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An Echo in the Bone – book review March 4, 2010

Posted by hollyspinner in book review, gold metal books.
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I have not changed my “now reading” tab in quite some time.  That is because I have been reading – well listening on audiobook – An Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon.

I adore this author.  She is famous for saying “I like big books”, and this one, at 832 pages, definitely qualifies.  It is the latest installment in the saga (I really think we have moved beyond just story at this point) of Claire and Jamie.  This particular tome follows the stories of five different characters as they venture across Scotland and America in two different times.  Ms. Galbaldon has woven these four stories together into a satisfying whole as people meet and miss, make assumptions right and wrong, and just generally go about life as well as one can in war and trying times.  This book is set against the backdrop of the American Revolution.  There are ample examples of actual historical events in this book, notably the battle of Saratoga.  In an interesting afterward the author comments on several of the real people and events featured in this book.

I chose to listen, rather than read, this book.  The book was read by Davina Porter, who does a great job of making the voices real.  I especially love her french, it is authentic and it sounds right.

A last note: visit Diana Gabaldon’s website.  It is excellent.  She is not shy about giving to her fans.  There is so much information on this site; there are even podcasts.

This is most definitely a gold medal book.  Go out and buy it in either the paper form or as an audiobook.  I can heartily recommend both.

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