Winner of the Quill Award and the Corine International Book Prize, Diana Gabaldon is the #1 New York Times best-selling author of the Outlander series. This fourth novel featuring popular character Lord John Grey is told both from Lord Grey’s perspective and from that of Jamie Fraser, the star of the Outlander series.
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Enjoyed the book, but was put off by the Jamies terrible Scottish accent which sounded more Irish
I tried--I really did. I knew that this narration would not measure up to Davina Porter's but I listen to lots of narrators and have never been so put off as I was with this one. REALLY--Rick Holmes' version of Jamie's voice and accent was so painfully unnatural as to sound as if he had some sort of physical impediment to speech-- I can't describe it but I had to give up the audible and read it on my kindle.
A mom, a wife, a friend, a happy ending addict, an audiobook junkie, a wine lover and geek wanna -be. I'm constantly looking to be blown away.
All I can say is that if you love Jaime you're going to enjoy this book very much. It was so nice to visit Diana's world and characters, (even if only Lord Jonh's world).
I truly feel bad for Lord John, he loves Jaime more than I do, if that is possible.
This adventure is set during Jaime's parole as a prisoner of war after the failed Jacobite Cause. Fans of the Outlander series will enjoy great insights into the development of John and Jamie's friendship. I LOVED that part.
Now for the narration, I have to warn all Outlanders's fans, the reader's voice and tone for Jaime is completely different from Davina Porter's, it takes a while to get used to him, but Diana's brilliant writing doesn't let you forget for a moment how wonderful Jaime's Personality is, and it comes through beautifully despite the horrible interpretation.
I really like Lord John after listening to this entry.. well, I always did like him, but now I like him a lot more.
I was upset when the book ended, I wanted more :(
My advice; listen to the sample first and see if you can deal with Jamie's voice and interpretation, I did, but I think that if the voice makes you cringe you should read it instead.
This review is from die-hard fan of the Outlander series.
My favorite genres are absurdist humor, Sci-fi & modern fantasy, but, as you can see, I'll read just about anything. Don't mind the typos.
Good narration. I really enjoyed the the switch in perspective from Claire to Jamie and the story of the missing time that he spent in English custody.
Wish they would re-record this with Davina Porter. I would be happy to buy it again. She has captured Jamie's wit and sense of humor as well as his temper and I really like her portrayal of Lord John and his brother.
Did not finish - but wasted four hours hoping it might get better
Will be returning - shave no idea what the good reviewers saw in this trash
On the whole, yes; Jeff Woodman IS Lord John to me now. I was disappointed, however, in Rick Holmes as Jamie Fraser. I don't say that only because I was used to Davina Porter voicing him, though it's true that I think she does it better. Holmes (a) pitched Jamie's voice too high for the way he is described by Gabaldon as speaking; (b) does not do a very good Scottish accent—it often shades into Irish; and (c) randomly read all the non-dialogue parts in a British accent, which also slipped from time to time (I think he's actually American). Holmes was at his best when voicing Tobias Quinn, the Irish Jacobite.
It's a bit like a cross between the earlier Lord John novels and the main Outlander series, in that the chapters are split between Lord John's perspective and Jamie Fraser's.
Well, the accents, obviously. And emotion. Jeff Woodman in particular does a beautiful job with bringing Lord John to life.
Lord John and Jamie share that honor, along with the narration! Though the supporting cast is a rich one—Hal, Minnie, Tobias Quinn, Stefan van Namtzen, and Father Michael of Inchcleraun were especially vivid and compelling.
I ignore genre labels. Some of my favorite books are outside my genre comfort zone. Listening to audiobooks is still reading. Not theater.
I admit that I read the Lord John books mainly to back-fill details in the Outlander series. And while I don't think the Lord John books are as consistently excellent as the Outlander books, they are still better than much of what is written today. I am partial to Lord John and all of his idiosyncratic complexity. This book was great. Not only did it flesh out Lord John and his brother's characters considerably, it paid enough attention to Jamie Fraser that I felt I was getting at least an Outlander novella in the bargain. The introductory segment in the Scottish Prisoner was one of the most memorable first chapters I have ever read. The narrators were a little problematic. I had grown use to Jeff Goodman in the Lord John books and thought the second narrator was superfluous. But that was partially because he was handling Jamie's voice and no one is Jamie but Davina Porter. Other than that, I found this terribly satisfying.
I recommend this heartily.
This will just be a short review. As so many of the reviewers didn't like the narration, enough that I strongly considered not getting the book, I thought I should mention that I liked the narration. Maybe if I came directly from a Davina Porter, Outlander book I would have had a problem with it and it did take a little bit of getting used to, but just a little bit. And it is a book by the viewpoint of two men, it really wouldn't make sense for it to be narrated by a woman. I enjoyed the story. I have a bit of a problem with the regular Lord John books as I miss the other Outlander charactors in them, but as this one was half Jamie, that wasn't a problem. I liked that it filled in one of the spaces in the Outlander series. Good book. As good as one of the Outlander series? No, too short for that. But still enjoyable, got me back in the mood for the series and I think I will listen to the series again next as it has been a little while since I heard it last.
I liked this well enough though I'm a confirmed Davina Porter fan and would have given it a 5 had she narrated. She is Jamie to me. Otherwise, the narrators were okay but I think they would've been fine to have 1....heck, Davina does all characters great, what's the point of 2?...hmmmmm.....
It was the perfect length.....though my perfect length for Outlander sequels is the 35-40 hrs. ...but for LJ, this was perfect
Sorry but for once I was disappointed in Audio books. Not in the story which was great but the narrator. The hero Jamie Fraser is a Scot however he had a Belfast accent which totally ruined the book for me. Davina Porter would have been much better!
"Narrator very poor"
Dear me....I wish the Jamie narrator could tell the difference between an Irish and a Scottish accent! Very hard to listen without being irritated.
"Good book shame about the narrator"
The narrator spoils this book and makes it boring to listen to,which is a shame as I have enjoyed the whole of the outlander series. I believe it as well written and I did want to know more about Lord John but it has put me off getting any more of these books.
The narrator is good for other works but nothing with a Scottish accent as it all comes out Irish and Jamie no longer sounds like Jamie. Lord John should sound very English with the old plumb in the mouth type in this book it just doesn't happen.
"O K but the narration lets it down badly"
Not really, because if they were fans of the Outlander series they would be so disappointed
I have listened to everything already.
Nothing, the accents were dreadful.
No, Story told.
Please if you are recording for audible please use Davina Porter
"Disappointing rendition of Diana's work"
I am passionate about all of Diana Gabaldon's books, the John Grey one's don't quite match my enjoyment of the main Outlander books, but they do give a lot of background information to one of the main Characters, namely Lord John Grey. I'd expected to enjoy this one more as it is about an adventure he has with Jamie Fraser, but unfortunately the narrators have spoiled it somewhat for me. I'd gotten used to Jeff Woodman reading the John Grey novels. His Cornish accent in one was somewhat off-putting, and his Scottish one in this is somewhat unpredictable, for want of a better word. The book may have sounded better if the 'Jamie' parts had been read by a Scottish actor, but Mr Holmes has a very English accent. He manages the Irish accent very well, but sometimes when reading as Jamie he can sound fairly credibly Scottish, but at other times he makes him sound Yorkshire, or, more often, Irish, which I've found rather disappoining and frustrating, to the point that I have decided to put aside the ipod and pick up my hardback instead. In this instance I shall have to enjoy Diana's hard work the old fashioned way
"If only they had used Davina Porter"
DG fills in some gaps
The anticipation (then unfortunately the realisation the narration was painful)
Yes as part of the current Outlander series
Ask people before you change Narrator. You have really made a mess of this.
A good story But let down by atrocious accents are audiobooks not taken serious by their producers
"Great Lord John story - shame about the accent"
Really enjoyed this Lord John story. A must for Jaime Fraser fans too. Jeff Woodman's performance is eloquent and as ever fits Lord John's tales very well. However I remain unconvinced by the 'Scottish' accents portrayed by Holmes, which is more like Irish most of the time and barely Scottish let alone Highland Scots. But if you can ignore this then you'll enjoy, the shared and switching narratives between characters is done well.
"Accents are off putting."
I love these books, the story holds you and gets you invested fully in the characters.
However, the off putting thing is the actor doing Jamie's section can't do a Scottish accent, which sounds Northern Irish. The other chap, is only slightly better. I would have thought, given Jamie Fraser's central character profile, it would have been better to have a Scottish actor, or just have Davina Porter do all of them as she seems to manage with good accuracy. If you have listened to any of the main books and her excellent reading of them, this feels poor in comparison.
"so annoying !"
i am so glad i listened to all the main books first before this one, otherwise i would likely not have bought them
certainly not unless the story called for irish characters
well it could be tacked on to outlander i guess. i think its interesting enough for the fans
I was so excited to begin listening to this, and so disappointed about ten minutes in to it. I kept thinking (forlorn hoping rather) that the damn accent was going to settle down to being scottish....nope, not a chance im afraid. I mean, since when was Jamie irish? come on Diana, did you not know about this at all?? if the book was re-done i would actually pay good money to have another, SCOTTISH voiced narrator, and complete my collection properly.
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