in the pages of her books, feeling like I am living a parallel life with the characters. I cry their tears and experience their joys- both marks of an incredibly talented author.
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 mind blowing edition to the saga!"
I love Diana gabaldon!! I love Jamie, I love Claire and I love this story so much. That is all!
Very long winded, had some good adventure just wish the author would stop stalling and on with it! Honestly could have been 20 hours shorter!
this book was wonderful on to book 4 now for me .these book are addictive as is the TV series.it is easy to become invested in each of the characters.
"Fantastic can't wait for it to be aired on tv !"
Brilliant lots of twists and turns ! Great follow-up from outlander season 2 hurry up we want to watch it now !
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