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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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    Charles LaPorte, IN, United States 07-23-09
    Charles LaPorte, IN, United States 07-23-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Every homerun hitter can have a slump"

    Hmmm, difficult. I love Diana Gabaldon. This work was not her best. Narrator did a fine job but the constant conversation and mystery plot does not start my engine. I never figured out why I care why this O'connell guy got murdered. I can't wait till her next Outlander series book comes out this fall, but Lord John will have to stick to the other series to be interesting.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Angela 09-17-08
    Angela 09-17-08 Member Since 2015
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    "Meh...."

    I just couldn't make myself care about any of the characters, here. All seemed quite shallow, and plot was completely a mystery-who-dun-it - not my genre. Was hoping for something more in terms of character development & adventure, e.g. Outlander series....~sigh~

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    VanamanTribe 06-15-13
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    "Definitely NOT like the "outlander series""
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    People who wonder what homosexual life in the 1700s England would be like


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jeff Woodman?

    Maybe davina porter.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointing


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait for the new outlander series book

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    M. Houran Midwest 12-11-16
    M. Houran Midwest 12-11-16 Listener Since 2008
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    "Enjoyed this story immensely."

    Good choice for voice narrating this character. This novella had length enough to manage the large cast of characters, which I sometimes struggle with in the Lord John short stories. Compelling plot lines and wonderful detail. nice addition to Outlander universe.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sophia Rose 12-10-16
    Sophia Rose 12-10-16 Member Since 2015

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    "An Entertaining Historical Whodunnit"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Most definitely! I've read the book, but found the listening experience for my re-read a delightful experience. I worried that the narrator, Jeff Woodman, would clash with the images I already formed of the characters and the story, but I was so wrong. His storytelling made it all come alive. I loved his work with the voices, accents, pacing and emotions that made it all so splendid.

    It's a gently paced story so I'd probably recommend it to those who prefer that style of storytelling to a more thrilling piece.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed the feeling of being immersed in Lord John's Georgian Era British world, the colorful characters, the steady and sensible John as he quietly had adventures as he went about his investigations and how he saw the world around him.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Oh, that would be the time when Lord John came across the two factions attempting to take the coffin with them and poor John having to keep them from fighting and figure out who to let have the body.


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

    Tantalizing mystery on the dark streets of Georgian London


    Any additional comments?

    The Lord John Gray series is a spin-off from the Outlander series. The book makes the best sense listening to it after Outlander's Voyager where Lord John and Jamie Fraser have several scenes that fall before this in the Outlander World time line. I would also advise getting the prequel Lord John and the Hellfire Club because it's referenced in this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    giniajim USA 10-29-16
    giniajim USA 10-29-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Looking forward to more by this author"
    What did you love best about Lord John and the Private Matter?

    Neat little historic details about London and the British soldiers in their personal life. Took me a while to catch on that the main protagonist (Lord John) is gay! Sort of a delicate if not dangerous situation in that era. The story didn't dwell on that aspect, but it just popped up from time to time, sort of in the background.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Details of everyday (squalid) London life.


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

    Accents...


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

    Not really, just a good story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Fremont, CA 10-16-16
    Amazon Customer Fremont, CA 10-16-16 Member Since 2015

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    "The adventure grows"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This audiobook is an important part of the whole Outlander/Lord John concept. Diana Gabaldon brilliantly gave us this Lord John series to fill in the pieces between the Outlander stories, and both story lines were well joined. Also, the narrator was awesome!


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

    All of the Lord John books and the Outlander books. The pace of the story, the details, history, and narration provide continuity.


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

    Lord John. Jeff Woodman really made it possible for me to have a visual of Lord John as I listened to his voice.


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    Paulette Hopkins 09-26-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Author & narrator in perfect sync!"

    The narrator does an excellent performance bringing this author's work to life. As with her OUTLANDER series, it is so intricate & interresting, you hope it will never end. It is well worth the listen!!

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    Karen D 09-22-16
    Karen D 09-22-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Disappointed"

    After being madly in love with every book in the Outlander series and liking the character of Lord John Grey, this book was a letdown for me. The performance was excellent but I just couldn't follow the story, nor do I guess I cared much.

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    Sheila 09-18-16
    Sheila 09-18-16
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    "Lord John and the private matters"

    It was weonderful and I cannot Waite to read him again. Nice read. ☺☺☺😊 😅

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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