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Publisher's Summary

More than a decade ago, number-one New York Times best-selling author Diana Gabaldon delighted her legions of fans with The Outlandish Companion, an indispensable guide to all the Outlander books at the time. But that edition was just a taste of things to come. Since that publication, there have been four more Outlander novels, a side series, assorted novellas, and one smash-hit Starz original television series. Now Gabaldon serves up The Outlandish Companion, Volume Two, an all-new guide to the latest books in the series.

Written with Gabaldon's signature wit and intelligence, this compendium is bursting with generous commentary and juicy insider details, including - a complete chronology of the series thus far - full synopses of A Fiery Cross, A Breath of Snow and Ashes, An Echo in the Bone, and Written in My Own Heart's Blood - recaps of the Lord John Grey novels: Lord John and the Private Matter, Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade, Lord John and the Hand of Devils, and The Scottish Prisoner - a who's who of the cast of Outlander characters, cross-referenced by book - detailed maps and floor plans - an annotated bibliography - essays on subjects as wide ranging as Outlandish controversies regarding sex and violence, the unique responsibilities of a writer of historical fiction, and Gabaldon's writing process - a guided tour of the clothes, food, and music of the 18th century - a Gaelic glossary and pronunciation guide - personal photos from the author taken on the set of the Starz Outlander series As entertaining, sweeping, and addictive as the series itself, this second volume of The Outlandish Companion is a one (or two)-of-a-kind gift from an incomparable author.

©2015 Diana Gabaldon (P)2015 Recorded Books

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What is the point?

What did you like best about The Outlandish Companion Volume Two? What did you like least?

What I liked best was it was about two of my favorite fictional characters. What I liked least was the miniscule amount of new information provided in 22 hours of running time.

What was most disappointing about Diana Gabaldon’s story?

What was the most disappointing about Diana Gabaldon's story was that there was no story. This book is a recap of each of the books included in this Volume 2. I bought a hard copy of Volume 1 and it was full of new and interesting tidbits applicable to the series. This volume has very little new information and is basically a synopsis of each of the later books which I have read at least twice and listened to at least twice. I truly do not know why this book was published. I am curious about the hard copy and will look at it at the bookstore to see if it is as pointless as the recorded book.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Do not let the author be part of the narration.

Did The Outlandish Companion Volume Two inspire you to do anything?

Yes. It inspired me to ask for a refund.

Any additional comments?

No, I don't think I do.

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Works better in book format

This works decently as an audiobook, but would be much better read in book form. There are many lists, recipes, and blurbs (not to mention an abundance of footnotes) that don't make for exciting listening. Also, while I love Diana Gabaldon and appreciate the quirkiness of her voice, she takes some getting used to. And she reads VERY fast.

The upside is that they brought in Davina Porter to narrate and she is lovely as always (though I was thrown for a loop several times as she has changed her pronunciation of several words from when she narrated the big books.

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This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

This book is more like a Cliff's book summarizing the fantastic Outlander books (which I enjoyed very much). I thought this book was going to be a story, not a meandering monotonous narrative about how Diana came up and/or supports her historical accuracies or inaccuracies of her Outlander series.

Has The Outlandish Companion Volume Two turned you off from other books in this genre?

No.

What three words best describe the narrators’s performance?

Monotonous

What character would you cut from The Outlandish Companion Volume Two?

Non

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It was awful.

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Great insight into the books and show.

There are summary readings of the last 4 books as well as Lord John novelas. So, be advised that there are spoilers if you haven't read them already.
I enjoyed hearing, this is Audible, from the author, and supporting crew members of the show. It was a treat to hear Davina Porter not only read the excerpts from the books but also the notes from Scottish herbalist consultant from the show. It was like Clair was talking about her craft.

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Love these but...

Please let Davina read for Diana Gabaldon’s! I’m one of Gabaldon’s biggest fans but her voice is just horrible for reading out loud and I sincerely want to know what her thought process is and I’m very interested I just am unable to make it through.

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Perfect 👌

This volume was NOT a monotonous droll as a few reviews stated. I loved all the parts and pieces of this. It's a combination of dictionary, encyclopedia and a compilation of stories. Thank you for making the second companion. I hope there will be a companion after the last book. :)

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Loved this audiobook!

Great overview of the last four books in the Outlander book series. Highly recommend purchasing.

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nice companion book

I loved all the insights, about Diana's writing & also the Starz show. will be adding it it to my to read / listen again list, that is mostly Outlander books!

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good insight if you love outlander series

good insight if you love outlander series and a great overview of the second half of the novels and novellas

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great info. reading was inconsistent.

I really enjoyed the parts read by the author and by divinia Porter and by Jeff Woodman. the third reader made several pronunciation errors and I didn't care for her voice. Outlander fans will love the information given here overall it was highly enjoyable!

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