I love this series and reading it felt like coming home. These characters are written in such detail and the historical setting is so accurate that it is easy to visulize every scene. I have a lot of money invested in the audio verison of all of these books and I do NOT regret one penny. They are wonderful to revisit and I always look forward to the next one.
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've read/listened to each of the books in this saga. This one is severely disappointing. All of the prior books were well-done with good character development, interesting plot, fascinating historical research, and, above all, satisfying closure. The author seemed to show respect for the intelligence of her reader. This novel leaves so many open threads that it almost boasts the need for a sequel to finish it, leaving the listener to wonder if the author's real desire is merely more sales in the future. She would have been better off never writing this novel and if you enjoy the saga, stop before this one.
I am a BIG Gabaldon fan and like everyone I was so excited when this book came out. I have listened to them all and the 2 that Audible did not have (the unabridged versions) I went out and bought the books, which I loved as well.
If I was not already familiar with the characters of Claire and Jamie I would have found them very dull in this book. Plot line was dull as well, seemed virtually pointless.
All-in-all it was a big FAT 3 on a scale of 1 to 10 for me...
It is true that I know only what I have read in books. But I have read a great many books. ("Venetia" by Georgette Heyer)
It has been five years since "An Echo in the Bone" was published, and the long awaited Volume 8 is finally imminent (June 2014). Although readers are now five years older, the forthcoming "Written in My Own Heart's Blood" will apparently pick up the story on the same day (well at least one of the same days) "Echo" ended.
I started listening to this series four years ago and listened to them all in sequence (along with the Lord John Grey books--and a lot other books in between). I just recently finished "Echo," so I guess I timed it right. I can't imagine how frustrating it's been for fans of the series who read "Echo" when it came out to have had all those cliffhangers hanging all this time. You've probably re-read the book in anticipation of the new one; it's certainly a good idea to do so.
After three books set claustrophobically in frontier North Carolina and stories centered almost exclusively on Jamie, Claire, Roger, and Brianna, in "Echo" we *finally* get off of Fraser's Ridge--with a vengeance! If almost nothing happened in "Fiery Cross" and the action was slow (and mostly depressing) in "Snow and Ashes," then "An Echo in the Bone" seems determined to make up for it. Not only do characters from previous books (notably Ian, Lord John, and William) now take center stage right along with J,C,R&B, we are suddenly world and time travelers again. The action covers much of the American east coast, has great scenes in Scotland (in TWO story lines, 200 years apart!), and for kicks throws in several scenes in London and France. We meet historical characters, including Benedict Arnold and a naked Ben Franklin. Even Rollo the Wolfhound gets featured actor status.
The mind reels and the plot jumps can be hard to follow, but I enjoyed "An Echo in the Bone." I'm especially grateful for the action-packed pace after the previous two snoozers. I think you do need to have read "The Brotherhood of the Blade" in the Lord John series to fully appreciate "Echo," but that should not be a hardship; in my opinion, "Brotherhood" is, all things considered, Diana Gabaldon's best novel to date. And I'm glad I won't have to wait five years to find out what happened in Philadelphia that day.
I have a busy career, travel a lot and don't have much time to read, so I listen to Audio books. I love reading!
Absolutely fantastic series.. once you start at the beginning you can't stop. Davina Porter is perfect at narrating.. But start at book one.. you wont be dissapointed.
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.
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 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!