Narrator: Davina Porter
Series: Outlander #3
Published by Delta, Recorded Books on January 24, 2007
Genres: Historical, Romance, Science Fiction
Length: 43 hours 51 minutes
I read Outlander and Dragonfly in Amber a year and a half ago and launched into Voyager, only to realize that – as much as I loved them – I’d had enough if Jamie and Claire for a while. So I set the enormous tome aside and promised I’d pick it up later. The thing is, I’m hesitant to read long books because of how long the take. And these books are LONG.
Diana Gabaldon's magnificent historical saga, begun with Outlander and Dragonfly in Amber, continues with this New York Times best seller. Set in the intriguing Scotland of 200 years ago, the third installment in the romantic adventures of Jamie and Claire is as compelling as the first. Now that Claire knows Jamie survived the slaughter at Culloden, she is faced with the most difficult decision of her life. She aches to travel back through time again to find the love of her life, but, in order to do that, she must leave their daughter behind. It has been 20 years since she and Jamie were forced to separate. Can she risk everything, maybe even her life, on a gamble that their love has withstood the long, rigorous test of time?
Diana Gabaldon's powerful, witty, and heroic characters lend themselves well to the rich, melodic narration accorded them by Davina Porter. Under her spell, listeners find themselves transported back through time to exciting, faraway places alive with people they would enjoy knowing.
But, thanks to the tv series coming out my mom and a couple of my friends decided to read Outlander. And Dragonfly in Amber. But, not having a never ending list of books to read like I do, they didn’t stop there. Now I had people pestering me constantly to read Voyager and to hurry up about it, so they could talk to me about it (are we book lovers really so pushy? LOL!). Not having the time to read the book, I picked up the audio.
I considered trying to start where I’d left off, but I’m glad I didn’t- since I had forgotten a lot of details. And if you’ve ever read these books, you know they’re teeming with details. And it’s so difficult to know what’s important, as the tiniest details have a way of coming back to haunt you – which they really do in Voyager.
I’m also glad I was pushed to continue, because where I had stopped the first time was kind of the end of one story, but just before the start of a new one. See, to me, Outlander (the series) has phases – the first is very caught up with Culloden and that doesn’t really find a complete conclusion until a bit into Voyager. And that’s why I was probably was okay stopping there the first time.
But Voyager has also launched us into phase two – and I’m not quite sure what to call it yet, but it’s equally exciting. I’m particularly excited about a prophecy that’s given really minor attention in the scope of the book, but that I think will turn out to be incredibly important for this phase.
And as always, its so great to see Jamie and Claire’s relationship. Gah I love Jamie! The things he says! I actually marked a couple because they need to show up in a “That’s What He Said” post if I ever get around to it.
I don’t think I felt nearly as much emotion as I did in the earlier books – I just am not as blown away I guess. But I did laugh and get anxious a fair bit. And I am suffering, as I always, with the tendency to think in Jamie’s Scottish accent now. Perhaps even more so thanks to listening rather than reading. I have to say, I really enjoyed Davina Porter’s voices – which I didn’t think I would now that I’ve been watching the show and have their voices in mind. She does a good job and made this daunting book quite enjoyable, despite being 45 hours long.
If you haven’t started this series yet, I do recommend it. If, like me, you enjoyed the first couple and stalled out – pick it back up, you’ll enjoy this next phase of Jamie and Claire’s adventure.