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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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  • Jocelyn
  • Franklin Lakes, NJ, United States
  • 11-13-09

Another delicious read!

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!

43 of 49 people found this review helpful

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This series is incredible

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.

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  • Vicki
  • HoustonUS Minor Outlying Islands
  • 11-02-09

ANGRY about manipulation!

This was another superb DG book UNTIL part six. The first five parts were the regular fabulous Jamie and Claire story - I don't see how DG continues the saga and keeps us all waiting for more. But the final part six of this book actually felt like an abridged version of the end. It was a total shock when Davina said The End. (As always, the naration was superb!) There were all kinds of loose ends that should never be left for the next book as they were. I am so angry, I will actually have to think twice about whether to buy the next book!!!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Amen, Wendy

My thoughts exactly about the rushed ending. Very disappointing.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Lorna
  • Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 07-03-12

YES!! Download the series now!

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.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Intriguing but an abrupt ending...

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.

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Sad, confused, and frustrated

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.

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  • Cindi
  • Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada
  • 12-15-09

A Much Loved Series

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.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Anita
  • Jonesboro, United States Minor Outlying Islands
  • 10-18-09

Another great book!

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.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Melissa
  • Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • 10-18-09

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!

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • J. press
  • 10-21-17

An echo I the bone pleasure to listen to

Brilliant story narration I can't wait to finish the story then I regret its end it is like being part of a family I have enjoyed it so much

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  • Kerry M
  • 08-19-17

Echo in the bone

Great read totally hooked on the outlander series. Enjoyed audio book .My first one !


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  • ann watson
  • 07-01-17

Another fantastic book!<br />

Just love the Outlander series. Bought book 8, hope its as good as this one. Can't wait to start.....

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  • Phoenix
  • 06-07-17

The characters continue to hold interest

This series continues to be enjoyable, touching, funny and exciting. However this book marks a bit of a turning in writing quality. The coincidences for the characters meetings get more far fetched and predictable, there are characters added with no discernible purpose except to confuse the plot. Which appears to have happened especially in the 3rd part the continuity errors are rife and annoying as they are obvious I'm surprised they got past the editing. Still I can't wait to get the next one, by this stage you're too invested in the characters to stop. On a performance issue, the accents have changed not for the better but possibly only noticeable as listening to the books one after another.

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  • Diane
  • 02-13-17

Not what I expected

Having persisted to the end in a hope the storyline would pick up, I was grossly underwhelmed. The whole storyline just seem to wander from place to place looking for an opportunity to develop. I loved the earlier books so vastly disappointed.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 10-14-16

brilliant <br />

Think it is the best option books I've listened to. really good writing and spoken. dontget bored of the voices at all. I think the outlander books are far better than the serieson TV. got one more to go will be sad to finish the story lol.

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  • Miss C J Soden
  • 09-26-16

excellent book

excellent book well narrated really brings the story alive. I would recommend if you have read the series

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  • Sue Wilson
  • 07-03-16

A great book

I have enjoyed all the books in this series but some more than others. This is one of the best.

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  • conor b.
  • 06-13-16

What a boring disappointment too much Greys

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I adore the Outlander series and the first book was riveting. This book was too tedious and far too much descriptive story about the war and far too focused on the main stories additional characters "The Greys". It has endless white noise about William and his labours and I lost all idea why the book was written. The book could have been written in 1/3 of the time and we would have the few main points . Primarily it was just day to day life with no excitement in the most and you are left waiting for something interesting and hoping the lengthily discord on irritatingly chatter about nonsense and charters that brought nothing.I am so disappointed and only continuing reading as it was in hope that it would improve and also to lead me to the next book. What a massive let down when compared with the original Outlander book. Just not good enough. Even the amazing Davina Porter cannot make this a interesting read.

What will your next listen be?

I will try written in my owns hear blood as I have to see it through and hopefully it will return to form.

Which character – as performed by Davina Porter – was your favourite?

mmm Jamie and Claire cant choose

If this book were a film would you go see it?

Yes if it was interpenetrated by the tv series

Any additional comments?

said it all

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  • 03-18-16

Too many loose ends

Enjoyed this story as always but the book ended with many unanswered questions remaining. Ah well will just have to listen to the next in the series.

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  • Narelle
  • 09-29-16

good story and good narrator

loved it.Great story and great narrator. Well worth listening to this book.Would definitely recommend this.

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  • Leigh
  • 09-11-16

Best book in the series (when is the next one?!)

Love it. So enthralling. such critical parts to the storyline but when did Brianna tell lord John? I thought she just told him they were going away

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  • Louise
  • 09-09-16

Amazing book.

The way Diana is able to draw on all the branches of a very complicated continuing story is masterful writing. The phenomenal amount of historical research adds so much emotion
I have now read this book and he whole series 3 times and learned go much of the history through the great characters introduced via these books

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  • Cherie
  • 05-01-16

I loved it

I loved this book as i always love ms Gabaldon's works. Its action packed and keeps you guessing and listening/reading. It is full of characters you cannot help but love and smile remembering (or loath with passion - whichever takes you) along with emotive scenes the listener/reader can't hep but cry in. Loved the journey as always.

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  • Pat F
  • 04-06-16

more please

another wonderful masterfully written story and superbly narrated the books live in these recordings .

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  • Rachel
  • 03-01-16

even better

this series just continues to get better, I couldn't stop listening to this one, so good.

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  • Irit
  • 01-10-16

Outstanding!

I'm in love with this book series. Yet again, one more wonderful book by Diana Gabaldon. And, I love, Davina's narration. A must read/listen!

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  • Julia
  • 09-18-15

exceptional book.

as always this book exceeded my expectations. the most memorable moment without spoiling the story line, was the news of the loss of the boat, it made me cry.
I would highly recommend this series to anyone.

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  • Anthony
  • 04-13-15

Enchanting

So many twists and turns I'm exhusted home many lives does Jamie Fraser have and what is he going to do to lord John after finding out he had married Clare believing James dead? I must download the next book ASP.love Davina Porter .

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  • Cassandra
  • 02-19-15

Awesome read

An excellent read, it had me from beginning to end, the detail and character development is very well done and the performance superb.