A worldwide sensation with more than 12 million copies in print, Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series has produced #1 best-selling novels and earned a fiercely devoted fan base. Another spellbinding entry in the series, A Breath of Snow and Ashes continues the saga of 18th-century Scotsman Jamie Fraser and his 20th-century, time-traveling wife, Claire. The year is 1772, and the rift between Britain and its American colonies has put a frightening word into the minds of all concerned: revolution. In the backwoods of North Carolina, violence has already reared its ugly head, as cabins have been burned to the ground. To preserve the colony for King George III, the governor pleads with Jamie to bring the people together and restore peace. But Jamie has the privilege, although some might call it a burden, of knowing that war cannot be avoided. Claire has told him that the colonies will unite and rebel, and the result will be independence, with all British loyalists either dead or exiled. And there is an additional problem. Claire has discovered a newspaper clipping from 1776 that tells of Jamie’s death. With its epic scope, historical details, and sweeping romance, A Breath of Snow and Ashes is everything Gabaldon’s fans love and more.
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"[A]n enthralling experience." (Booklist)
Listened to the entire series, loved it
She brought the characters to life
I would hope that Ms.Gabaldon finishes the story to let us know what happens to the family, and not leave it in the air.
This book kept me entertained for hours and hours! I couldn't wait to get in the car for a long drive or for a huge load of laundry to fold, just as long as I could catch up with Jamie and Claire and the gang in the meantime. Davina Porter is my favorite narrator and Diana Gabaldon is a talented and creative writer. I feel as though I personally know the characters and I can't wait to find out what will happen next. Just a caution - make sure you start with Outlander and go through the series in order, ortherwise I think it would be much too confusing and you would miss out on much of the detail.
never a dull moment
Gabaldones other books All the Outlander books are equally good
interesting without being alarming perfect
no all good
I'll be honest, the book previous to this one (The Fiery Cross) was a bit of a slog. I enjoyed it, but it was still a challenge to get all the way through. However, this book totally made up for that and then went on to exceed all of my expectations. This book is by far my favourite in the series, with the exception of the first book (Outlander), and is defintely a re-read.
Liked the characters and historical references. The characters are compelling. Descriptions of places and actions well done.
It carried on the story of Claire and Jamie. This family has so many problems that seem to be rather easily soved.
Yes. Because I don't want to leave the story unfinished
Don't have one
Slightly far fetched
Yes. I'm reading the series.
Her excellent skill at making each character sound different.
No. Much too long.
This whole Outlander series if far fetched, but some of the story lines in this particular book seem more so than in the previous books. However, it's still a good read and I'll continue with the next book when I'm finished with this one.
...who thinks it's strange that Brianna's "accent" slowly changes into Clare's without explanation during this book? I'm generally really impressed by how Davina Porter keeps all the different characters so consistent, but as the book goes on Brianna sounds more and more like Clare. That said, as an American, I found Davina's "American Accent" quite annoying, so maybe I'm happy with it? (That's why I gave the Performance a "four" instead of a five.)
Otherwise, I'm about halfway through this. I picked this series originally because they're SO long and I drive a ton for work. More bang for your buck, so to speak. I wound up being really invested in the characters and not just Jamie and Clare. The attention to detail along with the historical references really make this series shine. I will be pretty sad when I get to the end of the last one.
It's a romance without being a romance novel. Historical fiction without sounding like a lecture. A long long long book without dragging. Well done, Diana Gabaldon!
The narrator was wonderful. Her use of the voices and the brougues she is able to bring is just wonderful and makes the story come to life.
Living through the civil war and the perilous life during that time was great. I never knew what might happen next.
Ms. Porter brings life to the story. In my head, I'd never hear the scottish brogues that she is able to bring.
I suppose I would have like to hear it all at one time.
I love this series of books. The history, the characters, the wild sex! What else can a woman ask for?
The sexy scot.
Her voice brings alive the characters. The strong female characters are wonderful.
Sex in the snow and ashes!
I love playing the book for my husband during those quit moments alone. Thanks!
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