Jamie Fraser knows from his time-traveling wife Claire that, no matter how unlikely it seems, America will win the Revolutionary War. But that truth offers little solace, since Jamie realizes he might find himself pointing a weapon directly at his own son - a young officer in the British army.
And Jamie isn't the only one with a tormented soul - for Claire may know who wins the conflict, but she certainly doesn't know whether or not her beloved Jamie survives.
Epic in scope and featuring a colorful cast that includes many legendary figures - including hero-turned-traitor Benedict Arnold and bawdy statesman Benjamin Franklin - An Echo in the Bone is a thrill from start to finish.
©2009 Diana Gabaldon; (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC
As one who loves history but generally finds historical novels a bit dry and too full of battles, the Outlander series has been a magnificent gift.
Just finished listening, for the 2nd time, the entire seven volume series in anticipation of Gabaldon's 8th addition due out in June. Ha! Seven months absorbed in time traveling back 200 years. Delightful! This second listen/read (always more rich to do both at once with Gabaldon) was far more exciting and rewarding than anticipated. Noticed many more fascinating historical details and the characters were more alive to me than ever. Gabaldon's character development over this 20 year period is intimate and dynamic. Claire is now my age in An Echo in the Bone and quite the avatar of my idealized self. Adore her many flaws, echoing my own, as the wisecracking, irreverent, bull in a china shop. If only to have her sexual prowess!
What I especially love about An Echo in the Bone is the depiction of the Revolutionary War through the eyes of ordinary people, allowing me to finally understand the reality of that war. Her writing gets better and more colorful with each novel, astounding as her first volume, Outlander, was brilliant historical fiction, vividly penned with an impeccably crafted plot, surrounding characters whom you either passionately love or totally abhor. And so much humor and philosophical musing.
Why her books are listed as Romance is infuriatingly baffling. They are definitely the finest of Historical Fiction, if not masterfully scribed Literature.
I love this series of books. I love this narrator. I love that all the books in the series are now available on Audible (there were two in the middle that previously weren't). The Outlander series is what Audible is all about.
The series is the story of a woman who accidentally travels 200 years back in time and meets the love of her life. Whenever I explain this premise to people I get raised eyebrows, but the truth is that the books are more historical fiction than sci fi/fantasy. I read an interview with the author once in which she said she set out to write historical fiction, but just couldn't get into the mindset of an 18th century woman so devised the time travel in order to place a modern woman in the period she wanted to write about. That decision made the books even more interesting. All of the main characters are relatable and fleshed-out. The history is meticulously researched. The conversations, love stories, intrigue, etc feel organic. The descriptions of Scotland - both modern and historical - are amazing and make me love the country even though I've never been. I really have almost no criticisms of the writing.
Meanwhile, Davina Porter is one of the best narrators I've encountered in an audiobook. (Thank you, thank you to the narrator and audiobook producers or whoever arranged for the same narrator to read the whole series so far.) She manages to have a completely different voice for each main character and to my untrained ear moves effortlessly from one accent to another as the story dictates. Her American accent is not perfect, but it's still very good. She has a great cadence, sounds like she's read the book 100 times prior to narrating, and never stumbles over what must be incredibly difficult Gaelic words... (in fact, a friend of mine who is reading the whole series on paper calls me occasionally to have me pronounce the Gaelic words for her).
Clearly, these are some of my favorite all time audiobooks. Despite their length, I'm on my third time through the series. Speaking of length, all the books in the series are pretty long, but still only one credit so if you have an Audible subscription, they are great deals. In short, buy the books, you won't regret it.
I love this book series and can't wait for the next installment, which I must assume is coming soon since this book stopped so abruptly with many of the main characters in peril, both in modern day and in Revolutionary War era America. Davina Porter's voicing of the various characters and her uncanny ability to do the Scottish and Irish accents are truly engaging and amazing.
I have enjoyed following the lives of Claire, Jamie, Breanna, Roger and John Grey as Ms Gaboldon has brought them to life over the years. This is not a book that you could pick up and start reading if you have not read all the previous books as each of her books builds on past events. In places the plot tends to ramble but I appreciate her attempts to provide historical background to her novels. Overall it was not quite up to the quality of many of her past instalments and I feel she rushed the end a little but certainly a series of books that will capture you and leave you anticipating the next book in the series.
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.
I've been a great fan of the Outlander series but Echo has left me cold. This book served to introduce a number of what could become interesting story lines, but none were adequately explored , much less developed. Let's face it, Ms. Gabaldon, Lord John is just not that interesting! I'm definitely not buying the Lord John-Claire marriage deal. Come on! The Claire I know and love would have chosen prison over marriage to that arrogant jerk any day! An imprisoned Claire would have been infinitely more interesting than the bedroom scene with Lord Milktoast! Ms. Gabaldon has let her readers down with this latest edition of the Jamie-Claire saga. The sudden ending with so many unresolved and unexplained issues left me sad, confused, and frustrated instead of wanting more.
I read the Outlander books before listening to them as a recommendation by a total stranger. When I joined Audible I bought the first one on sale thinking that it wouldn't and couldn't live up to the books. I was so wrong. Davina Porter is amazing. There are few narrators who enhance the audiobook experience the way that she does.
This continuation is divided between the past with Jamie and Claire and the Revolutionary War and the "present" with Roger, Brianna and their kids in Scotland. Great book, I cannot wait until December for the next in the series!
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.
"Give us more!"
It was DG at her best and DP at her usual excellent narration. I have followed all seven books now and am completely absorbed in this saga.
It is so varied and the research is superb.
All of them
Definitely, but I have to sleep sometime!
The ending has left so many balls in the air and situations unresolved. Please hurry with the next book.
"The Standard of Narration for ALL Audible Books!"
This book ranks about the highest I've douwnloaded. Not just the story - but the narrator makes it SUCH a joy to listen to!
Claire and Jamie are my favourite characters of course, the book is about them after all. But next comes Brianne (yikes, the American accent isn't great but you CAN differentiate and it isn't dire) and Roger is fantastic - but the children are just so cute when she does their voices! You can tell each and every different character with out fail - and tell whether they are good or bad.
Davina Porter is the very best narrator of any book I have listened to. I have listened to many, many books from Steven King to Alan Carr and I could listen to her all night! Her reading is appropriate, passionate, temperate and even - and the accents she does are so good!
I have read the hardback books by Diana Gabaldon - but Davina porter made them come alive for me. And the ultimate praise - my partner also loves listening to the books! He is just not a romantic fiction man lol - but she makes it in to an epic tale. Brilliant.
I cannot get enough of Diana Gabaldon's Outlander books, I'm totally hooked and am praying she writes another one.
Although l greatly enjoyed the further adventures of James and Clare, I am left fretting for young Jem, Roger and Buck and wondering how Clare and Lord John will resolve the bigamy issue. Surely this isn't the end?
"an echo in the bone"
Excellent! what a brilliant read!, I have now read most of the books Diana Gabaldon has written and this book is as expected. What a brilliant read. Excellent.
"Loose ends and coincidences....pure fiction"
Each scenario builds excitement and tension. The characters have been further developed and are totally engaging....to be expected from a Gabaldon novel. Jamie and Claire are showing their age...we all need glasses at sometime in our lives and they are no exception....nice touch! Both are aging gracefully yet still inclined to get themselves into, and out of, trouble. Dare I say some situations could be viewed as trite and predictable but that is to be expected. Jamie and Claire are the protagonists once more, other chatacters are important to the plot but are satellites by comparison.This novel contains many loose ends and coincidences with further time travelling episodes....with some unexpected consequences.. issues being resolved and others are not only suprising but also complicated. Excited about book eight being published later this year...can`t wait.
"Excellent as always"
If you have got this far in the Outlander series then you do not need a review to get this book. It continues the story of Claire and Jamie and whets your appetite for the next one coming. Can't wait.
This is the 7th book in the outlander series and keeps to the high standards set by its predecessors. Great characterisation combined with depth and scope of plot make for a gripping read. The historical background is very well drawn. For me the best part of Gabaldon's books is the quality of her writing which at times has a spiritual quality to it that is what makes it so engaging. Davina Porter's narration is superb; no other Audible books come close to her.
"Claire & Jamie Saga Book 7"
This is book 7 of the time travel Outlander series of adventures of Claire Randall and highlander Jamie Fraser. I have read all seven books and listened to them on disc and via Audible as well. Welcome back narrator Davinia Porter! Do hope you narrate book 8 when it is published!
"What happened to Jemmie????"
I loved the book and thought when it came to the end that this was the last book. I am glad that I read the other reviews because I now discover there is another to be published next year. Thank goodness for that. So many loose ends. Not knowing what happens to some of the characters for example Jemmie. It's very frustrating to be left hanging. Then even more frustrating to find i will have to wait till some time next year to perhaps discover. Do hurry Diana before we forget what has already happened.
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