The book is good, but It would have been great without the repeditive, graphical, sex scenes.
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.
I loved The Outlander series and was hoping this series would offer a similar story line. I am disappointed.
The final book in The Outlander series? Waiting patiently.
Very good voice.
Sorry, no. I did listen to it all the way to the end, but just couldn't get into it. I'm no quitter, and even though I wasn't completely interested I did finish the book.
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.
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
I only read the Publisher's Summary and that says nothing about this being a book about gay men. I think there should be some sort of warning in the summary. I had no idea that Lord John was gay.I am not a prude and have nothing against gay men. I just don't prefer to read about men having sex with men. As for that I don't prefer romance novels either that spend too much time describing sex between man and woman. At least when it says "Harlequin" everyone knows what the book is about. I usually don't read the reviews because some people review too much and give things away. But I will definitely read the reviews in the future.
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.
Although Gabaldon stories are always interesting, this one is way below the quality of the Outlander series. Firstly, the characters were not sufficiently developed to make me truly care about them (except for the ones I already knew). Secondly, when reading a mystery I like to have some chance of identifying the villain but that was a very long shot here given my first comment. Thirdly, I found the explicit homosexual encounters unnecessary.