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Lord John and the Hellfire Club | [Diana Gabaldon]

Lord John and the Hellfire Club

This title also appears as a novella in the collection “Lord John and the Hand of Devils.” New York Times best-selling author Diana Gabaldon, beloved for her immensely popular Outlander series, crafted this fast-paced tale of intrigue when asked to contribute to an anthology honoring the late, great Ellis Peters. Outlander supporting player Lord John Grey investigates the death of a red-haired man only to become mixed up in the affairs of Sir Francis Dashwood and his notorious Hellfire Club. And as Lord John digs further, his life becomes threatened.
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This title also appears as a novella in the collection “Lord John and the Hand of Devils.”

New York Times best-selling author Diana Gabaldon, beloved for her immensely popular Outlander series, crafted this fast-paced tale of intrigue when asked to contribute to an anthology honoring the late, great Ellis Peters. Outlander supporting player Lord John Grey investigates the death of a red-haired man only to become mixed up in the affairs of Sir Francis Dashwood and his notorious Hellfire Club. And as Lord John digs further, his life becomes threatened.

©1998 Diana Gabaldon; (P)2003 Recorded Books, LLC

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    Jimmy Willow Springs, MO, USA 09-03-04
    Jimmy Willow Springs, MO, USA 09-03-04
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    "A Great Mystery"

    I've never been able to get into Diana Gabaldon's Outlander, not being much historical romances, but I have to say that I enjoy the mysteries Gabaldon has created around Major Lord John Grey. This character is interesting for many reasons not the least of which is he is a gay man in 18th century England where they are even less welcoming of homosexuality than they are today. The mystery is engaging and well-read by Jeff Woodman. I've already read Gabaldon's follow-up to this short story, Lord John and the Private Matter, which was not as good as this story, but still worth reading. I look forward to further adventures with Lord John.

    18 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Carol Honokaa, HI, USA 02-15-06
    Carol Honokaa, HI, USA 02-15-06 Member Since 2006
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    "Short but clarifying"

    This is a short story by Diana Gabaldon and I believe her first work with Lord John Grey as central character. It is important in that it makes her ensuing novel, "Lord John and the Private Matter", much more comprehensible. I mistakenly read "Lord John and the Private Matter" before I stumbled on this story and consequently had a bit of confusion at certain points as "Hellfire" sets the stage for "Private Matter". It is short-- I burn CDs to listen in the car, and this was only one CD plus a little bit of another. But for those of us who are diehard Diana Gabaldon fans, it is a good fill-in on the adventures of Lord John Grey.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    S. B. Dunn Denver, CO USA 12-12-04
    S. B. Dunn Denver, CO USA 12-12-04 Member Since 2004
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    "Not her best but definitely enjoyable"

    This was definitely an enjoyable listen, although it did not have the strength of the Outlander books. The narrator's voice and intonations definitely helped draw one into the story. I have to say that when I was interrupted, I found it hard to realize I was somewhere in the 20th century and not caught up in the intrigue og th 18th!

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Teahouse Fox MD, United States 09-24-12
    Teahouse Fox MD, United States 09-24-12 Listener Since 2006

    ...and this is my favorite store on the Internet!

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    "STOP! Buy Lord John and The Hand of Devils instead"

    I hope you read my review title before buying this, the first of Gabaldon's Lord John tales. It's not that the story is bad (it isn't) but it is the beginnings of fleshing out the characters of a post-Dragonfly in Amber/Voyager (from the Outlander series) John Grey and Harry Quarry. And the stories only get better from here.

    The problem is that "Lord John and the Hellfire Club" appears in the short story trilogy "Lord John and The Hand of Devils" along with two other short stories. So, for the sake of value, and the benefit of getting two other great John Grey shorts (Lord John and the Succubus/Lord John and the Haunted Soldier), get that instead of this book. I didn;t realize until after I had both, that I had a duplicate tale among them.

    Jeff Woodman is perfect as both John and his earthier friend Harry, giving them both unique and likeable voices in their first story together since leaving Ardsmuir Prison. Both characters grow and get better with future tales...so get the Hand of Devils to hear more of them instead!

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Amy Houston, TX 77036 10-30-08
    Amy Houston, TX 77036 10-30-08 Member Since 2008
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    "Good story from a great author"

    I am a big fan of Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series so, when I saw this book, I had to try it. I was not disappointed. The character of Lord John Gray is fascinating and I will be reading more in this series.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Laura Cincinnati, OH, USA 04-23-07
    Laura Cincinnati, OH, USA 04-23-07
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    "Enjoyable"

    An enjoyable historical adventure, and sometimes it's nice to "read" something you can finish in a day.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Stacey Surprise, AZ, United States 09-13-10
    Stacey Surprise, AZ, United States 09-13-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Not Long Enough!!"

    I made the mistake of reading the Private Matter prior to Hellfire. I enjoyed the Private Matter immensely but was a little disappointed in Hellfire. It seemed too short of a story & the ending was kinda ...Huh? I had to listen to it twice to make sure I got it right.

    Loved the narrarator, and the little Jamie inserts! I will listen to the next stories about Jonathan. I fell in love with him in the Outlander series! Loved his honor!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Diana Durdines Tampa, FL United States 03-19-14
    Diana Durdines Tampa, FL United States 03-19-14 Member Since 2011
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    "This novella is the 3 part book "Lord john and han"
    What disappointed you about Lord John and the Hellfire Club?

    This novella is the 3 part book "Lord john and hand of death"

    this should be noted when 1st look or at purchase.

    would like a refund.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    This novella is the 3 part book "Lord john and hand of death"This novella is the 3 part book "Lord john and han


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    This novella is the 3 part book "Lord john and hand of death"

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

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    This novella is the 3 part book "Lord john and hand of death"

    this should be noted when 1st look or at purchase.

    would like a refund.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kelly Howard Oregon 11-07-13
    Kelly Howard Oregon 11-07-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Big disappointment"

    I found this addition to the LJ pantheon a disappointment. I listened to it several times --& had to restart it multiple times every time I tried it. I'd start the book & then a while later I'd realize there was a voice in my head but I had no idea what he was talking about; I'd gotten so bored with the story that I zoned out again. So I'd go back & start over, & within a few minutes I was thinking about my next grocery list or whatever.

    It's not Woodman's fault; he's an excellent narrator, just a boring short book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon E. Cathcart San Jose, CA United States 12-31-12
    Sharon E. Cathcart San Jose, CA United States 12-31-12

    Why, yes, I am an author

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    "Interesting piece of historical fiction"

    I actually listened to this twice before writing my review. I was a little confused the first time through, but must admit that I was also listening while distracted.

    This is a story about Lord John Grey, from Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series. It was written as a prequel to a series of books specifically about this character. In this tale, Lord John is witness to a murder ... and also invited (somewhat against his will) to join the local Hellfire club. These incidents prove to be related in some rather unexpected ways.

    I thought the narrator's voice was lovely, although his characterizations were not terribly varied.

    I find the idea of creating a series about this particular character intriguing. This audio book felt like a novella, so there was not as much development as one might prefer. Nevertheless, I found it entertaining.

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