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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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The ONLY one in the series that I didn't care for!

I am a BIG Gabaldon fan and like everyone I was so excited when this book came out. I have listened to them all and the 2 that Audible did not have (the unabridged versions) I went out and bought the books, which I loved as well.
If I was not already familiar with the characters of Claire and Jamie I would have found them very dull in this book. Plot line was dull as well, seemed virtually pointless.
All-in-all it was a big FAT 3 on a scale of 1 to 10 for me...

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Selin
  • Greenwood, MO, United States
  • 02-06-10

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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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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I enjoy her books and the characters

I think this is a typical book from Diana. I haven't finished the entire book yet, but I am enjoying it very much. She does jump around, but that's what makes it interesting & keeps your attention. I really enjoy Davina's reading of the book. I can always tell who is speaking. It's too bad the next book will take so long to be published.

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Gabaldon does not disappoint!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I highly recommend this book to anyone following the Outlander series. It might be a good stand alone book too, but I am a rabid Outlander fan and can't separate them. Outstanding writing, narration is splendid, very enjoyable read. I read it in hard copy and now in audio book, wonderful.<br/>I have read them all at least once and intend to read them all again. Such a great series and the new show is incredible, follows the books verra verra weel.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Clair and Jaimie, always.

Any additional comments?

Read it, enjoy it, read it again.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Epically BORING....

This book is epically boring, especially after A Breath of Snow and Ashes. The best thing I can say about this book; no one was raped in this book. I find myself skipping sections of the book that draaaagggg on and on. Poor choice to combine 3 story lines; write a separate book or Novella. Anything would be better than what was done here...

Audible, refund please.....

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Disappointed...

What did you like best about An Echo in the Bone? What did you like least?

I really wish I had known this would tie together the Lord John series and Outlander. I didn't read the Lord John series and this has whole pieces devoted to his story. I wouldn't mind if I knew what the heck was going on in them. It is assumed you read his story and know his background. If you haven't, characters are never properly introduced or explained. I find this very frustrating and wish that Gabaldon had kept the two book series separate. This is my least favorite book by far.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Not intertwine two series in the same book without giving back story for those who haven't read one series.

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A disappointment

Let me start by saying that I am a big fan of Diana Gabaldon usually and Outlander is one of my favorite books. As the series has progressed, though, she has gotten increasingly scattered. This book is the worst to date and if I wasn't so committed to the Jamie and Claire story, I probably wouldn't have finished it.

There are four story lines in this book and I didn't care for that, particularly the Roger/Brianna story line since it was so removed from everything else. Gabaldon probably could have dealt with that one as a novella. The William storyline, particularly in the first third of the book, was boring. I literally fell asleep listening to it. Twice. It does get more interesting in the end, but that brings me to my next point: 3 out of 4 of the plot lines are unresolved when the book ends. There was no real excitement until 2-2.5 hours from the end and then it's a mad dash to jump from scene to scene. I was so let down to have these dangling plot lines when I felt like probably the first third of the book or so could have been cut.

So I would HIGHLY recommend waiting to listen to Echo in the Bone until the next book (Written In My Own Hearts Blood) is released next year. This book is basically missing the ending.

Davina Porter IS the Outlander series and was great as usual.

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  • Stevon
  • Tempe, AZ, United States
  • 08-04-13

another great one

Another great story in the continuing saga of Jamie and Claire Frazier, this being book #7. This one takes place during the years of 1776 - 1778. It starts off in North Carolina at the start of the Revolutionary War and winds its way up the colonies through Virginia to New York, Philadelphia and makes a side trip to Scotland. An interesting perspective on the war that I'd never really thought about was that what side were you on, independence or remaining loyal to the King of England. All were subjects of the crown at the beginning. But, even before the war started you had to be careful in communicating which side you were on. If it came out, people from the other side might burn your house down and do other bad things to you. Of personal interest to me in this story was a very detailed account of the battles of Ticonderoga and Saratoga in New York state. The British were commanded by General John Burgoyne. My ancestor that came from England to the US served under l Burgoyne in the British Army. It was interesting to think that my great-great-great-great grandfather (I counted all the greats to get ti right) was slogging through the woods, the swamps, affected by the bugs and humidity, being hungry, tired, etc. After the war, rather than go back to England he settled in Hartford, CT. But, even though it was a really long book like the first six, it was still a great story and by this time, you feel like all the characters are friends. Davina Porter is a great narrator also. Book #8 is supposedly out this fall and at some point the TV series will start on A&E. Lots to look forward to!

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  • SydSavvy
  • PARIS, TX, United States
  • 08-04-13

Great story great theme!

I reread / listened to this for several reasons, partly because of a BookClub discussion and partly because the series has been opted for TV and I THOUGHT the new book was coming out this fall, but it has been pushed back to next spring.

I once again found myself totally absorbed in the story, and I loved the whole parent child / familial theme throughout this book. Bookclub was right, it is wonderful to read a book for its pure story and historical telling (not just from a literary pov), thanks for the reminder. Why do I love these books so much? 1. Excellent writing -DG could have written a "literary" book if she wanted to, but I think she is too darn happy and funny to be enslaved to that. (Honestly, why isn't this "literary"? Because it isn't morbid and without hope. Because you always know it will be alright in the end. No wonder people don't want to waste their time on "literary"! Ok, that isn't really fair to literary which is so because it has something of universal truth of life that withstands the ages but dang it is depressing and I digress - ) 2. Real Feel (the characters and world seem authentic!) and 3. I just love the characters, every one of them.

Wish I didn't have to wait for Moby! (Written in My Own Blood). So do you want to read another series? Heck yes, and this is it. Fans of this book series are as die hard as Game of Throne Fans, for good reason.

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  • Dr
  • 04-13-13

Outstanding

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.

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  • Mrs K
  • 12-23-12

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!

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  • Patricia
  • 09-09-12

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.