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Publisher's Summary

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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Couldn't put this book down

I will admit, that I LOVE "Smut." That being said, this author has wonderful characters, fun plots, such suspense as that I couldn't put down the book. As I write, I'm down-loading book number 2. Although I would definitely categorize this as a "chick book," I REALLY enjoyed it and would high recommend it.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Delightful Book

Loved the Outlander book, and was looking for to reading another book by Diana Gabaldon. I picked up Dragonfly in Amber not knowing it was book 2 to Outlander. Fantastic suprise me. What really makes this book or series of books so delightful, is the narrator. The narrator has the accents down perfectly, and her voice springs the characters to life. Highly recommend this book to all.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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a great highland story

Seldom have I had so much fun learning history this way. You get a really great idea of how France, England, and Scotland were interacting in the 18th century. Lots of twists and turns especially with the time travel element. One of the best narrators ever!

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  • CJ
  • New Jersey
  • 05-23-08

A guilty pleasure

To me, this is the perfect type of book to listen to on tape - intriguing, great plot, well paced. Wonderful narrator!

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Worth listening to for the reader alone.

I have enjoyed reading theses books, and have enjoyed listenng to them now, the reader is just fantastic. She has accents and voices for characters that bring the book alive. She breathes life into a book that is already very good.

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Still hooked!

As I said before, I am not a fan of time travel novels. This series is so captivating. When I finished Outlander, I couldn't wait to get started on Dragonfly in Amber. Gabaldon is amazing at her limitless ability to keep the reader glued to her story.

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Finally

I have been waiting for years for the unabridged version of the Outlander series. I haven't been disappointed and neither will anyone that starts this series. Highly recommended!!

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  • Camille
  • Beavercreek, OH, United States
  • 07-05-07

Excellent

It just doesnt't get ANY better than this! Loved the entire series!! Read it once and then bought the entire unabridged series on audio! That solidfied what an EXCELLENT series this is! To hear Jamie's scottish brogue is heart melting. The narrator is outstanding!

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Great book, great reader

I read these books several years ago and was excited to see them here on audible. Great stories told by an excellent narrator. The reader gives life and depth to each character in the novel and manages the different accents very well. I enjoyed listening to these books tremendously!

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  • Dolores
  • Sun Lakes, AZ, United States
  • 06-28-08

Gabaldon is a literary genius

I have listened to the Voyager, Outlander, Dragonfly in Amber and finally Drums of Autumn. All books in the series that I have listened to are magnificent. Authors knows that perfect narration is the key to an excellent audio book and Davina Porter is the absolute best. Will listen to them again. Just when you think Diana's story is "pat," she puts a twist in the story that makes you sit up staight and say, "Wow". Thank you so much, Diana and Davina.

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  • James B Lofthouse
  • 08-05-17

great stuff

a good listen and would recommend to a friend, make sure you've read or listened to book 1 first. also very accurate as these things go to the new drama released

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  • Gabrielle Harvey-Jones
  • 07-29-17

I blame my daughter!

My daughter suggested these books to me, having been completely lost in these beautifully researched, written and read stories for the last few months! Now, i am addicted too! Staying up late - 'one more chapter!' and can't wait to get back to it! Downloading the next, massive, volume as I write! As I say - I blame my daughter!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-18-17

Overlong, verbose nonsense

What disappointed you about Dragonfly In Amber?

Goes on forever with tedious repetitive sex scenes and an idiotic heroine in thrall to a monstrous thug. Honestly got this on the back of the tv show, wish I hadn't.

What was most disappointing about Diana Gabaldon’s story?

It is drivel of the worst kind, ghastly fan fiction that is badly written and in dire need of editing

What three words best describe Davina Porter’s performance?

Could try harder

What character would you cut from Dragonfly In Amber?

Louise. Whatsherface

Any additional comments?

Don't buy this garbage

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  • kmac
  • 07-11-17

The second story of immense proportions from Outlander

THESE BOOKS ARE SO GOOD.
I'd like to be more articulate but having just got off the emotional steam train that was book two any ability to be coherent has disappeared.
The characterisation from the narrator of Claire & Jamie and the others is exceptional (maybe work on the American accent though)
Must listen!

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  • Sue Day
  • 07-03-17

Spellbinding

Great book. Lots of twists and turns. lots of emotion. Found it difficult to stop listening!

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  • Liana Casey
  • 06-14-17

LOVE LOVE LOVE!

Once again a brilliant book by Diana Gabaldon! I can't wait to read the next one! Hooked!

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  • Grandmatiger
  • 06-07-17

Outstanding

The second book in the outlander series brilliant story superb narration. Loved it I have already purchased the next book from audible

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  • E
  • 06-04-17

Fantastic

Can't wait to start listening to book 3 to find out what happens. Great series of books.

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  • sarahmoose2000
  • 12-05-16

Cliffhanger

What a cliffhanger and kudos for managing one after 30 odd hours of listening!

That's what great about these books, you get totally wrapped up in them, and don't notice the time flying by.

Clare returns to Scotland with her now grown daughter. She is trying to pick up the courage to tell her all about her time travelling, and so we hear the second instalment of Clare and Jamie's love story.

The book is split between France and Scotland, as Jamie continues to work out what Prince Charlie's next move will be. I preferred it when they were back in Scotland and having lived in Edinburgh for a while, could recognise the areas they mentioned, which is always fun.

Went straight ahead and bought the third one, can't wait to start it.

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  • james palmer
  • 11-20-16

Totally captivating!

I had already seen the TV series and loved it when I bought these books. I'll be going straight onto the next one- can't wait!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-14-16

So addictive.

Amazing work. So hard to put these books down. The story just keeps you wanting to know more of the lives of the people contained within it.

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  • andrea
  • 08-02-16

DIA

I was hooked from the 1st page. Laughter, tears, despair and joy all in together

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  • Lynette Wills
  • 06-20-16

Sensational in every aspect!

I had previously read the book and was dubious to now listen being that I'm a visual learner. However I found this added another element and helped bring the characters alive.
I can't recommend this series enough!

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  • Kate
  • 06-11-16

Addictive story with very credible accents

Great storytelling. Very satisfactory if you loved Outlander. English female narrator has great story voices.

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  • Laura
  • 06-06-16

Extraordinary storytelling.

Unexpected plot twists and beautifully written.
Alternation between time periods is beautifully executed. Couldn't believe it when I'd reached the end (or didn't want to). Thank goodness there are books to follow!

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  • Kaz
  • 02-16-16

Wonderful!

As with the first Outlander book, this second in the series sweeps you along - funny at times, poignant at others, but always with passion and purpose.

The writing of the characters is superb, as is their fleshing out by the voice and intonations of the narrator. I have truly no idea as to the veracity of the historic facts, but Ms. Gabaldon has created a story that you can see vividly in the mind's eye.

I loved this and will definitely be moving on to the 3rd book in the series next - especially with the little 'taster' given in this production after the final credits.

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  • Claire
  • 01-08-16

bit too mills and boon

I'm currently struggling to finish this book. the love scenes are the main content, they are boring, typical and don't add to the plot. I feel like we left the plot behind to wander around in a housewife's daydream.

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  • Cherie
  • 12-20-15

Omg! Loved it!!!

Omg! Loved it! Audio books are great for while i'm sewing/working. This books exciting!!! Action packed, loved up and i couldn't put it down.

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  • jaydenchris
  • 10-12-15

Book 2

Where does Dragonfly in Amber rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Fabulous !!

What did you like best about this story?

The Excitement

What does Davina Porter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

The highs and lows, the accents are great.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Marriage of Black Jack

Any additional comments?

The Series is great, I listen in stunned silence !!!

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  • Rachel
  • 07-29-15

Gripping

From the first chapter I was completely reabsorbed into Claire's tale. I can't say any more than to say start listening to this series, I really don't think you'll regret it.