After listening to the Outlander series I decided to try the Lord John series. I am disappointed I didn't read in any other reviews that the focus of the book would be so filled with gay sex.
Not gay sex.
Partly due to the dialogue and partly due to the narration, this was a painful, plodding, boring listen. If her books were not bordering on pornographic, I doubt sincerely that Gabaldon would have the following she has. I personally gave up after 4 hours, having fallen asleep twice during that time period.
Seemed like a different author wrote this. I bought this because I love the outlander series. This just didn't capture the spirit at all! Also there is a great hostility between Jamie and Lord John that wasn't in the previous books. Another thing I am just not into reading or hearing sex scenes. I wasn't fond of them in the whole series but like it less in this one. I don't need to know the lurid details of his homosexual sex life...umm no. Just no.
First I must say that I personally thought Jeff Woodman was marvelous. I absolutely understand why some have disagreed with my opinion. One tires of listening to the persnickety Lord John often. However, Woodman's task was to read the material as it fit the character and this is the way it was written by the author. Blame the author, not the reader. Lord John is often snide, with an arrogance that comes from his sense of entitlement. Having lived in England I can tell you that Woodman captured him perfectly. Sad, but true. Great job with the other characters also.
I just didn't care for the book that much. Some have seemed to object to the homosexual nature of the book. Well it certainly is that. Lord John seems to constantly on the prowl. That was not a major concern of mine going in, although I must admit it gets old. I tired of listening to Lord John's lascivious thoughts. But more importantly to me, Lord John just does not seem to be very nice to his lovers after the fact. In reality, I think his "true love" of Jamie might have roots in the knowledge that Jamie is unavailable. In addition, I did not like the way John treated Percy, I wouldn't want to read about a heterosexual cad and a homosexual one even less. I understand that he has his moments of kindness, but for the most part John is just spoiled, selfish and boring.
If another author had written this book, my thought is that it would have been regarded in a much more negative manner. There is not much adventure or great story. Just Lord John walking around ogling the boys, sounding like a fop.
One of the major reasons, I purchased these books was the suggestion that Jamie played a larger role in them. He does not. Do not buy this book to learn about Jamie. You will be sorely disappointed.
The book is good, but It would have been great without the repeditive, graphical, sex scenes.
I love the Lord John series and enjoyed this one even more than the first. That being said the quality of this narrator is no where near that of the narrator of the Outlander series. As I'm used to hearing the characters "voices" as done by her it is somewhat jarring to hear them come out completely different by Jeff Woodman. It is a shame they could not use the same narrator for both series.
However, as I really do enjoy this series and LOVE Lord John I will continue to purchase and read them as long as they are offered.
Great book, entertaining. But if Diana Gabaldon wrote it you can bet it is a GOOD book. I have read everything I can find by this author and recommend her as the BEST author of our time.
Why not get a narrator that can do a decent Scottish accent? I have no other complaints about his reading or his portrayal of Lord John, but Jeff Woodman's clumsy attempts to voice Jamie Fraser (and the other Scottish characters) were extremely distracting (I sincerely hope he doesn't narrate "Lord John and the Scottish Prisoner" which I understand has MUCH Scottish dialog since Jamie is a main character in that much anticipated release). I am a huge fan of the "Outlander" series of which the "Lord John" series is a spin-off. IMHO, this is the best book in the "Lord John" series so far. All of the books are good, but should definitely be for adults only since they deal with M/M relationships (Lord John Gray is homosexual). If you like a good mystery and are a fan of historical fiction you may like this series.
OK reader but couldn't get into the story before I became bored with it. I have always love Diana Gabaldon's books before but not this one, Linda
Not the best by Diana Gabledon but still, even at her "not best" she is way ahead of whomever is in second place. The whole Outlander series has me wanting her to put out a book every week. Impossible but one can wish.