Dragonfly in Amber: International Edition: Outlander, Book 2 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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The second part of the series from Diana Gabaldon that explores the power of a love that transcends space and time. A magnificent epic that once again sweeps us back in time to the drama and passion of 18th-century Scotland....
For 20 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.
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|Listening Length||38 hours and 54 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||12 October 2020|
|Publisher||Recorded Books, Inc.|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 1,738 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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This riveting tale, mixing fact and fiction [to the hilt] has it all- a little bit of romance, a little bit of atmosphere, a little bit of intrigue and more than a little bit of sex.
In the back of my mind, I kept thinking: "what are you doing? these books are 800-900+ pages! And not really the type of literature you are used to gobbling up" But when I wasn't in the act of reading, I thought about Jaime and Claire and the Highlanders throughout my day, and I couldn't wait to get back to them when I had finished whatever living I had to do in the meantime.
I was inspired to look up the history of this story- were there really Frasers and MacKenzies and Randalls? and if so, what part did they play in the history of the Jacobite uprisings?
Should you decide to tackle Ms Gabaldon's Outlander series, strap yourself in, because it's a long ride...but Oh So worth it. OR you could wait for the Television series [equally good, and in some ways better, cause there are visuals] to be eeked out to you through the Pay TV drip station.
You won't be sorry, whichever way you chose to engage with this romantic view of history.
Ending set up so you want tp read the 3rd book because you are curious about what happened to Jamie.
Top reviews from other countries
The story begins in 1968 with Claire and her daughter returning to Scotland after the death of the Reverend. Written in the third person this tells of Roger’s interest in Brianna, he was only a boy in the previous book. Claire wants him to search for survivors of Culloden. In his research, he discovers Claire went missing and came back pregnant. He assumes Brianna does not know her real father, believing this is the reason for coming back to Scotland.
The story then goes back to Claire and Jamie in France and returns to the first person and Claire’s story. She tells how Jamie suffers from seasickness on the journey, how he runs his cousin’s import business while researching sponsors for the Jacobite cause. Jamie’s business interests keep him close to Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobite cause, while they secretly seek to prevent the events which will lead to Culloden. When Charles Stuart lands in Scotland and draws pledges from the clans, including putting Jamie’s name to the list of supporters Culloden seems inevitable.
When Collum McKenzie dies it is Dougal who succeeds him as clan leader and overhearing a conversation believes Jamie to be betraying the Jacobite cause. In the ensuing fight, Dougal is killed and Jamie insists Claire return to her own time for the sake of the baby.
Back in modern-day Scotland, we return to the third person and Roger's story. Claire in an attempt to change fate looks for Geilis Duncan to try and persuade her not to go. Like the first book the second ends with a satisfying conclusion, Claire finds out what happens to Jamie, but leaves the door open for the next book, with the question, will she return to Jamie or stay with her daughter.
In common with the first book, this is beautifully written and there are some interesting points about the court of Versailles, but I suspect the passages in Scotland are more historically accurate than those of France. This did not diminish my enjoyment of the book. I really liked the introduction of her daughter Brianna who obviously idolized her father Frank and shows the other side of this three-way, complicated relationship.
Dragonfly in Amber has two big storylines. One set in the 1960's, where Claire is ready to tell her daughter the truth about her father. The other storyline is set in the 18the century and picks up where we left Jamie and Claire at the end of outlander.
Dragonfly in amber is a complicated story full of political intrigues, war, bloodshed and conspiracies. But there is also room for a lot of (brilliant) character development. The hot, searing passion between Claire and Jamie has settled down a bit. The courtship over, they are settling in their marriage. And there wasn't a moment I missed the raw passion from the first book. Because Diana creates a love that is stronger than time itself between these characters. It might sound a bit cheesy but the love they evoke for each other together and the marital devotion is just breathtakingly beautiful to read.
I think in this second novel there is also more time to bring other characters into view more detailed. I loved how Murtagh was portrayed in this novel. His loyalty, friendship and faithfulness is heart rendering. And I can't even begin to describe how much I loved Fergus and I sure hope to see more of him in the coming novels.
Speaking of those novels. Starting this one I (and all other readers reading this series now) already know Jamie didn't die in Culloden. We already know there are at least 6 other novels about the Frasers. So I wasn't expecting to suffer heartbreak. I couldn't have been more wrong. And that is where the genius of Diana Gabaldon comes into play. Even when you know it isn't over and there is more to come. She sucked me into the story and ripped my heart into a million pieces. I was so glad I was home alone when I was crying my heart out.
Brilliant in all its little details! More I cannot say about it.
I suppose I got that. The story plods along.
I heard a couple of interviews on the radio with Diana Gabaldon where she said that she used her research into historical fact to pad out the storyline. It shows. Credit where it's due, she puts a lot of historical background into the text (it sounds pretty authentic though I haven't done anything to check it out) regarding daily life and medical procedures but it's all a bit clunky. Not as clunky as the sex though. Reading the descriptions they are so coy as to leave me wondering who put what bit where. Is she worried her mum or kids might read it? Better to leave it all to the imagination than to leave the reader confused about what she's actually referring to.
When I was 15 I'd probably have loved this, a strong romantic relationship at a time when things were very difficult for a women as modern as Claire. I'm a bit older now and better read and it really doesn't do it for me. I'm sure the author will cry all the way to the bank.
I enjoyed the historical detail but felt the story was a little flawed and confusing in places. I found myself having to press the back button on my Kindle several times.
There is no doubt that the author is very clever in devising this time shifting epic but thought this was not as good as her first book. Having said that I will be looking to get the third as I am intrigued how it will develop
One very annoying is the planting of an advert for the authors new ninth instalment within the text. I mistakenly read the first chapter of this book thinking it was the last chapter of the book I was reading. Very annoying and a spoiler for where the series is going