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Publisher's Summary

Diana Gabaldon's magnificent historical saga, begun with Outlander and Dragonfly in Amber, continues with this New York Times best seller. Set in the intriguing Scotland of 200 years ago, the third installment in the romantic adventures of Jamie and Claire is as compelling as the first. Now that Claire knows Jamie survived the slaughter at Culloden, she is faced with the most difficult decision of her life. She aches to travel back through time again to find the love of her life, but, in order to do that, she must leave their daughter behind. It has been 20 years since she and Jamie were forced to separate. Can she risk everything, maybe even her life, on a gamble that their love has withstood the long, rigorous test of time?

Diana Gabaldon's powerful, witty, and heroic characters lend themselves well to the rich, melodic narration accorded them by Davina Porter. Under her spell, listeners find themselves transported back through time to exciting, faraway places alive with people they would enjoy knowing.

©1993 Diana Gabaldon; (P)1998 Recorded Books

Critic Reviews

"Triumphant....Her use of historical detail and truly adult love story confirm Gabaldon as a superior writer." (Publishers Weekly)

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  • J. Geiser
  • Canton, OH United States
  • 04-10-12

Necessary (but painful) chapter in the saga

Davina Porter is again fabulous and flawless in her reading of this book. The story itself is, however, painful for me and is my least favorite in the series. The main character falls from grace and in my opinion never recovers fully to his previous stature as a truly admirable character. I also felt that some of the plot points were contrived and several main characters were behaving in ways that were distinctly inconsistent with the characters the author had so faithfully and deeply developed in earlier books. Still, one has to endure this volume in order to get to the next one -- Drums of Autumn. And ultimately, it's worth it.

10 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • B.J.
  • Minneapolis, MN, United States
  • 08-30-14

An A- instead of an A+

I'm now going through the Outlander series again ... the second time listening to them in order. With a few minutes break in between, the differences between the books has become clearer. While I love the series, certain books just hit me the right way.

I don't disclose spoilers in my reviews and I won't do that here. BUT, my sense is that this book was written to provide a geographic change ... a segue. So while the storyline does go on, there's this thing taking place that feels a little forced.

It's funny really. Here I am listening to a book that involves time travel - a concept which doesn't seem so far-fetched in Gabaldon's capable hands. The whole thing is wildly inventive and completely addictive -- even for people like me who enjoy non-fiction. I've come to accept all the magical things. Then something happens in this book - which really is just an event - and I throw my hands in the air and exclaim, "Oh, come on! That's completely unrealistic!" As though time travel and magic stones are?

Diana Gabaldon has incredible power over her readers. We trust her to take us on a journey that stretches the imagination and we go with her willingly. This book proves to me that even the most talented writers can ask a little too much from their readers/listeners.

That said, it didn't spoil the series. I'm eager to listen to the next one - if only to hear more Davina Porter. She has got to be one of the most talented narrators around. A 5-star rating just isn't enough.

12 of 16 people found this review helpful

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FANTASTIC!!

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!

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Romance in a Marriage? *spoilers*

When I started reading this series I had no idea that this series would continue from book to book with the same couple. I have to admit that once I finished book one and two I thought that their story was finished. I didn't believe that the author would keep me interested enough in the adventures on a single couple's marriage to continue reading.
Much to my shock I am forced to admit I was very wrong.

As a reader of romance novels I am used to each and every story coming to a neat and happy ending at the close of each book. It's romance, right? I want to read about that first meeting, the courtship, their happy ending. Why, in God's name, would I want to read about a marriage. What's romantic about that? The same couple from book to book? Believe me if someone would have told me that's this series is about one couple I wouldn't have picked it up.
Don't get me wrong. I'm not against, the sacrament of, institution of, contract of, or whatever you wish to call it, marriage. I'm married. Though I am very happy in my marriage from time to time looking at the world from a married woman's point of view. The word romance isn't the first thing that pops into one's mind at the mention of husband. Argument happen, some worse then others, reconciliation, compromises and sacrifices are made. All these things come to mind when I think of marriage not romance. Is there romance in marriage? Yea, sure... But most often it's overlooked. With THAT BIT said I should mention the book and I'll just touch lightly just so I won't spoil too much. *wink*

I've never read such a beautiful reunion of a couple... Ever! It gave me goose bumps and that doesn't happen with me at all, believe me. Not only that, but with the other side of the coin have I ever read a couple's anger toward each other rise to a point until you think they might not recover.

Gabaldon liked to put little bombshells in her stories. By bombshell I mean little tidbits of information that are over looked until it's stepped on like a land mind! Blowing the story wide open and letting the character bits fall where they may!

The series, so far, is rich in character, backdrop, adventure, history, details, details, details and... Oh yes romance too.

Oh, and FYI did I mention this story is epic? Yea, there are a lot of pages and a lot of details but its organized really well and doesn't leave your head spinning. Her historical facts are so on point that historical fans like me will totally get their history geek on by being steeped in this story. By the end of the book you'll be exhausted.

It's so worth it...

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  • Ellen
  • Prospect, CT, USA
  • 02-03-10

Good Read

Definitely not as strong as Outlander or Dragonfly in Amber but this story was good. After reading the other books in the series, I feel as if I know the characters and I was eager to listen to the next installment. I was a little disappointed. This book on it's own tended to drag a little in parts.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Lynne
  • Charlotte, NC, USA
  • 07-26-09

Another winner by Diana Gabaldon!

This series has quickly become one of my favorites! Definitely Top 3! Jamie and Claire are two characters that just come to life for me. This book does frustrate me a bit before they meet up again... but it's only because my heart aches for them to be together once again. Highly recommend this series and can't imagine it without the highly skilled Davina Porter telling me the story.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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fantastic

Great story and wonderful reader. I buy anything I can find from this author. She is always sure to delight. Realistic adult romance combined with a twist of fantasy. Delicious listen.

10 of 14 people found this review helpful

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Another great book!

One of my favorite books! If you have been reading this series you will love this one. If you haven't, start with Outlander.

14 of 20 people found this review helpful

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I love this world

I'm sure that Davina Porter is a huge part of the reason why I so love this book. Porter's collection of voices are marvelous. How does she do it? Her Scottish ting is gorgeous. Her variety and suitability of voices for the characters is just so comfortable to listen to. I've heard this book before but want to listen again just to hear Davina Porter.

Diana Gabaldon is no small contributor. Her characters are fun and reasonable. Of course nobody can move across time but she well considers the issues that one might encounter in doing so with a logic, if logic is the word.

The series is well worth a visit and tour.

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  • Tammi
  • Edgar Springs, MO, United States
  • 04-21-12

Amazing Series

I would absolutely recommend this book, but only if you are looking for a story that you can really get into. It has richly developed characters and storylines within storylines. It is well-written and researched, blending fact and fiction flawlessly.
I began reading this series when it first came out and purchased the audiobooks because I enjoyed it so much. I was not disappointed. The narrator is wonderful and does a fantastic job with all of the different accents and characters, giving each of them a distinct, recognizable voice.
If you are looking for an intelligent, fun read, this is definitely worth the credit!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Judith Bateman
  • 04-06-17

Loving Claire and Jamie 😀

Really enjoyed this book ,love the relationship between Jamie and claire ,not a dull moment 😀

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  • Douglas
  • 03-17-17

Amazing narration

Over 40 hours long and narration perfect throughout. How Davina Porter does it I don't Knox. But she deserves an Oscar. I was well into the book before it dawned on me that there were not multiple people reading it out. At one point she does a Scotsman translating a Chinese character with a more than plausible ascent.

The story itself was as expected for the series. Very long and winding but somehow all necessary. The story broke new ground though with the setting and did leave a few loose ends. But on the whole a very good yarn.

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  • CRL
  • 02-18-17

Brilliant as usual!

Even on 12th listening this series never ever fails to exhilarate me! Bring on "Drums of Autumn"

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  • Carole
  • 02-14-17

Brilliant

A fabulously interesting book, read to perfection by Davina Porter, looking forward to book 4.

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  • sarahmoose2000
  • 12-16-16

Over the sea and far away

It's hard to say too much without spoiling the book for you. Clare has discovered Jamie didn't die at Culloden, should she leave her daughter to return to her one true love?

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  • Tremaine Cornish
  • 11-17-16

A Cracking Yarn

Loved it, left me wanting more!
A delight! The historical treatment, to the gay encounters, the tension and the honour work superbly together.

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  • Lady viscount
  • 11-10-16

lovely outlander

such a great book, the story is never ending and never boring. Can't help thinking what if...

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  • Lauryn
  • 09-15-16

Another mind blowing edition to the saga!

I love Diana gabaldon!! I love Jamie, I love Claire and I love this story so much. That is all!

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  • Elle
  • 08-22-16

It's ok

Very long winded, had some good adventure just wish the author would stop stalling and on with it! Honestly could have been 20 hours shorter!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-16-16

loved it

this book was wonderful on to book 4 now for me .these book are addictive as is the TV series.it is easy to become invested in each of the characters.

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  • Alison Mitchell
  • 02-16-17

A dip in the series but still very good.

This is probably my least favourite of the series, but it is still an engaging book and as usual the narration is excellent.

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  • Catherine
  • 01-29-17

Loved it

I found this to be addictive I couldn't stop listening to it. Well read. Captivating story

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  • Lauren
  • 11-07-16

loved it

the story line was great so many twists
a bit slow at the start then it picked up and never stopped after that

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  • Julie G.
  • 08-31-16

Fantastic

What beautiful skill full writing... Love, love loved it!!!! Can't wait to listen to book 4

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  • katrina
  • 07-28-16

couldn't stop listening

love this book I will be listening to rest off theses books just can't stop listing.

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  • Alison
  • 05-07-16

Timely travels

Loved it! l cant wait to read the next book in this wonderful series. Another Diana Gabaldon masterpiece.

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  • Casey
  • 03-16-16

Swashbuckling historical romance with a dash of sci-fi

A great book. The author keeps you guessing. This is the third in the series and it's still well written and leaves you wanting more. A real "page turner".

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  • Daniel
  • 07-27-15

Fabulously

Brilliantly written and read. This book so captivating intriguing and hot. Just wonderful

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  • Karen
  • 07-19-15

Great story

Still loving this epic tale. Second reading and still enjoying the love story of Jamie and Claire

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  • Melanie
  • 06-29-15

Fantastic!

Loved all of it! Great series a must read for sure! Can't wait to start the next book