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A Breath of Snow and Ashes: Outlander, Book 6 | [Diana Gabaldon]

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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    Laurie Billings, MT, United States 10-24-12
    Laurie Billings, MT, United States 10-24-12 Member Since 2011
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    Where does A Breath of Snow and Ashes rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Listened to the entire series, loved it


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

    She brought the characters to life


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

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sheri Apple Valley, CA, United States 09-18-12
    Sheri Apple Valley, CA, United States 09-18-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Completely engrossing!"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    maryann vanDrielen Flagstaff, Az. United States 09-13-12
    maryann vanDrielen Flagstaff, Az. United States 09-13-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Wonderful I have listened 3 times over some years"
    What did you love best about A Breath of Snow and Ashes?

    never a dull moment


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

    Gabaldones other books All the Outlander books are equally good


    What about Davina Porter’s performance did you like?

    interesting without being alarming perfect


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    no all good


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cathy 09-11-12
    Cathy 09-11-12 Member Since 2015
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    "My Favourite Book in the Series Since Outlander!"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Debbie Cedar Park, TX, United States 09-07-12
    Debbie Cedar Park, TX, United States 09-07-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Enjoyed"

    Liked the characters and historical references. The characters are compelling. Descriptions of places and actions well done.

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    Marie TALLAHASSEE, FL, United States 09-03-12
    Marie TALLAHASSEE, FL, United States 09-03-12 Member Since 2010
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    "On With The Saga"
    What made the experience of listening to A Breath of Snow and Ashes the most enjoyable?

    It carried on the story of Claire and Jamie. This family has so many problems that seem to be rather easily soved.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Diana Gabaldon? Why or why not?

    Yes. Because I don't want to leave the story unfinished


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Don't have one


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

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy 09-03-12
    Nancy 09-03-12
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    "Far Fetched"
    If you could sum up A Breath of Snow and Ashes in three words, what would they be?

    Slightly far fetched


    Would you be willing to try another book from Diana Gabaldon? Why or why not?

    Yes. I'm reading the series.


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

    Her excellent skill at making each character sound different.


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

    No. Much too long.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Doreen Denville, NJ, United States 09-02-12
    Doreen Denville, NJ, United States 09-02-12 Member Since 2013

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    "Am I the only 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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Douglas, Ga, United States 08-27-12
    Susan Douglas, Ga, United States 08-27-12 Member Since 2011
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    What made the experience of listening to A Breath of Snow and Ashes the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Living through the civil war and the perilous life during that time was great. I never knew what might happen next.


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

    Ms. Porter brings life to the story. In my head, I'd never hear the scottish brogues that she is able to bring.


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

    I suppose I would have like to hear it all at one time.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Virginia 08-20-12
    Virginia 08-20-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Wonderful story!"
    Where does A Breath of Snow and Ashes rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I love this series of books. The history, the characters, the wild sex! What else can a woman ask for?


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The sexy scot.


    What about Davina Porter’s performance did you like?

    Her voice brings alive the characters. The strong female characters are wonderful.


    If you could rename A Breath of Snow and Ashes, what would you call it?

    Sex in the snow and ashes!


    Any additional comments?

    I love playing the book for my husband during those quit moments alone. Thanks!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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