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Lord John and the Private Matter | [Diana Gabaldon]

Lord John and the Private Matter

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.
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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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    Karren United States 04-29-13
    Karren United States 04-29-13
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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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    S. Harris 02-06-11
    S. Harris 02-06-11
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    "The Underside"

    After listening I wanted to take a shower. The author emphasizes all the dirt, literal and figurative, of the era. Syphilis, murder, treason, poisoning, buggery, and petty theft all challenge ineffective Lord John who wades through the mucky underside of London in search of truth and justice. At one point the carriage in which Lord John rides is pelted with night soil and that pretty much summed up my lack of enthusiasm for Lord John. Near the end of the book Lord John asks himself why he didn't just ask one simple question right at the beginning of his trials. I asked that too. I'd say the mystery here is only a tempest in a teapot except there are no teapots in this novel. Tainted booze, bad food, brothels (male and female), running sores, malarial fevers, syphilitic madness, infanticide, and wife beating leave little room for any polite society. So little in fact that you wonder why Lord John even cared to begin with.

    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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    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


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah 06-08-14
    Deborah 06-08-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Just okay"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes because I like Lord John and this is his own story but it also not as good as the outlander series but maybe the other Lord John books are better.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I think the women who narrates the outlander series would have made it better.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I think part of my problem with this book was the narrator. He was boring so it made the book less interesting.


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

    It wasn't the worst book I've listened to. There were some exciting parts.I will listen to another Lord John as long as it's a different narrator.


    1 of 1 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
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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.

    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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