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
First off, Davina Porter is hands down my favorite voice ever, no contest. I'm tempted to buy other audio she has done just to listen to a masterful voice actress. As far as Echo goes, I enjoyed it as much as any other Outlander book to date. I have an understanding that this feels like a transitional book (because Jamie and Claire can't live forever) but the character development of Roger, Brianna, Jeremiah and William are comforting for a potential new series. The thing I appreciate the most is an extremely long story that has such vivid detail and picks up and answers questions that may have been left in past outlander books. I actually get a little sad when the book is done because I know it will be some time before another new work is released. Thanks Diana and Davina!!
The design on the book cover is intentional. There are 4 storylines that weave throughout the book: Jamie and Claire's continuing adventures in the midst of the American Revolution; Lord John and his son, who are on the British side; Roger and Brianna and their children; and Ian. The story lines converge and separate, with a lot of cliffhangers at the end, which will obviously be concluded in the next, and possibly last book of the series. I strongly urge new readers to first read both the earlier "Outlander" books and at least the "Brotherhood of the Blade" about Lord John Grey. Most are in unabridged audiobook form -- only "The Fiery Cross" and "A Breath of Snow and Ashes" have yet to be released [contract reasons] "Echo" is less a stand-alone than the other books, although Gabaldon does provide backstory.
Davina Porter does her usual wonderful job with the narration and the voices. She really gets Jamie and Claire perfectly, along with the subsidiary characters. "Echo" has been long awaited, and lives up to the expectations.
Really puzzled at the 1-star reviews - except for that of the first-time Gabaldon reader - no wonder you didn't like it, my dear! You MUST start with "Outlander"! One of the deep pleasures of this wonderful series is developing a depth of knowledge both of the individual characters and their complex relationships to each other. Do note that each book is 30-40 hours - there's a HUGE amount of background to the 6th book. 30 full and eventful years have passed since Claire and Jamie first met! It could not possibly make any sense to you. These are not meant as independent reads, and you simply cannot start with the 6th book. As for the ending - yes, a lot happened quickly, but it didn't feel a bit manipulated to me - quite legitimately thrilling cliffhangers IMHO. Left me wanting to start over with Outlander so I can spend more time with the characters until the next book in the series comes out. I am SO glad I was not put off by the negative reviews. This was a delicious read!
I've listened to all the books in this series and love them all! I'm anxious for the unabridged versions of "The Fiery Cross" and "A Breadth of Snow and Ashes" to become available on Audible. You might think that 45 hours of listening is daunting, but this book includes many new characters and their integral roles with the main characters. I'm curious to see if D.G. is going to flesh out Ian's character in her next book since I felt like she teased us with his role in this book. I was however, disappointed with the ending, it just seemed to stop. D.G. is such a wonderful writer that I expected a better ending than she delivered. Don't let this stop you from purchasing the book, it is well worth it.
I have read every book in the "Outlander" series. Each book does reach back to the previous book but could stand on it's own because it does have a beginning middle and end. I felt that this book was disjointed and introduced characters and just left them hanging.(for the next book, I can only hope).Also situations were just left up in the air. It's not like an old time movie matinee, where you would come back the following week to find out what happens. This may take a year or two, and had I known this I would have waited for the next book to come out before reading this one. (this is just my opinion) If you truly love the Clare & Jamie saga nothing will hold you back. But for me I needed more of a solid conclusion at least to "the book at hand".
Love! Love! Love! I don't know how she continues to do it and, oh my goodness, how long do we have to wait for number 8. Along with J.D. Robb and Janet Evanovich, Diana Gabaldon has me hooked. And I have shared that addiction with several friends and now they are just as bad as I am. Don't stop writing, pleaaasssseeee.
D.G. introduced me to the extreme novel...and I love them now because you get so involved with the characters.
Diana's books are always lengthy and so vividly detailed, her characters are three dimensional because she gives such lavish and loving attention introducing them to you....Echo is a let down as she spent more time on the battles that she did on the people.
I realize that Jamie & Claire cannot live forever and Echo is obviously a transitional book, moving us toward their ending and more into the lives of others that come after.
I believe Diana tried to convince us that William has the warrior instincts of Jamie, but not the boldness or passions as he was raised by John. The nature vs. nuture thing.
I believe she tried to inspire in us the fear of father vs son on the battlefield....but it came across as so much of a history lesson that the drama we crave got buried. I was very bored with the amount of time spent developing battles.... There were so many other things brought to the story in the end that could have been fleshed out during the meat of the story. We were hurried thru so much of the stuff that D.G. normally makes us see and feel deeply.
One personal pet peeve...In an interview about Echo, D.G. promised that she would reveal why Jamie could dream the future, how/why he saw Claire in the future, and resolve the Jamie GHOST from Outlander....where he stares up at Claire and Frank's room BEFORE Claire falls thru time. Nope. Not in this book.
If you love Jamie and Claire, buy the book because it is the next stepping stone in the saga and you need it to build your bridge to the end. Just don't expect it to leave you breathless like the others.
I'm hearing teacher voices
At this point, 6-7,000 pages into the epic series, Diana can take me wherever she wants to go. What's so great about this audio version of Book 7 is that it continues to feature voice actor Davina Porter, who must have performed nearly 300 hours in the Outlander series by now. Porter is magnificent, in part because she's able to create a variety of convincing male (as well as female) voices. This is a rare gift among audio artists. May she and DG live long and continue this partnership.
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.
At this point, we aren't reading these books for the historical battles. Unfortunately, that is what you get in spades in Echo. While the plot line for our beloved characters in interesting and shocking, you have to drag yourself through all the war intrigue and battles to get to it. The last 100 pages are filled with things we need to know but it feels like the publishing date rushed her to throw down the end story so what we get is a very abbreviated telling of these important and exciting events. This book SHOULD be wonderful. This story SHOULD be a payoff. Maybe the next book will give us what we all want. Jamie, Jamie, Jamie and surprising resolutions for all our favorite characters.
As for the narration, Davina is perfection like always.
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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