This is a short story by Diana Gabaldon and I believe her first work with Lord John Grey as central character. It is important in that it makes her ensuing novel, "Lord John and the Private Matter", much more comprehensible. I mistakenly read "Lord John and the Private Matter" before I stumbled on this story and consequently had a bit of confusion at certain points as "Hellfire" sets the stage for "Private Matter". It is short-- I burn CDs to listen in the car, and this was only one CD plus a little bit of another. But for those of us who are diehard Diana Gabaldon fans, it is a good fill-in on the adventures of Lord John Grey.
I have been listening to this series in order. This one is the most intense so far for me, but not so much that it turned me away. The intensity helped solidify the characters in my mind, and I love them even so much more now. My only complaint is the JARRING switch from the very poignant final moments of the book to the interview with Louise Penny. Don't get me wrong, I thoroughly enjoyed the interview as well as the book, but it was too much to jump from an emotional scene to a happy chatty interview. I rushed to hit the pause button so I could stay in the book, mulling it over and digesting it as I always do at the end of good books. The next day I went back and happily listened to the interview. This jarring bit could easily be avoided with a simple narrated statement after an appropriate pause saying stay tuned for the interview.
As always, Louise Penny and Ralph Cosham do not disappoint. Love this series and love Mr. Cosham's narration of this series. My only gripe is the editing of this particular book. As the reviewer before me mentioned, there are no pauses between scene changes and it is incredibly disconcerting to go from a description of one character in one place to a completely different character and place without a breath being taken. Pauses also give the listener a place to pause themselves to do things back in this reality and then return without losing the story line. I am listening to the series in order, so hope this is not a new trend. All that said, love this book and this series.
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