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The Scottish Prisoner by Diana Gabaldon

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Winner of the Quill Award and the Corine International Book Prize, Diana Gabaldon is the #1 New York Times best-selling author of the Outlander series. This fourth novel featuring popular character Lord John Grey is told both from Lord Grey's perspective and from that of Jamie Fraser, the star of the Outlander series.



  • Thank goodness Rosie Parez wasn't the one narrating. In my opinion, the narration was done exceptionally well. It would have been better suited for male narrators like Jeff Woodman and Rick Holmes, who did a great job. What I enjoyed most about the story was how it provided a fascinating glimpse into Jamie's life while he was alone, anxiously hoping that his wife and unborn child, who had returned to the future, were safe and well. The dynamic between Jamie and Lord John was particularly engaging, revealing a mutual respect between them. While not every narration may be to everyone's liking, the real value lies in Diana Gabaldon's writing. I would suggest listening to the free snippet of each book before purchasing so that you can gauge both the narration style and the storyline. Personally, I believe that some people struggle to embrace change, which is a shame because this was truly a fantastic story that was also expertly told. That's just my point of view.
  • If you're a fan of Jaime, then you'll definitely enjoy this book. It was great to dive back into Diana's world and characters, even if it mainly focuses on Lord John. I genuinely feel sorry for Lord John because his love for Jaime seems to surpass even mine, if that's even possible. This story takes place during Jaime's parole as a prisoner of war after the failed Jacobite Cause, and it gives fans of the Outlander series a deeper understanding of the development of John and Jamie's friendship, which I absolutely loved. Now, when it comes to the narration, I have to give a heads up to all Outlander fans: the reader's voice and tone for Jaime are completely different from Davina Porter's. It takes some getting used to, but Diana's incredible writing ensures that you never forget just how wonderful Jaime's personality is, and it shines through beautifully despite the not-so-great interpretation. Listening to this entry actually made me like Lord John even more than I already did. I was genuinely disappointed when the book came to an end because I wanted more. So, my advice is to listen to the sample first and see if you can handle Jamie's voice and interpretation. I managed, but if the voice makes you cringe, then reading the book might be a better option. Keep in mind that this review comes from a die-hard fan of the Outlander series.
  • I made an effort, honestly. I was aware that this narration wouldn't match up to Davina Porter's, but I've listened to many narrators and none have bothered me as much as this one did. Seriously, Rick Holmes' portrayal of Jamie's voice and accent was incredibly forced and unnatural. It was almost as if he had some speech impediment or something. I can't quite put it into words, but I had no choice but to abandon the audiobook and read it on my Kindle instead.
  • Diana Gabaldon is absolutely brilliant. I mean, seriously, she can do no wrong. But let me tell you, there's more to it than that. I absolutely loved the way Jamie's voice was portrayed by either Jeff Woodman or Rick Holmes (not sure which one), but whoever it was, they nailed it. They captured the essence of his accent and the way he speaks, just like I imagined it in my head. It's kind of like my whiskey expert friend, Ian Ramsey, when he talks about those oaken barrels from France or the different fruity flavors of whiskey. His classes really make you appreciate whiskey a lot more. Sorry, got sidetracked there. Anyway, my point is that both Woodman and Holmes were excellent choices for the Scottish Prisoner and Lord Grey. The story itself flows really well and is filled with intrigue. It takes place during the time when Jamie is at Helwater and gets to spend more time with his two-year-old son. It goes all the way up to the point where John Grey is considering marrying Isobel so that he can take care of Jamie's son. I really enjoy stories that focus on specific periods of time in these characters' lives that I've grown to know so well over the past twenty-plus years. I actually started reading Outlander the week it was first published, and I even bought it in hardbound. I passed it on to my daughters, then my sister, and now my niece is reading it. Since I'm turning seventy next month, I really hope Diana Gabaldon finishes the next two books before I kick the bucket. I mean, seriously, it would be so frustrating if I died before she completes the series!