Twice Claire has used an ancient stone circle to travel back to the 18th century. The first time she found love with a Scottish warrior but had to return to the 1940s to save their unborn child. The second time, 20 years later, she reunited with her lost love but had to leave behind the daughter that he would never see. Now Brianna, from her 1960s vantage point, has found a disturbing obituary and will risk everything in an attempt to change history.
Davina Porter's narrative talent adds a special vibrance and resonance to Gabaldon's complex, colorful characters.
©1997 Diana Gabaldon; (P)1999 Recorded Books
"Gabaldon's range is impressive, whether she's evoking the rawness of colonial America, the cozy clutter of a modern Scottish parsonage, the lusts of the body or the yearnings of the spirit. Her legion of fans will love diving into this ocean of romance." (Publishers Weekly)
I live near Western NC so their descriptions of carving a life out of a wilderness was amazing to me. There were so many parts of this story that I loved. Lord John Gray and Brianna, Ian leaving to be a Mohawk brought tears to my eyes, especially his letter to Jamie and Claire. There were parts of this story, though, that had me tearing my hair out. Maybe a better title for the book should be COMMUNICATE! So many misunderstandings and awful things happened due to lack of communication. I was very frustrated with this but figured Diana Gabaldon knew what she was doing. I love listening to the story, because it makes me stay with it. If I were reading the book, I would be skimming and going forward to see how everything resolves and in doing that would miss so much of her incredible detail. Voyager remains my favorite after Outlander but I did love this book!
I'm hooked on the Outlander Book Series!! The ongoing love story of Jamie and Claire Frazier and how they live their interesting lives together is astonishing. This book is intertwined with Scottish and American History in the 1900's and the 1700's. Very intriguing.
I've been an avid reader all my life and this is the best book series I've ever read. I'm on my third run through of the series. Davina Porter is my favorite narrator--such a pleasure to hear Diana Gabaldon's beloved books come to life with her fantastic narration.
no I enjoy reading a book and forgot how much I enjoy being read to when needing to relax
"A good place to stop"
There are just too many books in this series, and whilst I loved the first three I'm starting to get a sense of "padding" here. Too many stretches of description and intraspection etc etc..... The characters are also starting to lose it a bit for me, behaving in unpredictable ways that are useful to a new plot's thread, but not necessary in keeping with their character (or so it feels like to me). I have no doubt that the next three books will have good bits too - but looking at reviews on the rest of the series, I think that this is where I shall stop. This book (#4) wraps up many of the loose ends and seems a good place to leave Jamie and Claire before I lose my liking of them.
"Needs a good edit"
I enjoyed the first two and even the the third but I lost patience with the same old shtik on this one. It might have been OK if the same stuff had happened much more quickly
"The best so far!"
This was the best book for me so far! The reader really makes the book come alive. I never want the series to end!!
"My favourite of the series so far"
Surviving in pioneering America
The rescue of Roger from the Indians
Clare is performed perfectly but somehow she manages to pull off a six foot six highlander with no problem too
"Historical drama at its best"
You really feel involved in the lives of these people, as they struggle to build new lives amidst danger.
"Very good but not excellent"
I love this series of books. I find some parts of this one extremely slow, and nothing happens for a while. However, I'm a fan, and I did really enjoy it. I am now waiting for Audible to get the next one unabridged, as at the moment the one available is abridged.
"Another blockbuster from Diana"
I have waited patiently for this the 4th book in the Claire and Jamie series and what a cracker.
I haven't had much sleep at all and the sleep I have had is with Davina Porter speaking into my ear. She really does do a superb narration which brings the whole brilliant story to life. I am right there in the New World with them.
I do hope that Audible won't keep us waiting so long for the next episode. It is a must listen.
"Best book ever"
I have read all the books of Diana Gabaldon but find Drums of Autumn the best! Great narrating by Davina Porter. Must read for all who love adventures, history and a great lovestory with some scifi.
"Drags a bit, predictable a bit, but enjoyable"
enjoyed this, though the plot devices do get a bit familiar.
The decision not to try Brie's 'American' accent from the previous recordings was a sound one!
"Not as good as previous books on series"
With each book the writing appears to be getting worse. Things seems to happen and there is no explanation. There are parts that really are completely irrelevant and seems to have been put in to simply bulk out the book. Like with previous books the English used is not great. Which I find frustrating as it ruins the flow of the book. I believe that these later books have only been a success due to people wanting to know what happens to the characters. If Outlander had not introduced such interesting characters that readers want to follow then i would not have finished outlander never mind the following books.
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