This novel fills in the years that Jamie & Claire are apart from Jamie's point of view, it is always enjoyable to have the blanks of a good serial filled in and Gabaldon does this well with a story that also could stand on it's own.
Both were very good, but Jamie will always have my heart.
The Missing Years
In the top 10
This book told the story of how Jamie Frazier and Lord John came to have a strong bond of friendship. The tale was one of intrigue, danger, excitement and heroism. Excellent read, and a must for fans of the Outlander series.
Lord John. His character has many facets. His sense of duty and honor make him an admirable character.
Jamie's Hellwater back-story
As always the interplay of the characters was the "pager turner" for me. Lord John and his Honor, Hal's impulsiveness and Jamie's love of Willie all combine to make this novel a bridge between the Outlander series and the Lord John books.
The range and richness of the voices brought the story to life for me. I had a bit of a hard time getting used to a new voice for Jamie, but soon adjusted to the male version of my Scottish friend's brogue. I doubt that I will ever try to read a book by Gabaldon again, I enjoy my audible way too much.
Only that it brought my mind back to the Outlander series. This does flesh out a part or Jamie's story from Lord John's perspective. Mostly boring.
The story was not gripping or propelling you to know what happens next. I expected more of an interesting story.
These were fine. But did not add excitement.
I would listen to this book again. Ms Gabaldon puts so much into each story that it requires a second listening / reading just to make sure you didn't miss something important. A small thing now could be developed into something in the next book.
My favorite character is James Frazier. Big surprise. I enjoy that she has made him an honorable, trustworthy, loyal person/spouse. He is exactly the friend you would want.
Both gentlemen did a great job.
I would have to read the book again to properly answer this question.
What's not to like? Any story with Jamie and John is so good. Only problem was the narrators. I guess I'm so used to Davina's Jamie that Mr. Holmes just didn't sound right, in fact sounded wrong. Jeff Woodman was very good as usual.
I'm a big Gabaldon fan, and this book did not disappoint. But the main reason I wrote this review is because I almost didn't get it due to the other reviews criticizing the narrator. I thought he did a great job--loved the 'lite' Scottish accent without all the rolling r's and stuff.
Yes, because it was a nice connection to the Outlander series. Lord John was a character that one would want to see more of in relation to Jamie & Claire.
Its Jaime after all. Good voice performence. And its Diana Gabaldon, that says it all.
Jaime is My favorite, but John is good to.
I think the narration worked good.
Defenitly worth listening to!
Love anything about shifters and lycanthropy. Paranormal romance is my thing! best escape and entertainment I can imagine! :]
Yes, i will. The writing in her books is so rich and complex!! i know i miss allot and am just about to go back and re-listen to the entire Outlander series again. Last time i did this it took me a year to get through all of them. But that is a GOOD thing!! i adore being in that world with Jamie and Clare. I am head over heels in love with Jamie though!! I liked it that this book was exclusively about him!
The Narration was great! I can't get enough of the Scots brogue and both narrators did supberb jobs of creating the characters as individual and distinct!
I always have viceral reactions to any DG book!! She has a way of writing that transcends words and goes straight to my heart. I have no idea how she does it but she is a fabulous author!!
It was thrilling to get a small peak into Jamie's time at Hellwater. I was sad when it ended. i wanted more of him and Willie especially. His character is so rich and developed that i think of him as an entirely REAL PERSON!!! He is someone that is now in my heart as if a relative or friend. I will always recommend ANY book that GB has written or participated in. She is the master!! Always worth the purchase and always memorable, entertaining and REAL! I also always learn something about history or the way humanity thought or felt. What can i say? This author is my hands down favorite of all time!