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.
"Filling in the Gaps"
Having been a member of the audible family for approximately seven years (ever since I was diagnosed with macular degeneration), and purchased many books during this time, this one rates towards the top of my library. I resisted it at first thinking it was just a re-hash of the story that had already been told, but eventually could no longer resist it and found that it did as I suspected, revisite parts of the story in book three of the of the Outlander series, However, I unexpectedly thoroughly enjoyed the book, and found that it fills in gaps in the story that I had not realized were there, and actually embellishes it, rounding it out and providing lots more detail.
I don't think I have ever read a book that revisited a previously told story and not felt let down by the author, but this book was the exception.
When Jamie escaped from prison but eventually gave himself up again much to the confusion of Lord John Grey
When Jamie had to leave his place of parole to protect his son's identity.
Whereas in the Outlander series the story is mostly told from the perspective of Jamie's wife Clare, this time it is told from the perspective of Lord John Grey & James Frazer which gives it a totally different view point
I stumbled into this through, the 'Outlander ' series. this was advertised by Audible, as a result of my interest in the series. As I did the other books, I enjoyed this book equally as well.
I will listen to any book by Diana Gabaldon, even if it is narrated by Jeff Woodman and Rick Holmes. I thought the two narrators were very annoying and frequently found myself shouting at the recording to tell them how to pronounce even quite common words properly. As to their "Scottish" accents - if it wasn't English characters that they were vocalizing, then their default seemed to be Irish. If it hadn't been such a good story, I would have given up on this after the first couple of chapters.
The story fills in some blanks and provides more background to the main novels
Their pronunciation of even quite common words had me shouting at the recording and their alleged "Scottish" accents were awful!
It is already happening with the Outlander series
Having listened to all of Davina Porter's Outlander audiobooks, I was looking forward to this audiobook. Unfortunately, although the narrator reads the story perfectly well, the Scottish accent is painful to listen to and I couldn't concentrate on the story for cringing at the voice. Have to return this, I can't go on!
"fave of the Lord John books"
really enjoyed this book, well narrated and a good story about Jamie Fraser in the years though Claire
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