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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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    notprimespringG3 07-16-15 Member Since 2014
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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.

    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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    Deborah Delton, MI, United States 09-12-12
    Deborah Delton, MI, United States 09-12-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Another Gabaldon Hit"
    What did you love best about Lord John and the Private Matter?

    I liked the fact that this character is more fully deveolped and explored. His thoughts and story where an intriguing sideline in other books, but here he becomes more fully developed and a more interesting character.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like the fact that it uses the characters of previous characters and let's the reader see the into the workings and life of a character of another novel.


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

    The reader helps bring this the story to life and gives it a depth that it would not otherwise have. Also allows the listener to relax and enjoy the story.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Would have liked to listen all in one sitting but life doesn't allow that at this time.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rosa Cristaval 09-03-12

    Rosa C.

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    "it's OK"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    There are better books. It was ok to listen to as I painted the walls.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Diana Gabaldon again?

    I did.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Jeff Woodman’s performances?

    Yes


    Was Lord John and the Private Matter worth the listening time?

    I could have used the time better.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Graham
    5/19/16
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    "Dull, Gabaldon trading on her name."

    Thoroughly enjoyed Outlander books, apart from the last few. This should have indicated that perhaps author had run through her ideas.
    This book is slow, dull & spends an inordinate length of time having anxiety attacks re the state of Lord J's attire!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Silvernin
    6/30/15
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    "Good book strange narration"

    Really enjoyed the story but the narrator had a strange way of pronouncing some words!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mr David Cartwright
    dorking, surrey United Kingdom
    6/27/15
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    "A bit of a surprise"
    Any additional comments?

    The subject matter of the story was a bit of a surprise and I bought this simply because I like the outlander novels so much. This is no outlander novel though which is, to be fair, made quite clear. It sits quite separately from the outlander sequence although I understand that other novels in the series mention outlander characters or feature them in some small way. I'd say - if you are looking for other outlander stories then this sequence doesn't fit the bill but this first story in The Lord John Grey series was very enjoyable, well read and seemed over so quickly which, for me, is always a sign that I have enjoyed it. I just bought the next in the series as a result of listening to this one and am looking forward to listening to it at bedtime.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • marie theresa lilley
    5/25/15
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    "Good Narrator"

    As a long time lover of Diana Gabaldons Outlander books I love reading/hearing more of the life of one of my favourite secondary characters Lord John. Great story and very good narrator. If the voices are not right for the characters gender/different stations etc I cannot continue listening to an audiobook. Will definitely buy the rest of the Lord John audiobooks if Jeff Woodman or someone just as accomplished is narrating.
    Recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • alexander
    Dublin 12, Ireland
    2/22/16
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    "very much a man's story"

    the cover was misleading and the story was very much of it's time.
    entertaining, but not what one would expect from ms Gabaldon.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • K. Bridges
    UK
    7/11/14
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    "Only for Fans"
    If you could sum up Lord John and the Private Matter in three words, what would they be?

    Easy listening, light


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Lord John and the Private Matter?

    When Lord John went to Lavendar House for the first time


    What three words best describe Jeff Woodman’s voice?

    English, Upper Class


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, I listen to it in the car and I was happy to stop and start


    Any additional comments?

    I am listening to The Outlander Series whilst swimming, so the Lord John novels are for light relief in the car. I wouldn't recommend reading them as standalones as in themselves, they have little about them. As part of the series though, they are certainly integral

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heather
    Cambridge, United Kingdom
    11/23/08
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    "Enjoyable and undemanding."

    Enjoyable listen but probably one for Diana Gabaldon fans, since John Gray is a character from her Outlander series. It?s a well written story with lots of historical interest. The reading is adequate although the narrator does rather overdo the ?Englishness.? Easy on the ear if you want something undemanding.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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