I've read all the Outlander and Lord John Grey novels and short stories in print before and I have been enjoying revisiting them on audible. The Brotherhood of the Blade was probably my favorite of the Lord John books and the audio version certainly lived up to my expectations. There are quite a few regular characters and the narrator did a marvelous job of creating distinct voices for all that fit the personality of the characters as I know them. Unique and believable voices for everyone from the colorful Stephan the Hanoverian, to the Dowager Countess Benedicta Grey, and of course my favorite valet, Tom Byrd.
The Brotherhood of the Blade certainly stands on its own if you've never read another of the Lord John or Outlander novels. However, it does allude to other books. The Hand of Devils, a short story collection, has stories that fit both before and after this book and the first LJG novel, Lord John and the Private Matter. In order they are:
Brotherhood of the Blade
Custom of the Army (that appeared in an anthology and is now available separately)
The Scottish Prisoner
The only problem was a technical glitch that seemed to cause the first sentence of a chapter to repeat on occasion. Nothing that took away from my enjoyment of the book.
I am a fan of the Outlander series and enjoy the Lord John spin off books.
Mr. Woodman's voice is a great one for Lord John.
Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade is a stand alone novel in its own right, but anyone who has read/listened to the Outlander series will find that this book adds depth to those stories. In fact as soon as I had finished this book I found I had to re-read Voyager because all of a sudden so much of it made sense.
Lord John is one of my favourite characters and in this book we learn more of his wit, humanity, sensitivity and generally courageous character. Yes I know as others have said there are some very tender and extremely steamy moments - but that is part of the life and character of Lord John.
I guess the only problem I had was hearing Lord John's voice as read by Jeff Woodman. I am so used to hearing Davina Porter's 'Lord John' that it took me a little while to get used to the change.
I adore this narrator! His accents are great, and his reading style, enunciation and pace are all a clear 5 stars.
Avid reader and audiobook listener; I love paranormal lit, mysteries, historical fiction, romance, Brit-crime novels and thrillers.
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.
As a long time audible customer who can remember the first servers and the need to download small parts of books to a small pre mp3 player I am really embarrassed.
I got my wife a zen and logged her into my account so she could download a title for her own enjoyment.
The male to male sex really upset her.
She read the audible posted information and thought she was getting a romance historical title.
oppppppppps that is not what it is
I did not think to tell her to read some reviews. She listened to the sample audio and bought the book.
Audible needs a better book description or rate the title.
This is a xxxxxx title and should be described as such.
I read so I can write
This is a pitiful attempt to sell books to people who like the Outlander series
It was just back story