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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)

What listeners say about A Breath of Snow and Ashes

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  • MP
  • 2020-12-25

Amazing performance on the series!

Davina Porter performance on the co.plete series is just amazing. I am.not much for the romance parts on the book but I enjoy Gabaldon's detailed/descriptive writting, the historical value of her series and how she interlaces fiction. At times during the series where the stories lacks for me the performer just got me through . Picking up the next one!

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Phenomenal writing and Exceptional Narration

Book 6 of the Outlander series does not disappoint. Excellent story written by an exceptional author. I can't stop with the audiobooks for this series because I love listening to Davina Porter; she brings the characters to life. Already listening to book 7!

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Keeps out the rest

This stays on past with the other books. Good read and I can’t wait to read the next.
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Another Engrossing Chapter Revealed ❣

As always Diana Gabaldon's Saga was completely and totally submersive. I was loathe to put it down and eager to get back to it as soon as I could. The Narrator did a great job, the characters sounded distinctive, the accents and pronunciations sounded authentic, and she I believe added alot to story to help make it an enjoyable listening experience. Well done, I have purchased the next audio book, even though I own the hard copy.

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A great next story in the series

I thought this was a fantastic next book in the series. Lots of character and plot growth. Davina Porter did a fantastic job narrating. I love how you can tell who is speaking in the book based on the character voices she has developed. I own all the books in the series but I've already bought the next two on audible as well because I love listening while I'm working. A great "read".

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Great Story !

Loved this story!! Diane Gabaldon nailed it yet again! I can't get enough of this saga!

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loved this book

this book was excellent, couldn't stop listening to it. loved to love story of this book

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Love the series! Excellent narration!

Since reading Outlander I was hooked with Diana's incredible writing. But aside from that I have to say that the narrator is absolutely outstanding! After listening to another book simular in style I realized how spoiled I have become listening to the last 5 books with Davina. She delivers every character with such individuality. I never wonder who is talking since she gives each character their own tone and/or accent. Amazing series! Amazing narration!

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Much better than the previous one.

I disliked #5 The Fiery Cross" so much I thought it would be my last read in thé Outlander series. But I read a lot of other reviews and most said that #5 WAS bad, but that #6 was much much better. So I took a chance and they were right. I took me close to one full year to get through "The Fiery Cross" and a little more than a month to start and complete "A Breath of Snow and Ashes". I think it speaks for itselft.

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  • Kristen Rake
  • 2019-06-26

great story bad download

the broken up download was awful. please don't do that again. it was annoying for listeners

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  • 2011-05-20

Unabridged!

Fortunately the author and her agent have negotiated a change in her copyright contract to allow the sale of the unabridged version. Part of the agreement is that the abridged must remain available but that hopefully won't tempt anyone with a modest amount of good sense. After all how can you modify a book so large into such a small recording? (not without mangling it bad) The author is well known to dislike the abridged versions of her novels and is anxious that the remaining one, The Fiery Cross, be available in unabridged form around Nov. of 2011. As always I recommend reading the novels in order to get full benefit of the story of Claire and Jamie: Outlander, Dragonfly in Amber, Voyager, Drums of Autumn, Fiery Cross, A Breath of Snow and Ashes, and Echo in the Bone. Each is technically self standing but each builds on its predecessors and you will be very happy to discover older characters and evens. So if you haven't read any of the Outlander series yet do start with the first, Outlander. You'll be glad you did. A Breath of Snow and Ashes is worth waiting for anyway. :)

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  • B.J.
  • 2011-06-16

Another terrific listen.

Davina Porter's narration is perfect -- again. She is the voice of Claire for me. When I read the words, I hear Davina Porter. Plus, she handles all the other characters incredibly well, with a superb ability to set them apart and to hold their distinctions from beginning to end and from book to book.


Once again, I'm at the end of 57 hours of listening and would be just fine if there were more. I marvel at Diana Gabaldon's ability to write with quality and in quantity. If you're a fan, this is one of the most terrific books in the series. If you've not become a fan yet, start at the beginning. The characters are complex and getting the full measure of their lives is one of the most splendid things about this series.

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  • DIANE
  • 2011-07-29

The Fraser family is addictive

I loved this book. I was so happy when Briana and Roger went through the stones to re-unite with Claire and Jamie. What a wonderful family saga. I have to say that Davina Porter does an incredible job reading these books. She brings them alive for me and how she manages to do all the accents and voices I don't know. I only know she does and it's wonderful. I'm reading Echo in the Bone and am sad that temporarily, until Ms. Gabaldon comes out with another book, I will be Fraser-less and MacKenzie-less. Something to look forward to.

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  • Bonnie
  • 2011-06-03

This is my favorite so far and I loved all!

I'm thrilled that Audible got the rights to the unabridged version of this, I hope the other will follow soon. Davina Porter is perfect in her narration. She pronounces the words perfectly, and carries the voice changes beautifully. It is a very long book I believe 57 hours, however it flew by because it was written and narrated perfectly. Thanks Audible.

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  • Steve Stephens
  • 2011-05-31

It's about time!

A great read to be sure! I read this when it was first released. And I was so disappointed when I found it was not offered as unabridged. Davina Porter's voice has certainly become Clair's so no other will suffice. When I saw that it is now available it took me about 5 seconds to click the download button. It's so easy to slip back to the 17th century when listening.

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  • S.
  • 2012-06-29

Excellent -

This is an exceptional series. It is remarkable that Diana Gabaldon has maintained the writing quality in each book, not to mention throughout the series. While the last book was a minor step-down (a 4 v. 5), this one rebounds to the amazing level of prior books. Excellent book, excellent performance ~ !

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  • Callie
  • 2011-06-28

Uh...Mazing

This might be my favorite yet! One twist after another! I couldn't stop. It was worth the wait.

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  • Joey
  • 2011-12-31

Yet another fantastic addition to this series

I love this series of books. I love this narrator. I love that all the books in the series are now available on Audible (there were two in the middle that previously weren't). The Outlander series is what Audible is all about.

The series is the story of a woman who accidentally travels 200 years back in time and meets the love of her life. Whenever I explain this premise to people I get raised eyebrows, but the truth is that the books are more historical fiction than sci fi/fantasy. I read an interview with the author once in which she said she set out to write historical fiction, but just couldn't get into the mindset of an 18th century woman so devised the time travel in order to place a modern woman in the period she wanted to write about. That decision made the books even more interesting. All of the main characters are relatable and fleshed-out. The history is meticulously researched. The conversations, love stories, intrigue, etc feel organic. The descriptions of Scotland - both modern and historical - are amazing and make me love the country even though I've never been. I really have almost no criticisms of the writing.

Meanwhile, Davina Porter is one of the best narrators I've encountered in an audiobook. (Thank you, thank you to the narrator and audiobook producers or whoever arranged for the same narrator to read the whole series so far.) She manages to have a completely different voice for each main character and to my untrained ear moves effortlessly from one accent to another as the story dictates. Her American accent is not perfect, but it's still very good. She has a great cadence, sounds like she's read the book 100 times prior to narrating, and never stumbles over what must be incredibly difficult Gaelic words... (in fact, a friend of mine who is reading the whole series on paper calls me occasionally to have me pronounce the Gaelic words for her).

Clearly, these are some of my favorite all time audiobooks. Despite their length, I'm on my third time through the series. Speaking of length, all the books in the series are pretty long, but still only one credit so if you have an Audible subscription, they are great deals. In short, buy the books, you won't regret it.

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  • Kathryn
  • 2011-07-08

Great stories.

I have a long commute and I really enjoy Diana Gabaldon's books. They are long, but the stories are so detailed I get lost in them. Davina Porter is a superb narrator. One forgets it is just one person acting out all of the characters. Very enjoyable!

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  • Moi2111
  • 2018-02-05

Wonderful

What a great performance of Davina Porter. The characters become alive and bring us in this epic adventure of the 18th century in America. I loved it. Highly recommended!

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  • Vanda Ferrão
  • 2017-12-02

Inappropriate cuts on this book

The way the book is separated in parts is very deceiving. I don’t like the voice coming each time to say that the book is not finished. Very disturbing also that the chapter numbers on the parts are different from the book. I would like to offer the choice to download the book in one piece. And I’m quite sure that at least one time, although i can’t recall exactly where, the cut comes on the middle of a sentence, if not on the middle of a word. I look forward to be given a proper download of this book without cuts. I’m sure you will understand that all this interruptions show a lack of respect for both writer and reader, not to speak of the listener that i am.

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