Voyager by Diana Gabaldon

May 4, 2015 Reviews 16

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Voyager by Diana GabaldonVoyager by Diana Gabaldon
Narrator: Davina Porter
Series: Outlander #3
Published by Delta, Recorded Books on January 24, 2007
Genres: Historical, Romance, Science Fiction
Pages: 870
Length: 43 hours 51 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased

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.

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.

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.

4 stars Pretty Great

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About Diana Gabaldon

Diana Gabaldon is the author of the award-winning, #1 NYT-bestselling OUTLANDER novels, described by Salon magazine as “the smartest historical sci-fi adventure-romance story ever written by a science Ph.D. with a background in scripting “Scrooge McDuck” comics.”

The adventure began in 1991 with the classic OUTLANDER (“historical fiction with a Moebius twist”), has continued through six more New York Times-bestselling novels–DRAGONFLY IN AMBER, VOYAGER, DRUMS OF AUTUMN, THE FIERY CROSS, A BREATH OF SNOW AND ASHES, and AN ECHO IN THE BONE, with nineteen million copies in print worldwide

The series is published in 26 countries and 23 languages, and includes a nonfiction (well, relatively) companion volume, THE OUTLANDISH COMPANION, which provides details on the settings, background, characters, research, and writing of the novels. Gabaldon (it’s pronounced “GAA-bull-dohn”—rhymes with “stone”) has also written several books in a sub-series featuring Lord John Grey (a major minor character from the main series): LORD JOHN AND THE PRIVATE MATTER, LORD JOHN AND THE BROTHERHOOD OF THE BLADE, and LORD JOHN AND THE HAND OF DEVILS. Another Lord John book, LORD JOHN AND THE SCOTTISH PRISONER, will probably be published in 2011).

Returning to her comic-book roots, she has also written a graphic novel titled THE EXILE (set within the OUTLANDER universe and featuring the main characters from OUTLANDER), but told from the viewpoint of Jamie Fraser and his godfather, Murtagh. The graphic novel is illustrated by Hoang Nguyen, published by Del-Rey.

Gabaldon is presently working on the third Lord John novel (LORD JOHN AND THE SCOTTISH PRISONER), and the eighth book in the OUTLANDER series. In addition, she is working on a contemporary mystery series, set in Phoenix, and has written Highly Scholarly Introductions (with masses of footnotes) to recent Modern Library editions of Sir Walter Scott’s IVANHOE and Thomas Paine’s COMMON SENSE.

Dr. Gabaldon holds three degrees in science: Zoology, Marine Biology, and Quantitative Behavioral Ecology, (plus an honorary degree as Doctor of Humane Letters, which entitles her to be “Diana Gabaldon, Ph.D., D.H.L.” She supposes this is better than “Diana Gabaldon, Phd.X,”) and spent a dozen years as a university professor with an expertise in scientific computation before beginning to write fiction. She has written scientific articles and textbooks, worked as a contributing editor on the MacMillan ENCYCLOPEDIA OF COMPUTERS, founded the scientific-computation journal SCIENCE SOFTWARE QUARTERLY, and has written numerous comic-book scripts for Walt Disney. None of this has anything whatever to do with her novels, but there it is.

She and her husband, Douglas Watkins, have three adult children and live mostly in Scottsdale, Arizona.


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16 Responses to “Voyager by Diana Gabaldon”

  1. Terri M., the Director

    Voyager is my favorite book in the Outlander series. After this point, for me, the series starts to go downhill.

    It will be interesting to see what the TV show does with book 3 as they’ve shed a new light on Frank who I was not fond of based on his action in book 3. Now I’m heartsick for him after watching the show!

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  2. Lorna

    These books are so long, I can’t imagine having time to read them. I wish I did because books about Scotland were usually favorites for me-or at least they used to be before I started reading so much paranormal and mysteries.

    • Berls

      LOL it’s hard to get to all the books and the long ones get pushed back – each book in this sereis could be 3 standard books! But I do think it’s worth it to get started, it’s done so well for a reason 😀

    • Berls

      LOL it’s hard when the book is SO LONG! But you like historical romances so I think you’ll like it Stormi – though I do think it’s quite different from a traditional historical romance, I think it will appeal to fans of HR if that makes sense… I’ll be curious to find out what you think when you get around to it.

  3. Ramona

    I’ve been listening to The Outlander for almost two weeks – it is unbelievably long! It’s a great series, and yes, Jamie is impossibly perfect (only in fiction, right?), but honestly I don’t think I’ll continue this. I’ve got a problem with him beating her, which is not okay, not ever, not even when it’s followed by 500 of passionate love declarations uttered in a Scottish burr. I felt Claire is singing a little too between highly intelligent and capable to thick-headed and completely unintuitive. Overall, though, of course it’s a good story. Just not 100% for me.
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    • Berls

      The beating really upset a lot of people, so you’re not alone in that. I didn’t love it, but at the same time it is incredibly historically accurate – and I think it speaks volumes about Jamie that he’s able to dismiss cultural expectations and learn that it wasn’t right and never do it again. I had to laugh because you’re right about Claire – she can be so smart and yet let stubborn willfulness get in the way of her brain and common sense. I kinda like that too though, because it makes it more real. Characters with believable flaws – even Jamie, despite how perfect he often comes across makes BIG mistakes.

  4. Jonetta (Ejaygirl)

    Thanks for the push! I stalled after Voyager for the same reason you did after Dragonfly. Now that I’m listening to the books (and that’s an added layer of yum to the reading of this series), it’s been harder to fit it in to my listening schedule. But, it’s time to get back on track. Good luck!

    • Berls

      I’m glad I’m not the only one who has stalled out! I think my goal is one Outlander book per quarter – that way I keep making progress and don’t get too overwhelmed by the sheer quantity of reading. The audio makes it go by much faster for sure!

  5. Tanja

    It’s great great when you make a break with series sometimes. I started the second book right after finishing the first but I couldn’t do it. I just wasn’t feeling it at the moments. And now while watching TV show I again crave some Jamie and Claire. I’ll have to get back to it. Great review 🙂
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    • Berls

      Thanks Tanja! I think a break can be really good for series, especially with really big ones like Oakley Outlander. I hope you like it better when you get back to it, like I did!

    • Berls

      LOL I’ve been known to do that with books or TV shows – decide to stop where I’m happy and make up my own happy ending. But it is worth it to continue this one- at least as far as Voyager 🙂

  6. Rachelle

    You might have already known this, but I’ve been making my way through The Fiery Cross for some time now. I can’t wait to read what you have to say about that one 🙂 I’ve also got, and highly recommend, the updated edition of the Outlandish Companion for keeping up with all those details.
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    • Berls

      I’ll have to check out the Outlandish Companion – this is a series where I could use the help! It may be a while before I get to the Firery Cross – can only handle 1 super long book per few months lol!

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