Audiobook Review: A Breath of Snow and Ashes by Diana Gabaldon

breathsnowTitle: A Breath of Snow and Ashes
Author: Diana Gabaldon
Genre: Historical fiction/fantasy
Publisher: Recorded Books
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Source: Audiobook from the public library
Audiobook length: 57 hours and 46 minutes
Audiobook reader: Davina Porter
First line: The dog sensed them first.

Whew! I just finished listening to the audiobook edition of Diana Gabaldon’s A Breath of Snow and Ashes – all 48 discs of it! And after being a little underwhelmed by The Fiery Cross, I am happy to say that this book has reminded me of why I love Diana Gabaldon and the characters she has created in this series of novels.

I’m having a bit of a problem writing this review, though. You see, I spent most of 2009 listening to one book in the Outlander series after another. Because of that, they all kind of run together in my mind, and I’ve forgotten exactly how this one began. Oops. So, instead of a normal synopsis and review, I’m going to give you some bullet points:

~ Ian and the Mohawks
~ Lizzie finds love
~ Jem’s paternity is revealed
~ Claire gets an apprentice
~ Jamie is accused of infidelity
~ Stephen Bonnet returns
~ The Revolutionary War starts
~ Fergus finds a vocation
~ Roger and Bri have to decide whether to stay or go

I can’t wait to start book 7, An Echo in the Bone, only I’m afraid, too, because once I finish it (40 discs), there will be years to wait before the next book.

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11 Responses to Audiobook Review: A Breath of Snow and Ashes by Diana Gabaldon

  1. Kim
    Twitter: BookstoreK

    I’ve heard it’s just as long so it may take years to finish it. I’m waiting for my copy from a girlfriend. We love DG, but wish she could self edit a bit.
    .-= Kim´s last blog ..Franny and Zooey and Me =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Kim – I agree about the ‘self-editing’ bit – I think it’s much more evident in some books than others. I’ve noticed that if she has some good over-arching storylines, I don’t mind the length – which I found the case with this one. Now in The Fiery Cross, it seemed like nothing much really happened – it was just a bridge book between the previous one and this one – and it took me a long time to get through. I kept taking breaks to listen to something else.

  2. Sandy
    Twitter: youvegottaread

    It is quite a chore to sum up 48 discs, I understand. I don’t take notes along the way, which can be a problem. I should, but I don’t. I like the way you have handled this one. It gives me enough to go on. I’m hoping to get started on this one maybe…sometime in February? I keep finding quick interesting audios to listen to first!
    .-= Sandy´s last blog ..Read the Book/See the Movie: Fingersmith – Sarah Waters (Kindle) =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Sandy – I was alternating this one with other ones – every other disc – until I got toward the end and then just had to listen to the rest. It really is much better than The Fiery Cross.

  3. Anna says:

    Wow, that’s a really long book! I’m still debating whether or not to read this series, but I’ve heard lots of good things about it.
    .-= Anna´s last blog ..Guest post by Misa Ramirez, author of the Lola Cruz mystery series (with giveaway!) =-.

  4. Amy says:

    I read them all that the same time, well, over a period of several months anyway, and now all the books run together for me too! Her books are long but I always enjoy the journey.
    .-= Amy´s last blog ..Booking Through Thursday – Twists & Turns =-.

  5. Kailana says:

    I am still on the second book in this series… I should at least attempt to progress one book this year…
    .-= Kailana´s last blog ..Graphic Novel Day =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Kelly – if you read one or two this year, and one or two next year, and so on, you could drag them out and not have to wait too long for the next one!

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