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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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exceptional Book!

Wonderful! love Jaime and Claire ' s adventures! can't wait to read on !

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Most Excellent!<br />

Very captivating. Loved the character voices. Cannot wait to download the next one. Good way to pass time between seasons of the show.

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Good job!

What did you love best about Voyager?

I'd read the book. We have watched the series on Starz & my husband was asking a lot of questions about what happens next. We had some road trips coming up so this was a great way for him to "read" the book & I knew I would love listening to it. The female voice that performs the book has a great quality -- very easy to listen to for our hours on the road.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Voyager?

When Claire realizes, along with Brianna & Roger, that Jamie lived through Culloden.

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

Claire

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

You might want to but it is way too long. I should have tracked how many hours it took.

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Continues the series with the usual good --& bad--

I have conflicting views on most of the entries in the "Outlander" series. In some ways they're decent:
--it's interesting to dive into Scotland of the 18th century,
--Gabaldon's basic writing mechanics are pretty good; her dialogue is realistic (tho the content can leave the reader wanting to reach in & strangle the speakers); she produces clear prose without the many defects so common to writers these days (run-on sentences,* etc), tho she does have a tendency to hugely overuse the same phrases over & over; as certain things never appear without the same descriptor attached; Jamie's nose is ALWAYS "long, straight," his & Brianna's mouths are ALWAYS "wide," etc.
--she does a decent job of delineating characters & manages to create a large stable of them without being confusing; every person stands out clearly, largely because of their own varieties of stupidities & personality disorders.

Then there are the serious down sides which show up in each book:
--Claire, supposedly an intelligent, trained physician (after book 1) has the emotional maturity of a 2-year-old, flying wildly off the handle at minute or nonexistent provocations. I can just see her in her Boston hospital, where she's Chief of Surgery (in 1967, no less; mighty impressive for a woman at that time), & when something goes wrong during an operation she screams at the O.R. staff & flings the patient's gall bladder across the room. This is particularly egregious when (SPOILER) she gets back to the 1700s & after meeting up with Jamie again, finds out that (*GASP!!*) he hasn't lived as as a monk the 20 years she was gone, supposedly never to return. She gets insanely jealous any time any female speaks to Jamie, and when she finds out he's gotten married to Lirah (sp?) she really becomes unhinged. I can see how she'd not be happy that he married the twit who tried to have her killed, but he didn't know about that. No matter; she turns bloody barking mad & rages out of the house, never to return to that horrible bastard who dared to try to sort of have a life in the 2 decades she was gone, even tho he had every reason to believe she'd been gone for good, & didn't enjoy the life anyway. And no, by God, she won't listen to anything from anyone. She apparently, during those 20 years of missing him, longing for him, etc etc ad nauseum, never once considered that he might've had a life, not even after she learns he survived Culloden. Clearly, by her rules, he wasn't allowed to have a life.

So basically Claire is just a curl shy of hair-on-fire crazy; an incredibly selfish, immature, narcissistic, tantrum-prone snit machine. Gee, what a delightful main character! She suffers either from bipolar or multiple personality disorder, or both. In between insane rages & tantrums she has episodes of channeling Florence Nightingale & oozing gooey romance & caring. Until the next explosion. Living with her must be like snuggling up to a large bottle of nitroglycerin; you never know when the slightest movement will bring about dramatic flaming death.

--I have to wonder if Gabaldon watched WAYYY too many Meet Cute/RomCom/farce-type movies before writing her books: most of the charged interactions between characters & the very plots arise from what the late great Roger Ebert defined as an "Idiot Plot" (i.e. movies which would be 5 minutes long if all the characters weren't idiots). I would amend this description for DG's books to "Idiot/Snit Plots," because the action is moved forward at least as often because the characters throw snits & tantrums worthy of two-year olds in addition to behaving like idiots. When they're not diving into raging tantrums at the slightest provocation, they regularly manage the astounding feat of managing to say exactly the wrong things to create havoc while simultaneously NOT letting slip any of the myriad bits of info which would immediately clear up the situation & resolve the tangle --& not incidentally cut several hundred pages from the books. I would advise that those who are prone to slapping themselves on the forehead when confronted with criminal stupidity to avoid Gabaldon's books, lest you end up with permanent brain damage & begin to behave like her characters yourself.

Her books also rely heavily upon characters' tendency to develop sudden & mysterious attacks of muteness; if they merely spoke a word or two, the whole argument/scene would end in seconds. Characters in "Voyager" develop it more often than people in soap operas get amnesia. Example: Claire gets stashed in a brothel for a night, for silly reasons. Tired of waiting imperiously in her room for breakfast to be delivered (she seems to think she's in the Ritz), she wraps her otherwise nude self in a quilt & waltzes down to dine with the working girls, who immediately assume she's the new stock. They assess her attributes as if she were a cow at auction. Ho ho ho. Then they begin to tell her that the New Girl gets the worst customers & give her graphic pointers on how to deal with 'em & hurry them to a finish. Ha ha, Big Laffs. Throughout, Claire sits like a mute moron. This passes for clever dialogue & scene development, I suppose.

At other times, huge arguments arise, some to violence, because the person with the simple, clarifying datum just stands around like a rock. If these are supposed to be humorous, or clever ways to develop tension or humor, they're not. They're just stupid laziness on the part of the author.

One might wonder why I've continued to read the entries in the "Outlander" series after this less than glowing review. I've wondered at times myself, & I did in fact give up on the series later on. I read "My Own Heart's Blood" with appalled fascination & a bedrock determination never to waste my time with any more of the books, if any appear(ed). I stuck with them that far partly because there are good elements of the books, partly because it is so hard to find new, listenable, quality audiobooks. Davina Porter does an outstanding job with every entry of this incredibly long series, and I salute her sustained quality, endurance, & apparent leather larynx (I do not, in truth, tend to enjoy female readers --so burn me at the stake-- but her voice & readings are pure, honeyed pleasure.

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Thoroughly enjoyed!

After watching the series on Starz, I had to get the next book! I listened while on vacation on the beach. It was delightful! I can't wait to get the next book!

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FANTASTIC

loved the book, loved hearing it. great voice! I want to hear the rest of the books in the series!

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  • Holly
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loved the book...twice

loved it. listening to the series on our road trips. hubby likes it too. can't wait for season 3 on Starz now.

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VOyager

I love the story of Clair and Jamie but I have to admit that I had difficulty understanding some of the characters accent in this audible format.

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Each book in the series gets better!

Where does Voyager rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This story (saga!) has captured my interest enough that I am downloading the fourth book, much to my own surprise! I am not a romance novel kind of reader, but after the first book it becomes more historical fiction and the story is compelling.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Voyager?

Too many memorable moments to count; the only thing that keeps them from being cliff-hangers is that this is book three and I know there are eight books in the series with another one on the way. So of course she makes it!

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

Her many voices, accents, and the emotion she conveys really carry the story along.

If you could take any character from Voyager out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Dinner? Claire. Dancing? Jamie.

Any additional comments?

This is a surprisingly good series. If you can get through all the semi porn of the first book, this is a great story!

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What an adventure!

Really enjoyed Davina's narration. Continue to be impressed by Dianna's writing. It is particularly exciting to listen to a story featuring middle aged romantic leads.