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An Echo in the Bone Audiobook

An Echo in the Bone: A Novel

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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
    Jocelyn Franklin Lakes, NJ, United States 11-13-09 Member Since 2008
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    "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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    Joey 12-31-11
    Joey 12-31-11 Member Since 2008
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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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Roberta K. 11-02-09
    Roberta K. 11-02-09 Member Since 2012
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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
    Lorna Johannesburg, South Africa 07-03-12 Member Since 2010

    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!

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    "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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    Amorah Ross 03-20-10
    Amorah Ross 03-20-10 Member Since 2017
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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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Val 01-02-10
    Val 01-02-10 Member Since 2006
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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.

    15 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Cindi Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada 12-15-09
    Cindi Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada 12-15-09 Member Since 2008
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    "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
    Anita Jonesboro, United States Minor Outlying Islands 10-18-09 Member Since 2015
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    "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
    Melissa Toronto, Ontario, Canada 10-18-09 Member Since 2015
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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!

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Dorothy E. Rich 01-10-10 Member Since 2012
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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. :(

    15 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    "Another spellbinding tale, but unfinished!"

    Having read this latest rendering in the saga, I am left bereft! It seemed to finish in the middle of the book. I can't believe the author has left so many story lines only just started. Only one of the main characters has any closure. All the rest are left in some life threatening pickle. She has never done this before. Usually, although there are lots of loose ends, she at least leaves her main characters in some relative safety. This time all 6 are left suspended in mortal danger. I really feel cheated. Especially as most of the predicaments they are left in are only created in the last few chapters.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • April
    Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
    5/8/12
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    "Wait for book 8 before buying this one"

    Four stars rather than five. Why?
    Simply because we are left with too many lose ends. The characters have a LOT going on and then the book just ends.
    What makes this worse is that book 8 isn't out until 2013 and I have no clue as to when the audiobook will be launched. It's a long wait. These books are so rich in characters that my concern is that now I run the risk of forgetting who's who during the wait for book 8.
    The Outlander series is absolutely amazing and Davina Porter is frankly the best narrator I've ever listened to. She was thee perfect choice for these books.
    Again, wait for book 8 before immersing yourself in book 7.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Rachel
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    "Pretty good"

    I love this series, and this is certainly not the best. However, I do think it is better than firey Cross. Way too much of Willy and Lord John in this for my liking, and Willy is a pretty poor character if you ask me. A lot of the William stuff is pretty boring, and quite disjointed. Saying that, the Jamie and Clare stuff was really high quality as ever!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Chris
    Teignmouth, United Kingdom
    11/5/13
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    "Give us more!"
    What made the experience of listening to An Echo in the Bone the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It is so varied and the research is superb.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    All of them


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Definitely, but I have to sleep sometime!


    Any additional comments?

    The ending has left so many balls in the air and situations unresolved. Please hurry with the next book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Linda
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    "Read it first"

    Davina Porters narration is brilliant, as always. The let down is the book itself. Not enough Jamie and Claire or Brianna and Roger. Way too much Lord John and Willie. Its easier to skip those parts when reading a paper back than forwarding a recording. I know its fiction, which is why the story didnt need so many unnecessary disturbing scenes. Burning the prostitute for example. The book would have been just as good at half the size (and I like big books).

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • eileen lee
    1/22/10
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    "an echo in the bone"

    i found this book as good as the rest considering how long the unabridged version is its a really good story unfortunatley book 6 a breath of snow and ashes has not been available to download although i have read it i would like it on audible.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Elizabeth Anderson
    7/8/16
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    "Cliffhanger"

    I love these Outlander sagas but felt very frustrated when the tale ended with a cliff hanger. This was too much with Jem in peril, Roger lost through the stones again, Bryanna threatened and Claire married to Lrd John. Too many untied ends for a complete novel

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • K. Bridges
    UK
    3/19/16
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    "Another great listen"
    Would you consider the audio edition of An Echo in the Bone to be better than the print version?

    Yes, because I absolutely love Davina Porter and I couldn't imagine any other these books without her voice behind them!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of An Echo in the Bone?

    When Jamie, Claire and young Ian went back to Lallybroch


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    There are too many to choose, but one of my favourites is when Jamie and William are both at the bedside of General Fraser but don't see each other.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No, but I do love the characters like old friends


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • cazsto
    UK
    10/23/15
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    "excellent"

    again , with the excellent discriptive and well researched writing, coupled with the most clever and unigue voice and performance from Devena Porter, this book is brilliantly delivered and a 'must read' !!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Suzette
    Stockport, United Kingdom
    10/12/13
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    "The Standard of Narration for ALL Audible Books!"
    Where does An Echo in the Bone rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book ranks about the highest I've douwnloaded. Not just the story - but the narrator makes it SUCH a joy to listen to!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


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

    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!


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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