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Besieged

Written by: Diana Gabaldon
Narrated by: Jeff Woodman
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In which Lord John, anticipating a voyage home to England after his brief stint as military Governor of Jamaica, instead finds himself on his way to Cuba, where the British navy is preparing to lay siege to Havana - and where the Dowager Duchess of Pardloe (aka John’s mother) is a guest (and potential hostage) of Governor Juan de Prado. 

One of the two final novellas of Seven Stones to Stand or Fall. This collection of Outlander novellas are all dealing with the interesting side-stories and lacunae of the Outlander universe.

©2017 Diana Gabaldon (P)2017 Recorded Books

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unbelievable

i did not really did not like this book. i believe diana can write better than that.

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  • Linda
  • 2019-05-25

Lord John From Jamaica To Havana

This was published as one of the seven novellas in ‘Seven Stones to Stand or Fall’ but then published as stand alone Audible book. It is another view of how Lord John Gray has become a very important character in the Outlander world. After his mother tells him how she has written about event and will publish just for her family, he remembers to himself how he wrote letters to Jamie Fraser but never sent them. This is a short story about the English attack on Havana and how Lord John must get there ahead of the attack because his mother and cousin are there. Short story but still very entertaining as are all of Diana’s stories. The world of Outlander is all encompassing. Jeff Woodman has become Lord John and is excellent as narrator.

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  • Angela
  • 2020-03-20

A hint of another book possibility

I love Lord John Grey. He loves his family and especially his mother!! I hope we get to read Benedicta's manuscript someday.

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  • Emma's Mom
  • 2020-03-03

Excellent story

Diana Gabaldon does a fantastic job of weaving her stories into historical events. This is a very nice short story with Lord John, one of my favorite Gabaldon characters. With the actual siege of Havana as the back drop, we get more insight into Lord John, his family, and some new acquaintances.

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  • Grandma
  • 2019-07-18

Love it

Love all things Outlander!! Lord John is very interesting and can’t wait for Master Raymond stories!

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  • janjan
  • 2019-07-03

good, but too short.

Another great book by Diana Gabaldon, but I wish some of the familiar characters from her novels in the Outlander series had been included. Also, it was WAY too brief. I love Ms. Gabaldon's long, satisfying novels. This was disappointingly short.

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  • Gym Girl in T-Town
  • 2022-07-06

Distracted by narrator.

The narrator reminded me so much of Stevie from FAMILY GUY that I couldn’t get into the book. He made John sound like a Dandy when speaking and that’s not the impression I got of Lord John at all throughout the main books.

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  • Kristine
  • 2022-07-25

A day in the life.....

This was a quick novella that gave us a peek into the world of Lord John Grey in the early 1760's. For such a demure man, he sure seems to find himself in the middle of quite a lot of messes.

This story had Lord Grey getting ready to complete his Governorship in Jamaica when he discovers that his mother is in Cuba with her latest husband (who John just so happened to have saved in a past battle - literally).

Anyway, he is manipulated into going to Cuba to "get" his mother, but nothing is ever easy, is it?

This was a very quick and easy read with a completed story arc. The narrator - Jeff Woodman - did not knock my socks off, but to be fair, I didn't hate him either. As always, I love getting to drop back into Lord John's life and it is always interesting to see a "day in the life".

Today has been a day of very sort "novella" listening (I think this is the 4th on for the day....) but this one definitely kept my attention.

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  • Zoev
  • 2022-07-25

Besieged Creatively True to Havana History

That’s what I adore about Diana Gabaldon - with just a little of your own spark of creativity, it could be just so ✨ Besides Lord John is an intriguing character. 🙋🏼‍♀️ZoeV

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  • Motown Muqitah 2020 write this review I find the Elderberry syrup to be quite satisfactory I'm very happy with this as an immune booster.🙂
  • 2022-02-11

Left a Hollow Feeling

I was totally entranced, but was left with too much up in the air. She can be such a tease!

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  • Cat McKenzie
  • 2022-01-03

Diana ALWAYS keeps the Reader.....

enchanted. Any Story she writes is steeped in Historical truth ,and finishing with Characters one cares a great deal about. Lord John being no exception. From his entry into the "Outlaws"camp to save the English Damsel in distress (Clair) to a peek of his life off the main Stage, he is a worthy Character to indulge upon. No spoilers here ,just good reads !