Audiobook Review – Written In My Own Heart’s Blood

Posted November 9, 2016 by Kathy in 4 stars, Audiobook Review, Book Review / 2 Comments

Audiobook Review – Written In My Own Heart’s BloodWritten In My Own Heart's Blood Series: Outlander #8
by Diana Gabaldon
Narrator: Davina Porter
Published by Delacorte Press on June 10, 2014
Genres: Adult Historical Romance
Length: 44 hours and 59 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
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It is June 1778, and the world seems to be turning upside-down. The British Army is withdrawing from Philadelphia, with George Washington in pursuit, and for the first time, it looks as if the rebels might actually win. But for Claire Fraser and her family, there are even more tumultuous revolutions that have to be accommodated.

Meanwhile, in the 20th century, her descendants face even more desperate turns of events. Her daughter Brianna is trying to protect her son from a vicious criminal with murder on his mind, while her husband Roger has disappeared into the past…


Written In My Own Heart’s Blood is the continuation of what I think is the most romantic love story to date. You must read all the books in order, including the novellas, to fully understand the story. This is a mini review and spoiler free.

I love spending time again with my favorite Outlander characters. The love has become stronger for all the couples and as in previous books they each must deal with some drama. Of all the couples Roger and Bree’s story was the most exciting. As it left in the last book Roger and Bree are frantically searching for their son. I enjoyed the twists in their story and now fully understand what happened in the novella A Leaf On The Wind Of All Hallows. The excitement I felt with the characters were disappointingly interrupted with the historical details. I found this aspect of the series drags the books and I know I’m not alone in feeling this. But I will continue on with this series since I can’t get enough of the Fraser clan.

5 Star Audiobook Review

This was my first audiobook version of the series and now I completely understand the rave reviews of Danica Porter. She is amazing! Her performance of all the characters was superb and brought life to the story


Rating Report
Audiobook Performance
Overall: four-stars


About Diana Gabaldon

Diana Gabaldon is the New York Times bestselling author of the wildly popular Outlander novels-Outlander, Dragonfly in Amber, Voyager, Drums of Autumn, The Fiery Cross, and A Breath of Snow and Ashes (for which she won a Quill Award and the Corine International Book Prize)-and one work of nonfiction, The Outlandish Companion, as well as the bestselling series featuring Lord John Grey, a character she introduced in Voyager. She lives in Scottsdale, Arizona.

About Davina Porter

Davina Porter is known for the sheer beauty of her voice and her always-intelligent renditions of both classic and popular literature. A founding narrator with Recorded Books, Davina has an impressive list of classics in her audiography, including Anna Karenina and Madame Bovary. Few female narrators have the fluid capacity to capture grand historical figures and the more subtle, introspective portraits.

Talking with AudioFile, Davina admires authors who do their homework, like Diana Gabaldon. Davina's celebrated readings of Gabaldon's Outlander series have many fans. She won the 2006 Audie Award for Best Female Narrator with A Breath of Snow and Ashes.

At home with the Scottish accents of Alexander McCall Smith's Isabel Dalhousie series, Davina gives us Friends, Lovers, Chocolate and The Right Attitude to Rain. She's also recorded the Stonewycke trilogy and The Treasure of Stonewycke won another Audie Award in the Inspirational Fiction category.

Davina's success with a range of mysteries is a testament to her perceptive approach to seeking the author's intent. The Victorian setting of Anne Perry's Charlotte and Thomas Pitt mysteries are delightfully presented, including recent titles Bluegate Fields and Highgate Rise. Davina introduced listeners to Cynthia Riggs's series with The Cemetery Yew and Deadly Nightshade, both set on Martha's Vineyard.

Davina brings each voice off the page and at the same time maintain a natural sense. She attends to every detail--word, phrase, and emotion come alive with her narrative style. © AudioFile, 2007

Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

  • 2016 Audiobook Challenge
  • 2016 Reading Assignment


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2 responses to “Audiobook Review – Written In My Own Heart’s Blood

    • Kathy

      Thanks Lexxie! I love this series but it did take me a while to get used to this audio version. It was hard to listen to the historical facts so I didn’t pay attention lol