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 presently live in Central TX after spending 35 years in S FL. I was born and grew up in NW LA. I have been a reader my entire life.
I have been an avid, AVID reader since about 2nd grade, and my reading really blossomed when I found Audiobooks, because now I don't have to stop my activities to read with my eyes! This is even more important because I live some thirty miles from my workplace, The stories are not just wonderful; I would give them the much more descriptive title of "Magnificent." The character development is absolutely perfect, and that is no small task when there are as many figures as there are in these stories. Every one seems to have a valid back story, and I occasionally wonder if some character or other could be coaxed into telling their story; perhaps in the same form as the Lord John Novellas. All in all, every story is a masterpiece. The prospect of a narrator, which seemed so odd at the outset, is absolutely wonderful. Inasmuch as a movie has action and normal-seeming verbal interchange whereas with a written word it must be fleshed out by the mind of the reader; with a skilled narrator the story truly comes alive... and Miss Porter truly makes the characters live, accents and all. How she keeps all them straight is a mystery to me !!
Favorite characters vary with the story...but I have to give Claire credit for pure adventuresome spirit! When I think of everything she gives up, from zippers to air conditioning to synthetic fabrics and modern communications, it makes it even more of a love story, I'd love the adventure, but I'm not sure I could handle the terrible cold, and between the corsets, the requirement to always wear a headcovering of some sort, and long skirts with layers, and layers, and LAYERS of clothing. And..um...women had a particularly difficult time at some times. Truly makes one appreciate antibiotics and modern plumbing.
She absolutely BECOMES the story! I have enjoyed many audiobooks, but she is without peer when it comes to making a story live.
I was truly moved when I read the story of Diana Gabaldon and how she had never written anything of this sort previously, in fact had never written any books at all. She is brilliant, and the world would be a much poorer place without her cotnributions.
It can be very difficult to get someone who says, "I don't read history', or " don't read romance, " or, "I don't read anything with blood in it," to delve into these stories. If they will just give them the chance, the readers will be surprised at how much they will love them !
#3, After the origional "Outlander" an the second book " Dragonfly in Amber"
the sacrifices of the charactors
Yes, but the length of all the outlander books make it impossible to listen to all in one sitting, but has done wonders for my workout schedule. I would go work out just to listen or continue to listen to the story.
Yes, in it's immediacy. It takes longer to actually read it!
Claire, because she is so "present" and because we're starting to see so many layers of her.
Yes, Outlander and Dragonfly in Amber. They are equal in my mind. She pulls off the different accents, and the differences between male and female characters with great believability.
Yes, but it's far too long to do that!
I have read all of the print books in the series but it's been several years. I am delighted to experience them all over again in the audio versions. Can't wait to get the next one!
I cannot put these books down. The detailed stories are excellent. I am glad I am reading unabridged versions! And I can't say enough about the narrator~she is excellent! Her ability to bring each character to life and give them an individual quality that helps you recognize them says volumes about her talent. I have to wonder if the books would be as good with another narrator?!! Can't wait to get into the next one.
Tell you about myself? Well I am a book lover, of course, my husband says I have a book addiction :) it might be true...
Yes! Even though this story is a little slower than the first 2 books, it has its own charm and interest. Claire goes back to Jamie, You get to see what happened to Jenny and Ian Murray and how thier life turned out. They travel to new lands and you are introduced to new charcaters and new story lines.
My favorite Charcter in this book is probably Ian Murray, he is missing for a good 1/2 of the book because of his 15 year old boyness and the obvious unforseen circumstances, but he brings out the parent in both Jaime and Claire and gives them both a healthy dose of fear.
She is still amazing and had a voice beyond compare
I wouldnt be able to come upwith something sufficent but i would see this movie in a heart beat.
I am a big fan of the Outlander series and listening to them has made me a big fan of Davina Porter as well. She did an outstanding job with the narration, as usual. This book was difficult for me to put down at any point along the way. I don't want to spoil the story, but there was a lot of passion and several jaw dropping moments as well, and the entire thing was an emotional roller coaster ride. I actually took a little break from the series after this one because the story gripped me so much.
I am up to the 7th book and I will say that this is the last one I have rated as 5 stars. I felt like the first three books in the series all had a definable plot. For example, Outlander was Jamie and Claire's love story. Dragonfly in Amber was the story of trying to stop and then minimize the damage from the rising. Voyager was the story of Jamie and Claire's reunion. After that, I think Galbaldon's books have gotten more tedious and disjointed, and lack plot focus. I love several of the characters and so I will probably continue to muddle through as long as Galbaldon continues the series because I want to see what happens to the characters but I really think she has lost her focus and tries to cram too much detail into the world she has created.
Voyager is also the jump off point to Galbaldon's Lord John spinoff series and I recommend those as well. The narrator isn't as good as Davina Porter, but the stories have all been enjoyable.
exciting, romantic, un-put-downable
The characters are so well developed and it takes up seamlessly from Outlander. Usually, in a series the first book is the best and everything is downhill from there but not so with Voyager. It takes up the story and runs like hell.
As a woman, I can't help but identify with Claire but I'm in love with Jamie.
Claire because she is the most interesting and complex character I have ever encountered in a book.
Once started on the Outlander series I was hooked. I will read and re-read them as my all time favorites.
The continuation of the experiences of the characters
Outlander - same people different situations
Outlander - She is the only voice for me now in this series
Of course - Jamie - who wouldn't!
Audible Obsessed wishes she had more time for so many audiobooks.
Of course, I would! Diana managed to get me involved throughout the 45 or more hours! I did not see many events coming!!!
Diana Gabaldon included - as she usually does - elements of culture, religion, research, love, passion, romance, misery, investigation, witchcraft, sex! If you like mixed elements in one single story, this is the book for you.
Although it is a long book, I did not feel like I was being dragged through it. It was immensely enjoyable to listen to Voyager! And all the events are related, so if you feel like skipping some parts, don't!
One thing, though: if you decide to read / listen to this book, make sure you read the others. The author links the history contained in all the books, so you have to pay attention, and keep your memory sharp.
Only Outlander, the first one from the series! Unforgettable!
She is marvelous!!! I couldn't imagine anyone else performing this story but her! Her performance is fantastic!
Jamie, Jamie, Jamie!
The negative reviews concerning this book are untruthful. Rad it, better yet, listen it. I loved it, and hope you will!
Avid reader, enthusiastic book club organizer, aspiring writer & devoted mommy of one Doberman puppy, Maddox, and one Half-Arab mare Kissy.
If you are a fan of the Outlander series, you have to read this book.
I like that Jamie and Claire had to get reacquainted. I like that it told the story of what had happened to both Jamie and Claire in the 20 yrs they were apart
She does an amazing job with the accents and languages and her voice IS Jamie Fraser.
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.
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
there was a noticeable change in the author.''s writing style
the greater emphasis on the sexual behaviour of the key subjects seems out of character.
it would seem that the author had.been illadvised on plot construction and it really shows, perhaps my European tastes are different to those of the publishers.
I will t r y one more in the series and hope that my jaded tastes will recognise the author's initial style, else I will search for another author win talent to match.
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