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)
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.
Great story and wonderful reader. I buy anything I can find from this author. She is always sure to delight. Realistic adult romance combined with a twist of fantasy. Delicious listen.
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 listen to an average of 100 books a year, and the Outlander books are some of my most favorite! I find myself going back and listening (they have to be fantastic for me to want to re-listen) time and again. Davina Porter does a brilliant job with the narration!
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!!!
David is my husband - I'm the one that actually picks out and listens to the books. ~ Anna
I am now done with this series.
This third book went back to the same over the top sexual descriptions as in the first book. It's unnecessary and does nothing to further the story of the book. If you like harlequin romance novels - then this might be the book for you. If you're looking for an action/adventure, then I would keep looking elsewhere and save your credit.
Claire became a really annoying main character in this third book. She acted thoughtlessly and irrationally most of the time. She was judgmental and dramatic and exasperating.
Overall, I was looking forward to the end to this story. I'm not interested in continuing to follow the sexual escapades of Claire & Jaime.
I hear voices. But maybe that's because there's always an Audible book in my ear.
I'm now going through the Outlander series again ... the second time listening to them in order. With a few minutes break in between, the differences between the books has become clearer. While I love the series, certain books just hit me the right way.
I don't disclose spoilers in my reviews and I won't do that here. BUT, my sense is that this book was written to provide a geographic change ... a segue. So while the storyline does go on, there's this thing taking place that feels a little forced.
It's funny really. Here I am listening to a book that involves time travel - a concept which doesn't seem so far-fetched in Gabaldon's capable hands. The whole thing is wildly inventive and completely addictive -- even for people like me who enjoy non-fiction. I've come to accept all the magical things. Then something happens in this book - which really is just an event - and I throw my hands in the air and exclaim, "Oh, come on! That's completely unrealistic!" As though time travel and magic stones are?
Diana Gabaldon has incredible power over her readers. We trust her to take us on a journey that stretches the imagination and we go with her willingly. This book proves to me that even the most talented writers can ask a little too much from their readers/listeners.
That said, it didn't spoil the series. I'm eager to listen to the next one - if only to hear more Davina Porter. She has got to be one of the most talented narrators around. A 5-star rating just isn't enough.
If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again there is no use in reading it at all. Oscar Wilde
I think what I. Loved most about voyager was the relationship between Jamie and Bree. It was a long time coming for him and I think it was beautifully expressed
I cant really see how you can compare any of Diana's books to another. I really think she has a talent for imagination.
I have read all the books and loved them but I really wasn't able to connect with the characters and their personality until I listened to the audio version. Davina brings each character to life, I feel she has really made them as they were supposed to be portrayed
Id have to say Jamie,his life story is incredible. But id also love to hear Clare's take on her experiences. Both character's are amazing in their accomplishments
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.
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.
"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'.
"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.
"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.
"Well written & thoroughly enjoyed"
Davina narrated this equally as well as the others. The series so far has had me quickly looking for the title of the next , in order to continue to listen with intent . Davina reads with great feeling and perfectly introduces each of the characters within this incredibly breathtaking and sometimes very emotional text, which tells of well studied, historic adventures and love stories filled with excitement, sorrow and heroism
"Best book in series so far"
I would recommend this book to other audio listeners but you need to know it's long!
The long awaited reconciliation was amazing. Beautifully written.
When Claire went back through the stones.
When Jamie is imprisoned it is from and difficult listening but so key to the story.
Brilliantly written very engaging throughout. The narrator is outstanding.
Jamie ....Davina is a woman and even though the character is male she is very convincing. Slipping seamlessly between male and female characters. What a superb narrator.
"Scotland, the Caribbean, Voodoo and a Voyage"
So I guess you've read/listened to the first two books? So you KNOW how seasick Jamie gets, right? One teeny tiny channel-crossing and he's half-dead. So how does he manage a crossing of the Atlantic Ocean? (I'm not telling, just teasing!)
Following is a rough description of the book's onset, but there won't be any spoilers!
Voyager begins where book two (Dragonfly in Amber, also available here, read as well, thank goodness, by Davina Porter) has left us: right on the battlefield of Culloden. Claire is gone, and Jamie has to go on without her. The book then describes how their lives continue, and that is done in a very, very beautiful way, partly in retrospect, partly in first person's narration and partly developing.
This book is, together with book one, my favorite of all the Outlander books. It has everything: adventure, loyalty, love, drama (oh, the drama!), the incredibly detailed description of countries, sceneries and people and, yes, there may be a hint of sex here and there (turtle-soup, anyone?) and of course, there's time-travel. In no other book DG has managed to portray what is involved in traveling through space and time: The costs, but also the merits. Where in later books she loses herself in side characters, military details or rambling dialogues DG here brilliantly pushes the story, develops the characters and uses language in a way that is seriously awesome. She never loses the threads of the many story-lines, interweaves them as best as is possible and allows the reader to keep all main characters in view at all times.
And if a male readers stumbles across this review: Give it a try, why don't you? It's historically well researched, there are weapons, wars, witty bantering and it is adventurous rather than romantic. I have convinced a few male acquaintances to read it, and they were not sorry to have done so.
Absolutely love this series. The detailing of the time is outstanding that you can really loose yourself in the book. The audio reader is a joy to listen to you. I find the series gripping and thrilling to listen to. At times very funny. Can't wait to start the the book.
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