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Dragonfly in Amber Audio CD – Abridged, Audiobook

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Product details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Random House Audible; Abridged edition (July 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553714511
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553714517
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 2.6 x 12.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (634 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,672,982 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Diana Gabaldon is a born storyteller. . . . The pages practically turn themselves. "The Arizona Republic"
A triumph! A powerful tale layered in history and myth. I loved every page. Nora Roberts
Compulsively readable. "Publishers Weekly"

"From the Hardcover edition."" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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THE SECOND NOVEL IN THE BESTSELLING OUTLANDER SERIES. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Format: Paperback
This is the second in a series of time travel, adventure/romance books by the author. There are five such novels published to date in what is hoped to be a series of six books. These novels have engaged readers everywhere, because of the author's masterful storytelling, as well as for the superlative use of historical detail that is woven into the tapestry in this most intriguing of stories.
While the core of the story is about a love that transcends time, it would be a disservice to label it a romance, as it is much more than that. It is a wonderful adventure story interspersed with actual historical events and authentic period detail. It is this attention to such matters by the skillful pen of the author that renders these books three dimensional and so enjoyable. They are positively addictive!
The love of the ages that binds these books is the love that twentieth century Claire Randall has for the eighteenth century Scottish highland warrior, James Fraser. Those of you who read the first book in the series, "Outlander", know that in 1945, Claire, an Englishwoman and combat nurse during World War II, is reunited with her husband, Frank, after the war. While on a second honeymoon in Scotland, she visits a strange, flat topped hill in the highlands of Scotland, where a forbidding stone circle draws her. Touching one of the stones, she is hurled through a vortex in time and finds herself in eighteenth century Scotland, where she meets a brave and brawny, red headed Scot, James Fraser, with whom she falls completely in love, body and soul. Finding herself thrust into the midst of clan warfare and intrigue, she and her beloved 'Jamie' have enough adventures to last a lifetime, which makes for a riveting story.
This book is a continuation of that story.
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Format: Paperback
The first book in this series ("Cross-Stitch" or "Outlander", depending which side of the Atlantic you're on) was rather sheepishly recommended by a friend when I said I needed a "light but intelligent read". I lapped it up, with half my brain telling me it was tosh, but the rest loving every sentence. And the fact is, the book got well under my skin. I even found myself playing around on the internet to see if there were any film versions due (there so should be!!) and, biggest accolade of all, I actually had to discipline myself to read a few other books first, before moving on to "Dragonfly in Amber".

I could hardly wait. Was it a disappointment? Well, curate's egg. In places, yes. But only by Diana Gabaldon's own amazingly high standards.

In this book, we find our heroine, the spunky, brave, outspoken and utterly believable Claire, back in the 20th century. We're not told how or why.. All we know is that she was found wandering and pregnant.. She now has a beautiful 20-year-old daughter, Brianna. Brianna is tall, willowy and has red hair, high cheekbones and blue cat-like eyes.. Ring any bells?? For yes, Brianna is the daughter of the wondrous Jamie Fraser, the hero of the first book, and of this one.

Then, very quickly, we go into flashback. And that, for me, is where the problems start. Claire is once more with Jamie, trying to stop Bonnie Prince Charlie's revolutionary attempts to take the throne of England and Scotland... Because she knows, and has convinced Jamie, that hundreds of his friends and relatives will die in the fateful Battle of Culloden, in 1746. Alas, it's as if the author was so pleased with this idea that she sort of stopped focusing, for a while, on how to achieve it.
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Format: Paperback
Yet another absolute gem from Diana Gabaldon. Whatever other mistakes you might make in this life, do NOT be put off by the slightly "Mills & Boony" covers of these books!
I am quite a fussy reader and like books to be well written. This and the other 4 books in this series are without doubt the best I have ever come across and nothing else has quite hit the spot ever since I read them. My copies have been lent to virtually every female friend and relative I have, and they have all bought their own set to read them again.
The characters, especially Claire, Jamie and Lord John are well rounded, interesting, likeable with little quirks and flaws which makes them more human. Jamie, well what can I say. I never thought I would get wobbly-kneed over a ginger, long-haired totally fictitious man in a skirt, but... Afraid to admit my baby son is now called Jamie!
Brianna and Roger are a little disappointing in comparison, but I think this is only because the others are so great.
And to top it all, the epic is set against a wealth of historical events, in various places throughout the world which keeps it fascinating even without the characters.
I cannot recommend this series enough. Only problem is that anything else you ever read afterward will disappoint you.
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Format: Audio CD
For anyone who has read 'Cross stich', there will be hardly any persuasion necessary to encourage you to buy this second book in the series. And now as an audio cassette you can even hear the real scottish burr of Jamie and how on earth to pronounce 'mmmppph' !
Gabaldon's characters are vivid, real and funny. Claire Fraser is as unconventional a heroine as any normal woman could wish for: big bottomed, strong, intelligent and obstinate.... and Jamie is probably the most beddable Scot other than Ewan McGregor this side of fantasy.
Dragonfly in Amber finds the pair in 18th Century France, taking part in the intrigue and espionage of Versailles.
These books will appeal to anyone who loves history, humour, 18th Century medicine & escaping with a good read. Truely the best stories I have discovered in a long time. Go out and buy them -- it will be the best money you've spent in a long time.
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