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The Custom of the Army Audiobook

The Custom of the Army: An Outlander Novella

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London, 1759. After a high-society electric-eel party leads to a duel that ends badly, Lord John Grey feels the need to lie low for a while. Conveniently, before starting his new commission in His Majesty’s army, Lord John receives an urgent summons. An old friend from the military, Charlie Carruthers, is facing court-martial in Canada, and has called upon Lord John to serve as his character witness.

Grey voyages to the New World - a land rife with savages (many of them on his own side) and cleft by war - where he soon finds that he must defend not only his friend’s life but his own.

This novella also appears in the collection Warriors, where it is narrated by Patrick Lawlor.

©2010 Diana Gabaldon (P)2012 Recorded Books

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    Kindle Customer Bronx, NY USA 07-25-12
    Kindle Customer Bronx, NY USA 07-25-12 Member Since 2017

    di4pips

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    "Excellent Interpretation"
    Would you listen to The Custom of the Army again? Why?

    I would listen again because the story comes alive with this narration. This is a long series and as time goes by I want to revisit old friends and be reminded of what I've forgotten.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Custom of the Army?

    John's confusion after the duel. It was very well done.


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

    Not yet, but I will


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

    Lt. Col. John Grey travels to 18th century Canada to come to the aid of his former lover and comrade in arms.


    Any additional comments?

    This is my first listen of a Lord John book and I just love it. Jeff Woodman is excellent; it's as if he "knows" Lord John. I'm truly enjoying it. Jeff did a particularly good reading of the duel scene, when John was confused and didn't know quite what was happening. Jeff was also very comfortable during the scene between Hal and John when Hal visits with his baby daughter. The sibling intimacy and warmth each man felt while in one another's presence coupled with the English reserve (not easy to do), while discussing a crisis came across perfectly, as did the humor.<br/><br/>The voices are so distinct you forget it's just one man narrating. Of course, that's the point and well done.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Lulu 11-23-12
    Lulu 11-23-12

    I ignore genre labels. Some of my favorite books are outside my genre comfort zone. Listening to audiobooks is still reading. Not theater.

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    "Fills in Several Blanks"

    The first 15 minutes alone of this short novella are worth reading. Gabaldon's ability to start her stories with a bang is one of her greatest skills. The beginning to this story rivals the first 15 minutes of The Scottish Prisoner.

    Jeff Woodman has become the voice of Lord John to me. So much so that this is the single character in the Outlander series that I wish someone other than Davina Porter would narrate. And since I think the Porter and Outlander combination is pretty close to perfection, that is saying a lot.

    A lot happens in a very short period of time in this piece. And by the time it is finished, a few more questions are answered and blanks are filled in about the Lord John character, his history and how he became the man he is in the Outlander series. I highly recommend it.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Carol Massachusetts 07-29-12
    Carol Massachusetts 07-29-12

    Genre fiction, trashy to literary--mystery, action, sci fi, fantasy, and, yes, even romance. Also history. Listener reviews help a lot!

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    "Lead-up to "Scottish Prisoner""

    I'm a big fan of LJG and can easily see why Diana Gabaldon gave this character his own spinoff series after his relatively brief but completely endearing appearance in the Outlander series' "Voyager." (He appeared even more briefly in "Dragonfly in Amber," but hadn't yet achieved endearment in that one.)

    This is a very nice story--not wonderful, but a good, short Saturday afternoon read. A conversation between Lord John and his brother the Duke (interrupted by gurgles and demands from the Duke's treasured baby daughter as she's passed between Daddy and Uncle John) sets up the story and is a priceless example of what lifts Gabaldon's books out of the run-of-the-mill romance/adventure fantasy category and into a class of their own. Humor and melodrama grounded in likeable characters that somehow feel completely real.

    This novella describes the events immediately preceding those of "The Scottish Prisoner."




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    Karen Raleigh, NC, United States 07-21-12
    Karen Raleigh, NC, United States 07-21-12
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    "An entertaining story, and great narration!"

    Diana Gabaldon's novella, "The Custom of the Army", is a highly entertaining story that will appeal to fans of her Lord John books as well as the main OUTLANDER series. Jeff Woodman does an excellent job with all the voices. I particularly liked his voices for Lord John, Hal, Tom Byrd, and the gravel-voiced Sgt. Cutter.

    My only complaint is that this audiobook seems expensive for only 2 hrs and 35 minutes worth of recording time. But the recording was well done, and Jeff Woodman seemed to me to be enjoying himself. The enthusiasm comes through in his voice.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Vicksin1 11-03-16
    Vicksin1 11-03-16
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    "Brilliant"

    Diana fighting is never predictable and always bring it! Wonderful wordsmith , such a rare and pleasant gift!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bonnie Bellmore, NY, United States 08-11-12
    Bonnie Bellmore, NY, United States 08-11-12 Member Since 2013

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    "I've read all Diana Gabaldon books......however"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No, the story was very choppy, even though the narrator was excellent, I really felt cheated the end of the book left me empty. Lord John went to Canada to attend a court martial. It didn't even get into that. It touched on other things which really had nothing to do with why he was there.


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

    The narration was great, and Jeff Woodman does accents and voices wonderfully however it didn't make up for the lack of content as far as I was concerned. I thought Scottish Prisoner was a MUCH better story. All the other Lord John books were much better, for that matter. My opinion of course.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Lord John confronting his cousin by marriage, who has a child out of wedlock with an American Indian woman. It truly explains a lot about what solders suffer during war.


    Did The Custom of the Army inspire you to do anything?

    No not really, like I said it disappointed me because it just left the ending up in the air. If people don't follow all the books they will be confused and it just doesn't create interest to follow series.


    Any additional comments?

    This book should not have been issued as a separate book but part of an anthology perhaps. (about Lord John) I felt that the money I spent was not worth it, even though the narration was wonderful.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Joey 04-08-14
    Joey 04-08-14 Member Since 2008
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    ""Outlander Novella" is misleading"

    I am a huge fan of the Outlander series. This story was not bad, Diana Gabaldon is a good storyteller, but it is not an Outlander book, it belongs to the Lord John series of books. It even has the same narrator as the Lord John series, not the narrator of the Outlander books. Since I have not read the Lord John books, the story was a novella about characters I didn't know (aside from Lord John). I kept waiting for it to come around to the Outlander storyline, but it never did. I assume they called it an "Outlander" novella since that series is more popular than the Lord John series, but I feel that doing that is a misleading way to try to encourage sales.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lee Flynn 04-27-17
    Lee Flynn 04-27-17
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    "Fills in holes in the Outlander Universe"

    I love that Diana Gabaldon writes these Outlander universe novellas. Lord John is a fascinating and fun character himself, but there's always a chance you'll see someone else from her other books, too. Diana writes so well I feel like I'm in the circle when she describes the electric eel party, waiting for the shock.
    These novellas are wonderful, complete stories which only take two or three hours of listening time, so they are perfect for me when I'm just running around town doing errands in the car. I can finish the novellas in less than a week while the long novels take most of a long trip or almost a month of in-town errands to finish.
    The narrator, Jeff Woodman, does a very good job of personalizing the characters so you can tell who is talking and "acts" the story well. I would happily purchase a book he had narrated.

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    Debra Planer 01-04-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Loving all the Lord John Books"

    I really have enjoyed getting to know Lord John better. I also love how these books fill in gaps in the Outlander Series. I would recommend these books to anyone that loves the Series. The Lord John books are short and sweet but still full of adventure. you won't be disappointed.

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    J. Myrup Taos, NM 08-09-16
    J. Myrup Taos, NM 08-09-16 Member Since 2014

    Om Shiva

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    "Lord John"

    Really enjoy the Lord John series, which I have managed to read/listen to not in order but that seems to be ok. Lord John himself is a fun, intelligent, complex character. This novella (?) is complete in its story but I do wish it was longer, just because I find it so entertaining and interesting with characters, British society, intermingled silliness and historical setting.

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