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Drums of Autumn | [Diana Gabaldon]

Drums of Autumn

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.
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Publisher's Summary

Diana Gabaldon's fans will be delighted to find Jamie and Claire as spirited and endearing as ever in this fourth installment of this magnificent saga. Romance, history, and time travel blend once again as the couple builds a new life together in the wilderness of pre-Revolutionary America.

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    PhilRoe Connecticut 01-09-15
    PhilRoe Connecticut 01-09-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Outstanding"

    The performance of Davina Porter is the most outstanding I have ever heard. She enhances this wonderful story, making you feel there are a cast of hundreds reading the book to you. What a joy thus entire series is. I don't want it to end!

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    Laura Spencer 01-08-15 Member Since 2015
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    "just as good as the first time..."

    no matter how many times I listen to these books, the story is never old and predictable. each time, is a amazing as the first time.

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    Lisa Laguna Beach, Ca, United States 01-04-15
    Lisa Laguna Beach, Ca, United States 01-04-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Loved each and every one of the fabulous books!"

    I truly loved the Outlander series. Thank you to my friends who recommended them to me. I laughed, cried and more importantly learned from them.

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    Melinda Reece 12-21-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Exceptional"

    I love this book & all this series. I read most of the books, now I am listening to them. The narrirator is awesome!

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    John Shreveport, LA, USA 10-21-14
    John Shreveport, LA, USA 10-21-14 Member Since 2006
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    "Next verse, same as the first...."
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    Unbearably Repetitive and Tiresome. Can't believe I wasted my time and credits going as far as four hoping for something fresh. I have never rolled my eyes so much listening to an audio book, nor found myself uttering "good god, seriously?" over and over. Save your money and/or credits. Just listen to the first one over and over again instead of more in the series.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tim United States 10-07-14
    Tim United States 10-07-14 Member Since 2011

    Putting books on the back burner.

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    "Playing House"

    In the fourth book of the Outlander series, "Drums of Autumn" has a lot less historical events and more personal stories about Claire and Jamie. At one point of the book, I wanted to stop listening altogether because Claire was being obsessive about her man. It really felt like the first half of the book was all about the couple and playing house.

    Jamie, building the house. Jamie, getting sick with the measles. Jamie, making love. Jamie, Jamie, Jamie. Claire quickly forgets Frank, while the doctor is in a time warp. If you can't tell already, I have this love and hate relationship with Claire. Sometime she is very selfish and other times, she is warm and friendly. She also has a lot of resentment for Jamie's son.

    Geez, my friends are right, I'm starting to think all of these characters are real.

    The story really begins in "Drums of Autumn" when Brianna seeks out her real father, after Frank dies. We often hear about adopted children, wanting to find their biological parents. This is no different for Brianna and her dad, Jamie. I just wished that the author would had gone more in depth of Frank, who raised Brianna like a Randall. Often times, adopted parents are more nurturing than the couple who conceived the child.

    Now that Jamie and Claire are grandparents, I'm wondering if they will have less passion for each other and have more compassion for their grandson.

    One of the reason why I keep going on with this series is because of Diana Gabaldon. She captures real human emotions in her books where you love and hate them in each chapter. If i didn't like Outlander and all of the characters, I wouldn't bother reading more, but as you can tell, I have a lot to say in each book and enjoying them more, as I check them off one at a time.

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    Deborah Burke, VA, United States 09-21-14
    Deborah Burke, VA, United States 09-21-14
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    "Not her best book."

    Of all the books in this series, this so far is the worst. The character of Brianna is so annoying and written as a silly, willful female who makes decisions that make no sense. Parts of this book really lost me.

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    Amazon Customer 09-05-14 Member Since 2015
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    "OMG ...BRAVO"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Drums of Autumn to be better than the print version?

    This was AMAZING ....I loved it. Outlander is my favorite of the series.... then I'm torn between Voyager and Drums of Autumn. I don't even know how to put it in words. I'm so wrapped up in this story. I love Claire and Jamie leaves me speechless. He is not a perfect man..... no one is ...but mmmmmhhhhmmmm... He is gallant chivalric and he oozzes sex appeal. I LOVE IT.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Drums of Autumn?

    When Brianna meets her Dad. When John comes to visit with William. When Jamie has his Frank moments and is jealous. The Clair and Lord John moments. LOL funny


    What does Davina Porter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She brings all of the characters to life. I could not listen to another person if I tried. All hail the Queen of Narration....DAVINA PORTER IS THE BEST


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    When the past is your future But Your fate is your own.


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    Pamela (@SpazP) 08-28-14 Member Since 2014
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    "I loved this book and the narration is perfection"

    If you've read and listened to the previous books then you are already committed to the series and know what to expect, AND you know how good this narrator is. You don't be disappointed. I liked this book even more than the previous one, Voyager.

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    sjvb 08-12-14
    sjvb 08-12-14 Member Since 2013
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    If you could sum up Drums of Autumn in three words, what would they be?

    The Magic Continues


    Which character – as performed by Davina Porter – was your favorite?

    I love Claire.. Davina is Claire.. but I love the nuances that she gives our hero also


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  • Robyn
    SWINDON, United Kingdom
    1/27/13
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    "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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Andy
    LOUGHBOROUGH, United Kingdom
    11/20/10
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    "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

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Barrie
    Dudley, United Kingdom
    8/13/08
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dianne
    Edinburgh, Midlothian, United Kingdom
    5/21/08
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    "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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • lou Dyer
    2/26/15
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    "There were tears and laughter and childbirth"

    Loved it most probably my favourite in the series so far! The whole range of emotions were achieved, utterly captivating

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Samantha
    Bridgwater, United Kingdom
    2/25/15
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    "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!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • jules
    2/4/15
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    "My favourite of the series so far"
    If you could sum up Drums of Autumn in three words, what would they be?

    Surviving in pioneering America


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Drums of Autumn?

    The rescue of Roger from the Indians


    Which character – as performed by Davina Porter – was your favourite?

    Clare is performed perfectly but somehow she manages to pull off a six foot six highlander with no problem too


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • cazsto
    UK
    1/27/15
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    "well written and spoken"

    The authoress has managed to captivate the continuing adventures of this historical drama about a hi lander

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Marie
    OLDHAM, United Kingdom
    2/18/14
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    "Continuing the Awesomeness"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Drums of Autumn to be better than the print version?

    I really enjoy the narrator's performance of this book so I would say I prefer it to reading in other formats


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Drums of Autumn?

    [spoiler alert] the re-uniting of Brianna and her parents was one of the most memorable moment along with her giving birth.


    What about Davina Porter’s performance did you like?

    She captures the characters so well and each has their own voice and style


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed and cried along with a variety of moments of this book. It is often an emotive read reading these books. I was sad when Ian stayed with the tribe and delighted that Brianna stayed and gave birth to her child with Claire and Jamie's assistance


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Siobhan
    Bristol, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "Historical drama at its best"

    You really feel involved in the lives of these people, as they struggle to build new lives amidst danger.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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