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
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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.
I LOVE books. And dogs & quilting & beading & volunteering.
Diana Galbedon can do no wrong. That is all.
OK there really more. Loved Jamies voiced done by eitherJeff Woodman or Rick Holmes whoever did his voice...it was great. Got the sound and phrasing and tone just like it's in my mind (same as the Highland (Heiland he says)accent my wiskey guru Ian Ramsey has as he talks about the oaken barrels from france or comments of the various fruity tastes different wiskeys have..great classes-makes you a much better whisky consumer. Oops off track again. So what I meant to say is that Woodma and Holmes are both excellent choices for Scotish Prisoners and /or Lord Grey.
The story flows quickly with intrigue, deals with the period of time where Jamie is at Helwater and is getting to spend more time with his 2 year old son. Goes up to the time where John Grey is thinking about marrying Isobel so he (Grey) can care for Jamies son.
I do enjoy quite a bit pieces focused on brief periods of time in these lives that I've come to know so well over the past 20+ years. I began reading Outlander the week it was published -bought it in Hardbound. Passed it on to my daughters, my sister and now a niece is reading it. Since I'm pushing the big 70 next month, I hope Diana Galbeldon finishes the next 2 books prior to my kicking off. I think I'll be really pissed if I die before she finishes the series!
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.
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
only if davinia porter was hired to narrate. ms porter is jamie fazier and claire beachamp
to recast jamie frazier with such a feminine voice jolts the listener, and the new john gray is hard to reconcile with that of the other sequels.
I would not record the audible book without davinia porter
what were they thinking? the listeners have listen to over 100's of hours marrying the voices with the characters of her previous books, this marriage didn't work.
I love history,I am into genealogy, my iPod is my constant companion. Favorite authors...D. Gabaldon, N. DeMille, K. Follett, E. Rutherfurd
It has got to the point where you need to read the Lord John books to understand the Outlander Series. How could you not like Lord John, and as others have said this book fills in some of the gaps in Jamie's life while Claire was gone. The narration definitely left a lot to be desired. Davina Porter is the voice of voice of Ms Gabaldon, in fact I would rather listen to Davina Porter than Diana G., Diana do the writing and Davina Porter do the reading, best of both. You will not be disappointed with the book.
I love Lord John. This book lets you get to know John. It also explains the relationship between him and Jamie.
I agree, I would have loved to have Davina Porter read this book. She is
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