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Publisher's Summary

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.

©1992 Diana Gabaldon (P)1998 Recorded Books

What the critics say

"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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A masterpiece of the written word...

Diana Gabaldon is a genius with s pen. Her books take you in tho the story. She does so much research into writing each of her books that, although they are fictional; they are also a insightful & accurate look back in time.
Davina Porter is truly amazing as a narrator! The whole series is an absolute must read.

Favourite quote.....

"Blood of my blood," he whispered, "and bone of my bone. You carry me within ye, Claire, and ye canna leave me now, no matter what happens. You are mine, always, if ye will it or no, if ye want me or nay. Mine, and I wilna let ye go."

"I will find you," he whispered in my ear. "I promise. If I must endure two hundred years of purgatory, two hundred years without you---then that is my punishment, which I have earned for my crimes. For I have lied, and killed, and stolen; betrayed and broken trust. But there is one thing that shall lie in the balance. When I shall stand before God, I shall have one thing to say, to weigh against the rest."
His voice dropped, nearly to a whisper, and his arms tightened around me.
"Lord, ye gave me a rare woman, and God! I loved her well."

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Encapsulating

Simply Amazing
Absolutely Breathtaking
Most Addictive
Will most definitely keep happily listening to Diana Gabaldon!

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no time to waste...on to the next! <br />

absolutely love these books, so we'll written and entertaining. I'm quite enjoying the narrator as well.

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Love all books in the Outlander series!

Another great story by Diana Gabaldon. 💯% recommend! Great read by Davina Porter. Wonderful characters.

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Couldn’t stop listening to this book

What a great listen. Very entertaining and enchanting story narrated wonderfully! There are so many details in the story which I love. It’s amazing being in that world.

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Diana is a literary genius!

I've read this series and listened to it countless times!! Never a dull moment. Gripping!

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love this series

This is my 3rd time listening to this series. I love it more each time!

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wonderful! Just as in throwing as the first book

once again I totally captivating and exciting book with narration that is second to none.

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Loved it!

One of those books you just cannot put down - absolutely love the performance given by Davina Porter!

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  • Jeff
  • Pickering, Ontario, Canada
  • 2012-05-14

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.

60 of 62 people found this review helpful

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  • Daniel Williams
  • Santa Fe, NM, United States
  • 2006-11-13

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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  • Eugenia
  • Chatsworth, CA, US
  • 2009-12-27

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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  • AudioAddict
  • 2014-02-02

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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  • Meghan Ramsey
  • Mount Pleasant, South Carolina United States
  • 2006-12-03

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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  • Paula
  • Marine City, MI, USA
  • 2007-03-07

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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  • Lynne
  • Charlotte, NC, USA
  • 2009-06-18

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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  • Paula Beck
  • Chester, MA
  • 2007-12-15

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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  • Tiffany Ann Townsend
  • 2006-11-09

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
  • 2013-11-08

Meh

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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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  • Dina Mertz
  • 2017-01-06

Fantastic

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

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