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review 2017-11-05 22:36
Review of Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon
Dragonfly in Amber - Diana Gabaldon

The last two hundred pages of this book saved it from being a two star read for me.  I know this book and this series has incredibly high ratings, but I am not feeling it after two books.  This novel was a nine hundred page book that could have told the story in less than half of that.  There were far too many stretches in the book that simply dragged and did not add very much to the story.  I enjoyed the history and the writing is solid, but it just took too long to get to the best parts of the plot.  

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review 2016-12-08 00:00
Dragonfly in Amber
Dragonfly in Amber - Diana Gabaldon When I finished it I wanted a bibliography to explore some of the obvious research.

Clare goes back to Scotland with her grown daughter and tells her the next part of the story and Diana Gabaldon shows the reader all the research she has done on the period. Interesting but didn't grasp me and occasionally I found it a bit of a slog.
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review 2016-08-29 21:23
Dragonfly In Amber/ Diana Gabaldon
Dragonfly in Amber - Diana Gabaldon

3.5 stars

 

*sigh*. Well, it is true that most of the second books are not as good as the first, and sadly, this is an example for one of those books. 

 

Now, don't get me wrong, it WAS a good book and I enjoyed the plot, but I think it would have been much better if it was shorter. This book has almost a THOUSAND pages (!) and honestly, I think it wasn't necessary at all. While the first book was also a large book, it was because of important details or just things that were needed to set the feeling of the story. 

 

I think Dragonfly In Amber had too many political details that got me a bit confused and made the book very slow. 

 

apart from all of that, I did enjoy reading about Jamie, Claire and Murtagh in a different scenery that definitely helped us learn more about them and their character. It was interesting to see how our couple would cope with some of the thongs that had happened to them, and I loved how realistic their reactions were. 

 

I enjoyed Brianna especially, her reluctance and stubbornness, that was all Jamie, and her unyielding loyalty to people who weren't even around anymore... (no spoilers don't worry!)

 

I don't know if I'll continue the series, but I think I'll give it the benefit of the doubt and read the third book as well! 

 

Read it, and let me know what YOU think!

Georgie xxxxxx

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review 2016-08-06 04:01
Dragonfly in Amber (Outlander #3) (Audiobook)
Dragonfly in Amber - Diana Gabaldon,Davina Porter

This starts out much slower than I remembered. Like, a lot slower, and I found myself not really caring very much about anything that happens in Paris. Knowing the outcome, I just wanted to get the political intrigue over with, because who really cares about a clueless wannabe monarch who's barely in the story anyway, and just get back to Scotland already. I loved Fergus's introduction though, but all the stuff with Jack Randall was just...not necessary at all. And of course, this wouldn't be a Diana Gabaldon book without explicitly described rape scenes. =/ What is her obsession with rape?

 

The bookends with the stuff in the future wasn't very interesting either. I didn't like Bree much when she was first introduced and never really warmed up to her over the course of the series; that continues to be the case. Roger's an all right chap though. Every time he shows up, I want to give him a lozenge. ;)

 

Seeing Scotland again and seeing the campaign for independence take such a violent nosedive was as well done as I remembered though. You could feel the despair of these characters and cringe at the inevitability of it all. Knowing the future doesn't save you from it.

 

Davina Porter does as great a job here as the first one, though her voice for Roger was way too much like her voice for Jack Randall and was pretty distracting. I wish she'd have softened it up a little bit, to go along with his gentle nature.

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review 2016-07-25 04:34
Dragonfly in Amber - Diana Gabaldon

UGH....it's taken me just over 4 months to read this book. I really struggled with it. It was boring & way to wordy. I have to say, I like the show better. 

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