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)
I have enjoyed both versions, however I really enjoy Davina's narration.
She is amazing and so much fun to listen to.
Well, it was too long to do that, but yes, I listened for several hours at a time.
Music and book connosieur
I love these books. Waiting for Diana's book due out in 2013. Love the time travel and the living between such diverse timeframes. Sexy but in context. I have read them all. Not fast and give youreself time. I loved the Audible. The reader if wonderful.
I have physically read this series until half way through the 6th book, I did however, purchase all seven audio versions. I loved book one, but due to length I questioned whether to read book two. With such a huge time investment I figured I about HAD to. I love the characters and they become very commonplace in your life when you read so many of her books.
I DO however have a love hate relationship with Gabaldon. By book four I was ready to hog tie her if she said someone shivered and not from the cold just one more time. She seems to have a love for shivering people for a variety of reasons.
She also does not outline her books and has no clue where they are going. She (oddly) writes and pastes paragraphs and hopes they all come together. Somehow they do albeit not without a LOT of wandering that lets you know she doesn't know where its going either. And I confirmed that via her website!
I think the Reader is good at reading, but she sounds OLD and her voice is kind of squeaky. Its hard to picture Claire sounding OLD and I do not enjoy this womans voice at all. I think they'd have done better with someone a tad bit younger sounding. Not all old people sound old and not all young people sound young but regardless of Claires age within the books themselves (aging) you would never expect her to sound like this in my opinion.
I always felt these books could have been condensed to half their size if all the wandering parts were removed. I don't buy abridged versions of books but in this case I might actually recommend them!!!! Pages and pages and pages...and did I mention pages? of her books are about nothing so unless you have lots and lots of time? Don't bother with the unabridged versions of the Outlander series.
I will read them until The End due to my investment...if there is ever an End...another is in the works and I'm sure we are all putting Gabaldons kids through college so she will drag this series out until she gets sick of her own voice....oh wait, THAT will NEVER happen, she loves the sound of herself. Or until the kids are through Grad school.
I told you, its a love hate relationship, love the characters and hate that this series never ends!!!
I have enjoyed all of the Outlander Series. Great continuing story that never disappoints.
The believability of a fictional storyline.
I can't imagine another narrator. I listen to a fair number of books and as anyone who reads this way can attest to, the performance is everything. Davina Porter has the unique ability to make you believe she is all these characters.
Claire because I love her ability to adapt.
It will be a sad day when this story finally comes to an end.
I love this series. Ms. Porter is wonderful with the voices and accents.
Historical fiction spanning generations.
She's awesome with differenct characters and accents, French, English, American and Gaelic
The dedication of Claire to Jamie and vice versa, in the face of all odds.
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.
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