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An Echo in the Bone: A Novel | [Diana Gabaldon]

An Echo in the Bone: A Novel

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.
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Publisher's Summary

Diana Gabaldon's immensely popular Outlander saga soars to new heights with this seventh novel, which takes listeners on a breathtaking journey to 1777 America.

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

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    Elizabeth Fairfax, VA, United States 05-04-10
    Elizabeth Fairfax, VA, United States 05-04-10 Member Since 2014
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    "I must admit to being disappointed"

    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.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Dorothy E. Rich 01-10-10 Listener Since 2008
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    "Great narrator, story is weak"

    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. :(

    14 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Tawnya Glendale, AZ, USA 01-10-10
    Tawnya Glendale, AZ, USA 01-10-10
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    "Below my expectations"

    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.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Benjamin Kailua, HI, United States 01-05-10
    Benjamin Kailua, HI, United States 01-05-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Mailed in"

    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.

    11 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Andy Bronx, NY, United States 11-05-09
    Andy Bronx, NY, United States 11-05-09

    Andy

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    "~sigh~ : she done it again"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Wendy 11-02-09
    Wendy 11-02-09
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    "Fine Beginning - Abrupt, Unsatisfying Ending"

    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.)

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Melissa Toronto, Ontario, Canada 10-18-09
    Melissa Toronto, Ontario, Canada 10-18-09
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    "Love it - but I'm so tired!"

    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!

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Benedict San Francisco, US, Canada 10-07-09
    Benedict San Francisco, US, Canada 10-07-09 Member Since 2014
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    "So wonderful!"

    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.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Selin Greenwood, MO, United States 02-06-10
    Selin Greenwood, MO, United States 02-06-10
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    "What are these people talking about???"

    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?

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    sf mommy 99 12-06-09
    sf mommy 99 12-06-09

    Love reading, hard to find the time! audible member since 2006

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    "Wonderful, again"

    This book was amazing on many many levels. Sure, it is a great story, a GREAT story! But it also reminds us of a time long gone and how people used to live with honor and with little else sometimes. And how things just HAPPEN and it isn't always someone's fault (and although there isn't a lot of litigation, you may just get hanged for an offense to watch out). Then there is the love story aspect. And the friendship aspect. Finally, the AMAZING Davina Porter, who does such a beautiful job of bringing all of these rich characters to life. Let's just say, I can't wait until the next one comes out. Thanks Diana and Davina.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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