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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.
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, c1994.
ISBN: 9780770428785
Characteristics: 869 p. ;,24 cm.


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CMLibrary_akeller Jan 16, 2018

This book was just ok to me. I like the historical aspects of this book for the most part, but the rest of it kind of fell flat. The first half of the book focuses on Claire trying to find out what happened to Jamie and if he really died at that battle. The second half of the book takes place in Scotland and on the high seas. So many things happen in this book and it never lets up. I do intend to keep reading this series. If you like action, adventure, and pirates, you might enjoy this book.

Dec 27, 2017

Season 3 of the Starz series has just ended and already I'm feeling the Droughtlander pangs. Sam Heughan and Catriona Balfe are such charismatic performers, and so wonderful in the roles of lovers Jamie and Claire Fraser, that I'm actually tempted to start reading Diana Gabaldon's "Drums of August," the Outlander novel that will be the basis of Season 4, in anticipation of their return. I don't think I will because, well... it's complicated.

I am one of those fans who came (somewhat reluctantly) to Gabaldon's novels via the series rather than the other way around. Consequently I've never watched the Starz episodes with any specific expectations of dialogue, characters or plot turns.
...Which kind of became an issue reading "Voyager" while watching the final episodes of Season 3.
There were scenes in the books that matched up well enough with the dramatization of the series, and the ones that were "missing" didn't especially bother me. Screen adaptations of popular novels can be tricky; it doesn't always work, and Gabaldon's novels are so dense I've come to appreciate the way the series condenses or simply dispenses entirely with a lot of stuff not absolutely central to the plot.
And though it may be political correctness at work I also appreciate the way the series' showrunners--how shall I put this?--have finessed Gabaldon's tone-deafness with respect to her non-white characters. I do not love her handling of Claire's friend and medical colleague Joe Abernathy in the book even as I wish I could have seen more of Wil Johnson in the series; likewise, do I not like her characterization of Yi Tien Cho aka Mr. Willoughby (though I love Gary Young in the television adaptation); I don't even like the way Gabaldon has Jamie relate to him.

But then I came upon passages of the book that feature Lord John Grey and his encounters with the Frasers during their search for Young Ian.
Lord John is of course the gay English soldier who *POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERT* carries a massive torch for the dashing Jamie, a development I love, as most books and series of this kind steadfastly avoid sexual complexity in its characters and plotlines. Plus, I like John Grey; he's an interesting and fundamentally decent man and (as played by David Berry) pretty dashing in his own right. You know it can never be Jamie but you root for John to find that Great Love (and get his own Starz series).
On the page, John and Jamie's conflicts and misunderstanding are much more intense and played out, in interesting contrast to the gentler, more understated Berry-Heughan screen chemistry.
But then there was an odd and unexpected moment of tenderness between the two men in the book (when Jamie is negotiating John's looking after Willie for him) that didn't make it to the screen, and... I dunno. That may have been a good thing. Again, not everything translates seamlessly from page to screen, and I don't think that intimate moment would have landed properly no matter how skillful the actors.
The television series also chose to downplay the friction between Lord John and Claire as she realizes the depth of his feelings for her husband. Watching the episode I was rather glad of that, I didn't want the two to hate each other. And yet in the book there were things said between them that carried enormous power and poignancy; I think Catriona Balfe and David Berry could have done great things with that dialogue and I'm rather sorry the television series didn't allow them the chance.
Note: Some scenes are filmed but then cut for time and pacing. They show up on the DVD as bonus material complete with introduction by series creator Ron D. Moore. Crossing my fingers!

Dec 06, 2016

Please transfer hold of "Voyager" @ Bellevue to Kirkland. Thank you...

LoganLib_Kirra Aug 29, 2016

Jamie and Claire reunite twenty years after the events of Dragonfly in Amber. We learn what happened in those twenty years and read on as they voyage to many new places and see familiar faces.

Apr 28, 2016

Jamie and Claire's excellent adventure continues: Claire goes back through the stones and encounters Jamie, smugglers, brothels, a Chinaman, stolen treasure, a sea voyage, typhus, the Caribbean, witchcraft, an old friend, slaves, a lost nephew, a shipwreck, and near drowning -- and that's only half of it. It was like time traveling nurse meets Indian Jones. Thank goodness their love life is still active at their age.
I'm addicted to Jamie and Claire -- but this was a bit ridiculous.
Not sure if I'm going to continue the series.

Mar 10, 2015

I gulped this in just over 24 hrs, even staying up all the 2nd night to finish. Haven't done that since college, and this was much more fun, even if I paid for it more this time around! So many plot characteristics seem a bit fantastic, yet except at the very end, Gabaldon makes them make sense. Actually, they do make sense in the context. What a description of being in a hurricane! I can't wait to put the next one on hold and see what Jamie and Claire make of their lives next. I also long to know what Brianna and Roger are doing back in 1968. . . .

Feb 20, 2015

Feb 20, 2015..... this is about the fifth time I have read this book! I can still enjoy it, but I am easily distracted by TV series and a little renovating for a friend, so it is slow going. I hope to finish the series, and start on the new book (Written) by the summer! I have the audiobook for Drums on my computer, and ready for when I start that one. None of the audio books for the first 3 books were available while I was reading them, so that will be a brand new experience!

emerald2pac Oct 01, 2014

Really good , interesting plot and storyline, some good unexpected twists are thrown in.

Sep 17, 2014

This book has long been the turning point in the series for me -- while I love the relationship between Jamie and Claire (and continue to read the books), VOYAGER has always been the book where, as I reader, I felt the fantasy element became too outlandish, particularly in contrast to the domestic scenes, which become even more rewarding. I was most pleased to discover, on this re-read, that it is not the whole book that drives me nuts, with only brief satisfaction at the reunion of Claire and Jamie; the first 600 pages or so are phenomenal, with only a few incredulous moments, such as when Claire is asked to look at the set of bones discovered in the Caribbean. While the end of the book, with its expansion on the theory of time travel, a return of a most unpleasant character, and much adventuring, is perhaps best read through once and skimmed thereafter, fans of the series will find much to love in the first sections.

Sep 13, 2014

I'm slowly making my way through the Outlander books. Each one is longer than the next - thank goodness for e-books as this one was almost 1000 pages. I enjoyed this one a lot and had a hard time putting it down but the first one is still my favourite. I was a little put-off by the hocus-pocus near the end. I know, I can accept time travel but not magic? - but that's just me. Looking forward to the next book in the series.

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M_ALCOTT Jan 08, 2015

"The first thing you do when I find you is faint, and as soon as I've got you back on your feet, you get me assaulted in a pub and chased through Edinburgh in company with a deviant Chinese, ending up in a brothel--whose madam seems to be on awfully familiar terms with you, I might add. You then take off your clothes, announce that you're a terrible person with a depraved past, and take me to bed. What did you expect me to think?"-Claire

M_ALCOTT Jan 08, 2015

"I have burned for you for twenty years, Sassenach. Do ye not know that? Jesus! But I'm no the man ye knew, twenty years past, am I? We know each other now less than we did when we wed."-Jamie

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"First I'm a Sassenach, and now I'm a dogsbody. What do you Scots call people when you're trying to be nice?-Brianna

M_ALCOTT Jan 08, 2015

"Samhain--hallowe'en, you know?--that's one of the feasts when it was customary to try to divine the future. And one of the ways of divination was to walk to the end of the house, and then step outside with your eyes closed. The first thing you see when you open them is an omen for the near future."-Roger

M_ALCOTT Jan 08, 2015

"Don't worry. It doesna get any bigger. And it wilna do anything strange, if ye want to touch it."-Jamie(reassuring a lassie of his manhood)

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