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Mourning the death of his father and gravely injured at the hands of the English, Jamie Fraser finds himself running with a band of mercenaries in the French countryside, where he reconnects with his old friend, Ian Murray. Both are nursing wounds, both have good reason to stay out of Scotland, and both are still virgins despite several opportunities to remedy that deplorable situation with ladies of easy virtue.

But Jamie's love life becomes infinitely more complicated - and dangerous - when fate brings the young men into the service of Dr. Hasdi, a Jewish gentleman who hires them to escort two priceless treasures to Paris. One is an old Torah; the other is the doctor's beautiful daughter, Rebekah, destined for an arranged marriage. Both Jamie and Ian are instantly drawn to the bride-to-be - but they might be more cautious if they had any idea who they're truly dealing with.

©2013 Diana Gabaldon (P)2016 Recorded Books

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Sweet story but

The reader makes Jaime sound like a grunting Neanderthal. The story was ok, but lacking something. Perhaps it was just the reader. He really didn't seem to capture Jaime well at all.

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please be short!

3 stars because I liked the overall story. It was, however, quite painful to listen to, as the narrator Allan, had absolutely no quality to his voice and he made Jamie sound like a disinterested old Scottish man with a brogue impediment. Ian sounded more like a girl than the actual girl in the story. I had to look at the index to make sure, hopefully, it was a short book. I probably would have enjoyed it more if I had been able to listen to it

24 of 26 people found this review helpful

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Not Davina Porter

I've listened to all Diana's novels and it was strange to hear another voice for Jaime....the pace was slower & no where near the humor in others...only reason I liked was because I know characters so well...nice to hear more about Ian though

47 of 52 people found this review helpful

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Don't expect an in depth story

I purchased this novella on audible. It's the first thing I've purchased from Diana Gabaldon that I felt did not justify the purchase price. This book won't tell you about how Ian lost his leg, got back to Lollybroch, or much of anything else. Perhaps audible should group several novellas together. In that way you wouldn't feel short changed.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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A true Outlander story

Outlander fans won't be disappointed in this short story. Storyline bridges Exile, Outlander and DIA. Reader was excellent. I loved his Ian. His Jaime voice was a little heavier than Jaime in my head or the female reader of the OL novels, but he intoned Jaime well. Diana Gabaldon wrote fewer lines for Jaime dialogue in this novella and it makes Jaime seem a little less eloquent and thoughtful than he usually is. When I reflected on this it was clear that Jaime spends a great deal more time listening in the story and thus says less.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Like visiting old friends.

It was great to sit and visit a spell with the younger Jaime and Ian.

Diana captures perfectly the atmosphere of being on the edge of self discovery and growth not only in the exploration of love, but also in the inevitability of loss that is often its flip side.

But as always Jaime though injured physically and emotionally rose to the challenge, with Ian his right hand man backing him all the way.
It was good to here Jaime's skeptical, "em-eh" again.

The narrator did and excellent job with the content presentation and the accents.

What a loverly serendipitous way to start the Memorial Day weekend.

I would recommend this book to all who soldier on through life's varied challenges, not giving in or giving up until we give it our all.

I selected the 5* rating because, I felt quite encapsulated in Jaime's world and experience as the story unfold.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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More Jamie Fraser! What's not to love?

It's got everything you would expect from Diana Gabaldon.
Great characters, battle scenes, humor, and OK maybe not as much romance as we've come to expect.
But that was clear from the title.
I really loved seeing Jamie and Ian interact together.
In the other books it is mentioned, but I just really liked seen them having an adventure together and seeing Ian when he was still able to fight.
Of course all of the main books in the series should definitely be read in order but I think even someone who is not familiar with the series would enjoy this book.
I absolutely loved the narrator as well.
I searched but unfortunately this seems to be the only book on audible that he has narrated.
I look forward to more work from him as well.
And did I mention, more Jamie Fraser?

15 of 17 people found this review helpful

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  • Heather
  • LOLETA, CA, United States
  • 04-15-16

A Wonderful Glimpse into Jamie and Ian's Past

As always, Diana didn't disappoint! This story was like a piece of See's Candy enjoyed in during the quiet hours after putting the kid's to bed. It was short, but a fun glimpse into Jamie and Ian's younger years.

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Not the best

I'm a huge Outlander fan but this story was not the best. It was very boring compared to the other stories written by Diana Galaldon.

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Great narrator and short story

I am an old Outlander fan and I, too, like Davina Porter's earlier audible books. But I like this narrator as well. He brought a new voice to our favorite characters. Well done, sir. Oh and also the story is great!

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  • GlosterLass
  • 05-04-16

A good short for Gabaldon fans

I liked the narrator's Scots accent, which fitted the characters well. If you love Diana Gabaldon's other books, this will not disappoint, but if you haven't read them, this may be confusing to some.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Carole
  • 08-01-18

Another piece of the jigsaw.

Lovely voice of Allan Scott - Douglas, did this short book justice. Another piece of the Outlander series.

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  • Angela Younger
  • 06-24-18

good listen

good listen by the narrator interesting have to get next book to carry on with series

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-29-17

Virgin's. By Diana Gabaldon

Not so good as the Outlander series, but well worth a listen. It was good.

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  • mrs sharon jenkins
  • 02-09-17

Story telling is so important

Why didn't Davina Porter tell the story?
After getting so used to her and the voices for each character I found this hard to follow.
Didn't enjoy this 😔

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Beverley Deeming
  • 04-23-16

Fabulous narration, wish it was longer!

Would you listen to Virgins again? Why?

Have already listened to it twice and will no doubt listen to it again before too long. Easy to listen to with wonderful narration (considering it's not the always spectacular Davina Porter).

Who was your favorite character and why?

Well, of course Jamie BUT it was a real treat to get to know Ian a little more, especially as they are both out of their natural environs.

Which character – as performed by Allan Scott-Douglas – was your favourite?

I loved him doing Ian. As daft as it sounds, Jamie is, and always will be Davina Porter in book form and Sam Heughan on screen.

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

It made me laugh plenty. Lots of fabulous banter between the two besties.

Any additional comments?

Am so used to all of (well, most of) Diana's books being tomes (which I relish), that I was left wanting. I guess I, like many others, just can't get enough of James Alexander Malcolm Mackenzie Fraser (et al).

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Di
  • 10-24-17

Don't bother

Very short uninteresting story, could have been so much better. Bit of of let down after reading the Outlander series. Wont be buying any of the other short stories.

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  • Dim
  • 01-15-17

Waste of time

What disappointed you about Virgins?

There didn't seem to be any purpose in this book. Quite disappointing to read after reading the Outlander series, which are so informative and exciting. Diana Gabaldon excels in long novels rather than short ones I think.

What could Diana Gabaldon have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

She should have turned this into a story about Jamie's time in France rather than just a snippet. It just came across as meaningless and I got the feeling it was written more from financial gain than readers pleasure.

What about Allan Scott-Douglas’s performance did you like?

I think it was alright... I'm writing this review quite a while after I finished the book, only just found time to review it.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Virgins?

I would add more to the story or scrapped the whole thing completely.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Jane
  • 11-17-16

Great Story

Would you try another book written by Diana Gabaldon or narrated by Allan Scott-Douglas?

I always would by books by Diana Gabaldon. I will not buy a book narrated by Allan Scott. I really hated the voice he used for Jamie. To such a degree I actually had to finish the book by reading it. Spoilt the whole experience. Though I did enjoy the story.

Would you be willing to try another one of Allan Scott-Douglas’s performances?

No

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-31-18

Interesting backstory about Jamie & Ian

Interesting backstory about Jamie & Ian as young men, and the development of their friendship. It's especially good to get more insight into Ian Murray's story & character. Didn't find the storyline quite as interesting or gripping as Diana Gabaldon's other books though.