I tried--I really did. I knew that this narration would not measure up to Davina Porter's but I listen to lots of narrators and have never been so put off as I was with this one. REALLY--Rick Holmes' version of Jamie's voice and accent was so painfully unnatural as to sound as if he had some sort of physical impediment to speech-- I can't describe it but I had to give up the audible and read it on my kindle.
Enjoyed the book, but was put off by the Jamies terrible Scottish accent which sounded more Irish
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All I can say is that if you love Jaime you're going to enjoy this book very much. It was so nice to visit Diana's world and characters, (even if only Lord Jonh's world).
I truly feel bad for Lord John, he loves Jaime more than I do, if that is possible.
This adventure is set during Jaime's parole as a prisoner of war after the failed Jacobite Cause. Fans of the Outlander series will enjoy great insights into the development of John and Jamie's friendship. I LOVED that part.
Now for the narration, I have to warn all Outlanders's fans, the reader's voice and tone for Jaime is completely different from Davina Porter's, it takes a while to get used to him, but Diana's brilliant writing doesn't let you forget for a moment how wonderful Jaime's Personality is, and it comes through beautifully despite the horrible interpretation.
I really like Lord John after listening to this entry.. well, I always did like him, but now I like him a lot more.
I was upset when the book ended, I wanted more :(
My advice; listen to the sample first and see if you can deal with Jamie's voice and interpretation, I did, but I think that if the voice makes you cringe you should read it instead.
This review is from die-hard fan of the Outlander series.
My favorite genres are absurdist humor, Sci-fi & modern fantasy, but, as you can see, I'll read just about anything. Don't mind the typos.
Good narration. I really enjoyed the the switch in perspective from Claire to Jamie and the story of the missing time that he spent in English custody.
I ignore genre labels. Some of my favorite books are outside my genre comfort zone. Listening to audiobooks is still reading. Not theater.
I admit that I read the Lord John books mainly to back-fill details in the Outlander series. And while I don't think the Lord John books are as consistently excellent as the Outlander books, they are still better than much of what is written today. I am partial to Lord John and all of his idiosyncratic complexity. This book was great. Not only did it flesh out Lord John and his brother's characters considerably, it paid enough attention to Jamie Fraser that I felt I was getting at least an Outlander novella in the bargain. The introductory segment in the Scottish Prisoner was one of the most memorable first chapters I have ever read. The narrators were a little problematic. I had grown use to Jeff Goodman in the Lord John books and thought the second narrator was superfluous. But that was partially because he was handling Jamie's voice and no one is Jamie but Davina Porter. Other than that, I found this terribly satisfying.
I recommend this heartily.
This will just be a short review. As so many of the reviewers didn't like the narration, enough that I strongly considered not getting the book, I thought I should mention that I liked the narration. Maybe if I came directly from a Davina Porter, Outlander book I would have had a problem with it and it did take a little bit of getting used to, but just a little bit. And it is a book by the viewpoint of two men, it really wouldn't make sense for it to be narrated by a woman. I enjoyed the story. I have a bit of a problem with the regular Lord John books as I miss the other Outlander charactors in them, but as this one was half Jamie, that wasn't a problem. I liked that it filled in one of the spaces in the Outlander series. Good book. As good as one of the Outlander series? No, too short for that. But still enjoyable, got me back in the mood for the series and I think I will listen to the series again next as it has been a little while since I heard it last.
I liked this well enough though I'm a confirmed Davina Porter fan and would have given it a 5 had she narrated. She is Jamie to me. Otherwise, the narrators were okay but I think they would've been fine to have 1....heck, Davina does all characters great, what's the point of 2?...hmmmmm.....
It was the perfect length.....though my perfect length for Outlander sequels is the 35-40 hrs. ...but for LJ, this was perfect
I love Lord John. This book lets you get to know John. It also explains the relationship between him and Jamie.
I agree, I would have loved to have Davina Porter read this book. She is
Diana is a fantastic writer and I am absolutely hooked on her Outlander series, but I don't think I'd do another Lord John book. Rick Holmes was bad and Jeff Woodman lacks something in portraying LJ that Davina Porter captures perfectly. Davina Porter's voice is much deeper and raspier when reading Jamie, not to mention much more fierce--acted, not read. She just is the voice of Jamie Fraser.
Now, I'm not a prud by any means, I'm trying to break into the romance genre myself, but really after all these years of picturing Jamie and knowing what happened to him at the hands of Jack Randall and how that experiece effected him... I really don't want to hear about Lord John's designs on Jamie's body. Sometimes, I wonder who Diana is writing to--what is her target market? Why would women who read Outlander and fell in love with Jamie, the epitome of manliness, want to read or listen to gay sex scenes with LJ? Although an honorable guy, he's just not compelling, yet she keeps ramming him down out throat. Maybe there are women out there who want to read about gay sex, but frankly, I'm not one of them.
I guess my expectations were too high. I thought his would be more of a straightforward mystery, which is what I was under the impression the LJ books were, but it's more of a long plodding story with just a sort of mystery, a couple of good one liners and a little more filling in of Jamie's time at Hell water. It's lacking real excitement, it all seems forced. It's just dull, flat, insubstantial, uncompelling. Disappointing.
Her Royal Spyness was way way better.
No. I heard great things about Jeff Woodman's LJ, but it's he's just not up to snuff.
I suppose. I'm thinking that some of what is told here will show up in one of the Outlander books
This story is missing something. That something is Claire. Or Davina Porter. Or maybe just women in general.
I'm sure Mr. Woodman and Mr. Holmes are excellent narrators and wonderful human beings, but I had to stop listening a few hours in. I couldn't even listen to the story because I could only focus on the fact that Jamie's voice was not being read by (channeled through) a lovely, feisty little British woman.
So, those of you who fell in love with Davina the same time you fell in love with Diana, you might want to get this one in print.