Dragonfly in Amber

Version: Unabridged
Author: Diana Gabaldon
Narrator: Davina Porter
Genres: Fiction & Literature
Publisher: Recorded Books
Published In: September 2005
# of Units: 33 CDs
Length: 39 hours, 15 minutes
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Overview

New York Times bestselling author Diana Gabaldon enchanted scores of fans with Outlander (RB# 95132), 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 she 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. The length of this book is a plus, as listeners will find it one to be savored.

Note: This is a two-part title. When taking advantage of specials such as the introductory offer, it counts as two books .

Reviews (82)

Written by Kerra Wagener on January 12th, 2021

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Didn't want it to end! Glad that I had read 'Outlander' first or I'm not sure that it would have grabbed me as much as it did. L would have liked more resolution in the book, it's obviously set up for a sequel, and personally that's not something that I like.

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Written by Emma R. on December 5th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

A totally absorbing story with so much history. the narration is mesmerising. Now for the next instalament!

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Written by Alice P on October 13th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Brilliant story, wonderful characters and absolutely brilliant narrator. Even though the book is very long, you keep wanting more. I'm completely fascinated by Jamie & Claire and their lives in the 1700s.

Written by Alejandra R. on August 11th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I loved this book!

Written by Jen P. on July 17th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

another winning novel by Gabaldon

Written by Archie Worsham on June 27th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I enjoyed this book. Narration was great. It's rare that a sequel matches the original story, however this story rises above the first book, which in itself is a powerful read. Can't wait to read the next. The series strengthens my love for my wife.

Written by hrafnhildur Jespersen on June 23rd, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

love this to

Written by Sandra Field on May 15th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I loved this book and the narrator is fabulous!

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Written by Anonymous on May 2nd, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Excellent narration

Written by Kay H. on April 4th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Loved it! Can’t wait to read Voyager !

Author Details

Author Details

Gabaldon, Diana

To millions of fans, Diana Gabaldon is the creator of a complex, original, and utterly compelling amalgam of 18th-century romantic adventure and 20th-century science fiction. To the publishing industry, she's a grassroots-marketing phenomenon. And to would-be writers everywhere who worry that they don't have the time or expertise to do what they love, Gabaldon is nothing short of an inspiration.

Gabaldon wrote her first novel while juggling the demands of motherhood and career: in between her job as an ecology professor, she also had a part-time gig writing freelance software reviews. Gabaldon had never written fiction before, and didn't intend to publish this first novel, which she decided to call Outlander. This, she decided, would be her "practice novel". Worried that she might not be able to pull a plot and characters out of thin air, she settled on a historical novel because "it's easier to look things up than to make them up entirely."

The impulse to set her novel in 18th-century Scotland didn't stem -- as some fans have assumed—from a desire to explore her own familial roots (in fact, Gabaldon isn't even Scottish). Rather, it came from watching an episode of the British sci-fi series Dr. Who and becoming smitten with a handsome time traveler in a kilt. A time-travel element crept into Gabaldon's own book only after she realized her wisecracking female lead couldn't have come from anywhere but the 20th century. The resulting love affair between an intelligent, mature, sexually experienced woman and a charismatic, brave, virginal young man turned the conventions of historical romance upside-down.

Gabaldon has said her books were hard to market at first because they were impossible to categorize neatly. Were they historical romances? Sci-fi adventure stories? Literary fiction? Whatever their genre (Gabaldon eventually proffered the term "historical fantasias"), they eventually found their audience, and it turned out to be a staggeringly huge one.

Even before the publication of Outlander, Gabaldon had an online community of friends who'd read excerpts and were waiting eagerly for more. (In fact, her cohorts at the CompuServe Literary Forum helped hook her up with an agent.) Once the book was released, word kept spreading, both on the Internet and off, and Gabaldon kept writing sequels. (When her fourth book, "Drums of Autumn," was released, it debuted at No. 1 on the Wall Street Journal bestseller list, and her publisher, Delacorte, raced to add more copies to their initial print run of 155,000.)

With her books consistently topping the bestseller lists, it's apparent that Gabaldon's appeal lies partly in her ability to bulldoze the formulaic conventions of popular fiction. Salon writer Gavin McNett noted approvingly, "She simply doesn't pay attention to genre or precedent, and doesn't seem to care that identifying with Claire puts women in the role of the mysterious stranger, with Jamie -- no wimp in any regard -- as the romantic 'heroine."'

In between Outlander novels, Gabaldon also writes historical mysteries featuring Lord John Grey, a popular, if minor, character from the series, and is working on a contemporary mystery series. Meanwhile, the author's formidable fan base keeps growing, as evidenced by the expanding list of Gabaldon chat rooms, mailing lists, fan clubs and web sites -- some of them complete with fetching photos of red-haired lads in kilts.