In typical Gabaldon fashion, her intricately woven story line, character development and dialogue are a mix of suspense, humor and humanity. Claire and James face tremulous times with James Frazer's typical common sense, Claire's intelligence and their combined love and humanity.
For me to pick a favorite character is impossible. The pairings of Claire/James, Bree and Roger are, in my opinion, two characters, not four. Even though they are truly individuals, they are more one in each other. John Gray and his son, William are hard not to like. There are more reasons to love these characters than I can say. The villains are those you love to hate.
Davina Porter performs each of the characters with their own unique personality. If I were to guess, I think she has all of them inside of her and they come out as needed! Incredible talent!
Across time, love and intrigue
If you're not familiar with the Outlander series, Start off with, "Outlander". Even though Ms. Gabaldon covers the necessary history to make the subsequent stories work and flow, knowing the background of the characters and events adds much to the continuing story line and understanding individual responses. Ms. Gabaldon understands the human condition and articulates that in a masterful way. Thank you so much for the entertainment, imagery and connection with all your characters, Ms. Gabaldon!
I listened to all the Outlander books while I was walking - except for the last 2 hours of this one. I didn't want to be walking along the beach and hear anyone die. This book is not as good as some of the previous books but that doesn't matter - its about the characters at this point. Now I'll have to wait for the next book and put off walking once again.
Davina Porter is a superb narrator.
Audio books are the best :)
Had I listened to this book when it first came out in 2009 I would have been DEVASTATED with the ending. Not that this book was in any way a disappointment, there was just so much going on and then BAM, I heard "The End" and my heart literally sank.
This series is SO wonderful and this last book promises just as much adventure as the previous. Perhaps there was a tad bit more military background than I was expecting but Gabaldon has a way of blending that right amount of historical fiction in her books to make you love them even more.
Here's to the 8th book and many many more!
As much as I want this series to continue forever, in the previous novels, one could walk away if that were to be the end. But this one really leaves a lot of loose ends for us to wonder about while waiting for the next book.
As for the story, it was quite good! The narrator always does a wonderful job.
She is just great love her doing the books .
Did not like how it just ended dont know if there will be another book Hope there will another book soon .
This story was great as always. I hope that there will be another book since there were so many questions left unanswered.
I listen to books all the time, When I am driving, cleaning, cooking or doing anything quiet. I am AUDOBSESSED!
I didn't finish this one. It veered off into a minor characters life and I couldn't stick with it anymore.
Yes. This book transported me into the story. I cried when this series ended. Davina Porter did an extraordinary job in the narration. Now I look for my next book, including her in the title searches. I know if she's there, then it can't help but be extraordinary and enveloping.
Claire Frazier, James Frazier and Ian Murray
Loved Davina Porter. Every book I search will include a quarry with her name. The author's writing and Davina Porter will cause that book to come alive.
I want book 8!
Diana Gabaldon's ability to keep readers following the story of Jamie and Claire is a testament to her talent as one of the best storytellers.
Must keep reading this series!
And, thank God, Davina Porter remains the reader.
I have read many of the books, then decided to buy the audio versions. There is absolutely no comparison that can be made. The autio version is so superior,due to the amazing abilities of Davina Porter. The books simply come alive in the audio versions. Her pronounciation of names and the Gaelic phrases, so wonderfully done add an unexpected beauty to the stories.
I can't really say who was a favorite character. I loved them all and was very happy that I could readily tell who was speaking by the changes of voice so well done by Davina Porter.I think that her "jamie" is superb. The changes of mood and emotion shown in his voice was perfection.
They were all done wonderfully well.
Several years ago I had purchased the Lord John series including the Scottish Prisoner, all in book form. When I began An Echo in the Bone, I immediately saw that she had begun to bring the Outlander series and Lord John series together......as they had to if all story lines were to continue to progress.
I couldn't remember many of the smaller characters in the Lord John series and realized that An Echo in the Bone wasn't going to make a lot of sense or at least wouldn't be nearly as enjoyable if I didn't review the Lord John books. So I bought the audio ones and listened to them all again.......then restarted An Echo in the Bone. What a difference. The richness of the story and signifigance of the characters was most vibrant and added much to my enjoyment.
As the story now stands at the end of Echo in the Bone, I believe that if other readers want to enjoy this or furture books and not be constantly finding themselves wondering who some of the characters are or how they are realitive to the plot........get the Lord John series and listen to them all. They are very good and well worth your time.
Lord John and his family are in themselves both complicated and interesting. Also the Scottish Prisoner further defines his relationship to Jamie and is a darn good story, on its own merit.
Happy listening to all.