Lord John and the Private Matter

Written by:
Diana Gabaldon
Narrated by:
Jeff Woodman

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
April 2004
9 hours 34 minutes
The epic, multivolume Outlander saga is the starting point for a brilliant new series that begins with the novel Lord John and the Private Matter. Filled with intrigue and mystery and starring one of the most popular Outlander characters, Lord John Grey, this fresh new tale is utterly captivating. In a richly drawn 18th-century London, Scottish exile Lord John faces a difficult situation. 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.
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Katherine Chargin

I really enjoyed the character John Grey in the Outlander books, and was looking forward to a series with him at the center. Sadly, however, I was not thrilled with this first installment. This was pretty much a straight mystery, rather than the multi-faceted adventure/history/romance of Outlander. I didn't feel like Iearned much more about Grey or his family in this book, nor much about the times or politics involved. Also, I'm frustrated by books that give all the answers to a puzzle or mystery through a long soliloquy at the end, which is what happened here. I'd rather have the protagonist unravel the details through careful sleuthing and have the author show that process, rather than telling me all the answers at the end -- seems too easy that way. And finally, I didn't much care for the narration. Although his character voices are well done, the straight-ahead narration had a stiff and stuffy feel that made it hard for me to feel engaged with the characters or the story. I think this is somewhat due to the writing in this book; here Gabaldon seemed a bit pedantic in her use of language, which I never once experienced during the Outlander series. Overall, I'm disappointed, and not sure whether I'll pursue the rest of the series, though I probably will listen to The Scottish Prisoner since this is such a central chapter in the Outlander series.

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Cyd W.

A fascinating insight into a time of history where alot is happening and still to happen

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Almost as good as one of Diana's "Outlander" series .. the same intrigue .. just very 'male' orientated. ;)

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Amanda B.

Not what I thought it would be, it’s more of a whodunnit, which I’m not into. Wish I hadn’t had to purchase it. Only a small mention of Claire and Jamie. Kinda disappointing. Narrator wasn’t half bad.

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Claire V.


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Donna S.

I found it to be immoral and could not finish.

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