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Written In My Own Heart's Blood

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Davina Porter

45 Hours 7 Minutes

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June 2014

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Hurtled back through time more than two hundred years to 1743 Scotland, Claire Randall finds herself caught in the midst of an unfamiliar world torn apart by violence, pestilence, and revolution and haunted by her growing feelings for a young soldier, James Fraser.

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  • Michelle M

    Love this series, a little heavy on the extra details but still a great read. Can’t wait for the next one.

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  • Lisa F

    Once again Davina does a glorious job narrativing, but I think even she is feeling long winded at this point. I just wish DG had enough faith in the reader memory to not rehash everything that\'s happened throughout the books every single time she changes from one character to the next. Why hasn\'t her editor reined her in on this? If she stopped this tedious practice of constantly retelling every characters back story (even if it was just told a few chapters prior!) she could easily shave 500 pages from each book and 25 hours off each audiobook! I\'ll be honest, I keep going because I want to know how Jamie is, but the near constant calamity that befalls him and Claire is laughable at times. So is the strange ability that has people randomly cross paths all the time. With the frequency that the main characters \"just happen\" to find themselves bumping into prominent historical figures or evil doers is dizzying. Not to mention, how the main character always escapes death and disease. It would be nice to actually see how Jamie and Claire handle normal boring day to day business of marriage for any amount of time that would find regular mortals dealing more with relationship issues than constant threat of the Red Coats. I\'m also constantly annoyed, this many books later that even if Brea is a grown woman she (just like her mother) still doesn\'t get that even if she hates it, assuming a more demure role in public would save Roger (and Jamie) A LOT of troubles. These women seem much more like women in this day an age than of their mid century time. All of these things make me run my hands over my face and down the bridge of my nose while making a low Scottish noise in the back of my throat. And stop with the disgusting details of sores and creatures people of the 1700s have growing or crawling out of them. It never fails that I reach for a snack while reading or listening and then DG decides she\'s going to give a lesson on the anatomy of some ailment of some non-character just to flex her medical muscles for several pages. Claire is a genius, we get it.

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  • Denise M

    Awesome series, sorry it’s over, loved the narrator

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  • Chasi Daviau

    I’ve gone through all the books & I love them but this one bothered me quite a bit. Claire & Jamie are very unlikeable in this book, especially for the first 2/3 of it. They are very much into themselves & each other that their actions are extremely selfish & not very nice. And, I was so excited to finally hear more about William but he comes off as an extremely spoiled brat that doesn’t know how to deal with disappointments well without being an ass. Honestly, I guess no character can be good all the time & that would make for a boring story but the best characters in this book was everyone who wasn’t a main one. And, I’ve never known anyone to randomly run into a family member or friend while crossing hundreds of miles in the wilderness, much less do it quite as often as these folks do.

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  • Anonymous

    Highly enjoyed this book, being a reviewer that has previously heavily critiqued voyager and d/autumn- the winding of the storylines always felt appropriate. Always about the time I started to wonder "Oh, well what about Bree and Roger?" or was pining to learn more about a subplot, Gabaldon gave me the story I wanted within a chapter or two. William specifically can be a bit frustrating at times, but I honestly think that may be because he doesn't have a significant other, really. We have no love-goggles for him, like we did with fiery, stubborn, and often illogical Jaime from earlier in the series. I see so many similarities between the characters, but the reader is softer on Jaime because he's the main love interest. On that note, it was quite wonderful to delve into Ian's relationship. Funnily enough, with Lisa F's review, I would have agreed on re-hashing story maybe in the first five books, as I found it very irritating, but I honestly had forgotten a few things from previous books, and the re-hashing brought me back up to speed. When a series gets this long, I rather think it's a benefit, not a negative anymore. As for "how come Claire and Jaime are always in the thick of it"- I am inclined to agree, that I would genuinely enjoy five or so chapters spread about the book with daily life and normalicy, I have to also say... it's fiction! Sure, I have a bit of a laugh when Claire runs into her 5th important historical figure or so in a few chapter's time, but a certain level of suspension of disbelief is often required when reading for enjoyment. I would also like to add that since there is a basis of Jaime interacting with important figures in the past, he is still more likely to run into them through the rest of his life, and this idea helps me suspend my disbelief a bit more as well.

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  • Claude C.

    excellent story. I feel the narration could be more varied between characters.

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  • Merete I.

    I is a fantastic book and I love the way she reads it.

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  • Patti B

    Love love this whole series Have read every book by this wonderful Lady. She never disappoints

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  • Chris Johnson

    I could listen to Davina Porter read the phone book. I still love the series, but the author has a few too many story lines going on for my liking. This being said, I can not wait for book 9.

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  • Stephanie wheeler

    I love the series Outlander Diana Gabaldon. I have renewed myself with her novels.

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