In her now classic novel Outlander, Diana Gabaldon told the story of Claire Randall, an English ex-combat nurse who walks through a stone circle in the Scottish Highlands in 1946, and disappears… into 1743. The story unfolded from there in seven best-selling novels, and CNN has called it "a grand adventure written on a canvas that probes the heart, weighs the soul and measures the human spirit across [centuries]." Now the story continues in Written in My Own Heart's Blood.
It is 1778: France declares war on Great Britain, the British army leaves Philadelphia, and George Washington's troops leave Valley Forge in pursuit. At this moment, Jamie Fraser returns from a presumed watery grave to discover that his best friend has married his wife; his illegitimate son has discovered (to his horror) who his father really is; and his beloved nephew, Ian, wants to marry a Quaker. Meanwhile, Jamie's wife, Claire, and his sister, Jenny, are busy picking up the pieces.
The Frasers can only be thankful that their daughter Brianna and her family are safe in 20th-century Scotland. Or not. In fact, Brianna is searching for her own son, who was kidnapped by a man determined to learn her family's secrets. Her husband, Roger, has ventured into the past in search of the missing boy - never suspecting that the object of his quest has not left the present. Now, with Roger out of the way, the kidnapper can focus on his true target: Brianna herself.
Written in My Own Heart's Blood is the brilliant next chapter in a masterpiece of the imagination unlike any other.
©2014 Diana Gabaldon (P)2014 Recorded Books
Davina Porter is truly amazing. I don't hear a woman trying to sound like a man or a kid, I hear the people she is portraying when she reads a story! What a unique skill, and I really appreciate it.
The Outlander series of books are at the top of my list of favorite books!
I cried, I almost cried, I laughed, and there were times that the events stressed me out to the point I needed to take a break. Diana Gabaldon knows well how to manipulate emotion! We fall in love with the characters then we root for them. Written in My Own Heart's Blood is the same. Echo in the Bone ended with so many cliff hangers, it's nice to have some answers!
As I said in the title, I didn't want it to end.
I hear voices. But maybe that's because there's always an Audible book in my ear.
I am a huge fan of this series, so expected to pick up exactly where things left off and immediately live in this created world. It didn't happen that way. I really struggled to get back into the book and the characters for the first few hours. I think it had simply been too long for me to remember details. So, let's begin with a warning: if you're thinking of listening to this book and have not listened to the others, expect to be confused. This really is a series and one book builds for the next.
Once I was back fully into the book, I had the same awe for Diana Gabaldon that I've had with each of her other books. I'm astounded at the breadth of information she brings into these books. In this one I learned more about the Revolutionary War and its impact on people and cities than I'd ever known. It wasn't just a recitation of battles and dates. I learned about how camps were constructed, the followers, the illnesses and more. It's just such a complete look at a historical event but from an entirely new perspective. I'm sure hard-core history buffs would take exception to some of it, but for someone like me with the most rudimentary understanding of that particular war, it was eye-opening. She made it real.
Once again, Gabaldon manages to touch on a huge range of topics with incredible authenticity: personal relationships, gardening, love, herbalism, conflict, loss, revenge, surgery, illnesses, time travel, religion ... and more. The level of research that goes into just the medical aspect of each book is amazing. I always learn something new. Granted, I'll ever need to amputate a leg with the tools at hand, but I now have a good idea how to approach it.
And Davina Porter? I don't think I've ever heard such a perfect match of author and narrator. She does an amazing job with each and every character. (With the chorus of characters, that's no easy feat.) She helps keep things straight and adds color to the dialogue that I would miss if I were reading it in print.
It is no wonder this book took 5 years to write. It's a complex storyline filled to the brim with details. I cannot wait to see where she will take these characters next. I hate to think it will be another 5 years before I find out.
I LOVED all of the Outlander series books but this one is the least favorite - it seems that Diana G is getting tired of inventing new stories about Jamie and Claire and just wants to get the book out of the way. No comparison to the first Outlander book.
My reviews are honest. No sugar coating here.
Over the last five months I've been consumed with the Outlander series. Ever since Audible had the first book as one of their Daily Deals, I've been addictive with Claire, Jamie, Brianna, Roger, and Frank. Now that I came to the end of the journey, I find myself going through withdraws and hope that the author will write just one more, #9 and hopefully #10. While we are at it, let's make it a baker's dozen, #13.
In the meantime, I will try to listen to all of the novellas to keep the urge at bay. I've been told from my friends that the novellas are like Methadone for Diana Gabaldon addicts. I'm getting ready for daily meetings, my new sobriety birthday and rehab because this is one of the best series that I've listened to.
"Written in My Own Heart's Blood (Moby)" is Bloody H. Christ, Good! I almost couldn't get through "An Echo of the Bones", but "Moby" just had it all for me. #8 and #3 (Voyager) are my favorite books in the series. They really stood out.
I really enjoyed how Gabaldon introduced General Washington and General Lee during the Revolution War. The wedding night with Ian and Rachel is probably the best scene that I've listened to in my entire library. Auntie Claire giving Ian advice was classic, "Oh God." Very funny.
Let's not forget the explanation about the time travel from Brianna, fire, deaths and finally, Claire facing her predator.
I need to thank my friends for forcing me to read this series. We had many discussions in our book club with numerous theories on what will happen next. Perhaps, Diana Gabaldon will write another series with Jem and Mandy to get a childhood prospective of the stones? Or maybe Claire will time travel 60 years in the future and be apart of the Civil war?
Whatever the next story might be, we don't want it to end at "Moby."
It was a pleasure at listening to Davina Porter's performance. During the last four hours of #8, I put the audio back onto normal speed to save the last bits of words as long as possible.
As I mention before, this is one of the best series that I have listened to and if Dr. Fraser was real, I would want her to be my PCP.
Yes, a must to finish the series, but with the disclaimer that it's disappointing. After thousands, and thousands of pages and hundreds of hours, this last book has so many subplots that are not tied up and those that are are too quickly done, with subplots with no depth and meaning to them, making them insignificant and left me wondering why they were included at all if 'that's all there was.' Spoiler: Rachel pops a baby boy with no tender scenes of Ean's joy; Jamie disappears overnight to kill Clare's rapist with no discussion, remorse, no vanquishing dialogue and Bree and family show up and that's it, the end. Extremely important events all crammed into the last chapter - reminded me of packing for a trip at the last minute. DB is too good a writer to have done this.
Left out superfluous scenes: the surgery for a fistula. No relevance whatsoever.
The performance and narrator continue to be my favorite.
Yes; watched an enjoyed the first episodes; scenery, acting, excellent. I'm guessing there will be a book 9 that I hope is redemptive.
The richness of the environment she creates.
The discovery of the children's powers, Roger's meeting Brian, there were many.
No, but I was always eager to get to it & I flew through it!
It felt like it ended abruptly after 44-some odd hours! I think I just wasn't ready to leave their world.
Satisfying, slowly consumed, and delicious. Diana's writing is more that of a sixty year old woman with twenty best sellers behind her name. She loves her characters and endows them with intelligence and a conscience. Realizing that there were no cell phones, even before Claire's first exit to the past, we know that we will have to wait for the journeys. The beauty of this is that Diana Gabaldon knows that it's the journey not the destination that builds character and memories. Davina Porter is an artist who paints words and characters with her voice. Her voice should hang, like a masterpiece, in the Louvre.
I love these long stories that are told over the centuries because the characters draw you in and make you care about what may be waiting around every corner. I especially enjoy the medical applications and how Claire translates 20th century medicine to the 1700's. Learning how penicillin is made and what it takes to create ether is fascinating to me. You learn in little pieces of stories that illustrate the challenges of living in a time where convenience didn't exist.
I close the book and a feeling of poignance comes over me. I know that like the journeys, there will be a stretch of time before I can once again experience the lives of characters that I've come to love. I will miss the histories that are nearly first hand, thanks to the authors kindest care with her research. But I know I will see these old friends again in future editions. For now I think I shall re-experience the beginning once again. Like a rich soup, it is often even better the day after it's made.
Dear reader, I wish you a journey through this series to be remembered well enough to consume again and again. It is not for the instant coffee crowd, it's for those who appreciate grinding ones own beans and lovingly brewing a cup of smooth, rich coffee to be enjoyed in the most comfortable chair, feet up before a cozy fire, and with a Diana Gabaldon novel at hand.
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Jamie gets hurt, Claire performs a bunch of operations, war’s a-brewing, a zillion various calamities… you know: The Usual.
If you love all the characters, you’ll love this latest instalment in the series. I don’t love them all and so I was alternatively interested and bored. To quote myself from Book 7: “I could not care less about William and Ralf and Murray and Lord So and So the Mohawks and the various battles and the impending Revolution with all the planning and plotting.”
I do however like the Roger / Brianna story line, and was INSANELY annoyed by the ending. I won’t say more to avoid a spoiler… suffice it to say I am sure Book 9 is in the works.
These people are my family
To "catch" up on their lives
impossible to choose one
Incomparable, is the only word to describe Ms Gabaldon and her cast of characters
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