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The Fiery Cross Audiobook

The Fiery Cross: Outlander, Book 5

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The year is 1771. Claire Randall is still an outlander, out of place and out of time. But now she is linked by love to her only anchor: Jamie Fraser. They have crossed oceans and centuries to build a life together in North Carolina. But tensions, both ancient and recent, threaten members of their clan.

Knowing that his wife has the gift of prophecy, James must believe Claire, though he would prefer not to. Claire has shared a dreadful truth: there will, without a doubt, be a war. Her knowledge of the oncoming revolution is a flickering torch that may light his way through perilous years ahead - or ignite a conflagration that will leave their lives in ashes.

©2001 Diana Gabaldon (P)2002 Recorded Books, LLC

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    Marcia Campbell, Ohio 07-16-12
    Marcia Campbell, Ohio 07-16-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Least Enjoyed of the Series"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I can't answer this question.


    What was most disappointing about Diana Gabaldon’s story?

    I am disappointed because the book is 'short' on story, and 'long' on her attempts of ribald writing meant I'm sure to stimulate the senses.The book is also peppered with many unduly long and discriptive passages about things like vomiting -- please. We get the idea.


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

    I find the book distasteful compared to the others in this Outlander series. I actually prefer the read book, because I can - and have FREQUENTLY - pressed the icon to move to the next chapter - and skip whats left in the chapter I'm on. This is the FIRST book I've done that with - typically, I've hung on every word, and would never fast forward on the others in the series, as I do with this one.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not yet.


    Any additional comments?

    I have a few parts to go. I'm hanging in to see if the very feeble storyline improves and gives me a reason to buy/listen to the next and last book in the series.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    S. 05-18-12
    S. 05-18-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Grand ~ !"

    This book is back to the grand read of the initial books in the series. The author continues to intrigue us with Jamie and Clair and other characters, although I must say their daughter Brianna and her husband Roger are among my least favorite. I find Brianna annoying, and Roger neutral at best, but it is a great series and worth the investment.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Sheri Surrey, British Columbia, Canada 03-03-12
    Sheri Surrey, British Columbia, Canada 03-03-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Death is in the details"

    The Outlander was a masterpiece in historical fiction with a touch of science fiction thrown in (time travel) that raced along on a merry adventure. Sadly, in her subsequent books, Gabaldon seems to be trying to drown her readers in volumes of minutia.

    Listening to The Fiery Cross is painful - there is simply too much detail (I don't care about every tiny thought the characters have!) and the story moves too slowly.

    A certain level of detail of daily life in the time period is engaging, but when it interferes with the progression of the characters and brings all adventure to a halt, I become frustrated and quit.

    I slogged through 4 of 7 parts and I may be done...I may skip ahead to part 7 to see how this book wraps up. I can do that, knowing I likely will not have missed anything of substance in between.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Sue Allworden United States 11-04-11
    Sue Allworden United States 11-04-11 Member Since 2016

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    "At last"

    Have been waiting along time for this. I have the rest of the outlander series was just waiting for this one. The whole series is a must have you get lost in Jamie and Claire's story.

    19 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    Dwight LITTLETON, MA, United States 12-01-11
    Dwight LITTLETON, MA, United States 12-01-11 Listener Since 2008
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    "I too was waiting..."

    ....for Ms. Porter's lovely voice to continue this series. It was so great to read everyone's (very bad) opinion of the abridged edition, and to thus avoid it! I waited, and am so glad I did: Claire and Jamie together again with Ms. Porter's divine voice playing all the parts so well. Thank you much for putting it out there as soon as was available through Recorded Books (which no longer sends out books to reader; what is it about that?). I'm still not finished, but it's a great ride so far!!

    18 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    SamanthaCR 11-04-11
    SamanthaCR 11-04-11 Member Since 2015

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    "Thank YOU!!!!"

    I had checked this audiobook via Interlibrary Loan from my local library (who had to get it from another state for the record), because the Unabridged Version was not available at the time (seemed like forever!). So, Thank You SOOO MUCH for being so extremely prompt about putting this out here for us as soon as you could!!! I use Audible through my Kindle, and I'm a happy reader/listener. Verra Happy!

    18 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Emma Coventry, CT, United States 11-06-11
    Emma Coventry, CT, United States 11-06-11 Member Since 2012
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    "Finally!"

    Delighted that Audible was finally able to secure the rights to Davina's reading of book 5. I've been waiting for what feels like forever!

    13 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Ann 02-13-13
    Ann 02-13-13 Member Since 2017
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    "GREAT!"

    I listen to an average of 100 books a year, and the Outlander books are some of my most favorite! I find myself going back and listening (they have to be fantastic for me to want to re-listen) time and again. Davina Porter does a brilliant job with the narration!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Debra Emporia, KS, United States 11-05-11
    Debra Emporia, KS, United States 11-05-11
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    "YES!!!FINALLY"

    Awesome, wonderful, beautiful, funny, hot, scarry, dramatic, thank you thank you thankyou!!!!! Love this series. And LOVE Davina Porter.

    14 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Sher from Provo Utah 07-27-12
    Sher from Provo Utah 07-27-12 Member Since 2015

    Tired teacher. That is, REtired teacher.

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    "Worth continuing the series"

    Great big exhaustive books, this series is LONG. This one is number 5 in a series of, I think it's up to 8 by now. So why keep reading? Gabaldon is a fabulous author. She must be to hold anyone's attention that long. Yes, there are times that I feel like I have "read that already," but she has a way of creating twists in the plot that just keep you going. I am not a series kind of reader. Just don't want to commit to that much time. But I didn't know this was a series until I had read/listened to the first one, my favorite so far, btw (It was my first Audible book). I will finish the series, but not all at once. I probably won't get around to #6 until next summer. But I'll look forward to it then.

    The only reason I gave it 4 stars as a story and overall is because it is just so long. And the repetitious nature of certain things, like the "love making." I mean, really, 5 times in a 36 hour period? And these people are nearing 50? My brain just can't handle that.

    As always, Davina Porter's narration is as good as it gets. She is part of the magic in this series.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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  • normally a fan
    London, UK
    12/20/16
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    "Too much padding"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    A good editor would have made this a far better book. Diana's publishers are in thrall to her (like JK Rowling's) and have allowed her to over-write. There were times when I literally shouted "Get on with it". I persevered to the end as I like the Outlander series because there were plots which were riveting though interspersed with uninteresting padding. This book has made me wonder if I want to continue the series.


    Would you recommend The Fiery Cross to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes but with a warning that it is my least favourite of the series


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

    Yes - she is absolutely superb.


    Could you see The Fiery Cross being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

    In a pared down form yes -- and why change the cast of Outlander as they are perfect.


    Any additional comments?

    Memo to Diana: less is more!

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  • Lindsay platt
    10/7/16
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    "Long!"

    The first half seemed to drag along forever. The second half was far better. But it was very long.
    My least favourite of the series so far.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • EMMA NCGRARTH
    9/29/16
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    "even more escape from now 😍"

    thank you for a spell binding story , I put my ear phones on and escape in to the 18th century. No other book has held me as this has and does ! I have lost count to how many times I have listened to the whole series

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alison M.
    8/23/16
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    "Not dowmloaded"

    I have paid for this audio book and it has not downloaded really annoying.

    Even this feedback is annoying .why can't I just submit

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Miss C J Soden
    7/4/16
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    "excellent book"

    this is an excellent book in the outlander series. I would recommend it to anyone

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Karen
    6/5/16
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    "just keeps getting better. "

    live these books. the author is excellent at detail, character development and story writing. Couldn't stop listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cindy fairhurst
    5/5/16
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    "as always a good listen"

    loved every minute of this book. wonderful and amazing! such a great series. looking forward to next one

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ryana Lunarian
    Hungary
    12/2/15
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    "Twists, great plots and a bit of history"
    What made the experience of listening to The Fiery Cross the most enjoyable?

    The narrator is very good, sometimes I find myself having the same experience like reading the book for myself, the scenes folding out right before my eyes, perfectly and vividly described, and delivered.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Fiery Cross?

    i haven't quite finished yet, but the happenings at the wedding are great.


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

    I have listened to the previous Gabaldon books and she is good as ever,she plays well with her voice.


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

    The plot thickens


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Benjy1702
    11/22/15
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    "Boring"
    Would you try another book written by Diana Gabaldon or narrated by Davina Porter?

    I started listening to these books after watching the outlander series. The first book was good, although i do not think i would have carried on with the series had i not watched it on TV. Now on Book 5 i have given up. I persevered through the last few books as i wanted to know what happened to Jamie and Clare. I now am not interested. The story lines are getting more and more far fetched and there seems to be parts of the story that are introduced and are left hanging with no explanation. She may be picking them back up later but it doesn't seem so. Very badly written and although i know the author is american but the English that is used in parts in terrible. Will not waste anymore credits on this.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Catherine
    7/26/15
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    "Still Hooked!"

    This in a epic series, the detail is incredible and the story keeps twisting and turning. Looking forward to the next one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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