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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (39,918 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Diana Gabaldon Narrator: Davina Porter Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Outlander Series Release Date:
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Since the initial publication of Outlander fifteen years ago, Diana Gabaldon’s New York Times? bestselling saga has won the hearts of readers the world over—and sold more than twelve million books. Now, A Breath of Snow and Ashes continues the extraordinary story of eighteenth-century Scotsman Jamie Fraser and his twentieth-century wife, Claire.

The year is 1772, and on the eve of the American Revolution, the long fuse of rebellion has already been lit. Men lie dead in the streets of Boston, and in the backwoods of North Carolina, isolated cabins burn in the forest. With chaos brewing, the governor calls upon Jamie Fraser to unite the backcountry and safeguard the colony for king and crown. But from his wife, Jamie knows that, three years hence, the shot heard round the world will be fired and the result will be independence—with those loyal to the king either dead or in exile.

And then there’s the matter of a tiny clipping from The Wilmington Gazette, dated 1776, which reports Jamie’s death—along with his kin. For once, he hopes that his time-traveling family may be wrong about the future.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A whopping 980 pages of action-packed escapism. It also has surprisingly melancholy and insightful views on the experience of growing old and dealing with the losses that entails….One of the things that sets Gabaldon apart from other romance writers is exhaustive research of the times in which her characters live, so evident in her attention to period detail….Plot lines and stand-alone yarns are expertly woven together with the overall theme of impending doom and the question of predetermination.”

    Toronto Star 

  • “Another rousing historical-science-fiction-romance novel to savor…For fans, this book is another slam-dunk hit. It’s a massive, long-lasting source of entertainment.”

    Montreal Gazette

  • “From the first book in this series, readers have taken Claire and Jamie into their hearts and eagerly anticipated each chapter in their saga. Gabaldon’s brilliant use of an accurate historical backdrop, combined with the moral and ethical dilemmas faced by her characters, adds extraordinary emotional depth and a broad scope. No fan will be disappointed. Gabaldon plays on their emotions with the skill of a virtuoso storyteller who never fails to fascinate or surprise.”

    RT Book Reviews (4½ stars)

  • “Anyone who has gotten this far in Gabaldon’s popular Outlander saga knows to expect loads of steamy sex, kidnappings, medical miracles, and gritty period details. Breath‘s 900-plus pages don’t disappoint. With the threat of the American Revolution looming, 20th-century time traveler Claire Fraser and her 18th-century Scottish husband, Jamie, must finally choose sides and prepare for war…Enemies both old and new add to the continuing drama of the Fraser family’s survival in the hinterlands of North Carolina. Gabaldon’s enjoyable formula works, even if it’s taken five previous novels and a few thousand pages to get to the year 1776. Essential for every fiction collection.”

    Library Journal

  • “After waiting nearly four years since The Fiery Cross, readers will find every expectation fulfilled in the sixth book of the popular Outlander series. Gabaldon shines as she unfolds the continuing story of the Frasers, heartbreakingly heroic highlander Jamie and his time-traveling wife Clare…[in a] compulsively readable mix of authentically set historical fiction and completely satisfying romance…This vivid and haunting novel, therefore, brings an aching sadness, but it is balanced with sheer joy, revelation, and solace. The large scope of the novel allows Gabaldon to do what she does best, paint in exquisite detail the lives of her characters. Gabaldon’s ability to invoke the heroic and the harrowing writ large, while also creating moments where you dare not take a breath for fear of missing something tiny and fine, is her hallmark. For it is in describing the sound of rain on the roof, Jamie’s injured hand, or the understanding between father and daughter that the world of the novel comes alive and offers readers an enthralling experience.”


  • “Time travel, romance, and historical fiction combine to bring to life eighteenth-century Scotsman Jamie Fraser and his twentieth-century time-traveling wife, Claire…What happens to Jamie and Claire and the lives that intertwine with theirs is an exciting adventure through a tumultuous time where traitors are heroes and supporters are outcasts. Davina Porter does an excellent job as narrator, spanning characters with ease and skill. Gabaldon’s fans will not be disappointed…Highly recommended for all public library popular fiction collections.”

    Library Journal (audio review)

  • “The intensely loyal fans of the Outlander series will devour this sixth installment. Diana Gabaldon delivers both an exciting plot and lovely fine detail; reader Davina Porter provides sensational narration. It’s a relief to hear Jamie Fraser’s Scottish and Gaelic dialogue, rather than struggle with mental pronunciation. Porter shines in Claire Fraser’s chapters of first-person narrative, portraying a warm and wise middle-aged beauty with steely determination and courage—an unusual combination in the eighteenth century but not in her native twentieth century. As Jamie strives to maintain peace in his North Carolina settlement, he tries to ignore Claire’s knowledge that the American Revolution is about to begin and he must choose sides. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award. A 2006 Audie Award winner.”


  • Winner of the 2006 Audie Award for Best Solo Narration--Female
  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller
  • Finalist for the 2005 RT Award for Best Historical Paranormal/Fantasy

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Cindy Richey | 2/12/2014

    " This was my favorite of the series so far. I loved the ending. "

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    " I have loved the entire series so far and my expectation is that this will be an excellent book. "

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    " as wonderful as always....hard to put down and harder to release when the end came.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Michelle | 1/16/2014

    " Without a doubt, one of my favorites of the series! "

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About the Author
Author Diana Gabaldon

Diana Gabaldon is the beloved author of seven New York Times bestselling novels in the series that began with Outlander, including Dragonfly in Amber, Voyager, Drums of Autumn, The Fiery Cross, A Breath of Snow and Ashes, and An Echo in the Bone. In 1997 she received the RT Award for Innovative Historical Romance.