Art historian, gardener, feminist. Read for language, characters, history, esp. 18th c. History in US, France, GB, SE Asia, Caribbean.
I love historical fiction, and am a big fan of Diana Gabeldon's details of the lives and politics of the eighteenth-century world and her range from Scotland, Ireland, and England to Paris, Le Havre, Germany, Jamaica, the North Carolina backcountry, Philadelphia, New York, and Ticonderoga. Despite her rich characterizations, fascinating plot twists, and historical detail, sometimes the writing can get a little repetitive, as when Jamie shrugs his shoulder as if his shirt were too tight. Sometimes one feels that the author might not be paying strict attention to continuity, as when Claire is rescued from the witches' trial clad only in Jamie's plaid, and later ends up with at least her shift, if not a dress, in Outlander.
In The Scottish Prisoner, a more compact novel, the writing seems refreshed.
The Scottish Prisoner details Jamie Fraser's stay at "Hellwater," an estate in the Lake District, where he has been sent to serve out his sentence for treason, rather than being transported to the British Colonies. Lord John Gray has arranged this placement. Through events at Hellwater and later in London and Ireland, we see how trust, respect and friendship gradually develop between the two wary ex soldiers, one a defeated Jacobite, the other a British Major. In this development, Lord John continues to struggle with his feelings for Jamie, but becomes somewhat more at peace with the strengthening of their friendship.
Within the Outlander series, the novel deepens the reader's understanding of Jamie's relationship to his son, William, and of his loyalty to Claire, his wife, who has been separated from him. We learn a little about his past association with Irish allies of the Jacobite cause. We also learn more about Lord John's brother Hal, his wife Minnie, and their three children, who have greater roles in An Echo in the Bone, the most recent of the Outlander series.
Primarily, one enjoys the extended focus on two of Gabeldon's most delightful characters, Jamie and Lord John, both well-educated eighteenth-century gentlemen, well acquainted with literature, and languages; both practical and adventurous, and above all, both ready wits. Of couse, Gabeldon endows both with magnetism and physical appeal; it is no wonder that readers and listeners cannot get enough of them.
I have read several of Diana Gabaldon books about Jamie and Claire Frazier. I absolutely love Jamie. I enjoyed this book. It gives insight to what his life was like when Claire left. It has a lot of returning characters. The story line was good as always. I recommend all of the series as well as this book.
The narrators were good - I would try another one of their books.
I 've seen this book in the bookstores for years, and wanted to try one of the author's books, so finally bought it here. What a let-down! The story just never seemed to get going. I kept waiting for something more, but got all the way to the end - after many hours - and it just never was satisfying. Like an appetizer, and the main course just never got to the table!
Only if they were going to read the Outlander series
the story is really lost with out Davina Porter.She was excellent in the Outlander series.I found myself inserting her voice in my head throughout the book
most likely will not purchase other books in this legend without Davina as narrator
I would not try another.
No. Just this one
Not sure. I would have to read the reviews.
Not really it moved to slow
I love a good romance novel but when you add a Scottish accent to the mix...olala!!! The story is good and the narrator does this very well! I would definitely recommend this to anyone who loves a steamy happy ending bad guy gets what he deserves book!!!
Literature and Writing Examiner, author, dreamer, all round fun chickiepoo!
I admit that I fall into the camp of those who think Diana Gabaldon can do no wrong and write no crap. "The Scottish Prisoner" is one of those books that can definitely do no wrong or could be perceived of as crap. A tight story, full of layers and plot twists, that when I first read it, I was so involved that I couldn't put it down until I was finished with the book. Getting the audiobook has only reinforced that feeling -- this story is wonderful!
It's so well written, the dialogue rings true, and the character relationships don't go off into typical romance land -- not everyone is going to get along all of the time. And even though I know that John and Jamie become fast friends later on, at this point in the story, they are what could best be described as "polite enemies".
But the best part of this audiobook is having the two readers alternating and interacting. A stroke of genius, Holmes has Jamie Fraser down pat. Woodman has been reading all of the Lord John books and his characterization is also brilliant. Both men make this book an incredible experience in the reading.
If you love Diana Gabaldon, Lord John, and/or Jamie Fraser...if you love "The Scottish Prisoner", then you simply must get this audiobook! You will fall more deeply in love with all of the above and enjoy the book that much more.
Here we have Jamie Fraser, years after his Claire disappeared between the stones gone back to the 20th century to raise her daughter (Jamie of course assumes it's a boy). Jamie has been providing manual labor to the British in return for a parole from prison. He is not pleased to hear that the Jacobites who were his fellow rebels until Culloden want to have another go at it and get the Brits out of Scotland. Jamie feels that it's futile, based on Claire's revelations. But Lord John and his redcoated cronies already know about it and want Jamie to lead them to whoever is behind it, because they are passing around coded poetry and if there's one thing Lord John cannot abide it's coded poetry. So OK. The story is convoluted with lots of subplots describing how Jamie first met so-and-so and how Jamie doesn't want them to suffer the consequences of their plot. I kept dozing off on it. I liked reading about Claire, and Claire and Jamie together were even better in Gabaldon's other books. I especially liked Claire applying 20th century thinking to 18th century situations. So my feeling is that Jamie without Claire is good but not so much. I have listened to several Audible editions now and I think I gave it a fair chance. But frankly, I like to read more than I like to listen.
Jamie is essentially a double agent, and he walks a precarious line between his British and Scottish friends. Lord John was his prison warden but Jamie is still honorable in his dealings with him. The least interesting thing was the narration. When I read a book I use a lot of imagination and that doesn't work with Audible. If I encounter a character who was introduced early in the book and pops up again later I can find the previous reference in the book and get refreshed. That's not possible with an audio presentation. It's too hard to stay with the story.
Like take the Outlander guided tour of Scotland? No. It inspired me to go back to reading books instead of listening to them.
I really enjoyed all the different character voices. I've listened to Davina Porter's narration of Diana Gabaldon's "Outlander" series. She is wonderful, but it was nice to hear one of Diana's novels read by men.
Ms. Gabaldon writes very entertaining stories. I'm hooked on the "Outlander" series and have read all the related stories, "The Scottish Prisoner" being one of them. Her characters are so alive, wonderful historical research, sense of humor, romance and adventure!
Favorite part - section III, chapter 19, "Quagmire", when Jamie is at the monastery at Inchcleruan and spends time with Abbot Michael. Many clues included in this section that relate back to the "Outlander" series.
Great account for a portion of the 20 years when Jamie Fraser was separated from his wife Claire, and additional insight into his friendship with Lord John Grey.
A must read for all Diana Gabaldon fans!
The characters and their actions are intelligent and well thought out. The overall story captivated me. Despite the fact the story is a serious mystery, there were parts that made me laugh aloud. Others that made me giggle. The dialogue is witty and intriguing.
Where Jamie calls Lord Grey by his Christian name, "John." The interaction between Jamie and Lord John before the dual where Jamie makes it clear to Lord John that he respects him and reconfirms their friendship.
Enjoyed the entire book. Couldn't stop listening
Readers will enjoy this more if they have read at least the first two Outlander novels.