By Diana Gabaldon, narrated by Davina Porter

Place: Publisher & Year: Prince Frederick, Md.: Recorded Books, p1999.

Genres: Historical fantasy, fantasy, historical fiction, romance, time travel fantasy

Format: Audiobook

Series: Outlander series; 3

ISBN: 141935972X

Intended audience: Adults

Number of discs: 36 (43.75 hrs)

Setting: Scotland, England, Boston, the Atlantic Ocean, and the West Indies

Time periods: 1746 – 1766 and 1948 -1968

Plot summary: Twenty years after leaving the love of her life, Claire Randall realizes that her lover never died at the Battle of Culloden the way he had intended to.  With the help of her daughter, Brianna, and a young historian, Roger Wakefield, Claire becomes convinced that Jamie not only survived the battle and other hardships, but managed to become a printer in Edinburgh.  With their help, Claire manages to slip through the stone circle once more to try to reconnect with the love of her life and father of of her daughter.  But what will she find when she arrives?

Appeal factors:

Pacing: The story begins more slowly as readers learn what became of Jamie and Claire after they separated.  Once Claire makes the decision to travel to rejoin Jaime, the pacing picks up considerably and does not relent until the end of the book.

Characterization: The story is told in both first and third person.  Much of the story is told in first person through Claire’s eyes, but there are large chunks of story which are told in third person in this book – in particular, the chapters seen though Jamie’s eyes.  New memorable secondary characters are introduced in this story and some older characters have surprise appearances in this story.

Frame: The motion and action associated with traveling are essential to this story.  The main characters (and many minor characters) can barely catch their breaths before they need to move on to the next scene.

Story Line: A romantic, yet exciting story, about family, commitments, responsibilities, and above all else, the power of love.

Subject headings:

From PCPL:
Randall, Claire (Fictitious character) — Fiction.
Time travel — Fiction.
Scotland — Fiction.
Fantasy fiction.
Love stories.
Talking books.

Similar authors:

From NoveList:
Sara Donati – Into the Wilderness
Marsha Canham – Midnight Honor
Nancy Bond – Another Shore
Anya Seton – Green Darkness and Smouldering Fires
Catherine Marshall – Christy

Personal notes:

Davina Porter’s narration is excellent and really brings the characters to life. [Annotated 2/18/2009]

Other Info:

Diversity – homosexual English prison warden/ governor, Chinese poet/ sailor, female physician, Black physician, African slaves


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