Be thankful Rosie Parez wasn't doing the narration. I thought it was done really well. It shouldn't have been read by a woman and Jeff Woodman and Rick Holmes did a nice job. More than anything the story was a wonderful insight into Jamie's life while alone, hoping his wife who went back to the future with his unborn child were alive and well. The interplay between Jamie and Lord John was wonderful, and you see there was mutual respect. You many not like every narration, however you are getting the book for Diana Gavaldon's writing .You should listen to the free snippet on every book before you purchase, this way you get a feel for the narration and the story line. I really feel people just can't deal with change, and that's to bad because this was a really good story, and it was told well. MY OPINION.
Yes, I would especially recommend it if the friend friend had read Outlander series
All of the Outlander series are comparable but better for their Davina Porter narration
At times it was confusing having two different narrators. In the beginning one was especially disappointing as he kept coming up with an Irish, rather than Scottish accent for Jamie.
I finished the seventh of the Outlander series over a year ago, knowing that I would have to wait some years for Gabaldon's eighth in the series. In the interim, I've read many books by other authors. Enjoyed some, not others. Lately I ran out of books I even wanted to try, so turned to The Scottish Prisoner, knowing that Gabaldon was such a good writer, though I had heard that the narration was disappointing.True, the narration didn't hold a candle to that of Davina Porter, but the story and especially Gabaldon's writing was so compelling that it was well worth the read. It did satisfy my Outlander cravings, thought very short by comparison to any Outlander book. -- But now, having finished The Scottish Prisoner too quickly, alas I find myself again awaiting Gabaldon's Outlander Book Eight with much anticipation!
I really enjoyed listening to this. Some people have mentioned that if you are used to Davinia Porter's narration that you may be better off reading the book. I don't think so. I liked the narration. BUT, then again, I have never particularly liked Davinia Porter's narration. I much prefer Geraldine James who narrates the abridged versions. I really, really had a hard time listening to the first book (A Breath of Snow and Ashes) that I purchased with her narration. As a matter of fact, I quit listening and bought the abridged version and much, much later listened to the unabridged version.
ANYWAY. . .Diana did a wonderful job with this book!! I highly recommend it!
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.
Although I love the stories with Jamie and Clair the best because of all the historical detail, this book gave a wonderful view into how Jamie and Gray moved past their history. I loved to see Jamie and his son Will interact. I am looking forward to her next book.
I am an audiophile, so answering no to this question truly indicates that I did not like the portrayal of the protagonist's voice. The voice of Jamie Fraser is more real to me read by Davina Porter! He sounded a bit like Pierce Brosnan, and was missing strength. I also felt that the Scottish accent was inconsistent.
Without giving spoilers, the most memorable moment in the book is when Lord John asks Jamie for forgiveness, and Jamie responds in Latin. Perfect! Their conversations are the reason to read this book.
Not so much. I had to focus to realize the character had changed.
OK - Jamie aside (as I've been in love with him from the other books) - I would choose Minnie. She has gone from a Jacobite spy to a Duchess and moves smoothly in all worlds. What interesting stories she could tell! I would love to count her among my friends.
It goes without saying that this is a must for all
As an admitted Gabaldon/Porter addict, I have to say that my next read of it will be in the hard book form. While the voice of Lord John seemed natural, the voice of Jamie (by both readers) was painfully horrible; too high, tenuous, boorish, uneducated, so unlike the Jamie that we've fallen in love with in Davina Porter's voice. In spite of that, this was the best Lord John novel so far, probably because Jamie was such an integral part of it. Diana is so good at spinning plots with new twists and this book is no different. I love how she weaves characters in from her other novels. Her writing is so strong that it overrides the negatives in the narrating. Overall, it was worth every penny!
After I read the reviews I almost decided to skip this one. I am a big fan of the Outlander series and Lord John series that I risked it anyway. Im very glad I did. It had been such a long time since I had read the series and listening to this one just reminded me how Diana Gabaldon's style just pulls me in to her stories and keeps me interested.
The warnings of the narration from other reviews did worry me at first but expecting a difference from the beginning helped me just listen to the story and enjoy it as much as the first ones.
In the end I had no problems with the narration and hope to see more from Diana Gabaldon very soon.
This book is an excellent spin off from the Outlander books, giving you more detailed insight into Jamie and Lord John's friendship/relationship during Jamie's years at Hellwater, it develops his relationship with Willie and she even manages to add enough of Claire (through Jamie's constant memories of her) to keep their love alive while spinning the story off in a totally different direction. I can say this is an excellent book and would recommend it to Outlander and Lord John fans, as well as a stand alone novel. The narration was also excellent, being a loyal Davina Porter fan I tend to have trouble listening to other people perform Jamie and Lord John's voices but this book was done very well and I was able to enjoy their version.
Ms. Gabaldon continues to hold me captive with her excellent work! She is by far the best writer I have ever encountered!!