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Dragonfly in Amber Audiobook

Dragonfly in Amber

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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

What the Critics Say

"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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    Lisa 03-02-07
    Lisa 03-02-07
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    "Dragonfly in Amber"

    Another exceptional novel by Diana Gabaldon. I have already read all of the Outlander series, but when they started to become available unabridged through audible.com I just had to purchase them and read them again! Davina Porter, who has read all of the unabridged versions of this series brings the charactors alive. Only Ms. Gabaldon could bring to life Scotland in the 1750's so vividly, I could practically hear the wind whistle through the trees, and the draw of Jamies' sword! If you get a chance grab this series, Audible has the first 3 unabridged, the other 3 abridged, but I would assume that they will come available unabridged soon.

    16 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Katrina T. Lawson 11-08-13 Member Since 2010
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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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    Amazon Customer 02-19-08 Listener Since 2005
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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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    Karen Rock Hill, SC, USA 03-12-10
    Karen Rock Hill, SC, USA 03-12-10 Member Since 2011
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    "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 Mt WaverleyAustralia 06-16-09
    Craig Mt WaverleyAustralia 06-16-09 Member Since 2005
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    "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!



    36 of 46 people found this review helpful
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    Vicky Thorneside, QLD, Australia 09-14-08
    Vicky Thorneside, QLD, Australia 09-14-08 Member Since 2013
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    "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.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Lori Hanes Foster Lake, Oregon 07-29-16
    Lori Hanes Foster Lake, Oregon 07-29-16 Member Since 2017

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    "Great story, awful narrator"

    I love this book, but the women they picked to narrate it sounded like somebody's grandmother, not a women in her twenties! I was really annoyed by her and could barley stand to listen. They need to get another narrator and re-record the book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    JWeller 06-12-15
    JWeller 06-12-15
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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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Luzmaria 10-01-13
    Luzmaria 10-01-13 Member Since 2013
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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


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Wendy Lawrenceville, GA, United States 03-20-12
    Wendy Lawrenceville, GA, United States 03-20-12 Member Since 2011

    To All My Favorite Narrators: You are the voices in my head...

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    "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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    FARNBOROUGH, United Kingdom
    9/23/14
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    "This series of books are amazing"
    Would you listen to Dragonfly In Amber again? Why?

    absolutely, They are absolutely wonderfully narrated by Davina Porter. She makes these books as amazing as they are. Without her reading them I don't know if I would love them as much as I do.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It has to be Clare. She's witty, kind, loving and calm.


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

    Jamie, Davina's character voices are impeccable.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Love at its deepest


    Any additional comments?

    as you can see I just adore the outlander series (so far..) wonderfully amazing

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • robert
    clacton on sea, United Kingdom
    10/5/14
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    "enthrawling story worst american accent ever!"
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    fantastic story very well performed (ignoring the worst American accent I've ever heard, it was more west country than anything!) thoroughly enjoyable highland /time travel romp! definitely purchasing book 3

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Rachel
    8/17/08
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    "A brilliant follow up"

    This lived up to the brilliance of the first book, and I finished it in five days. Plenty of laughs and tears, and a gripping plot.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Patricia
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    6/13/12
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    "Can't put it down"

    No really I'm losing sleep as I must know what happens. After reading the first, I am now half way through this book and still have all the others to catch up on. Davina Porter is an amazing narrator. You honestly believe in all the characters and their different voices; how does she do it? I would never have enjoyed these books if I had read them myself. I couldn't have switched from voice to voice in my head the way it is narrated.
    Oh just one other thing; A plead to reviewers; you are giving too much away and this spoils it for those who haven't yet read or finished each novel.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Patrick
    Morpeth, United Kingdom
    4/18/10
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    "I was caught in amber too"

    A wonderful, wonderful story ! Painful, touching, exciting, I know it's a cliche, but I didn't want it to end, and when it did.......downloaded the next one ! I commend this to the House.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Ellie g
    12/5/15
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    "Wonderful!"

    The continuing story of Claire and Jamie.. Fascinating, compelling, intoxicating!... A romp through history... traveling in two centuries, full of wonderful characters, who both engage and repel. Epic battles..heartbreaking, as the narrative speaks of the futility of war. Love portrayed timelessly as truth. Funny, affectionate and unputdownable...thank goodness for audible narration by Davina Porter, (who deserves an award!) that brings vividly to life every character and scene with such dramatic flair. As I said ...Wonderful!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    1/25/17
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    "Really good book"

    Shame about the slight background noise as I really liked the story hence four stars.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amelia
    12/27/16
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    "great book reading"

    I loved this book, it was well detailed and made me go back to France and Scotland. looking forward to Voyager

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Phoenix
    12/15/16
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    "Great book poor recording"

    Engaging and vivid story. Unfortunately let down by a background noise of chatter or echo, noticeable when listening on phone but less so if listening in car.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • JM
    UK
    10/3/07
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    "more sex than history"

    I love historical novels, but this really is more of a romance novel with a bit of history thrown it as filler. If you are looking for a book with lots of sex scenes set in a 'period' ambiance this is your book, if you are looking for more history than slightly vulgar sex than this one isn't for you.

    13 of 21 people found this review helpful

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