I've had an Echo for 3 months now. I do like it. It does have one issue.
It's very difficult to have fine grained control over it.
I only bought it because I listen to a lot of audio books and Sonos doesn't have an integration with Audible.
Echo is great for around a half dozen commands I give it.
Alexa, play Spotify Alexa, play [The wise man's fear from] Audible Alexa, sleep timer, 30 minutes Alexa, set an alarm, 7.30am Alexa, play BBC Radio 4 Alexa, what's the weather today?
That's the actual order of commands I give Alexa in my bedtime/morning ritual.
Problems arise if you require any specificity. The other night a song by Hurts came on.
I like that song, and wanted to play the album, or top hits, I didn't really know, but just more Hurts was my goal.
Alexa, play Hurts from Spotify
The responses I got were:
I like that song, so I listened to it once.
Less than satisfying responses.
Navigation around an audio book is basically impossible.
Alexa, go to chapter eighty-eight
Alexa, go to chapter Eighty-Eight.
Alexa, go to chapter EIGHTY. EIGHT
Other than that. I quite like my Echo, and looking forward to Sonos integrations so I can play Audio books but not navigate around them using my Sonos speakers.