I fell into this series through Audibles, "try the first in a series" promotion. I love LONG books and long series. These are long. The only downfall of this series is that books 5 & 6 are not available yet through Audible. So I read those and picked up again with the audio. The very best part is Davina Porter as the narrator. This latest in the series, book 7 has several plot lines and characters from earlier books become more important. I like the different points of view,and once you get used to it - you can tell thanks to Davina's voice. My only complaint is how Gabaldon left the book hanging - very abrupt ending(s). can hardly wait until 2011-12 for the next - #8.
I am a huge fan of Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series. I have enjoyed each of the books in this series immensely. However An Echo in the Bone was a disappointment to me. There were too many charachters, the entire book was very disjointed and seemed to have no direction. Entire sections could have been left out with no effect on the story line. I find it curious and inconsistant that Jamie's debilitating sea sickness has played such a major part in previous books, but in this book he crosses the ocean twice, once without Claire and her needles, with no apparent problems. I kept expecting everything to come together and it never did. Three cliffhangers at the end of this book was just too much as it seemed that she just stopped writing and walked away from her computer. I am hoping that the next book ties everything together. Diana Gabaldon needs to take an example from Sara Donati. This story is getting too long and should probably come to an end.
Having become addicted to the Gabaldon series, I downloaded this as soon as it became available. Porter again is fabulous. The story is less so. Disjointed, opens themes that are not even close to resolved, even if you consider them to be a lead-in. This book simply does not come together and engage. I guess it just came out as a lead-in to the 'next book', which I will not read that, just skim at a bookstore. That's a sad comment - I have really loved the characters and story line up til now. :(
I am a fan of the Outlander Series. I have stood in lines to get my books autographed. Next time I hope Divina Porter is there, as she is the only reason I continued the audio book of "An Echo in the Bone". I bought the hardback, and couldn't make myself read it past half way. It began slow, stayed slow, and the ending felt like the publishers were pushing Diana to "just get it finished". Too many cliff hangers, and a sloppy ending. As for Lord John, he has had his series, and I am quite sick of him and his lifestyle in the graphic way he is portrayed. I long for the love of Jamie and Clair, and their life. Bring William to life, with a purpose. I give this book (sadly) 2 stars. I would have saved my money and bought the paperback from Amazon, if I had it to do over.
As always with this series, fantastic narrator! Fans of this story will certainly be glad to hear more but this is the first book that I found myself just wishing my way forward. The first half simply limps along. The second half is better but ends with almost all major plot lines up in the air. Cliff-hangers are fine but this book is simply unfinished. Not her best but I will stay with it.
The rewards with Gabaldon are the meandering introspective globe-trotting journey to get there. Davina Porter - the narrator for all of the unabridged Outlanders - was again superb with the adult voices (and a little too cute for the kids.) We men like blod and guts and sweat and love. Please, may I have some more.
I would give 4-5 stars to the first 5 parts but only 1 to the sixth. It was wonderful to be back in the company of these characters, narrated by the excellent Davina Porter. True there is a lot of battle and history explained, but I was fine with that. I enjoyed the way she expanded on some of the minor characters as well.
However I found the ending downright annoying. The last part felt as if it was written in a rush to meet a deadline, left far too many things hanging, and included utterly unbelievable behavior by Claire. I don't need loose ends to propel me to purchase the next book - she has me hooked on Jamie, Claire and company. I also felt a little manipulated, as if she wants us to read more of her Lord John series (which I don't find very compelling), so she included elements which didn't make sense to the story--or maybe I'm just a bit disgruntled by the bizarre behavior she wrote in for Claire and Lord John.
I wouldn't miss a segment of the remarkable Outlander series, but I hope the author treats her legions of fans with a bit more respect on the next book. Sure we are eager for the next installment, but let's hope she takes as long as she needs to write it.
btw(I was glad to see the publisher's note about the earlier two books - will gladly buy those when they show up on Audible, unabridged with Davina Porter.)
I often listen to audio books while doing dishes or walking to appointments in Toronto, shopping, cleaning, etc.
The good news is, my home has never been cleaner. The bad news is, I can't turn it off - even when it's time to sleep.
Diana Gabaldon has me absolutely hooked!
Davina Porter is pretty great too - apparently I can listen to her for hours and hours at a time!
I really like this new addition to the Outlander series. I find I am making time to listen to it by putting off "more important" daily tasks.
I really like the narration by Davina Porter. I think a book of this length has to have a very engaging and very competent reader, and Davina pulls this off superbly.
Beyond all this, I marvel that Ms. Gabaldon can keep on creating this wonderful series.
I am in love with this author's novels. But, when I read the reviews for Echo in the Bone, I was not only worried but taken aback because I thought she must have butchered the story line, characters, and the overall readability of the novel.
So..this is to all those people who said it was lengthy, boring, and off subject.
Have you read Gabaldon novels before???
They're in depth about the period which makes them lengthy. They're "boring" to the first time Gabaldon reader because of the huge feat in putting context into the novels. They're "off-subject" if you expected to only go on with Jaime and Claire.
Yes, it was a long novel. Yes, a few times I wanted to fast forward. Yes, Jaime and Claire was not the focal point...
But, we gained a lot of information and knowledge about the several other characters we grew to love.
I must say...I was laughing like a crazy woman when the man Claire started to trade with was Benedict Arnold!
Still haven't finished the novel but I hear from a friend it is a cliffhanger. I read the same from other reviews too.
All I can say is that I hope Gabaldon can write a novel faster than her devoted fans can read it!
Now what will we do?