I'm half way through this newest book. I spent the summer rereading all the previous books in the series. Yes I love them that much. I just felt I needed a refresher because so much time had past (no pun intended) and there are so many details and story lines to track. When I finally finished the other books and came to purchase Echo in the Bone I was shocked to see so many poor reviews. I bought it anyway, of course. So glad I did. I'm enjoying Echo in the Bone almost as much as Outlander. It is well written, fast moving, colorful, funny, heart wrenching, and a fascinating perspective of a variety of real people during the revolution. Don't let the naysayers dissuade you. If you are a tried and true fan you will enjoy this book as much or more so than the rest of the series. And to those of you that included spoilers in your review, shame on you!
I LOVED this book just as much as the others and was ready for this to be the final one but am so excited that I get to continue the story... I think about Jamie and Claire every day and wonder what they are doing - its a saga that stays with you - INCREDIBLE series..
I am waiting anxiously for the next book so I can finish this one but I would still recommend this one. In my mind there are a lot of people in limbo just hanging around waiting for something to happen and I'd like to know what! With that said, I love this series and of course I will listen to the next one.
Jaime and Claire are possibly two of my favorite fictional characters. Due to this reason, I was excited to find out what was going to happen in this novel but the truth is that this series of novels is starting to meander aimlessly and then you have to wait for another three years so that she can do that again. In a thousand pages, you should be able to bring these characters to an ending that is deserving of them, instead you are subjected to the most mundane details, the most drawn out storyline, it should come to a close, and it should happen soon.
That being said, a lot of the characters that true Outlander fans have come to love are back to add to the story. It was good for the most part but I want to know what happens, and I would like to know before 2014! I mean I have really enjoyed the majority of the books but this one was just so full of fluff and what is the deal with having to wait three years a book. It’s not Tolstoy!
I love love love the Outlander Series and this book is just not as good is the others. It goes back and forth between Jamie and Claire, John Grey and other people ( who I didn't know from previous books). So many people and so many story lines. You get lost easily and I kept rewinding it trying to figure out who was who. Maybe if you read all the John Grey Books you might be able to pick this apart and enjoy it more. It seemed messy and spotty. Not hot and steamy and exciting like the previous books. Diana stick to one set of characters and give us the great adventures you've written in the past. Borrow this one from a friend..... if you must read it.
I have read this book six times and now listened to the book a couple of times. I'd say that is a good story!!! I really like Devina Porter way of story telling. I have 5 Audible books of the Outlander series and I am waiting for the 3 unabridged books to come out. Hopefuly next year.
A bit slow to get into but well worth it, I like the way she has woven the past into the future and has left room for many more books in this series.
I have been a huge fan of the series up to this point, but this book was lacking the flow of the previous ones. I started it, became bored and switched to another book. I came back to it and it did pick up the pace reasonably well. I agree with some other reviews that it seemed as though the plot lines that were resolved were done so briskly and more time was spent on descriptions of irrelevant topics. I love the narration of Davina Porter. I actually checked my iPod when the story ended thinking it had glitched and skipped to the end. Unfortunately, it really was the end and I was left wondering why all that drawn out plot development but no resolution?
I have read many others in this series and was so involved in the stories that I couldn't wait to get on the bus and start listening again. (I often listen to audio books during my commute.) Now at the 5th part of this particular book, I'm just slogging through, trying to get to the end to find out what happens. The book seems as if no one ever took an editing pencil to it. There are forgettable characters, boring scenes, and also memorable characters who are mentioned only once every 15 hours or so. It is not easy to remember who all these people (other than the main characters) are. This is definitely the worst of the series so far.
I enjoyed the writter earlier work and looked forward to each new addition.
IMHO she has not improved with age