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Lord John and the Private Matter Audiobook

Lord John and the Private Matter

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Publisher's Summary

With more than 10 million copies in print worldwide, New York Times best-selling author Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series is a global phenomenon. Lord John and the Private Matter, starring one of the most popular Outlander characters, captures all the adventure and magic of the series while delivering a fresh tale that is utterly captivating.

Lord John is in a difficult spot. His cousin Olivia is engaged to marry the Honorable Joseph Trevelyan, but he has just observed something of a rather personal nature that, if confirmed, might put an end to any talk of marital bliss. Determined to investigate further, Lord John is distracted when the Crown calls for his services. A comrade in arms has been slain, and to complicate matters, the victim may have been a traitor. Now Lord John has not one, but two puzzling mysteries to solve.

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

What the Critics Say

"Gabaldon takes readers for a walk on the wild side....A compelling and unique period mystery for the author's legion of fans." (Kirkus Review)

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    Regina SOUTHINGTON, CONNECTICUT, United States 12-18-14
    Regina SOUTHINGTON, CONNECTICUT, United States 12-18-14 Member Since 2015

    Believer in what you can't see

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    "Who did it and why"
    What made the experience of listening to Lord John and the Private Matter the most enjoyable?

    That all the relationship were a little different than what I expected, but I'm glad the story try to include all types of relationships. .


    What other book might you compare Lord John and the Private Matter to and why?

    None of my books compare to this audiobook, it is a little realistic tale, but unexpected turn of events that involved not only .a professional side on Lord John's life but personal also.


    What does Jeff Woodman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narrators voice brings the time period to life and does a great job with the voices. Surprise ending.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Mind your own business


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    charlotte HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC, United States 11-13-13
    charlotte HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC, United States 11-13-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Novellas of the Outlander series"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, if you have been reading the entire Outlander series.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    the most interesting was the "who done it" part of the story line.


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed all of the Outlander series so far. I haven't enjoyed these additional short stories that are part of the series. It seemed to me that there wasn't enough action.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Karren United States 04-29-13
    Karren United States 04-29-13

    I'm an artist. I have arthritis. I listen to books on tape to forget my aches and pains. Better than drugs! listening also helps me sleep

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    "Disappointment!"
    What disappointed you about Lord John and the Private Matter?

    Not a swashbuckling hero..the type I favor. Too bad as Diana Gabaldon is one of my favorite authors.


    What didn’t you like about Jeff Woodman’s performance?

    Very good


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah 11-29-12
    Deborah 11-29-12
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    "Good but no substitute for Jamie and Claire!"

    Adequate entertainment but not one of those books that you hate to turn off. I am a fan of Gabaldon's detailed narratives that bring the characters to life. And if you love the characters she creates--there's nothing better. Unfortunately, although I liked Lord John in the Outlander series--I am not a fan of the snarky character the emerges in this series. SO, loved the writing, not a huge fan of the characters or the storyline.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Katelyn el mirage, AZ, USA 05-16-09
    Katelyn el mirage, AZ, USA 05-16-09
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    "Liked it"

    I really enjoyed the Outlander series and Lord John was just so charming so I was looking forward to hearing his own stories. He is just as entertaining here. Most people who didn't recommend this book didn't like it because of the homosexual sex in the book, but it was very tasteful and there was not alot. I don't think it was any reason to not like the book. It's a very intriguing mystery.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Clarissa Blytheville, AR, USA 08-24-08
    Clarissa Blytheville, AR, USA 08-24-08 Member Since 2008
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    "She has done it again"

    Another great by a great author. I'm only subtracting a star because I don't think it would be near as much fun to hear this story without the others in the Highlander or Lord John series. WELL writen. All of her character feel like you are tring them on for size!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Anne MURFREESBORO, TN, United States 08-30-16
    Anne MURFREESBORO, TN, United States 08-30-16 Member Since 2014

    AnneRob

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    "On Second Reading"

    It's been several years since I first read this story and while it was good then, I thoroughly enjoyed it this time. Maybe the difference is having read so many of the long books, I have come to thoroughly enjoy Lord John Gray.
    He is a man of honor and quick wit. Watching him unravel the mystery of the spy in his brother's regiment and work to save his cousin from an fortunate marriage, is an enthralling experience.
    In future, I'm sure I will return to the Private Matter again! Diana's stories seem to get better with each retelling.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    notprimespringG3 07-16-15
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    "Melodrama"

    Love DG, but this seems hastily written and uninspired. Very corny. I enjoy John Grey in the Outlander series, where he seems more authentic.

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    Linda Bowie, MD, United States 11-29-14
    Linda Bowie, MD, United States 11-29-14 Member Since 2012

    Amazon Fan

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    "Yes, I Love All Books By Diana Gabaldon"
    Would you listen to Lord John and the Private Matter again? Why?

    Yes. I have the paperback and have read it. I'd listen to it again because every time you hear or read one of Diana Gabaldon's books, you pick up something different. Her plots are nuanced and complex so they are intriguing. Lord John was a secondary character in the Outlander series but he took on his own cult because of his nature and actions. We all love Jamie, including John Gray and now we love John Gray, too.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes. The plot was intriguing from almost the first line. He is out to have dinner with a friend and notices something he can't ignore but how does he find out the source of the problem. It is all about propriety in the 1700's and then he finds out there is a murder totally unrelated. It is a great novel.


    Which character – as performed by Jeff Woodman – was your favorite?

    Lord John is my favorite but Harry is a close second. The way the characters are described make you know that Harry is someone who probably has soup on his vest and likes to eat to excess. He also is known to Jamie in earlier books and the characters weave in and out. Jeff Woodman does a good job.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No extreme action. I just like all things about these characters and have every book in both audible and text and e-book. Call me addicted to all things written by Diana Gabaldon.


    Any additional comments?

    Can't say enough good things about this book and all the other books by Gabaldon. Get them if you have not heard them.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    David 07-16-13
    David 07-16-13
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    "very entertaining tale"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Lord John and the Private Matter to be better than the print version?

    yes. The different regionals were a plus in the audio edition. It develops the personalities
    well.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Character development.


    Have you listened to any of Jeff Woodman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This was the first performance of J.Woodman that I had listened to.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Not really.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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