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The Scottish Prisoner | [Diana Gabaldon]

The Scottish Prisoner

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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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

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    Bonnie Bellmore, NY, United States 01-19-12
    Bonnie Bellmore, NY, United States 01-19-12 Member Since 2001

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    "People who complained about narration GET A GRIP!"

    Be thankful Rosie Parez wasn't doing the narration. I thought it was done really well. It shouldn't have been read by a woman and Jeff Woodman and Rick Holmes did a nice job. More than anything the story was a wonderful insight into Jamie's life while alone, hoping his wife who went back to the future with his unborn child were alive and well. The interplay between Jamie and Lord John was wonderful, and you see there was mutual respect. You many not like every narration, however you are getting the book for Diana Gavaldon's writing .You should listen to the free snippet on every book before you purchase, this way you get a feel for the narration and the story line. I really feel people just can't deal with change, and that's to bad because this was a really good story, and it was told well. MY OPINION.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Ann Brooks 01-13-12
    Ann Brooks 01-13-12
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    "This Good Gabaldon story needed Davina Porter"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would especially recommend it if the friend friend had read Outlander series


    What other book might you compare The Scottish Prisoner to and why?

    All of the Outlander series are comparable but better for their Davina Porter narration


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    At times it was confusing having two different narrators. In the beginning one was especially disappointing as he kept coming up with an Irish, rather than Scottish accent for Jamie.


    Any additional comments?

    I finished the seventh of the Outlander series over a year ago, knowing that I would have to wait some years for Gabaldon's eighth in the series. In the interim, I've read many books by other authors. Enjoyed some, not others. Lately I ran out of books I even wanted to try, so turned to The Scottish Prisoner, knowing that Gabaldon was such a good writer, though I had heard that the narration was disappointing.True, the narration didn't hold a candle to that of Davina Porter, but the story and especially Gabaldon's writing was so compelling that it was well worth the read. It did satisfy my Outlander cravings, thought very short by comparison to any Outlander book. -- But now, having finished The Scottish Prisoner too quickly, alas I find myself again awaiting Gabaldon's Outlander Book Eight with much anticipation!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 12-30-11
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    "Loved it!"
    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed listening to this. Some people have mentioned that if you are used to Davinia Porter's narration that you may be better off reading the book. I don't think so. I liked the narration. BUT, then again, I have never particularly liked Davinia Porter's narration. I much prefer Geraldine James who narrates the abridged versions. I really, really had a hard time listening to the first book (A Breath of Snow and Ashes) that I purchased with her narration. As a matter of fact, I quit listening and bought the abridged version and much, much later listened to the unabridged version.
    ANYWAY. . .Diana did a wonderful job with this book!! I highly recommend it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carol 12-26-11
    Carol 12-26-11
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    "Praise for Gabaldon"

    Although I love the stories with Jamie and Clair the best because of all the historical detail, this book gave a wonderful view into how Jamie and Gray moved past their history. I loved to see Jamie and his son Will interact. I am looking forward to her next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra Sena Bayside, NY United States 12-13-11
    Sandra Sena Bayside, NY United States 12-13-11
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Scottish Prisoner to be better than the print version?

    I am an audiophile, so answering no to this question truly indicates that I did not like the portrayal of the protagonist's voice. The voice of Jamie Fraser is more real to me read by Davina Porter! He sounded a bit like Pierce Brosnan, and was missing strength. I also felt that the Scottish accent was inconsistent.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Scottish Prisoner?

    Without giving spoilers, the most memorable moment in the book is when Lord John asks Jamie for forgiveness, and Jamie responds in Latin. Perfect! Their conversations are the reason to read this book.


    Did Jeff Woodman and Rick Holmes do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Not so much. I had to focus to realize the character had changed.


    If you could take any character from The Scottish Prisoner out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    OK - Jamie aside (as I've been in love with him from the other books) - I would choose Minnie. She has gone from a Jacobite spy to a Duchess and moves smoothly in all worlds. What interesting stories she could tell! I would love to count her among my friends.


    Any additional comments?

    It goes without saying that this is a must for all

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Anne virginia Beach, VA, United States 12-10-11
    Anne virginia Beach, VA, United States 12-10-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Best LJ book so far! Of course, it's half Jamie!"

    As an admitted Gabaldon/Porter addict, I have to say that my next read of it will be in the hard book form. While the voice of Lord John seemed natural, the voice of Jamie (by both readers) was painfully horrible; too high, tenuous, boorish, uneducated, so unlike the Jamie that we've fallen in love with in Davina Porter's voice. In spite of that, this was the best Lord John novel so far, probably because Jamie was such an integral part of it. Diana is so good at spinning plots with new twists and this book is no different. I love how she weaves characters in from her other novels. Her writing is so strong that it overrides the negatives in the narrating. Overall, it was worth every penny!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Debbie Gloucester, VA, United States 12-10-11
    Debbie Gloucester, VA, United States 12-10-11 Member Since 2008
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    "A credit well spent."

    After I read the reviews I almost decided to skip this one. I am a big fan of the Outlander series and Lord John series that I risked it anyway. Im very glad I did. It had been such a long time since I had read the series and listening to this one just reminded me how Diana Gabaldon's style just pulls me in to her stories and keeps me interested.

    The warnings of the narration from other reviews did worry me at first but expecting a difference from the beginning helped me just listen to the story and enjoy it as much as the first ones.

    In the end I had no problems with the narration and hope to see more from Diana Gabaldon very soon.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Debbie Campton, KY, United States 12-08-11
    Debbie Campton, KY, United States 12-08-11 Member Since 2009
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    "A great addition to the continuing saga!!!!!"

    This book is an excellent spin off from the Outlander books, giving you more detailed insight into Jamie and Lord John's friendship/relationship during Jamie's years at Hellwater, it develops his relationship with Willie and she even manages to add enough of Claire (through Jamie's constant memories of her) to keep their love alive while spinning the story off in a totally different direction. I can say this is an excellent book and would recommend it to Outlander and Lord John fans, as well as a stand alone novel. The narration was also excellent, being a loyal Davina Porter fan I tend to have trouble listening to other people perform Jamie and Lord John's voices but this book was done very well and I was able to enjoy their version.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Houston, TX, United States 12-01-11
    Linda Houston, TX, United States 12-01-11 Member Since 2006
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    "Fabulous as always"

    Ms. Gabaldon continues to hold me captive with her excellent work! She is by far the best writer I have ever encountered!!

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Steven 12-26-12
    Steven 12-26-12
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    "Don't waste a moment with this trash"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Take out the trashgo back to the what made her previous stories so compelling.


    What was most disappointing about Diana Gabaldon’s story?

    From nearly the first paragraph, Ms. G has traded in here standards and gone down a path of perversion and trash. Too bad, I so much enjoyed her earlier writings.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    No comment


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not that I read


    Any additional comments?

    Asked for a return and got none!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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