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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (15,280 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Diana Gabaldon Narrator: Jeff Woodman Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Lord John Grey Series Release Date: September 2003 ISBN: 9781449813246
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The author of Outlander begins a new series of intrigue, starring some of the characters in her previous beloved books. Reluctantly pursuing two inquiries, Major John Grey finds himself in a web of betrayal that touches every stratum of English soci Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Gabaldon showcases her impeccable knowledge of the period and unique storytelling skills…As always, the way she presents history is as engrossing as the plot. She breathes life into it by capturing everything about an era, including the vernacular.”

    RT Book Reviews (4 stars)

  • “A compelling narrative that also offers a wealth of juicy detail about eighteenth-century London…Grey is a competent and likable sleuth, and Gabaldon’s prose is crisply elegant.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Jeff Woodman is at his best in another fabulous novel drawn from Gabaldon’s Outlander series…Woodman brings every character to life, making each unique and interesting. However, his greatest gift might be the always fascinating conversational tone that he brings to the text itself. Listeners will feel they’re in eighteenth-century London, eavesdropping on private and scandalous situations. Gabaldon and Woodman makes fans of even thouse who shy away from period fiction.”

    AudioFile

  • “[A] daring novel of illicit love, intrigue, and murder. Woodman’s highly entertaining narration makes this a most enjoyable audio experience. He grace fully moves between dialects, ranging from upper-class British to broad Irish, effortlessly changing tone and pitch to match each character’s personality…Lord John is a true historical hero; Woodman captures his dilemma in this well-read historical mystery.”

    Booklist (audio review)

  • “[A] thoroughly entertaining and wonderfully witty historical mystery set in the richly detailed, occasionally bawdy world of Georgian England.”

    Booklist

  • “Gabaldon’s lively prose and gift for historical details make this an enjoyable read. Fans of Lord John will appreciate learning more about his past. Strongly recommended.”

    Library Journal

  • “Gabaldon takes readers for a walk on the wild side, offering an intriguing look into London’s gay underworld…A compelling and unique period mystery.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A Booklist Editors’ Choice, October 2003

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christina Sipes | 2/11/2014

    " I decided to read the Lord John series because I enjoy his character so much in the Outlander series. This book was well written and interesting. Full of mystery and intrigue. I have to admit that I think I was disappointed that it evolved around such a short period of time and only one specific set of circumstances are addressed. Not what I'm used to with Diana Gabaldon. However it was still entertaining and I've found out more about Lord John, which I suppose is the point in the first place. I will be reading the other Lord John novels, as well as the novellas. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Heather Rosen | 2/4/2014

    " I never finished the book, just couldn't get into it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lorelei | 1/31/2014

    " My first DG book - I found it an enjoyable and entertaining read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carrie Blanford | 1/22/2014

    " Definately not a book to read if you can't handle "intamite" matters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brandy | 1/19/2014

    " This is 1st in his series that goes along with the Outlander books. It was interesting getting inside LJ's head on learning more about his past, etc... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michele bookloverforever | 1/16/2014

    " I enjoy this hero. will read the rest of the series and look forward to any Ms.Gabaldon may write in the future. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly Akemann | 1/3/2014

    " Another awesome read from Diana Gabaldon. I never was a Lord John fan, but now am warming up to him. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tracy White | 1/3/2014

    " I really wanted to liked this book but . . . just couldn't get too into it. If I could give it 2.5 stars I would, however. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna | 12/15/2013

    " I was anxious to see if I would enjoy the Lord John books as well as the Outlander series and am happy to report that I was not disappointed. A great short story to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan Windle | 12/12/2013

    " Historical Fiction (not science fiction) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth | 12/5/2013

    " Tone and style are different here from her Outlander series--but work well. I'm not sure I buy all the coincidences in the plot, but I enjoyed the deeper view of Lord John Grey than she's given (up until book #7 anyway) in the other series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barb Sullivan-croucher | 11/30/2013

    " Was hesitant but still glad I read it. Too nosey about any of the Outlander characters not to! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenna Cordell | 11/25/2013

    " I was introduced to Lord John Greys character in book #2 or #3 of the Outlander series [ also written by Diana Gabaldon:],and was slowly drawn to him.It was a fun adventure to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patricia | 11/12/2013

    " Good short story. I like the character Lord John and was not disappointed in this story, and I look forward to reading the rest of the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marianne | 11/7/2013

    " I don't like the Lord John stories quite as much as the Jamie and Claire stories. Mostly, I think, because I care more about the characters and their fates. But one thing they have going for them is they are a much more manageable length! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Arlene | 10/15/2013

    " Another series I will not read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Helen Southall | 9/20/2013

    " Very good start of a series by Diana Gabaldon about an eighteenth century Scotsman named Lord John Grey. He is a spin-off character from her extremely popular Outlander series. Good historical fiction and a fun read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara Kalt | 11/8/2012

    " I'm surprised by how much I enjoyed this. I don't really remember but doesn't Trevelyn appear in one of the Outlander books too? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janet | 8/15/2012

    " `This book was o.k. but I wish Diana would just focus on the next in the Outlander series. I felt like this was a "filler" book. Maybe it is because Lord John is not one of my favorite characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Isis | 7/15/2012

    " Delightful and engaging and plotty and bawdy and fun. A large part of my enjoyment came from the reader, whose voice acting made the characters come alive through deft use of accent. I particularly loved his Scots Nessie and his German Von Namtzen. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane Martin | 5/22/2012

    " Really interesting approach to an interesting situation. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carrie | 5/9/2012

    " These are not quite as good as the Outlander series, but still have some appeal - mainly a very interesting main character. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Foxytocin | 10/23/2011

    " An interesting and intriguing look into both male homosexuality and warfare in the 1750's....the protagonist is an intelligent and brooding military hero that I find quite refreshing. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Maggie | 10/10/2011

    " Loved Lord John in the origional series but I did not like this book at all. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Taddie | 6/7/2011

    " Like all the books of Gabaldon, nice easy reading. Entertaining "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deb | 5/24/2011

    " A lot of characters to follow. I knew there would be homosexuality but...... Good book but not as good as her Outlander Series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 5/21/2011

    " The relatively short length of this novel is refreshing after the Outlander novels, each the length of two or three novels. I enjoyed the character of Lord John, although I can't forgive him his torture of Jamie Fraser. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lauren | 5/18/2011

    " Somehow, the Lord Grey series just hasn't grabbed me like Jaime and Claire.... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Trisha | 4/30/2011

    " Although I've always liked and enjoyed the character of Lord John in the Outlander series, this book was way too graphic in descriptions of his sexual exploits. I had no desire to finish it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kerry | 4/29/2011

    " Definitely not the Outlander series, but a good read none the less. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Maggie | 4/27/2011

    " Loved Lord John in the origional series but I did not like this book at all. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 4/18/2011

    " Just as the author finds Lord John one of her favorite characters, I like him a lot, too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 4/6/2011

    " 3.5 stars. A fun historical mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 SerraDee | 4/5/2011

    " A much shorter read than Gabaldon's Outlander series, I found this wasn't as gripping, either. It was still enjoyable, but I really missed the romance I'm used to from her! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Janice | 4/3/2011

    " London, 1700s, a in the closet gay military man investigates two murders. "

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About the Author
Author Diana Gabaldon

Diana Gabaldon is the beloved author of seven New York Times bestselling novels in the series that began with Outlander, including Dragonfly in Amber, Voyager, Drums of Autumn, The Fiery Cross, A Breath of Snow and Ashes, and An Echo in the Bone. In 1997 she received the RT Award for Innovative Historical Romance.

About the Narrator

Jeff Woodman originated the title role in Tennessee Williams’ The Notebook of Trigorin and won the S.F. Critics’ Circle Award for his performance in An Ideal Husband. In addition to numerous theater credits on and off Broadway, his television work includes Sex and the City, Law & Order, and Cosby. A six time Audie Award finalist (and a 2007 winner), he has received seventeen Earphones Awards and was named one of the Fifty Greatest Voices of the Century by AudioFile magazine.