The Outlandish Companion Volume Two : Outlander

  • by Diana Gabaldon
  • Narrated by Diana Gabaldon, Davina Porter, Pilar Witherspoon, Jeff Woodman
  • Series: Outlander
  • 21 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

More than a decade ago, number-one New York Times best-selling author Diana Gabaldon delighted her legions of fans with The Outlandish Companion, an indispensable guide to all the Outlander books at the time. But that edition was just a taste of things to come. Since that publication, there have been four more Outlander novels, a side series, assorted novellas, and one smash-hit Starz original television series. Now Gabaldon serves up The Outlandish Companion, Volume Two, an all-new guide to the latest books in the series.
Written with Gabaldon's signature wit and intelligence, this compendium is bursting with generous commentary and juicy insider details, including - a complete chronology of the series thus far - full synopses of A Fiery Cross, A Breath of Snow and Ashes, An Echo in the Bone, and Written in My Own Heart's Blood - recaps of the Lord John Grey novels: Lord John and the Private Matter, Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade, Lord John and the Hand of Devils, and The Scottish Prisoner - a who's who of the cast of Outlander characters, cross-referenced by book - detailed maps and floor plans - an annotated bibliography - essays on subjects as wide ranging as Outlandish controversies regarding sex and violence, the unique responsibilities of a writer of historical fiction, and Gabaldon's writing process - a guided tour of the clothes, food, and music of the 18th century - a Gaelic glossary and pronunciation guide - personal photos from the author taken on the set of the Starz Outlander series As entertaining, sweeping, and addictive as the series itself, this second volume of The Outlandish Companion is a one (or two)-of-a-kind gift from an incomparable author.

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What is the point?

What did you like best about The Outlandish Companion Volume Two? What did you like least?

What I liked best was it was about two of my favorite fictional characters. What I liked least was the miniscule amount of new information provided in 22 hours of running time.


What was most disappointing about Diana Gabaldon’s story?

What was the most disappointing about Diana Gabaldon's story was that there was no story. This book is a recap of each of the books included in this Volume 2. I bought a hard copy of Volume 1 and it was full of new and interesting tidbits applicable to the series. This volume has very little new information and is basically a synopsis of each of the later books which I have read at least twice and listened to at least twice. I truly do not know why this book was published. I am curious about the hard copy and will look at it at the bookstore to see if it is as pointless as the recorded book.


What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Do not let the author be part of the narration.


Did The Outlandish Companion Volume Two inspire you to do anything?

Yes. It inspired me to ask for a refund.


Any additional comments?

No, I don't think I do.

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- Barbara Parrish

Works better in book format

This works decently as an audiobook, but would be much better read in book form. There are many lists, recipes, and blurbs (not to mention an abundance of footnotes) that don't make for exciting listening. Also, while I love Diana Gabaldon and appreciate the quirkiness of her voice, she takes some getting used to. And she reads VERY fast.

The upside is that they brought in Davina Porter to narrate and she is lovely as always (though I was thrown for a loop several times as she has changed her pronunciation of several words from when she narrated the big books.
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- K. Naglieri

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-05-2015
  • Publisher: Recorded Books