Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone: Outlander, Book 9 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Number one New York Times best-selling author Diana Gabaldon returns with the newest novel in the epic Outlander series.
The past may seem the safest place to be...but it is the most dangerous time to be alive....
Jamie Fraser and Claire Randall were torn apart by the Jacobite Rising in 1746, and it took them 20 years to find each other again. Now the American Revolution threatens to do the same.
It is 1779, and Claire and Jamie are at last reunited with their daughter, Brianna, her husband, Roger, and their children on Fraser’s Ridge. Having the family together is a dream the Frasers had thought impossible.
Yet, even in the North Carolina backcountry, the effects of war are being felt. Tensions in the Colonies are great, and local feelings run hot enough to boil Hell’s teakettle. Jamie knows loyalties among his tenants are split, and it won’t be long until the war is on his doorstep.
Brianna and Roger have their own worry: that the dangers that provoked their escape from the 20th century might catch up to them. Sometimes, they question whether risking the perils of the 1700s - among them disease, starvation, and an impending war - was indeed the safer choice for their family.
Not so far away, young William Ransom is still coming to terms with the discovery of his true father’s identity - and thus his own - and Lord John Grey has reconciliations to make, and dangers to meet...on his son’s behalf and his own.
Meanwhile, the Revolutionary War creeps ever closer to Fraser’s Ridge. And with the family finally together, Jamie and Claire have more at stake than ever before.
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|Listening Length||49 hours and 27 minutes|
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|Audible.com Release Date||November 23, 2021|
|Publisher||Recorded Books Inc.|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #50 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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I'm surprised and quite disappointed by this entry.
I have come to love the wild round of kidnappings, shipwrecks, witchcraft trials, betrayals, gunshot wounds, and good intentions leading to life-threatening outcomes that swirl around Claire and Jaime.
Time travel, action, drama, snappy dialogue, rich historical detail, war, sardonic humor, a grand romance- these books have been packed with crazy, juicy goodness.
This book is a complete anomaly. It reads flat and feels phoned-in. Almost nothing happens in the first 2/3, which consists mainly of sentimental musings on daily life and child-rearing.
The narrative is annoyingly diffused as we follow 6-8 different groups wandering around on side quests and- well- musing about the nature of family and child-rearing.
The last 1/3 has a little action that feels forced and almost apologetic.
I read this series because I love Claire and Jaime, Brianna and Roger (well, Brianna anyways), Fergus, Young Ian, Jenny, Lord John, William, etc.
That has been quite enough people to follow in the past- but in this one, for some reason, Gabaldon dilutes the storyline even further by dragging in random minor characters from previous novels, who are dusted off and given waaaay too much space.
Why are they given almost as much "screen time" as Claire and Jaime? No one is reading this series because we care about what eventually happens to a character that was in a novel two books ago for 4 pages.
Adding insult to injury is that I get the sense we're actually supposed to care about some of the pretty annoying ones, such as Amaranth, Frances, Agnes, and Elspeth. They're not real villains, just unlikeable, poorly written, and not compelling.
I am extremely surprised this bland, tedious novel came from Diana Gabaldon's pen, but there does seem to be a pattern. Authors whose books become popular TV shows or movies take time off, advising or producing or whatever, and for some reason the next book is usually terrible or simply never appears.
J.K. Rowling, Kerry Fisher, George R.R. Martin, Patrick Rothfuss, et. al.
I'm glad they get the recognition and the coins, but it's a real pity for the fans. We deserved better after such a long wait.
Jamie and Claire's family story....No. Saw much less of them, and more of inconsequential new characters.
I kept waiting for the ending from MOBY's cliffhanger to resolve itself with William and Jamie developing a relationship. I kept waiting.... and waiting, 900 pages. But we were left with another William Cliffhanger!
If it weren't so much time between books it wouldn't be so bad. But 7 years + how many ever it is till next book. So maybe 14 years to wait on double cliffhanger..........
Since I am 70 years old I could very well never read the last book. Guess her target audience is young people.
I loved the other books but sorry to say this one was a terrible letdown for me.
For a book of over 900 pages, very little happens in this latest installment. By the 80% mark it was disappointingly clear that very little would come of it. For a book years (YEARS!) In the making I truly thought there would have been more storyline to the actual , well story.
Rumor has it there will be a tenth book( hopefully while I'm still young enough and in control of my mental facilities to read it). Hopefully, the focus can be on wrapping up the various plots to a reasonable satisfaction.
What I didn't particularly enjoy: Sorry, but I did not care for the character of little Mandy; I found her quite annoying. (I've always enjoyed Jem's antics from the time he was a baby). I didn't like Amaranthus either. And William's tendency to only connect with Jamie when he desperately needs help to save somebody's life - though that tendency makes sense in terms of plot and characterization.
I quite enjoyed the delineation of Bree's relationship with William; and how their connection turns out to be critical to a certain development of one of William's dormant skills that leads to a very important discovery...
There is one scene, between Ian's former Mohawk wife 'Emily' and Ian & Rachel & baby Oggy & Emily's oldest son that almost made me cry, it was so good and beautiful.
And the White Sow has survived!
This is one I am going to reread and savor.
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As with all her books, DG employs a very different style in this one from previous ones. I'd say it is almost a study in how to reminisce in writing. Each time it happens, it is done in a slightly different way and because of it, I did not feel it becoming repetitive.
One of my favourite aspects of her writing is DG's incredible ability to nail observations of family interactions and this one had tons of it. My own favourites are Bree and William's relations with the world and I was thrilled to see them both more than once :)
As I am not that big on battles, I was glad that whilst of course there are some, they did not totally dominate the book.
Occasionally, Diana's modus operandum of writing stories in parts, not necessarily in the order they appear in, means that a character isn't reacting quite as I would expect given their encounter with something in a previous chapter, however, as I find each chapter almost readable as a standalone story, this does not detract from my overall enjoyment of the books.
All in all, loved it. Can't wait to see what happens next!