The Fiery Cross

Version: Unabridged
Author: Diana Gabaldon
Narrator: Davina Porter
Genres: Fiction & Literature
Publisher: Recorded Books
Published In: September 2005
# of Units: 47 CDs
Length: 56 hours
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Overview

The year is 1771. Claire Randall is still an outlander, out of place and out of time. But now she is linked by love to her only anchor--Jamie Fraser. They have crossed oceans and centuries to build a life together in North Carolina. But tensions, both ancient and recent, threaten members of their clan. Knowing that his wife has the gift of prophecy, James must believe Claire, though he would prefer not to. Claire has shared a dreadful truth--there will, without a doubt, be a war. Her knowledge of the oncoming revolution is a flickering torch that may light his way through perilous years ahead--or ignite a conflagration that will leave their lives in ashes.

Reviews (37)

Written by Rachel gillis on September 25th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

very very good

Written by Karol S. on September 22nd, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

OMG the narrator is INCREDIBLE! Davina’s performance is everything! The book is of course, suburb! Meaty read with layers upon layers of everything that IS outlander. Jamie and Claire’s adventures never disappoint and their love continues to give us everything a romance is and should be. GREAT!

Written by Susan D. on June 22nd, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Loved everything about it.

Written by HAROLD CHRIS J. on November 17th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This book touches MY HEART. I LOVE IT THANK YOU

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Written by Jordyn R. on August 10th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I absolutely love this series! You just get lost in the story. Can wait for the next book.

Written by Anonymous on June 20th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Loved this book when I furst read it as much as I loved listening to the audio book! Diana Gabaldon created an amazing series with books you just cant put down!

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Written by Jeanne H. on May 8th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I am new to the OUTLANDER series Books and Television. I love all of the book series and can not wait for the new fall season.

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Written by Lynne B on February 16th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Loved it!!!!

Written by Carol M on January 10th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 4/5

A must read for Outlander fans as it continues the saga of Jaimie and Claire; however, getting through this fifth installment requires some fortitude. The reader, and/or listener will be rewarded with enough knowledge of medicine, botany, animal science and biology in general to receive college credit. Gabaldon is a master at describing people and places so the reader feels a part of story. Unfortunately, these descriptions also detract from the story and characters. I agree with previous comments about editing although the advantage of audiobooks is speeding the narration in order to get back to the story. In the end, this book failed to reach as high as the previous novels in the series, although still very good.

Written by Anonymous on December 27th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Fiery Cross doesn’t disappoint with hair-raising tales from the 18th century and marvelous character portraits and relationships. Davina Porter is the ultimate narrator. I wouldn’t want anyone else to read me a story.

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.