waste of time. the story line was weak and it took a long time to "set it up". The only good thing was the Scottish/English history aspect.
Moved to the "meat" of the story much more quickly.
I won't be reading or listening to any more of this author's books.
Diana Gabaldon writes with a distinct style that makes the reader feels as though they truly know the characters, but I have not enjoyed the Lord Gray series as much as the Outlander series. I had high hopes that this one would be more enjoyable since it focuses on Jamie Fraser, but not enough to make me love it.
Myst/thrillers and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.
Loved all of her books but was not happy with her last book in the Outlander series. Did not want to have to force myself through another.
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.