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)
Retired to mountains of California. Sell on eBay as Prsilla. No TV. Volunteer in wildlife rehab. Knit, sew or embroider while listening.
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!
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!
I loved having this unabridged version on audio, narration was great.
some parts were tedious to listen to, so maybe I would have stuck closer to the plot
this compares very well to her other performances
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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.
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.
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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.
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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.
This may well be my favorite in the series. Jamie has not yet become an unreasonable, brooding thug, and the whole clan is living happily in the past. As usual, both the writing and the performance were terrific, but it was cumbersome to synchronize the kindle edition with the audible, since alone among the books in the main series this one is not set up for whispersync. FIX THIS, AMAZON!
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I can’t really explain why, but this installment was the best in the series for me by far! (so far?)
Is it because by now at Book 6 I’m just so used the characters that I know what to expect and don’t get bored when the story drags? Or is it because it really is more interesting that the previous installments? When I read Book 5, I needed to take 6 breaks to read other books because I was getting too saturated. I never felt that way while reading this one.
My primary interest in this series is the Time Travel storyline and I was happy to see that it FINALY picked up in this volume; not as much as I would have liked, enough to compel me to pick up Book 7 right away!
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