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  • Go Tell the Bees that I Am Gone

  • Outlander, Book 9
  • By: Diana Gabaldon
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 49 hrs and 27 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (809 ratings)

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Go Tell the Bees that I Am Gone

By: Diana Gabaldon
Narrated by: Davina Porter
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Summary

The author of the Sunday Times best-selling Outlander series returns with a brand new novel in the epic tale.

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 1743, 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 tea-kettle. 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.

©2021 Diana Gabaldon (P)2021 Recorded Books Inc

Critic reviews

"Gabaldon's vast and sweeping account of the war is so intricately plotted and peopled that one is amazed she could conceive and write it in only seven years." (Independent)

"Go Tell the Bees is packed with everything readers love about the Outlander series." (Guardian)

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  • 25-11-21

Ja-mar? Who ? Oh I see!

So Germain is now pronounced as Ja-mar. Plus his sweet little French accent has disappeared.
That is disappointing. This is a slow go book and I do mean slow! Sadly this book did not grip me like the others.
On a plus their is not all the sex like the others but flip side it seems to be replaced with over swearing in places. Seems F***ing is the choice. Was that word really used in those times. ?
I am a huge outlander fan but this one just does not hot the mark. For me anyway 😞

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Painfully Boring

I have been listening to the other 8 volumes on repeat for the past 7 years and I still notice new interesting details. I couldn't wait for the 9th volume, avidly reading the snippets the author released on her website once in a while. I would have gladly waited longer as "Go Tell The Bees" is mostly painfully boring. The dialogues are terribly mundane, there's not much happening throughout and very few misteries from the previous volumes are addressed. I have already listened to it twice just to make sure I haven't drawn hasty conclusions. Both times it felt like more than half of the book was missing, despite it being one of the longer volumes in the series. It feels more like a novella compared to the complexity of the previous volumes. I kept wondering if the audiobook had downloaded in its entirety. Alas, the end credits are there after chapter 155. I even deleted and downloaded the audiobook again, but nothing's changed. Very disappointed.
Edit 6 months and 3 more listens later: It kind of grows on me, although some of the mundane dialogues still get on my nerves.

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So disappointed

After waiting 7 years for the next installment of the Fraser saga, this was so disappointing.

Not much really happens but we are bombarded with every tiny detail about what everyone is eating, how they cooked it, what the weather was doing etc to the point the book became boring. Diana usually includes a lot of detail to make us feel we are really there but somehow this was way over the top. We don't really need to know the intricacies of every surgical procedure she's doing, nor about Bree and Roger and their thoughts on partical physics. It was also quite repetitive in places, especially when Clare talks about her Merck book.

It felt rushed in places where something happens to some characters and it seemed to jump from one thing to another. There was little detail on some of the main characters and the whole book felt as though not much happens and is leading up to book 10, which quite honestly if it takes another 7 years of waiting had better be good.

Overall full of inconsequential details and not a lot of substance , and still some unaddressed issues from the previous book. I am very disappointed as I have loved all the previous books and have listened to them several times but this almost feels as if Diana hasn't written it herself or has become too engrossed in researching events that she has had no time to listen to her characters.

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So boring

This is so boring, I loved the first Outlander novels but they get slower and duller the more she writes. She should have made them an exciting triology. I really tried to keep going with this but gave up after a third of the way through.

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I have waited, oh so long, for this book!

Sadly, oh so sadly, having finally had it read to me so beautifully, I am left with a dreadful feeling of disappointment as I plodded on and on waiting for excitement but when ever that happened it would suddenly end unresolved ! So what happened next I would ask … but no answer there came. All the heart stopping moments of the first 7 books are no longer there. It is all so tame, to much religion now, far from subtle. I am so sorry to have to say this but then to end the book with 4 words is very unfair. It is as if we will be given the answer in a year or so! Not so as a writer who has kept her public on tender hook for years for this book. So many questions unanswered. Such a shame. Not as well written as the early ones.

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A Bit of an Anticlimax.

Having waited so long for this latest book I find I was quite underwhelmed by it, unfortunately for me there were just too many side stories which were left hanging and not developed to a satisfactory conclusion. Claire and Jamie’s lives were plodding along with just the occasional drama but some major events in the storyline were just skipped over, given that it is quite a mammoth tome there should have been ample opportunity. Maybe it is time for Miss Gabaldon to draw the characters to a conclusion, wasn’t Go Tell the Bees originally going to be the final instalment? However the narrator, Davina Porter, was excellent as always.

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Disappointment

I have enjoyed this series but was left really disappointed with this book. There is an awful lot of big descriptions and awful lot of bible bashing and a bit of moving about not a lot else...really, not much happens it feels like a book full of filler. The narrator was good though!

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The Frasers of the Ridge are back!

This long awaited book does not disappoint. The story is gripping and as usual Davina Porter is exceptional.

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Only good part is the narration

Even Davina Porter's excellent narration can't save this snoozefest. Rambles on and on with uninteresting minutiae. I don't think they are even editing these novels anymore.

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Thats 44 Hours I’m never getting back

Basically nothing happens in the entire book except description of life in the 18th century and referrals to previous events. One of the main characters nearly dies near the end and I couldn’t have cared less whether they die or not. The “cliff hanger” ending is more of a mole hill hanger.
Quite honestly I’ve been looking forward to reading this book since I finished the last one about 3 years ago.
I think Diana should have finished the series a couple of books ago. The excitement of the first three or 4 books is a distant memory.

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  • 01-01-22

DG's Ninth!

Oh no! William! So love reading the William/ Jaimie saga! Miserable as both Audibles, this and The Almanac completed today, first day of 2022!😒 Now have a long wait for DG's 10th book and may not survive. Also very saddened by the utterly brilliant Davina Porter's last narration. Brava Davina for all the character voices. Just incomparable! Davina is beyond genius! Rest well Davina. Diana, thank you for much joy, many tears and unrequited arousal in my 77th year!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-12-21

Such a great addition to the series...

I just finished listening the book and it feels like leaving family with no idea of when I'll get to see them again... Beautiful story, awesomely read by Davina Porter.
Besides the William and Amaranthus' story arc (as I had trouble liking those characters), this novel was easily in the Top 3 of the series so far.
Thank you, Ms Gabaldon. And thank you Ms Porter for the love you put into the portrayal of all those wonderful characters.

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  • Nena
  • 31-03-22

Review of Outlander series book nine.

Why tell the bees that I am gone when I am very much still here. And hope to remain so.
This book covers the spectrum of emotions from Jamie seeing green eggs and ham to the deep horror of war. Diana has the remarkable ability to sketch characters while being a born story teller. This is one of her best, Highest recommendation.
James Small.

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  • Nick
  • 23-02-22

The Jamie and Claire Saga Continues ...

The saga of James and Claire Fraser continues. The characters and their progeny continue to be developed in interesting and often unexpected ways. And interestingly some of the questions around how the time travel through the stones might be possible start to be theorised by these characters, particularly Brianna with her engineering mindset to problem solving.

The mystery of time travel, the accurate historic references to the American Revolutionary War and how the fictional characters interact in these events and across time is fascinating.

I did however expect the story to end here. Instead it has ended on a bit of a cliffhanger.

I think @Diana Gabaldon has been watching too much Netflix. 😉 How long will we have to wait for the next one???

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  • Rosemary Ansell
  • 19-02-22

The stones

I have loved every single of these books and have reread them all numerous times. Ready for the next one NOW!!!!!!!!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-02-22

These books have become family

Brilliantly written, superbly narrated. A story that will live with me forever. Gabaldon is a genius, counting the days to the last book in the series.

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  • Vincent
  • 08-02-22

Never disappoints

Love both your work Dianna and Davina. Leaves us on edge and waiting for the final installment of book 10.

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  • Lorraine
  • 13-01-22

Never let’s you down

As I said she never lets you down, always entertaining and the narrator is still the best

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  • Kim
  • 13-01-22

A great story

Enjoyed the story, but found it a little less engaging than previous books.
The end annoyed me, obviously another book to come.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-12-21

Absolutely Love it

The whole series is unforgettable Diana Gabaldon is such an amazing writer that you fall in love with the characters so much they feel real. I love this book and the whole series can't wait for the next.