The Ultimate Ride! Voyager by Diana Gabaldon

Posted September 18, 2014 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 4 Comments

The Ultimate Ride! Voyager by Diana GabaldonVoyager by Diana Gabaldon
Series: Outlander #3
Narrator: Davina Porter
Published by Recorded Books on January 1, 1999
Genres: Historical Fiction, Historical Romance, Time Travel
Format: Audiobook
Length: 43 hours, 51 minutes
Source: Purchased
Audio | Goodreads
four-stars

From the author of the breathtaking bestsellers Outlander and Dragonfly in Amber , the extraordinary saga continues.

Their passionate encounter happened long ago by whatever measurement Claire Randall took. Two decades before, she had traveled back in time and into the arms of a gallant eighteenth-century Scot named Jamie Fraser. Then she returned to her own century to bear his child, believing him dead in the tragic battle of Culloden. Yet his memory has never lessened its hold on her... and her body still cries out for him in her dreams.

Then Claire discovers that Jamie survived. Torn between returning to him and staying with their daughter in her own era, Claire must choose her destiny. And as time and space come full circle, she must find the courage to face the passion and pain awaiting her...the deadly intrigues raging in a divided Scotland... and the daring voyage into the dark unknown that can reunite—or forever doom—her timeless love.

SPOILERS AHEAD FOR THOSE WHO HAVEN’T READ DRAGONFLY IN AMBER

At the end of Dragonfly, Claire discovers that Jamie didn’t die at Culloden. She makes a courageous choice to return to the 18th century.

 

There are three segments to the story.

  • The first is Claire’s research with her daughter, Brianna, and Roger Wakefield. We learn a lot about Claire’s life since her return to the 20th century.
  • The second segment chronicles Claire’s return and her reunion with Jamie. We also learn of events in his life during Claire’s absence.
  • The third segment involves Claire and Jamie’s journeys together once they’ve reunited.

I loved the first two segments! There were tough moments, though the reunion eclipsed everything else. I found it all pretty fascinating with insights into both Claire and Jamie’s lives apart. The third segment, however, was frustrating as it was one calamity after another and it just got tedious.

 

I switched to the audiobook format for the first time in this series and I’m now hooked. Davina Porter takes this story to another level with her perfect Scottish and character perceptions. I enjoyed the first two books but this was a special reading/listening experience. I’ll be listening to the rest of the series.

 


 

Outlander TV Series Promo – Episode 7 “The Wedding”

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 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).

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.

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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4 responses to “The Ultimate Ride! Voyager by Diana Gabaldon

  1. I’ve only watched the first episode, because I don’t have Starz. I’m really hoping that Netflix will pick it up at the end of the season. I’m thinking about trying this series, and glad to hear that the narration is great, because that will help get it higher on my list to read/listen.

    • The audio performance is just about the finest of any book I’ve ever listened to, Melanie. I don’t know if Netflix will get this series and hope so for all those without access to STARZ.

  2. Marcia Berbeza

    I had read each one of the Outlander books multiple times until Audible had a sale on them 3 years ago. Since they were cheap, I bought them all. As you said, Davina Porter is a genius! I am so totally hooked that with the most recent book, I bought it in several formats. This is my all time favorite series and I love what they’ve done with the show!