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Publisher's Summary

In her now classic novel Outlander, Diana Gabaldon told the story of Claire Randall, an English ex-combat nurse who walks through a stone circle in the Scottish Highlands in 1946, and disappears… into 1743. The story unfolded from there in seven best-selling novels, and CNN has called it "a grand adventure written on a canvas that probes the heart, weighs the soul and measures the human spirit across [centuries]." Now the story continues in Written in My Own Heart's Blood.

It is 1778: France declares war on Great Britain, the British army leaves Philadelphia, and George Washington's troops leave Valley Forge in pursuit. At this moment, Jamie Fraser returns from a presumed watery grave to discover that his best friend has married his wife; his illegitimate son has discovered (to his horror) who his father really is; and his beloved nephew, Ian, wants to marry a Quaker. Meanwhile, Jamie's wife, Claire, and his sister, Jenny, are busy picking up the pieces.

The Frasers can only be thankful that their daughter Brianna and her family are safe in 20th-century Scotland. Or not. In fact, Brianna is searching for her own son, who was kidnapped by a man determined to learn her family's secrets. Her husband, Roger, has ventured into the past in search of the missing boy - never suspecting that the object of his quest has not left the present. Now, with Roger out of the way, the kidnapper can focus on his true target: Brianna herself.

Written in My Own Heart's Blood is the brilliant next chapter in a masterpiece of the imagination unlike any other.

©2014 Diana Gabaldon (P)2014 Recorded Books

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Least powerful of the series

Davina Porter excellent throughout.
Loved the series and look forward to the next installment... Bye friends!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Good but if this is the end????

I will be pretty mad. Lots of sub plots that lead nowhere, un answered questions... And I never thought I would say this about anything, bit too much shagging.
Still, an entertaining listen....

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Anne
  • MURFREESBORO, TN, United States
  • 02-01-15

Greater Appreciation on Second Reading

Originally, I read the books as they were published and thoroughly enjoyed them. This time I decided to read them back to back, and found I enjoyed them even more. I did not think this was possible, but these books are so complex, it is just not possible to get everything the first time through.

I recommend this exercise to all who love the Outlander series, as you will surely find scenes that you missed or misinterpreted before.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Worth the wait

Diana just gets better. Some books in the series were a bit winding and wordy, but this one held my interest throughout. Claire as a sexy grandma. How delightful. Still loving her series. Davina Porter's performance is as wonderful as ever.

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  • emzylla
  • San Francisco, CA
  • 07-27-14

Fantastic next installment of a beloved series

What made the experience of listening to Written in My Own Heart's Blood the most enjoyable?

The richness of the environment she creates.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Written in My Own Heart's Blood?

The discovery of the children's powers, Roger's meeting Brian, there were many.

What about Davina Porter’s performance did you like?

Characterizations

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

No, but I was always eager to get to it & I flew through it!

Any additional comments?

It felt like it ended abruptly after 44-some odd hours! I think I just wasn't ready to leave their world.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Another wonderful read

I love these characters as if I actually knew them. Can't wait for the next installment.

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  • Janet
  • Allen, TX, United States
  • 07-15-14

Gabaldon has scored again!

Each time I start a new "Outlander" book, I feel as if I am attending a reunion of dear friends - I can't wait to find out what happened since we last met! This book continues the difficult-to-define genre in which these stories are told. There appears that this book has more steamy romance than most of the others, as well as really graphic scenes of violence and medical practice in 2 different centuries. Many plot lines are resolved, and many others just begun. I can't wait for the promised 9th book! Davina Porter is the only possible voice in which I can imagine these stories being told - she is wonderful, as always, with the exception of a few mispronounced words here and there. A bit unexpected. NOTE: Read all of the previous 7 books in the series before you begin this one. Subtle elements will not make sense otherwise. A great listen!!

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  • Kelly
  • Omaha, NE, United States
  • 07-13-14

This one felt forced

I gotta say that I'm a little disappointed with this one. I've loved them all, but this one felt forced. I'm sure Diana is under a lot of pressure to continue this wonderful series, but I think she's burnt out. Of course, if you've read the other seven books then you must get this one, but it may fall a little short of expectations.

13 of 19 people found this review helpful

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  • Judy
  • FRIENDSWOOD, TX, United States
  • 07-09-14

A long awaited banquet with friends

Satisfying, slowly consumed, and delicious. Diana's writing is more that of a sixty year old woman with twenty best sellers behind her name. She loves her characters and endows them with intelligence and a conscience. Realizing that there were no cell phones, even before Claire's first exit to the past, we know that we will have to wait for the journeys. The beauty of this is that Diana Gabaldon knows that it's the journey not the destination that builds character and memories. Davina Porter is an artist who paints words and characters with her voice. Her voice should hang, like a masterpiece, in the Louvre.

I love these long stories that are told over the centuries because the characters draw you in and make you care about what may be waiting around every corner. I especially enjoy the medical applications and how Claire translates 20th century medicine to the 1700's. Learning how penicillin is made and what it takes to create ether is fascinating to me. You learn in little pieces of stories that illustrate the challenges of living in a time where convenience didn't exist.

I close the book and a feeling of poignance comes over me. I know that like the journeys, there will be a stretch of time before I can once again experience the lives of characters that I've come to love. I will miss the histories that are nearly first hand, thanks to the authors kindest care with her research. But I know I will see these old friends again in future editions. For now I think I shall re-experience the beginning once again. Like a rich soup, it is often even better the day after it's made.

Dear reader, I wish you a journey through this series to be remembered well enough to consume again and again. It is not for the instant coffee crowd, it's for those who appreciate grinding ones own beans and lovingly brewing a cup of smooth, rich coffee to be enjoyed in the most comfortable chair, feet up before a cozy fire, and with a Diana Gabaldon novel at hand.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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SEX, BATTLES AND SURGERY. BORING!

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

If she had written a new book instead of reruns of previous stories. We know that Jamie and Claire love each other and have great sex every day.

Would you ever listen to anything by Diana Gabaldon again?

Probably, but not this series.

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

Jenny and/or Claire

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Boredom, disappointment

Any additional comments?

Ms. Gabaldon is done with this series. Another house burning --- really? She needs to move on. I particularly did not like the fact (and maybe I missed it) that she didn't explain how Brianna and Roger got from 1739 to 1779. I think she should go explore some other characters like perhaps Sister Joan and/or Michael in The Space Between. I quite frankly am NOT interested in reading about fistulas (sic?) in the 18th century. I couldn't wait to get to the end of this book and am very sorry that I wasted my money on this book.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful