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)
When I started reading this series I had no idea that this series would continue from book to book with the same couple. I have to admit that once I finished book one and two I thought that their story was finished. I didn't believe that the author would keep me interested enough in the adventures on a single couple's marriage to continue reading.
Much to my shock I am forced to admit I was very wrong.
As a reader of romance novels I am used to each and every story coming to a neat and happy ending at the close of each book. It's romance, right? I want to read about that first meeting, the courtship, their happy ending. Why, in God's name, would I want to read about a marriage. What's romantic about that? The same couple from book to book? Believe me if someone would have told me that's this series is about one couple I wouldn't have picked it up.
Don't get me wrong. I'm not against, the sacrament of, institution of, contract of, or whatever you wish to call it, marriage. I'm married. Though I am very happy in my marriage from time to time looking at the world from a married woman's point of view. The word romance isn't the first thing that pops into one's mind at the mention of husband. Argument happen, some worse then others, reconciliation, compromises and sacrifices are made. All these things come to mind when I think of marriage not romance. Is there romance in marriage? Yea, sure... But most often it's overlooked. With THAT BIT said I should mention the book and I'll just touch lightly just so I won't spoil too much. *wink*
I've never read such a beautiful reunion of a couple... Ever! It gave me goose bumps and that doesn't happen with me at all, believe me. Not only that, but with the other side of the coin have I ever read a couple's anger toward each other rise to a point until you think they might not recover.
Gabaldon liked to put little bombshells in her stories. By bombshell I mean little tidbits of information that are over looked until it's stepped on like a land mind! Blowing the story wide open and letting the character bits fall where they may!
The series, so far, is rich in character, backdrop, adventure, history, details, details, details and... Oh yes romance too.
Oh, and FYI did I mention this story is epic? Yea, there are a lot of pages and a lot of details but its organized really well and doesn't leave your head spinning. Her historical facts are so on point that historical fans like me will totally get their history geek on by being steeped in this story. By the end of the book you'll be exhausted.
It's so worth it...
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.
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.
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
Loved it. I got all of them am believe if she is sick to death of this story that there is more room for several books. The down side is that these books were extremely hard to read & if I didnt have audio I would not know the story.
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
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.
I don't know since I haven't read the print version - but based on the audio version I believe that it would be just as enchanting.
Gone with the Wind - however I think that the series is much more complete but no less epic.
Perhaps Ghost Fish? Artemis might be an appropriate name as well.
I love how Diana Gabaldon weaves the plot of the book together and enhances the story with subplot and detail. Just when you think you know what will happen the plot switches course and takes the reader on yet another wonderful journey. I love the series so far and each book answers questions left from the previous installment.
Oh yes! I love story and characters of the Outlander series.
When Claire goes back through the stones and finds Jamie...and he thinks she is a ghost and faints!
She is the best! I can see the characters by the change in her voice. NO ONE else could read the stories as she does.
I think young Ian. He shows spunk and yet a sweet gentleness. And he faces great danger.
I have all the Outlander series and they are a joy to listen to again and again.
"Great series of books"
I love listening to these audio books as much as I loved reading them - Diana Gabaldon is a wonderful author, and Davina Porter reads them superbly. Escapism at its best
"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.
The take continues, more adventures. Well read and well written a credit to both the narrator and the author
"Thoroughly enjoyable story"
I really enjoyed this book. It's a long exciting tale with tension, excitement and resolution to the main characters' story. These characters were brought to life by sensitive narration which added to the pleasure of listening. Left in anticipation of the next stage in their lives!
If you love the Outlander series, read them each year but need to move sometimes, the audio books are a must. They are a lifesaver. Excellent narration keeps the characters just as I imagine them when I read the books.
This made me laugh out loud, cry and I can't wait to see what happens next
"happy ending "
an intro to outlander book four, something to look forward to.
now I have to dig it out. this story could very easily take over my life.
an occasional alternative story makes a welcome change, but outlander always calls me back. read the outlander series in sequence, you will not be disappointed.
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