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New York Times best-selling author Diana Gabaldon enchanted scores of fans with Outlander, her electrifying historical saga set in 18th-century Scotland. Now the sequel sweeps listeners back into the past as Claire relates more of her perilous sojourn there with her Scottish warrior husband, James Fraser. Twenty years after her strange journey back in time, Claire has returned to Scotland with her daughter, determined to share with her the secret she has harbored since her time travel. Still longing to know the fate of her beloved warrior, she recounts the story of her stay with him in the intrigue-ridden court of Charles Stuart and their attempt to avert the doomed Highlands uprising at Culloden. As her story unfolds, it reveals implications more far-reaching than even Claire could have guessed.

Narrator Davina Porter's gift for expression captures the history and flavor of a harsh place and time, and gives it the polish of a warm and engaging love story.

Great Scot: don't miss Outlander, the first book in this great series.
©1992 Diana Gabaldon (P)1998 Recorded Books

Critiques

"Compulsively readable." (Publishers Weekly)
"A winning combination of vivid imagination and good common sense." (Kirkus)
"Diana Gabaldon is a born storyteller." (Arizona Republic)

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Fantastic

very very good book. captivating all the way through. a very good narrator. next one!

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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Jeff
  • 14/05/2012

FOR GUYS AS WELL

I wish I could take back the review I did on book 1 of this series. I said it was chick lit, which it is, too some degree, but to pass this series by because of a few sex scenes from the ladies point of view is foolish in balance with the really great story that you would miss.

I was drawn to the first book because it dealt with time travel and was rated 5 stars. I got the second book because I became very attached to the characters and it also was rated 5 stars. The author is a very good writer and the narration is freakishly perfect. I prefer male narration because female narrators rarely narrate the male parts well enough. but Davina Porter pulls it off quite well.

So far I've listened to her for about 70 hrs and I feel I could go on listening to her indefinatly ! Perfectly nuanced, perfectly timed , wonderfully relaxing, and sumptuously toned, thats how I would describe her narration.
Im very happy that I have something like 5 big books left to go in this series, yet I already feel some separation anxiety of loosing these characters, thats testament to the fine writing Dianna Gabaldon has produced.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Daniel Williams
  • 13/11/2006

Finally! The unabridged version is here!

For months I put off buying the abridged version of this audiobook in hopes of buying the unabridged version. Finally, after months of waiting and an e-mail or two to Audible Customer Service, I bought the abridged version. Alas, the very next month, the unabridged version came out. As such, I've had the opportunity to listen to both.

Admittedly, the abridged version gives the highlights, however, it can't give sufficient background info or do full justice to Gibaldon's outstanding storytelling ability. While 38 hours for the unabridged version might seem daunting, it's a delightful sojurn. Who, in the midst of a love affair is anxious for it to end? That's the journey this author offers.

If you're new to Diana Gibaldon's "Outlander" series, start with the first book, "Outlander." Once again, I highly recommend the unabridged version. "Dragonfly in Amber" is the second of six or more books in the series.

The narrator, Davina Porter, does a fine job of presenting Claire Randall, the story's spunky protagonist (complete with captivating British accent) as well as the other characters.

This is an outstanding book! Please enjoy it to it's fullest--unabridged and at your leisure. It's a great way to pass hours in the car. (Handheld computer or MP3 player via FM transmitter through the car stereo). Besides, listening to the full version will allow time for audible.com to obtain the next book in the series in unabridged format.

Thanks audible. Keep up the good work!

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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Eugenia
  • 27/12/2009

I ADORE this series!

I agree with all these glowing reviews, especially the reviewer who said they were in intense pain for Jamie and Claire! I cannot stop thinking about these characters---they are so compelling.
I thank Audiblebooks so much for my finding the Outlander series---I am obsessed.
This second book is absolutely wonderful as it moves back and forth through time. One of the author's brilliant writing touches is to present something---an event that a character tells, and then later reveal what really happened.
I have already started on the third book in the series and I don't want it to end! As I said, I'm obsessed.

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  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
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  • AudioAddict
  • 02/02/2014

Wonderful book and series

STORY (epic historical fiction/adventure/romance) - You will want to start with Book 1 of this series and hear them in order. The books are very long -- this one is over 39 hours. It is about a present-day English woman (Claire, the "Outlander") who is propelled back in time to the Scottish highlands in the 1700's. The time travel isn't the thrust of the book but, rather, a mechanism to put Claire in position to give listeners a modern perspective on life in that period. This perspective is long, detailed and sometimes confusing, but it is never boring.

The main characters are lovable and well-developed. You will become totally engrossed in the plight of Claire and her Scottish husband, Jamie, as they try to survive in this brutal time period and prevent war with the English. Their love for each other is deep and absolutely beautiful. Reviewers who criticized the first book, Outlander, for its sexual content will be pleased to find there is much less in this book.

PERFORMANCE - Davina Porter is my favorite female narrator. Sometimes I paid more attention to her lovely voice and performance than I did to the story itself.

OVERALL (Actual rating 4.5) - I would have rated this book a five if it had been about 10 hours shorter. There is sex and language which might be offensive to some.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Meghan Ramsey
  • 03/12/2006

So much better that the

I've been a fan of Diana Gabaldon for years, and I was one of the many who wrote to Audible customer service begging to see the unabridged titles in the Outlander series added to the Audible library. At long last...I was so excited when "Outlander" showed up one day. I checked back every week to see when "Dragonfly in Amber" would be posted!

Gabaldon does thorough historical research and has excellent chaacter development in her stories. There is romance, but not so much that I would put the book in that category. There is mystery and magic, action and adventure, intrigue and espionage.

"Dragonfly in Amber" picks up where "outlander" leaves off, but it also carries the listener forward to what the future may hold and sets the next few books up nicely.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Paula
  • 07/03/2007

Riveting and Brilliant sequel

"Dragonfly in Amber" by Diana Gablaldon is the sequel to the phenomenal (and also highly recommended) "Outlander." There are now actually six books in the series, with more to come, so if you enjoy these books, there is much more for you love!
This series is brilliantly crafted by the author, with plot twists by the score (there is NOTHING predictable about them), quirky characters (some you love, some you hate!), and dialogue that will make you laugh and cry. The characters will be so real to you by the end, you will find it hard to believe they have not been sitting at your kitchen table all along, telling their tales themselves. The "Outlander" books definitely defy GENRE. Initially set in Scotland in 1743, they have it all--history (meticulously researched), action, romance, drama, war, time travel, spies and intrigue--sprinkled throughout with characters based on real historical figures. These are LONG books, but by the end of each one you may be wishing it would go on further. Read (listen to) "Outlander" first, and you could be hooked in the first few chapters. The other books in the series are: "Voyager" (book 3); "Drums of Autumn" (book 4); "Fiery Cross" (book 5); and "A Breath of Snow and Ashes" (book 6). If that isn't enough, read the companion book "The Outlandish Companion," which explains a lot about the author's process of creating the series and characters, and answers her most frequently asked questions. The author's website is also worth a visit.
These books are written for intelligent readers, and I myself have created quite a large circle of "Outlander" fans by suggesting them to my friends and family, who subsequently get hooked. I do not recommend these for readers under 18, because of some graphic loves scenes, and other intense themes. However, I cannot recommend the series highly enough. Read (listen to) them twice each, at least!

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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lynne
  • 18/06/2009

Another Winner!

OK, not as great as the first book, Outlander, but darn close! I did find my mind wander here and there in a few slow spots, but Gabaldon always made me fall right back into the story. Jamie and Clair are near and dear to my heart now and I sobbed for them and all the Scots that suffered a horrible end at Culloden.
I find myself researching history about the events in the book and am so impressed with the amount of Gabaldon's work put into this amazing story.
I just had to write this review to encourage folks to give it a listen. Davina Porter is one of my two favorite narrators and I'm just so into this story, I've got to go and download book three right now!
Enjoy!

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  • Global
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  • Paula Beck
  • 15/12/2007

Long, but pure pleasure

This series is wonderful. The narrator is absolutely incredible, with great Scottish voices and even a Scottish chieftain with his false teeth taken out!

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Tiffany Ann Townsend
  • 09/11/2006

Love IT!

I love this book! I have been avoiding buying the abridged version of these books for a very long time hoping that the unabridged version would come to audible. This series is wonderful for the romantic in all of us. Please hurry and put the rest of the unabridged versions on the website.

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  • Katrina T. Lawson
  • 08/11/2013

Meh

Any additional comments?

I just couldn't stay with this book. I started it three times, getting closer to the end each time, but I just couldn't listen to the end. I swear, if I had to listen to her whine, "Jay-meee!" one more time, I was going to lose it.

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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Farmerjo
  • 09/11/2007

Mitreißender Roman! Spannung Pur

Diese Erzählung ist wahnsinnig spannend und mitreißend erzählt. Der Leser fühlt und lebt mit den Hauptfiguren. Teilt Freud und Leid. Ein Buch, dass einen nicht mehr losläßt. Das Buch verpackt die historischen Hintergründe über die Geschichte Schottlands so, dass man sie nie wieder vergißt. Auch die Art und Weise in der Davina Porter die einzelnen Charaktere sprechen lässt bekommt von mir die Höchstnote. Ich kann dieses Buch nur weiterempfehlen.

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  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
  • amanog
  • Hamburg, Deutschland
  • 09/12/2011

Davina Porter nicht zu toppen

Davina Porter ist die Top-Sprecherin der Gabaldon Texte- dafür eigentlich 6 Sterne, nur drei für den Roman. Wieder die bekannte Mischung, leider nicht so spannend wie Outlander. Trotzdem hörenswert vor allen für diejenigen, die Schottland und dessen eigene Sprache lieben und/oder Soft-Sex Beschreibungen ais weiblicher Sicht mögen.
Gut gelungen ist die Vorstellung von Bri(anna), der Tochter des Highlanders, die im 20. Jahrhundert aufgewachsern ist.
Insgesamt diesmal nur 4 Sterne

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • cbaumeister
  • München, Deutschland
  • 18/01/2009

Adorable!


The Outlander series is addictive. Although each book verges on 800 pages plus and the unabridged audio books are long time passes by so quick.
Dragonfly in Amber is of course the second book in the series, and begins where Outlander left off. Previously, the Frasers left Scotland and headed to France, to stop the impending Stuart uprising. Jack Randall is believed to be dead- but of course, not everything is as it seems. This book is half set in Paris, and half set in Scotland.

The book is slightly confusing because the first hundred pages or so are set in 1968, giving a preview of what will happen later on in the book and the third book in the series. In 1968, Claire Randall is a doctor with a grown daughter who looks remarkably like Jamie Fraser did. Claire and Brianna have returned to Scotland so that Brianna can find out who her real father was.

In all, this is a remarkably wonderful book, one in a great series. I can't wait to listen to the third book, Voyager.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • hedy11
  • Bickenbach, Deutschland
  • 18/11/2006

Erwartungen erfüllt

Davina Porter schafft es hervorragend, Charaktere zu verkörpern und Stimmungen zu übertragen
- viel besser als die auch nicht schlechte Sprecherin der gekürzten Fassung, Geraldine James.

Noch wichtiger: diese Version ist eben ungekürzt, so dass neben dem roten Faden der Geschichte auch die humoristischen und erotischen Nuancen nicht untergehen.

Wie gerne würde ich auch die Folgebände hören (der nächste wäre 'Voyager'), allerdings nicht in einer kaputtgekürzten Fassung.

Aber: No have, no can do! Hoffentlich muss ich nicht zu lange warten!

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  • Global
    3 out of 5 stars
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  • Steph Z.
  • 22/10/2015

Geschichte - eher langweilig, Sprecherin super

Was hat Ihnen am meisten an Dragonfly In Amber gefallen? Was am wenigsten?

Ich find die Geschichte recht unhaltslos und hatte oefter das Beduerfnis das Hoerbuch nicht weter zu hoeren. Aber das Ende hat mich dann doch dazu bewogen mir den naechsten Teil zu besorgen - ich muss wissen wie es weiter geht.

Was hätte Diana Gabaldon anders machen müssen, damit Sie das Hörbuch mehr genossen hätten?

Due Geschichte war teilweise belanglos und kam nicht an Outlander ran.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Cornelia
  • 02/08/2015

Wunderbare Fortsetzung-auch im (schottisch-)Engl

Nachdem ich die erste Folge von Outlander ungekürzt auf Deutsch gehört habe - war ich völlig hingerissen und wollte Jamie und Claire nicht so ohne Weiteres "aus meinem Leben lassen" ;-)
Allerdings hatte ich schon etwas Respekt vor der - Großteils schottisch eingefärbten - englischen Version.
Der Versuch war es wert (und ich gehe begeistert weiter zum engl Teil 3). Ich habe zwar schon einige englische Hörbücher gehört - allerdings eher amerikanische Jugendfantasy wie Twilight oder Vampire Diaries.
Aber auch hier: nach ganz kurzer Zeit ist man mit Stimme und Sprache vertraut und taucht in die Geschichte komplett ein. Durch die Sprache wirkt es sogar noch authentischer. Es gibt einige wenige Stellen - besonders wenn die Protagonisten unter Alkoholeinfluss etwas lallten - an denen es für mich schwierig war. Ansonsten - wer vielleicht auch noch zögert: runterladen! :-) Und viele Stunden Spaß!

P.S.: Vorsicht vor einer der untenstehenden Rezensionen (ich glaube es ist die älteste u von einem Mann verfasst): hier wird deutlich zu viel verraten! Nicht lesen, das raubt euch die Spannung.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • fluegelt
  • 31/03/2018

super Sprecherin

Die Sprecherin bringt die Atmosphäre des Buches sehr gut rüber. Habe es vor ein paar Jahren gelesen und entdecke beim hören viele neue Nuancen.

  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Julia Fruehwirth
  • 21/02/2017

love it!!

I love all the books of Diana Gabaldons Outlander Series. Davina Porter's reading is amazing!!

  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Jens Gehrke
  • Hamburg
  • 18/08/2014

Vergnügen zu hören.

Würden Sie dieses Hörbuch einem Freund empfehlen? Wenn ja, was würden Sie ihm dazu sagen?

Würde das Hörbuch jedem Bekanntem oder Freund empfehlen von dem ich weiß, dass er gerne Fantasy-Romane hört oder liest. Würde ihm jedoch empfehlen den ersten Teil zu lesen/hören.

Welcher Moment von Dragonfly In Amber ist Ihnen besonders im Gedächtnis geblieben?

Die Fehlgeburt in Paris und alles was damit zusammenhängt.

Welche Figur hat Davina Porter Ihrer Meinung nach am besten interpretiert?

Würde sagen Jamie

Hätten Sie das Hörbuch am liebsten in einem Rutsch durchgehört?

ja aber 2 Tage am srück wäre ein wenig viel gewesen. Einige stellen dann trotz Einschlaf funktion doppelt und dreifach gehört.

Was wäre für andere Hörer sonst noch hilfreich zu wissen, um das Hörbuch richtig einschätzen zu können?

Sollte schon Freude an Ebglischer Sprache haben.

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