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A Breath of Snow and Ashes Audiobook

A Breath of Snow and Ashes: Outlander, Book 6

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 burden of knowing that war cannot be avoided.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2005 Diana Gabaldon (P)2005 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

"[A]n enthralling experience." (Booklist)

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    Pamela D Kunhart Fair Oaks, CA United States 03-26-14
    Pamela D Kunhart Fair Oaks, CA United States 03-26-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Gabaldon at her best"
    Would you listen to A Breath of Snow and Ashes again? Why?

    Yes, I love the story. The narrator is the best I have ever heard in an audio book. I will listen to books just to hear Davina Porter


    What did you like best about this story?

    Gabaldon captures my interest in history as well a creating an intriguing story


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

    Of course, Claire Fraser.


    Who was the most memorable character of A Breath of Snow and Ashes and why?

    Jamie and Claire Fraser


    Any additional comments?

    I have listened to the entire series. I can't imagine reading the book would be as exciting. The narrator, Davina Porter is superb!

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    Jeanne Massachusetts 03-20-14
    Jeanne Massachusetts 03-20-14

    Love to listen on my commute

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    What did you love best about A Breath of Snow and Ashes?

    I was intimidated by the length of these books when I started the series. Now there aren't enough pages! The characters are wonderfully complex and the story makes you want to know...what's next!


    What about Davina Porter’s performance did you like?

    Wonderful performance.


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

    The book is too long to listen to in one sitting. But I have been known to take extra time commuting to listen for just a little longer


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    sandy 03-11-14
    sandy 03-11-14
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    "I AM SO BUMMED THAT THERE'S NO MORE"

    I can't wait for the next book. This book was great but it leaves you hanging. Jamie and Clair are still apart, Ein? William? Jennie? Roger, Brianna and on and on and on?????? I do love the suspense but the next book is not even recorded yet. It better be read by davina Porter.

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    nancy Falmouth, Maine, United States 02-21-14
    nancy Falmouth, Maine, United States 02-21-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Spectacular read!"
    What did you love best about A Breath of Snow and Ashes?

    Old friends and amazing new characters;


    What did you like best about this story?

    Relentless detail and scope of description


    What does Davina Porter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Read with warmth and precision


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    Cynthia 01-09-14
    Cynthia 01-09-14
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    "love this series"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    wonderful series - fall in love with the characters. They are a bit over the top and a bit very realistic.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Clair and Jamie - I would love to be her and would adore having him... in every way. Clair is the woman I wish I were and Jamie is the man I never found.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I can't pick a favorite scene. I listened to this book years ago without knowing about the series.


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

    When I listened to this years ago I was captivated. Once I started the series and got to this book it mad me both laugh and cry, and be afraid


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great book for someone who likes a bit of fantasy with the romance and historical education. And I'm not sure the fantasy is really fantasy!

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    Cynbee San Jose, CA, United States 10-16-13
    Cynbee San Jose, CA, United States 10-16-13 Member Since 2012

    former nuclear scientist

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    "dragging vignettes with repulsive scenes"

    I started listening to this and just found it a little boring in the way that someone does when she picks up a book in the middle of the series, doesn't know the sprawling cast of characters, and the author hasn't taken the time to properly bring a reader up to speed. She assumes you care already, which I did not since I had a hard time following the glimpses of the dozens of characters in the first few chapters without knowing the back story.

    Then, about three hours in, comes the rape scene.

    Marital rape, oh so fun. Where the wife asks her husband first with silent body language, then explicitly with her words, then with an agitated combination of both, to stop touching her. Then he throws her on her back anyway, and her thought was actually, "ah, might as well lie back and enjoy it." *As she is being raped by someone she trusts.* This man is supposed to be one of the heroes of the story. And, worse, she claims to enjoy it even as she does whatever it takes to get him to finish quickly. The story goes on to her just getting on with things and not thinking less of her husband.

    I was so disgusted. I listened for another hour or two to see if there were any repercussions or, you know, acknowledgement that rape is wrong. But I didn't hear anything. I couldn't listen any longer, and I can't understand how this was okayed by any modern editors.

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    Sheila H. Morris Harrisonburg, VA (formally Muncie,IN) 09-22-13
    Sheila H. Morris Harrisonburg, VA (formally Muncie,IN) 09-22-13 Member Since 2016

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    "Ms. Gabaldon, thank you again for sharing!"
    Where does A Breath of Snow and Ashes rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Thank you for another fantastic book of Jamie and Claire. I feel like I'm
    right their sharing every moment with them.


    What other book might you compare A Breath of Snow and Ashes to and why?

    Outlander series is above all other writers.


    What does Davina Porter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    It was hard for me to get used to her voice in the beginning.
    but, now she's amazing too.


    If you could take any character from A Breath of Snow and Ashes out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Claire, she is so very interesting.


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    valerie 09-15-13
    valerie 09-15-13 Member Since 2011

    I listen to books all the time, When I am driving, cleaning, cooking or doing anything quiet. I am AUDOBSESSED!

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    "more wonderful story"

    I just love this series, and anyone who stats just can't stop. Jamie the main Character is awesome as well as all the other great characters in this series. So much history revealed on these pages, and much of it taking place where I live in Virginia.

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    Andrea 08-16-13
    Andrea 08-16-13
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    "#6 and still going strong!"

    Diana Gabaldon's ability to keep readers following the story of Jamie and Claire is a testament to her talent as one of the best storytellers.

    Must keep reading this series!

    And, thank God, Davina Porter remains the reader.

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    Linda 05-29-13
    Linda 05-29-13 Member Since 2016

    My reviews are rather simple but only because I want to convey my impressions of a story. I leave summaries to the publisher. LOVE Audible!

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    "Another hit!"

    This series has been such a delight. I feel like I learn so much reading these books (I do realize it is fiction however). Not just about history itself but about the way people lived. The characters in this series have become people I love. Seems odd, but then, I'm odd sometimes. Lol
    Davina Porter - engaging as always.

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