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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

Critic Reviews

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

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too short

can't get enough. this is so very short. on to the next book. love it.

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excellent

with as much enthusiasm as the first book, the work of the excellent storyteller continues.

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50 hours to long - This one needed to be edited.

Would you try another book from Diana Gabaldon and/or Davina Porter?

I have purchased, but I am wondering if I was premature. I will however, keep an open mind.

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

I am not sure how breast feeding and other bodily functions pertained to the plot and story.

Did Davina Porter do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Claire's character as smart as she is seems to become dumb to add drama. This is not realistic or necessary.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment, there is not enough story to justify 50 + hours.

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Performance good, writing mediocre

Some character relationships and actions do not make sense, she jumps from one unlikely drama to the next. It keeps me listening, but is not great writing.

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Loved it!

Diana G. continues to delight with her story of Claire and Jamie and their adventures with family. Narration was amazing!

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More Great Adventure

This book is incredibly long but very worth the effort. The four stars in in my review of the story only reflects its length. Those who consume The Outlander books voraciously will not be disappointed.

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Wow! Amazing!

The books continue to amaze me. Davina Porter makes every book a joy listening . Wow!

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once started it made sense to keep reading

What disappointed you about A Breath of Snow and Ashes?

The recording is all in one file which caused problems playing it on my phone. As I don't listen to books when sitting at my desk this was a real issue.

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Better than the last. A classic in the series!

Good pacing and flow throughout. Few better narrators than Ms. Porter. Got the next one on the same day I finished it!

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Pirates

it's another wonder book. I loved every word.readerof book was wonderful. Thumbs up thank you.