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.
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"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)
This book was good, not as good as the first three books in the series. I enjoyed this book overall but the author drives me crazy with how many times she uses the description words "dryly" or "wryly" as in "said with a wry smile" or "he said dryly" (in the entire series I bet it totals 100+ times). I began to cringe every time I heard those words. Davina Porter is very talented with her range of voices and acting, I just had a hard time with her high pitched inflections. Sometimes they were so high (out of the blue) that it hurt my ears and I had to turn down the volume, only to have her speak more softly and need to turn it back up again. I found the 5th book "Fiery Cross" in an unabridged version elsewhere (audible only has the abridged version). I was so bored with it that I gave up half way through and sent the rented CDs back. I was in love with the first 3 books and it seemed to loose its appeal after this one. Overall Drums of Autumn has a good storyline and the narrator gives each character originality. I learned a lot about Scottish traditions with this series and give the author kudos for the research she put into writing it.
I gave this book 4 stars as it is up to the same high standards as the others in the series. I think it does lose a bit when the daughters boyfriend becomes a bit 'macho', but that's about all.
I finished this book with a lot of sadness though as the next in the series is both abridged and not read by Davina Porter. I'm afraid I am going to have to read it so that I get the same voices in my mind.
I think you either love this series or hate it. I do love it, but let's face it, it feels like it goes on forever! Some people like all the history, but I still can't get it all straight. I think it's because you tend to start drifting off after the first few hours! But still one of my favorite book series of all times.
This was a satisfying installment in the saga of Jamie and Claire I hope Audible will add Gabaldon's Fiery Cross and Breath of Snow and Ashes in the unabridged versions SOON. Narrator Davina Porter does such an extraordinary job with both male and female voices that good books are rendered great with her performances. Audible notes in her profile that she won a 2006 recording award for A Breath of Snow and Ashes, but it is not yet available here.
Okay Audible! You made us wait for this one and it's wonderful! Now without further ado The Fiery Cross (unabridged) NATURALLY!....and with the same wonderful narrator!!!!! as soon as possible. Don't be so slow again!
Hell hath no fury like a woman interrupted while listening to a really good book!
Yes, the audio edition is much better than the print. However, because this story is so long, I actually used whisper sync and alternated between reading and listening to the story. It went much quicker than just listening to the story alone.
I loved the different POV's.
My favorite characters are Jamie, Robert, Ian, Claire and of course Rollo the dog.
I'm hooked and will have to download book five soon.
I found another listener's comment from about a week ago. I've listened to this book once before and am on my second round of the series preparing for Book 8 in June. Originally, I downloaded the book to my Sansa Fuze and I SWEAR I heard this scene (it's quite unforgettable). I no longer have a computer with Windows on it & unfortunately Audible doesn't support Linux so I can't redownload it to check if it's just a download format issue. I just compared the print copy using the Look Inside feature on Amazon and sure enough it skips the scene from somewhere on page 241 through most of 245. They are currently researching it & added me to the ticket so I'd get notified when it was fixed. :o(
But, hey, as far as the book as a whole goes... I love it!!! Great series and if you're on #4 already, you're probably hooked. And it just keeps getting better! MUST READ!
How does Diana Gabaldon keep up the quality with such long books and so many of them! Well, the change of location (to colonial America) helps and the addition of characters (Brianna and Roger and...) certainly helps as well. This book kept me as entertained as the previous ones, especially with Davina Porter's narration. Emotions run high in this family, almost exaggeratedly so. But isn't that part of what makes them real?
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This is the 4th book in the Outlander series, and this is definitely my favorite next to Oultander itself. A few "secondary" characters become really interesting (Ian, Brianna, Roger), and the change of scenery to the American colonies is excellent. I bought a hard-copy of the book as well.
If you haven't read the series yet, I envy you. Start with OUTLANDER, then DRAGONFLY IN AMBER, then the VOYAGER, and lastly (for now) to this one, DRUMS OF AUTUMN. The reader is perfect, the story is hauntingly beautiful, funny, and powerful; the author is a genius. There are two more and whenever they come to audible in their unabridged versions, I'll buy them. Until then, I'll wait; I'll listen to other books, and I'll probably listen again to parts of these. I might have to buy the physical books. Enjoy. FIVE STARS as are each of the others in the series.
I loved it 💕 great story very decriptive roll on the next book! love Scotland!
"totally wonderful in every way, filled my mind"
thank you for transportation to the 18th century filling my mind with another world and taking me there
"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.
"Diana has found a new platform for this series."
A bit slow and repetitive at the start but well worth the perseverance
The range of voices and vocal character is 1st Class.
The.editor needs to check who is where and when, and to remind the listener how a character had developed in an earlier book.
Wonderful,well read, well written. Thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. I was so sad when it came to and end but just went on to the next book,
"Drums of Autumn"
A continuation of the Outlander series. Rich in detail of the time, with three dimensional characters I can love and yet accept their all too human flaws. Excellent narration as always by Davina Porter whom I must thank for making the audio experience of Outlander as wonderful for me as the reading of them.
"Keep it up"
Brilliant adventure, pace and standard maintained from earlier novels.
Davina Porter is probably best narrator I have heard. Her range is amazing
Too many to identify one,
Claire obviously, the dry wit of the character is superb.
Brilliant as it was, the story wouldn't have been as powerful without the narration
"As usual, excellent."
Don't be be put off by the 'time travel element' of this series of books. It is not a sci-fy but a well written series of books with some excellent characterisation and a fascinating story line. Being of Scottish parentage ( my granda was a tall, 'braw heelander'), I feel the author has captured the raw, honourable spirit of those souls living in the rugged terrain north of the Great Glen.
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