Lord John and the Private Matter

Version: Unabridged
Author: Diana Gabaldon
Narrator: Jeff Woodman
Genres: Fiction & Literature
Publisher: Recorded Books
Published In: September 2003
# of Units: 8 CDs
Length: 9 hours, 45 minutes
Ratings:
Tell Your Friends:

Overview

From the "New York Times best-selling author of the multi-volume Outlander saga comes "Lord John and the Private Matter--a new novel of intrigue and mystery set in an indelibly drawn world of eighteenth-century London. Here is the first of a captivating new trilogy featuring Lord John Grey, one of the most fascinating and engaging characters to emerge from Diana Gabaldon's best-selling Outlander saga. Returned from Scottish exile in 1757, Lord John pursues a traitor--a business complicated by a family affair of the utmost delicacy, and by his own memories of the Jacobite Rising ... and of James Fraser. But Grey is a soldier; honor and duty are his companions on an adventure that leads him through the brothels and molly-walks of London, and onto the seas ruled by the powerful East India Company--a company that guards its secrets well. With her unerring eye for detail, her masterful command of language, and her unequaled skills as a storyteller, Diana Gabaldon once again brings history vividly to life.

Reviews (10)

not great

Written by Cindy from Wasilla, AK on February 11th, 2011

  • Book Rating: 1/5

This was not nearly as good as her Outlander series. I listen to these CD's while commuting to work, so there are no distractions, and I had a very difficult time getting interested in the story. It is absolutely NOT something I would choose to listen to or read again.

Loved this!

Written by Anonymous on February 26th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 5/5

After giving up on the last couple of Diana Gabeldon's works (didn't even finish A BREATH OF SNOW AND ASHES) I didn't have high hopes for Lord John, but I really enjoyed it. Went out and added Ms. Gabeldon's other two Lord John's tales to my book queue.

Yuk!

Written by Anonymous on February 10th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 1/5

A really poorly done series! I've read all the raves so I was looking forward to the series but they are really very dull and poorly done! Obviously 'what's one man's treasure...blah, blah, blah' and this one definitely isn't even a keeper in my book. I don't recommend it but you be your own judge.

Lord John and the Private Matter

Written by Flo on August 3rd, 2007

  • Book Rating: 3/5

This book was ok. I read it while waiting for her next Outlander book to be published, and I think anything Diana Gabaldon writes will be somewhat good. I thought it was fun to get an in-depth view of one of her minor characters and to see what had been going on in his life. It just didn't have the heart-squeezing grip that's found in all the regular Outlander series.

Lord John and the Sexual Matters

Written by Diana Schluckebier on March 22nd, 2007

  • Book Rating: 3/5

I have ambiguous feelings about this book. The first CD is so boring with background information that is long and drawn out. The story is set in 1750's and brings up topics that you really never thought about such as STD's. All of a sudden the last CD explains all the confusion from the middle of the story. The narrator was excellent and I did want to find out what happened next, but didn't like the "now here are all the answers" approach. I would not recommend this to anyone but diehard Gabaldon fans.

Lord John and the Private Matter

Written by Nancy Ruth Jann on January 18th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 1/5

This is, by far, the weakest book ever written by this author. The pace is slow, the subject matter unenticing, and characters not developed with the interest usually seen by Gabaldon. I was very disappointed.

Funny

Written by Ann Berkins on October 13th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I really enjoyed listening to this book. Thought it was very funny.

Lord John and the Private Matter

Written by Sharon S from Lake Elsinore, CA on August 8th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 1/5

This was very hard to get in to and not at all as interesting or entertaining as her other stories. I tried a few different times but couldn't make it past the first CD.

Lord John and the Private Matter

Written by Sandy Buck on January 10th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 3/5

This was not as exciting as the books I have read by this author in the past. Hopefully the second set of cd's will be more interesting.

Lord John and the Private Matter

Written by Anonymous on September 12th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 4/5

The book was very well done and the narration was easy to listen to...I had difficulty in recieving the second set of CD's in order to finish the story. The only thing to point out is that the lead character does have homosexual leanings and this may be offensive to some listeners.

Author Details

Author Details

Gabaldon, Diana

To millions of fans, Diana Gabaldon is the creator of a complex, original, and utterly compelling amalgam of 18th-century romantic adventure and 20th-century science fiction. To the publishing industry, she's a grassroots-marketing phenomenon. And to would-be writers everywhere who worry that they don't have the time or expertise to do what they love, Gabaldon is nothing short of an inspiration.

Gabaldon wrote her first novel while juggling the demands of motherhood and career: in between her job as an ecology professor, she also had a part-time gig writing freelance software reviews. Gabaldon had never written fiction before, and didn't intend to publish this first novel, which she decided to call Outlander. This, she decided, would be her "practice novel". Worried that she might not be able to pull a plot and characters out of thin air, she settled on a historical novel because "it's easier to look things up than to make them up entirely."

The impulse to set her novel in 18th-century Scotland didn't stem -- as some fans have assumed—from a desire to explore her own familial roots (in fact, Gabaldon isn't even Scottish). Rather, it came from watching an episode of the British sci-fi series Dr. Who and becoming smitten with a handsome time traveler in a kilt. A time-travel element crept into Gabaldon's own book only after she realized her wisecracking female lead couldn't have come from anywhere but the 20th century. The resulting love affair between an intelligent, mature, sexually experienced woman and a charismatic, brave, virginal young man turned the conventions of historical romance upside-down.

Gabaldon has said her books were hard to market at first because they were impossible to categorize neatly. Were they historical romances? Sci-fi adventure stories? Literary fiction? Whatever their genre (Gabaldon eventually proffered the term "historical fantasias"), they eventually found their audience, and it turned out to be a staggeringly huge one.

Even before the publication of Outlander, Gabaldon had an online community of friends who'd read excerpts and were waiting eagerly for more. (In fact, her cohorts at the CompuServe Literary Forum helped hook her up with an agent.) Once the book was released, word kept spreading, both on the Internet and off, and Gabaldon kept writing sequels. (When her fourth book, "Drums of Autumn," was released, it debuted at No. 1 on the Wall Street Journal bestseller list, and her publisher, Delacorte, raced to add more copies to their initial print run of 155,000.)

With her books consistently topping the bestseller lists, it's apparent that Gabaldon's appeal lies partly in her ability to bulldoze the formulaic conventions of popular fiction. Salon writer Gavin McNett noted approvingly, "She simply doesn't pay attention to genre or precedent, and doesn't seem to care that identifying with Claire puts women in the role of the mysterious stranger, with Jamie -- no wimp in any regard -- as the romantic 'heroine."'

In between Outlander novels, Gabaldon also writes historical mysteries featuring Lord John Grey, a popular, if minor, character from the series, and is working on a contemporary mystery series. Meanwhile, the author's formidable fan base keeps growing, as evidenced by the expanding list of Gabaldon chat rooms, mailing lists, fan clubs and web sites -- some of them complete with fetching photos of red-haired lads in kilts.