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 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!
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.
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!!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Report Inappropriate Content