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A Breath of Snow and Ashes | [Diana Gabaldon]

A Breath of Snow and Ashes

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

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

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    Betsy 07-31-12
    Betsy 07-31-12
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    "Fantastic."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have recommended this to friends who are reading this incredible series. It is a joy to listen to the accents of the characters.


    Have you listened to any of Davina Porter’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Davina Porter does a superb job.


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    Cynn 07-30-12
    Cynn 07-30-12
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    "Classic Gabaldon"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Breath of Snow and Ashes to be better than the print version?

    No


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Gabaldon has too many well developed characters to have a favorite


    Have you listened to any of Davina Porter’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Davina Porter's performances are excellent. Keeping up with all of the characters in Gabaldon's stories is a real accomplishment.


    Any additional comments?

    Having read all of the Outlander series over the years I am using the Audible versions to make long hours driving in the car more enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Culbertson, MT, United States 07-25-12
    Amazon Customer Culbertson, MT, United States 07-25-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Captivating"
    What made the experience of listening to A Breath of Snow and Ashes the most enjoyable?

    The narrator (Davina Porter) is marvelous and the story is unique.

    As for the book itself, I remember now why I loved Outlander and Voyager: Although the book is long and at times seems very ponderous, the story is enthralling and the characters are delightful. I think that Outlander series is the closest anyone will ever come to matching "Gone with the Wind" in characters that you can love and hate, plus the human drama. Brianna and Roger grow in this book: I now like her. Ian plays a large part in this book also. The relationship between Ian and Jamie becomes more of a partnership, not just uncle and nephew. I like how Ian "watches his back", and his thoughtful decisions. If I have any lingering questions at still have it would be concerning Ian. It just didn't seem as if his life is "wrapped up" as yet. Jocasta's behavior revealed at the end rather unbelievable, she is someone else I'd like to question more and learn more about her past life and what motivates her.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Breath of Snow and Ashes?

    Ian has some of the best dialogue (ie. "Poxed and gone..." - I don't want to give it away). He made me laugh out loud more than once. Fergus & Marsali were also given new life and new depth becoming richer characters and adding much to the story.


    Have you listened to any of Davina Porter’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, this performance is excellent, like all the others.


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

    Jamie's nephew, Ian. I'd like to know what makes him "tick."


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carolyn Alcoa, TN, United States 07-18-12
    Carolyn Alcoa, TN, United States 07-18-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Love it"

    Waiting anxiously for the next in the series. Davina Portor is delightful to listen too.

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    Elizabeth 07-13-12
    Elizabeth 07-13-12
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    "Davina Porter's Brilliant Narration"

    I have just completed A Breath of Snow and Ashes, the 6th book I have devoured of the Outlander series. Ms. Porter's stunning delivery of Scottish & British dialects brought each of Gabaldon's characters to life! Add in her beautiful rendering of the Gaelic, she added layers and layers to the beauty of Gabaldon's prose. I love nestling into the pillows with the book and my iPod for a couple of hours before going to sleep, and am looking forward to the beauty of An Echo in the Bone. Maybe the 8th book will be published by the time I finish. I hope so!! I'm already anticipating Jamie and Claire withdrawals.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Susan QUEMADO, NM, United States 07-05-12
    Susan QUEMADO, NM, United States 07-05-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Very disappointing; sex, profanity,"
    This book wasn???t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    not sure


    What could Diana Gabaldon have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Taken out the sex scenes and the profanity. really just too much. didn't make it past the 10th chaper. I really wanted to like this book. Also, this lady can't wirte without a lot of adverbs. Very distracting.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The opening scene grabbed me and promised much suspense and mystery. BUT, then it really went downhill after that. I kept hanging on, hoping there would be something I could find that would allow me to want to keep going.But the three sex scenes and then the long discussion about hemorhoids and homosexiual sex. That is where I stopped. The reality of the setting was destroyed at that point. I just didn't believe anymore that this could be a book about the time of the American Revolution.


    You didn???t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The narrator was excellent and the only reason I hung in so long.


    Any additional comments?

    Sorry, but I really hated this book. I wish there was a way to rate books according to expliscit sexual content and /or profanity.

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    Marsha Fayetteville, AR, United States 07-03-12
    Marsha Fayetteville, AR, United States 07-03-12 Member Since 2006
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    "The best book since early in the series!!!"

    A couple of the recent books were a little slow with too much day to day life detail, but this one was full of lots of sub-plots and character development. A lot happens in the story. Of course, there is lots of Calire/Jamey story line but also a lot of exciting things happen with other people as well. The plot twists were excellent. As with every one of the Outlander books, I felt empty when it was over and wanted to be back in their world again. There is every emotion in this book and the ending leaves you with a tightness in your throat if not in tears. As usual, Davina Porter is outstanding, I am going to savor the last two Outlander books!!!!

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    Jamie Cordova, TN, United States 06-29-12
    Jamie Cordova, TN, United States 06-29-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Can they get any better? Just WOW!"

    WOW is my one work summary of this read. The story, the narration was brilliance in the making. I loved every scene, every character and every moment of this audio book. This is definitely one of my favorites.

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    Kathy FORT COLLINS, COLORADO, United States 06-23-12
    Kathy FORT COLLINS, COLORADO, United States 06-23-12 Member Since 2009

    I love books!

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    "much better"

    A breath of Snow and Ashes is so much better then Fiery Cross. Originally my plan was to listen to this book in installments because 50+ hours is a lot of time to invest in one book. This book grabbed me enough that it was a good listen. I love Davina Porters voice for the most part but I think she could do better with her children's voices in this book. All in all I liked it and I will defiantly listen to this book again.

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    Shoeaddict Philadelphia, PA, United States 06-22-12
    Shoeaddict Philadelphia, PA, United States 06-22-12
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    "I can't get enough"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely! The story is a nail biter, it kept me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jamie of course, his unwavering loyalty is what keeps me enthralled throughout the book.
    Jocasta's will to go on after witnessing her daughter's death, and the secret relationship she had was quite interesting too.


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

    Jocasta Cameron, and Mrs Hayes, but if I had to choose it undoubtedly be Mrs. Hayes


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

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    I just want the series to go on, and on, and on........

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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