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New York Times best-selling author Diana Gabaldon enchanted scores of fans with Outlander, her electrifying historical saga set in 18th-century Scotland. Now the sequel sweeps listeners back into the past as Claire relates more of her perilous sojourn there with her Scottish warrior husband, James Fraser. Twenty years after her strange journey back in time, Claire has returned to Scotland with her daughter, determined to share with her the secret she has harbored since her time travel. Still longing to know the fate of her beloved warrior, she recounts the story of her stay with him in the intrigue-ridden court of Charles Stuart and their attempt to avert the doomed Highlands uprising at Culloden. As her story unfolds, it reveals implications more far-reaching than even Claire could have guessed.

Narrator Davina Porter's gift for expression captures the history and flavor of a harsh place and time, and gives it the polish of a warm and engaging love story.

©1992 Diana Gabaldon (P)1998 Recorded Books

Critic Reviews

"Compulsively readable." (Publishers Weekly) "A winning combination of vivid imagination and good common sense." (Kirkus) "Diana Gabaldon is a born storyteller." (Arizona Republic)

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Meh

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I just couldn't stay with this book. I started it three times, getting closer to the end each time, but I just couldn't listen to the end. I swear, if I had to listen to her whine, "Jay-meee!" one more time, I was going to lose it.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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GREAT SERIES

What made the experience of listening to Dragonfly in Amber the most enjoyable?

The narrator

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I listened to the 39 hour book in two days. couldn't stop listening

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  • Wendy
  • Lawrenceville, GA, United States
  • 03-20-12

Slow Start, But Worth it

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Years ago after reading Outlander I tried to start this book. It was so slow that I gave up (a rare thing for me to do). I saw the Audio on sale and thought I would give it another try. Gabaldon certainly takes her time with her stories - which is both good and bad. You really have to give this book at least 6 chapters of your attention before the story picks up again. Once it does it's a fantastic book! Davina Porter is fabulous as always.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Enthralling

I actually started reading this series of Diana Gabaldon first. I could not believe the research, the descriptions and the way the whole story just captured your imagination. I love the way she writes and I think of the whole 3 series this one was my favourite. Well worth listening too. Davina Porter does an excellent job of the narration.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Vicky
  • Thorneside, QLD, Australia
  • 09-14-08

Great again

I just love this series. What more can I say.
Just one thing....Audible bring us the Fiery Cross and a breath of Snow and Ashes unabridged and narrated by Davina Porter. Not the dodgy abridged version.

10 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • Karen
  • Rock Hill, SC, USA
  • 03-12-10

Let down

I loved the first book and was thrilled to jump into the series but the second book gets bogged down in a million minor characters and subplots. I am near the end, I think, but the unnecessary details of Claire sewing up a man's testicles put it over the top.
The narrator is still great but she cannot save the plot.

20 of 25 people found this review helpful

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  • Craig
  • Belgrave South
  • 06-16-09

Tedious

First up I have to say that Diana Gabaldon's first novel, Outlander, was a surprising delight. I expected it to be a bit of chick-lit - and while there were elements of that genre the story was strong and kept this bloke engaged and entranced.

I was expecting a similar journey with Dragonfly in Amber. Sadly I gave up half way through part 2 - after investing about 12 hours with this story.

For me, this was a case of a storyline being totally obscured by overly detailed descriptions of mundane objects, environments and characters. My feeling was that the author was either trying to impress the reader with her knowledge of historical bric-a-brac, or perhaps was trying to pad out the story - or maybe a combination of both.

I desperately wanted to like this book - but try as I might I just couldn't. This is the first audio book in over three years that I have not been able to complete.

Thank goodness there is a Wikipedia entry for Dragonfly in Amber. At least I now know the key elements of the storyline! I doubt that I will ever return to this book!



37 of 47 people found this review helpful

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Dragged on and on

I enjoyed the first book of the series, Outlander, and was looking forward to finding out what became of the characters, Claire and Jamie. Dragonfly began interestingly with the story of the, now adult, daughter of Claire and Jamie. However, it flashed back to the past, dragged on and on,then ended with as many questions as it began with. Bottom line, nothing much happens considering the book's length. I have not read the third book in the series, but if I had known what I know now, I might have just skipped to the third book.

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Another great story in the series!!!

I really enjoyed the second book in the Outlander series and will eventually listen to them all (and watch the series). However, because these books are so long, I will not listen to them back to back but they are a refreshing change from what I normally listened to.

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Boring!

Even though I enjoyed the first book in the series, I should have known that I was really done with the story after nearly 20 hours of listening to it. I bought the second book and couldn't get more than an hour into it when I HAD to stop-- neither the story nor the voice of the narrator could hold my attention. It made me fall asleep.

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  • Joanna
  • 11-12-12

I wanted to like it but....

The problem with all the best stories is that is the narrator cannot bring the book to life then it doesn't matter how well written is the essence is already lost. That is the problem I have with this book. Davina Porter does not have the vocal range of accents to narrate a book with as many characters and nationalities as these. She tried hard in Outlander, and until the very last section was OK, but in this books she seems to have given up. Rodger keeps undulating between Scottish and English, Clair seems to do the same and I don't even know where Brianna's voice has come from but it certainly isn't recognizable as American. Someone really should have told her to go away practice accents and come back. I think it is a real shame that a book as well written as this should have a narrator who can do it justice, and I'm sorry but Davina Porter just doesn't

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  • jaffareadstoo
  • 02-03-18

Thoroughly enjoyable continuation of the series...

What made the experience of listening to Dragonfly In Amber the most enjoyable?

The narrator does an excellent job of bringing the story alive and imbues such a sense of characterisation that I can listen for hours and never get bored or distracted.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Jamie Fraser will always be my favourite character. He’s a warrior with a heart of gold.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

It’s really difficult to pick just one favourite moment as I loved the whole of the story. But I think one of my favourite moments has to be Jamie’s reaction to Claire wearing that RED dress!

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

My emotional connection to the story is strong and I both laughed and cried.

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  • Gail
  • 02-01-18

Excellent

Great continuous storyline which keeps your attention and leaves you wanting more... this is all helped by an excellent narrator!

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  • jojok
  • 01-15-18

If you love the TV series, you'll love this.

If you could sum up Dragonfly In Amber in three words, what would they be?

Love, history, action.

What did you like best about this story?

It's not often a book makes me cry, but this had me sobbing! I have been watching the TV series at the same time as I have been listening to the book, and I have to say I am now obsessed with Outlander. Brilliant story, utterly bewitching characters and great storytelling. Finished this book 2 days ago. Was going to give myself a break before going onto the next one but I want to know what happens! So I've already downloaded Voyager.

Have you listened to any of Davina Porter’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Great performance (apart from the American accent!). I don't know how she switches from male/female, English/Scots/French so easily!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I think it's too much to take in in one sitting!

Any additional comments?

There was some background noise/echo in some places, and the sound quality is quite rough. Possibly because this recording is now a little old and technology is more advanced. I'm not sure whether this can be cleaned up in any way.

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  • Boysie
  • 01-13-18

A great read

I never wanted the book to end.. Very interesting going between the two periods.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-08-17

Love this series

I am listening to this series for the second time. The only thing is, I have to listen on x1.25 otherwise the narration drives me crazy! To me, it sounds too slow when you listen at normal speed!

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  • David J. James
  • 11-22-17

One of the best audiobooks in the hundreds I have

Better than the series. I look forward to more. The reading by Davina Porter is marvellous and the attention to detail, plotsmithing and historical, medical and botanical knowledge of Diana Gabaldon simply remarkable.

She has created a world we can live in - Claire and Gillie are not the only time travellers in this book, the reader is one also.

The only problem is I keep wanting to talk Scots while taking part in ordinary life now. I get some strange looks, especially in Poland, this ancestral land of the Bonny Prince!

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  • Yorkiegirl
  • 11-18-17

outlander, Dragonfly in amber

Excellent second book in the series, can't wait to start the next. so well writen.

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  • Kitchen Queen
  • 10-17-17

Glad to get it finished

The premise is good, but far too long. Too much petty detail and much of that repeated ad nauseum.

The reader made a reasonably good fist of the task, but her 'voice' for the first person narrator was largely stuck in a tone of irritation, which was in itself irritating.

This is the second of a series of novels, but I am disinclined to spend any more time with them.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 09-08-17

On the whole congratulations to Mrs Diana Gabaldon

After 2 audiobooks I remain uncertain as to how I welcome the narrator. Yes, she can as far as I know do Scottish voices, but at times I find her voice old, regardless of the fact that I have absolutely no clue as to her age, background or whatever. I am just about to start Outlander 3 and I gather I'm going to have to stick to and adapt to the narrator's . It is the very first time I read such a story as I usually stick to classical Literature or Regency novels. Outlander is a very good series, well-documented and with a good pace. My only drawback, but perhaps it is because I do come from a Catholic country myself, are the constant references to Catholicism in the novels. After all most Scotland kirks had been Presbyterian for some 2 centuries, and Mrs Gabaldon does mention it, but then it is neither the case of Bonnie Prince Charlie nor the author, and perhaps this explains that. Still it grates on my nerves at times. Perhaps I ought to enquire if said Scottish families had indeed remained Catholic. Recusancy was rare in England -- the Howard Family paid a high price or lost quite a few heads in sticking to Catholicism --, but I admit I know not how things stood in Scotland. Perhaps someone out there can tell me.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-18-17

Wonderfully read

Love the narration. The Scottish accents make me feel as though I've had a trip to the highlands.

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  • Sonja
  • 04-12-17

Captivating

Variety, intrigue, honour and tangible romance...and more. A read (an audio) I could be totally absorbed in. Loved it and will download the next book right now.

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  • Librariasaurus
  • 03-31-17

Just as good as book one, but very different!

What made the experience of listening to Dragonfly in Amber the most enjoyable?

Davina Porter's narration. The story is already brilliant as written by Gabaldon, but Porter gives the characters a realness that you don't get from reading on the page.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I adore Claire. She has always been my favourite character. I love how intelligent she is, that she uses her futre life to shape her past life and keep her safe in a time that is not her own.

Which character – as performed by Davina Porter – was your favourite?

Jaime. Davina does such an amazing job of portraying Jamie as both a serious, dedicated and loyal husband, warrior and master. But she also has a great way of bringing out the larrikin in him.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Absolutely, but I couldn't stay awake for the 50+ hours this went for!

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  • Roxanne
  • 03-14-17

A wonderful stroy

Very difficult to stop listetning. A wonderful and gripping story from begining to end. Looking forward to her next book.

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  • Renee
  • 02-11-17

brilliant

I am totally hooked. Wonderful story, brilliantly narrated. Next one downloading now and I can't wait!

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  • Helen Fearn
  • 01-28-17

Wanting more.

I can't wait for book 3. This had a few lapses but overall still great.

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  • Julia T
  • 01-24-17

Spellbinding story

Loved the depth of this tale, the intense romance, the historical features and the descriptive picturing of the scenery and characters. The story teller was fabulous,a must read/ listen. I felt like I was drawn back in time, just wonderful. Thank you

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  • Kelsi
  • 01-23-17

love it

I love this series and this book. well written. beautiful love story. great passion. recommended

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  • kim
  • 12-15-16

Brilliant

Loving this series. Brilliant narration. So easy to get wrapped up and in the story.☺

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  • Debbie
  • 12-07-16

Excellence

I can't stop listening to this series. i have never been so involved in a story. It just keeps getting better and better. Now on to the next book......