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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (6,607 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Diana Gabaldon Narrator: Jeff Woodman, Rick Holmes Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Lord John Grey Series Release Date: January 2011 ISBN: 9781461846895
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A captivating return to the world Diana Gabaldon created in her Outlander and Lord John series, The Scottish Prisoner is a masterpiece of epic history, wicked deceit, and scores that can only be settled in blood.
London, 1760. For Jamie Fraser, paroled prisoner-of-war, life is coming apart at the seams. In the remote Lake District, where he’s close enough to the son he cannot claim as his own, Jamie’s quiet existence is interrupted first by dreams of his lost wife, then by the appearance of an erstwhile comrade still fighting to rally the Irish. But Jamie has sworn off politics, fighting, and war—until Lord John Grey shows up with a summons that will once again take him away from everything he loves. Lord John is in possession of explosive documents that expose a damning case of corruption against a British officer. But they also hint at a more insidious danger. Soon Lord John and Jamie are unwilling companions on the road to Ireland, a country whose dark castles hold dreadful secrets and whose bogs hide the bones of the dead.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Call it what you will—historical adventure, conspiracy thriller—it’s an engrossing story, masterfully paced, with exciting plot twists, swift reversals, and robust characterizations.”

    Globe and Mail (Toronto)

  • “Capturing the lonely, tormented, and courageous career of a man who fights for his crown, his honor, and his own secrets, Gabaldon delivers breathtaking human drama, proving once again that she can bring history to life in a way few novelists ever have.”

    Sheffield Star (England)

  • “A new Lord John story is always welcome, but one that features Jamie Fraser is a triumph. Gabaldon fills in parts of the [Outlander] series’ missing pieces and delivers a taut, suspenseful mystery that will captivate fans of both series. As her fans know, Gabaldon brilliantly combines strong characters, breathtaking historical events, epic escapades, and deception to create an unforgettable read.”

    RT Book Reviews (4½ stars)

  • “Fraser embarks on a quest fraught with murder, espionage, and the dredging-up of potent secrets. A complicated plot will likely baffle new readers, but long-time Gabaldon fans will find plenty to love.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “When Lord John Grey reluctantly seeks Jamie’s assistance to clear the name of a friend and fellow officer and to bring the true criminal to justice, a classic case of strange bedfellows ensues. The strong chemistry between these two stalwart, yet supremely dissimilar, protagonists crackles as they travel to Ireland and face a daunting series of moral and physical obstacles and quandaries…Two supermen for the price of one—Gabaldon fans everywhere will be standing in line.”


  • “A spirited return to the world first created in Outlander…This novel is, ultimately, an authentically fashioned historical mystery that allows the author to do what she does best: chronicle the lives of her characters with impeccable detail…Gabaldon fans, you’ll find much to delight in here.”

    Library Journal

  • “As always, Gabaldon goes above and beyond…If you love historical fiction, this book could be a good entrance point into the Outlander world.”


  • “There are the requisite villains, sneaky and dastardly, and good guys who are very good. But the author also has a nice, sometimes bawdy sense of humor…and some of the adult interactions in the story are very adult indeed…Fraser and the Greys are on hand for most of the action. A not strictly chronological but thoroughly entertaining entry in a franchise that shows no signs of running out of steam.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Long after the battle of Culloden in 1760, Jamie is a paroled prisoner in the remote Lake District of England, where he cares for Lord Dulsaney’s horses. Lord John Grey checks on the prisoners, including Jamie. Rick Holmes’s soft, musical voice delivers most of Jamie’s parts, defining him with a Scottish burr. Jeff Woodman portrays Grey with a crisp British accent. The alternating narration of the chapters is subtle even to the practiced listener, and each narrator handles the accents consistently. The portrayal of two-year-old Willie, Jamie’s secret illegitimate son, the ninth Earl of Ellesmere, is also well done. As Lord Grey and Jamie head off to Ireland in search of a Druid relic that could raise havoc between the island and Britain, the polished dual narration keeps the listener engaged.”


  • Winner of the 2011 RT Award for Historical Fiction
  • A New York Times bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 deb | 2/11/2014

    " Seeing more of Lord John is always a delight, but I loved how this book reads like an outtake or deleted section from the Outlander books. Especially good bits: Jamie's interaction with Hal (John's brother), his time with the abbot and his later return to the island, and especially the thawing of his attitude toward Lord John. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eddie Paneto | 2/7/2014

    " one of the best reading this year "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shannon | 2/5/2014

    " Have to give it 5 stars because I love Jamie Fraser. Gabaldon's writing is enjoyable but after reading it, the story line was there to just show a moment between her other books. Every other purpose was failure or meaningless...the druid cup, the court martial, Jamie being brought to London for a translation, poor Quinn.....However, Jamie and his remarks and reactions made it all worth reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chantie | 1/27/2014

    " I typically like the books by Diana Gabaldon in this related series. I really enjoy the historical aspects and research that she includes. If you have read the other books in this series, it does fill in some holes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynne Cantwell | 1/25/2014

    " Gabaldon delivers with her usual panache. I'm not a big Lord John fan, but Jamie is onstage for much of it, and he always adds to the fun. I recommend it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 1/17/2014

    " I love these books and side story novellas. They fill in the areas that aren't covered in the Original book series. This is the best one yet! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sue-ellen Klassen | 1/11/2014

    " I received this book for Christmas. I wanted to find out how the relationship between Lord John and Jamie began. With that accomplished, I then wanted to read more about Jamie. The Outlander series is being read next. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 1/10/2014

    " Adventure of Jamie and Lord John during Jamie's time at Helwater. Explains a bit of their history and how they managed to stay friends even after Jamie was a prisioner. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anita | 1/1/2014

    " I liked this Lord John the best of all of them, probably because there was so much Jamie in it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 12/23/2013

    " Loved getting to know a little more about Jamie's time alone and how he is getting to know William. this was my first Lord John book to read and I enjoy getting to know him a little more! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janice | 12/22/2013

    " Not a bad to read while waiting for the next installment in the Outlander series, but I wish Diane would concentrate on those! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tali | 12/21/2013

    " It said you could read it without having read the Outlander series, which I don't think I ever finished. I was a little confused and also felt like I spent most of the book waiting for it to start. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brandy | 12/18/2013

    " This was about John and Jamie during the years Jamie was at Hellwater. It was really good. I liked seeing how their friendship developed and how Jamie came to love William. I felt so bad for him and not having Claire. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aimee | 12/11/2013

    " I loved it. Period. "

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

    " I'm not sure if the book deserves a 4 - maybe a 3.5. I did enjoy it - mostly because I love Jamie but really this book was a filler. I wouldn't say it's a Lord John book as the other 2 were. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Virginia Whitton | 11/15/2013

    " Diana Gabaldon has done it again. Her writing of the life of Lord John Grey and his family and friends, Jamie Frasier, is so life like you forget you are reading fiction. You begin to feel the emotions of each character. You do not want the story to end. You just pray another book in is the works. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Valerie | 11/10/2013

    " I love it when fiction authors do the historical research for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Courtney | 10/22/2013

    " I enjoyed this Lord John installment more than previous ones - maybe because of Jamie's presence. The climax though was a little bit of a let-down. Still, an enjoyable read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa Thomas | 9/15/2013

    " Not up to par with past efforts. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy! | 8/17/2013

    " This was a solid story, but it had no big "reveal". It gave some important background to the Jamie/Lord John story line but the main plot just sort of fizzled out. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill | 7/1/2013

    " Nice bit of Jamie's missing history along with an adventure for Jamie and Lord John. It appears Jamie was still being reluctantly dragged into political intrigue even when we weren't along for the ride. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bgrayyoung | 2/24/2013

    " Another great look at the lefe and times of Jamie Fraser! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Veronica Sanche | 2/16/2013

    " I've never read this series before and unfortunately have begun in the middle. However, in spite of that, I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. The characters are fantastic and the dialogue is extremely well written. The plot was interesting and kept me turning the pages until the end. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Suzanne Carver | 12/8/2012

    " Read about 150 pages and didn't enjoy it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Yvonne | 11/27/2012

    " I haven't been able to get into the other Lord John Grey books but I love the Outlander series and read this one because it features Jamie. It was a good read but definitely not the same as the Outlander books. Missed Claire in this one! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 11/6/2012

    " Wasn't as entertaining as her other books but it was ok "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 10/27/2012

    " Anything with Lord John makes me happy. Nice filler story they helps explain changes in relationships between Outlander characters. A good read all to itself, but knowing the characters makes it all the more better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Siobhan | 6/27/2012

    " I really enjoyed this entry. I always like John's character but was excited to have more Jamie, too, and to understand how their relationship evolves over the years. Made me want to reread Voyager and Echo in the Bone as well as the upcoming novel . . . "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbi | 1/23/2012

    " Okay, so I can't get enough of Jamie even without Claire!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cyndie Decker | 1/18/2012

    " This, and the other Lord John books, is required reading for Echo in the Bone. "

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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 Narrators

Jeff Woodman is an actor and narrator. He is a winner of the prestigious Audie Award and a six-time finalist. He has received twenty Earphones Awards and was named the 2008 Best Voice in Fiction & Classics, as well as one of the Fifty Greatest Voices of the Century by AudioFile magazine. As an actor, he 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.

Rick Holmes is an actor best known for his roles in the films The Stepford Wives and Spinster. He received his BA from Gettysburg College and his MFA in acting from New York University.