Dragonfly in Amber

Version: Abridged
Author: Diana Gabaldon
Narrator: Geraldine James
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Mystery, Thriller & Horror
Publisher: Random House (Audio)
Published In: July 2001
# of Units: 5 CDs
Length: 6 hours
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Overview

With her now-classic novel Outlander, Diana Gabaldon introduced two unforgettable characters — Claire Randall and Jamie Fraser — delighting readers with a story of adventure and love that spanned two centuries. Now Gabaldon returns to that extraordinary time and place in this vivid, powerful follow-up to Outlander....

For twenty years Claire Randall has kept her secrets. But now she is returning with her grown daughter to Scotland's majestic mist-shrouded hills. Here Claire plans to reveal a truth as stunning as the events that gave it birth: about the mystery of an ancient circle of standing stones ... about a love that transcends the boundaries of time ... and about James Fraser, a Scottish warrior whose gallantry once drew a young Claire from the security of her century to the dangers of his....

Now a legacy of blood and desire will test her beautiful copper-haired daughter, Brianna, as Claire's spellbinding journey of self-discovery continues in the intrigue-ridden Paris court of Charles Stuart ... in a race to thwart a doomed Highlands uprising ... and in a desperate fight to save both the child and the man she loves....

Reviews (9)

Outlander

Written by Anonymous on March 25th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Great story, but best if listened to in order. Outlander is first and the voyager

Unconnected but entertaining

Written by Megan on January 16th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 3/5

I enjoyed this book but found it a little disjointed. Usually I find myself completely enthralled with a book or at least pulled in, but not with this one. Obscure story lines and lightly touched upon points were unexplained yet significant. Although there are some authors that repeat themselves at nauseum, this writer had the opposite problem.

Love this series!

Written by Noelle Dunn on August 2nd, 2007

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I love Diana Gabaldon. I've read the full version of this book and it is one of my favorites. Unfortunately they didn't do a very good job abridging it. It's not that I don't like all abridged books (they did an excellent job abridging Firey Cross in the same series), this one just could have been better. It also has background music at random points, which I found annoying. But overall it is a great story.

Great Series

Written by Dan Pressley on June 1st, 2007

  • Book Rating: 4/5

While I prefer the unabridged versions of books, this one tended to get to the point without much in the way of extras. I felt like there was alot left out but I enjoyed the continuation of the Outlander series and ready to continue to Voyager

Dragonfly in Amber

Written by MJB from Alma, QC on August 21st, 2006

  • Book Rating: 1/5

This book could be interesting if you're interested by history. It's long and sometimes nothing special happen during some chapter. I didn't really like it.

Dragonfly in Amber

Written by DidiS on June 11th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I am a sucker for historical romance novel and this one fits the bills completely. I am hooked and wish I had a long, long, long road trip to listen to it all at once. This was a part of history-the Scotland England uprising-that I had never read anything about for my academic lesson.

Dragonfly in Amber

Written by Jennifer on August 30th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I have read all of Diana Gabaldon's books thus far. Every one of them are an excellent read. They are all full of lust, action and romance. If you love good historical fiction this series is a must read. The audio book since it was abridged made for an excellent review in preparation for the release of the next book in the series, but to get the full effect of Diana's writing I recommend reading the books.

Dragonfly in Amber

Written by Beth Paquette on May 7th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 4/5

After reading Oulander I was curious to see where they could take the story. The characters are unique and loveable and you can't help but fall in love with them. The story is mesmorizing and keeps you wanting more... I can't wait until the next installment.

Dragonfly in Amber

Written by Mary Schweitzer on January 11th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 4/5

wow, I couldn't believe how good this series is ... the 2nd book is as good as the first.

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.