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.
©2011 Diana Gabaldon (P)2011 Recorded Books, LLC
It was terrific to hear what happened to Jamie after he sent Claire back before the battle at Culloden.
The narration was wonderful. I grinned when I "recognized" van Namsen's voice as he entered the story.
I did not like to actor speaking Jaime's part. other than that, an enjoyable book
As with all books in this series, I loved it. Great to see more of what happened during the 20 year separation of Jamie and Claire as well as get to know Lord John even more.
The relationship between Lord John Grey and Jamie Frasier is filled in and their codes of honor examined in this Jacobite tale of intrigue.
SV Wings of the Dawn
While it has been great to hear about Jamie's life between Ardsmoor and Clare's return, it would be much more enjoyable were there none of the clerical errors that caused the narrator to stutter and in several cases to repeat words and phrases. There are a couple of times it seemed the narrator also repeated entire sentenses. I noticed too that the author, in two occasions misrepresented the story line by attributing action to one character that was obviously meant to be the action of the other. Again having read all the previous books prior to this one, I found myself a bit confused when the time line was interrupted by characters and events that failed to fit properly.
Yes, simply because I enjoy the readers performance.
The friendship of John & Jamie.
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.
"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.
"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
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