The author presents a collection of seven short stories set in the Outlander universe, never before published together, including two original stories and featuring beloved character Jamie Fraser.
"Beseiged": Protagonist is Lord John Grey, a secondary character in the Outlander novels and a main protagonist of the Lord John novels, Diana's related series (never before published).
"A Fugitive Green": Protagonist is Hal Grey, John's brother (never before published).
"Virgins": Protagonists are Jamie Fraser at age 19 and his friend and future brother-in-law, Ian Murray. (Originally published in the Tor Books anthology Dangerous Women in 2013. Dell published as an individual e-novella in 4/2016.)
"The Space Between": Protagonist is Michael Murray, who is the son of Ian and Jenny Murray (Jenny is Jamie's sister and a main character in her own right in both the books and TV show). (Originally published in the Tor anthology The Mad Scientist's Guide to World Domination in 2012 and as an individual e-novella by Dell in 4/2014.)
"A Leaf on the Wind of All Hallows": Tells the story of the parents of Roger Wakefield (a major character in the books, just introduced at the end of the second season of the show and will continue to grow in importance); features Claire's husband, Frank Randall. (Originally published in the Gallery anthology Songs of Love and Death in 2010 and as an individual e-novella by Dell in 12/2012.)
"The Custom of the Army": Protagonist is Lord John Grey. (Originally published in the Tor anthology Warriors (1) in 2010. Dell published as an e-novella in May 2012.)
"Lord John and the Plague of Zombies": Protagonist is Lord John Grey. (Originally published in Ace anthology Down These Strange Streets in 2012. Dell published as an e-novella in 2013).
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Two new works and five previously published
Yes and no. Having not seen the print version, I can assume by what I listened to, that there are instances where seeing the print edition would be more helpful. One instance is a list of someone's diary entries - where seeing it as we would "normally" would probably allow the reader to grasp the information more easily. However, I enjoy the audio versions immensely. The voice actors are terrific at characterizations, and little things like hearing a fight, and the audible gasps, huffing, out of breath pauses certainly make the audio book quite enjoyable.
Getting to know Minnie. The story of her travels to London and what ensues is entirely new material and much about a character that I've always wanted to know better.
Yes. And there's a critical review of this audiobook that disparages the "woman with a raspy voice". Well, that's the author herself, and while Diana is not a professional voice actor, having her acerbic wit in the material she reads is very enjoyable.
Can't imagine this book in film as a stand alone. The stories enhance the Outlander universe.
Audible doesn't label its chapters. An annoying habit. I suggest the following bookmarks Labels for the readers' and listeners' convenience:
Chapter 1 Intro to book
Chapter 2 Custom of the Army
Chapter 6 A Space Within
Chapter 11 A Plague of Zombies
Chapter 15 A Leaf on the Wind of All Hallows
Chapter 17 Virgins
Chapter 22 A Fugitive Green
Chapter 40 Besieged.
- Mary R
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