Barbara Parrish

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  • The Outlandish Companion Volume Two

  • Companion to The Fiery Cross, A Breath of Snow and Ashes, An Echo in the Bone, and Written in My Own Heart's Blood
  • By: Diana Gabaldon
  • Narrated by: Diana Gabaldon, Davina Porter, Pilar Witherspoon, and others
  • Length: 21 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 349
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 324
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 317

More than a decade ago, number-one New York Times best-selling author Diana Gabaldon delighted her legions of fans with The Outlandish Companion, an indispensable guide to all the Outlander books at the time. But that edition was just a taste of things to come. Since that publication, there have been four more Outlander novels, a side series, assorted novellas, and one smash-hit Starz original television series.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • What is the point?

  • By Barbara Parrish on 10-15-16

What is the point?

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Reviewed: 10-15-16

What did you like best about The Outlandish Companion Volume Two? What did you like least?

What I liked best was it was about two of my favorite fictional characters. What I liked least was the miniscule amount of new information provided in 22 hours of running time.

What was most disappointing about Diana Gabaldon’s story?

What was the most disappointing about Diana Gabaldon's story was that there was no story. This book is a recap of each of the books included in this Volume 2. I bought a hard copy of Volume 1 and it was full of new and interesting tidbits applicable to the series. This volume has very little new information and is basically a synopsis of each of the later books which I have read at least twice and listened to at least twice. I truly do not know why this book was published. I am curious about the hard copy and will look at it at the bookstore to see if it is as pointless as the recorded book.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Do not let the author be part of the narration.

Did The Outlandish Companion Volume Two inspire you to do anything?

Yes. It inspired me to ask for a refund.

Any additional comments?

No, I don't think I do.

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Out of Africa



        Karen Blixen

        Narrated by:



        Julie Christie

    Length: 11 hrs and 51 mins
    370 ratings
    Overall 4.0
  • Out of Africa

  • By: Karen Blixen
  • Narrated by: Julie Christie
  • Length: 11 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 370
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 245
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 245

After the failure of her coffee farm, Karen Blixen returned to Denmark, where she wrote this classic account of her experiences. Out of Africa is a celebration of her life there and her friendship with the various peoples of the area. Her sympathetic response to the landscape and animals are drawn with warmth and unusual clarity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Transported there

  • By Mark on 03-19-10

Different from the movie and in a good way.

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Reviewed: 04-14-14

Would you listen to Out of Africa again? Why?

I have listened to it several times since downloading it. I learn something new with each telling of the story.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Karen Blixen by far because it is her story told from her perspective. It was beautifully written by her in English and has not suffered in translation.

What does Julie Christie bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She reads it as if she wrote it. You can't ask more than that.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

A love song for Africa.