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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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    paula HInsdale, MA, United States 03-02-12
    paula HInsdale, MA, United States 03-02-12 Member Since 2010
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    "A long read, but worth it"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I loved having this unabridged version on audio, narration was great.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    some parts were tedious to listen to, so maybe I would have stuck closer to the plot


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

    this compares very well to her other performances


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    choices and challenges


    Any additional comments?

    I love historical fiction, and having lived in Fayetteville NC for a time, I remembered some of the places mentioned in the book, especially the slave auction post that is still standing in the old downtown, as a reminder of that horrible part of US history. Once again, Diana Gabaldon hooked me till the end, I have just ordered book number 7.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Tim United States 11-15-14
    Tim United States 11-15-14 Member Since 2011

    Putting books on the back burner.

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    "Less Tenderness"

    Maybe because their son in-law is a minister now, Claire and Jamie has a lot less tenderness for each other? Maybe as they get older, they are starting to have a different level of passion for one another, instead of brute sex? Maybe Diana Gabaldon got some advise from her male friends that she should focus more on the history than on the love making?

    Whatever the case may be, the author had a mission in mind when completing "A Breath of Snow and Ashes." I really had a difficult time at finishing the previous book. I almost had enough with Outlander altogether, but with the coaching from my friends, they told me that #6 would be better. They were right and I am happy that I am listening to them. I thought that "A Breath of Snow and Ashes" thus far is second best to "Voyager." Very solid!

    As I get further into the Outlander series, I notice a progression in my discussions with my friends that already caught up. We no longer talk about time travel so much anymore, but we talk a lot more of the time frame. In most novels, the author spans their character's life rapidly and by the end of their books, the main character is either old and dead or old and wheeling off into the sunset.

    It's vastly different with Claire, Brianna and Jamie. Diana Gabaldon aged them gradually, as in day by day. For example, when you look in the mirror, many of us don't see ourselves aging until we see the imperfections on our bodies. The style that Gabaldon choose to write is almost like reality. We don't notice the flaws of the characters because they don't leap through years unlike in other stories.

    As I get caught up with the series, I hope that my reviews are being more insightful. I know that by discussing to my real life friends and asking questions about the Fraser Family, they too have new ideas about the stone that they haven't thought before.

    I really hope they time travel again. I really miss the parallel worlds. That is my biggest peeve in the later parts of Outlander. Diana Gabaldon focuses too much on the upcoming war and homestead, that the stone is another pebble on the beach.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Prsilla 03-27-13
    Prsilla 03-27-13 Member Since 2014

    Retired to mountains of California. Sell on eBay as Prsilla. No TV. Volunteer in wildlife rehab. Knit, sew or embroider while listening.

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    "THE TRUTH FINALLY COMES OUT -- MOSTLY"

    I would tell a friend to listen first to Outlander. However, the books do stand alone and are infinitely entertaining. I have been re-listening for the sixth or seventh time to this great story. I had forgotten how many ins and outs it has. Gabaldon is a marvelous story teller. This is not chick lit. Gabaldon knows her history and the masculinity of the huge fight for an independent America is not diminished in ruffled petticoats and cute sunbonnets. There is murder, theft, skulduggery, people moving far away, people disappearing, people reappearing. Near the end, Brianna takes action in a most awesome way.

    Some novels make me feel like I need to take a bath. While there is lots of blood and dirt in this book, Gabaldon has a goodness that comes through. I feel happy and good with these characters simply doing what they must. Which of course includes sex, but always in, uh, good taste. I believe I have matured reading and listening to these books. Instead of rushing ahead to see what happens next or to relish the lovemaking, I am admiring how Gabaldon juggles all the characters, planting little hints along the way that blossom into interesting situations over time. I love Ian with his tattoos. I love Roger the scholar with the ruined voice, trying to be a pioneer. I also fell for Malva. Of course Claire and Jamie are real people on my Christmas list. Brianna is amazing, using her engineering knowledge to get running water and matches and other mod cons for her loved ones.

    This book is distinguished, I think, by how many people are revealed to be something other than what was supposed. So many ends are tied up. But the story continues. There is another book, An Echo in the Bone, which leaves everything up in the air. And now another book coming in Fall 2013. Will Jamie ever retire? Will someone go back through the stones with a picture book of trains and planes to show him? Will Gabaldon contrive to let them die together, or will she leave them safely retired somewhere? Bless Diana Gabaldon for this excellent entertainment!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Debra Emporia, KS, United States 11-03-11
    Debra Emporia, KS, United States 11-03-11
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    "Outstanding"

    Diana Gabaldon is a genius! She is the most outstanding writer that I have ever had the privilage of reading. And Davina Porter is perfect! Perfect!!!! The most wonderful series of books ever and this one is no exception. Thank you Thank you thank you, for this UNABRIDGED version, (finally)

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Meg 10-19-11
    Meg 10-19-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Completely Hooked on this Series"

    I started this series not expecting to like it - obviously, I was so wrong! Not only is it an engrossing story but the historical research appears to be quite thorough. The icing on the cake is the narration - Davina Porter really brings the characters to life!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    J-9 Cary, NC, United States 01-29-12
    J-9 Cary, NC, United States 01-29-12
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    "Great, but a bit hard to disjointed"

    Diana Gabaldon is a fantastic writer and brings the story to life. Davina Porter is absolutely fanstatic in narrating this story. Although I did enjoy this book, I was very frustrated with how Ms. Gabaldon starts a story line and then either waits half the book to finish it or doesn't finish it at all. This seems to be the prevailing issue with the past couple of books in this series. I found the first few books in the series to be much better in that the stories were continuing and completed and did not leave the reader/listener wondering what would happen next.

    I will listen to the next book in the series as I am too absorbed with Jamie, Claire, Bree, Roger and wee Ian.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Tim United States 08-20-11
    Tim United States 08-20-11

    Since discovering audible, my life is richer. I live in a small rural KS community, with higher than average IQ which can be a bad combo at times. Audible allows me to be myself.

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    "Better than the last"

    This book was much better than the last. It was too long though given what we learned but I have to give it 4 stars just because it was a better book.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Samantha Lakewood, CO, United States 06-05-11
    Samantha Lakewood, CO, United States 06-05-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Finally!"

    This book was as good as all the others. I enjoyed all 57+ hours of it! You will not be dissapointed.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    i. Ski Duluth, Minnesota 03-05-12
    i. Ski Duluth, Minnesota 03-05-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Slog through another Gabaldon"

    By now, if you have read the other books in this series, you realize that Diana Gabaldon is a wonderfully descriptive writer who's books involve time travel. The enemies of the principal characters have changed, but the premise remains the same: bad guys, bad things happen, rescue occurs, problem happens resulting in time travel. The End, or tune in for next installment. Quite a franchise for a writer, but time to end it from this reader's point of view.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Hunt 04-21-15
    Hunt 04-21-15

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    "no excuse"
    What did you love best about A Breath of Snow and Ashes?

    It is like the Perils of Pauline. There is always going to be something big lurking around every turn.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I have been in love with Jamie and Claire since I first met them in Outlander. Claire is as strong as I want to be, though I'd like to hope I have more common sense, and Jamie is the man I compare every man I meet to.


    What didn’t you like about Davina Porter’s performance?

    Davina mispronounces the most simple words! Even taking in to account, maybe, the accents, the words are so far off any mark that I find myself kicked out of the story to try to figure out what she said or meant, then I have to rewind to find what I missed while trying to decipher what she was trying to say.


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

    I want to hear this book every waking moment, but Davina irritates me with her inability to pronouce words.


    Any additional comments?

    Isn't there an editor that should make sure the reader says things correctly?? It's almost worse that reading misspelled and badly edited books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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