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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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    Nadine 12-31-13
    Nadine 12-31-13
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    "Missing the first bear attack!"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, the entire series is a must read and is read beautifully by Ms. Porter.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    There is a scene missing! I've listened to this book once before and didn't notice it, shame on me. However, I love the series and missing the part where Claire tries to defend herself against a black bear with a dead trout is hilarious. I am very disappointed.


    Was Drums of Autumn worth the listening time?

    If it included all scenes, yes. But it didn't.


    Any additional comments?

    How could the editors have missed it???? This is an expensive audio book.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Stevon Tempe, AZ, United States 02-22-10
    Stevon Tempe, AZ, United States 02-22-10 Member Since 2015

    I love books!

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    "the saga continues"

    Sometimes it seems to take the author forever to describe a situation but it doesn't take lon to get caught up in the story and it just flows. I do like the vivid descritions of the Carolinas in th 1760's. Ms Gabaldon has great imagination and I thank her for sharing it with we listeners!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Kasandra BeachleyUnited Kingdom 01-09-09
    Kasandra BeachleyUnited Kingdom 01-09-09
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    "Cracking"

    A bit more sex in this one, than the last episodes, but I loved it so much I didn't want it to end. One of those books you can't put down. Had me searching for period dress patterns, just to see what they were running around in!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    David New York, Ny, United States 08-11-08
    David New York, Ny, United States 08-11-08 Member Since 2014
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    "a bit too long"

    I like the series, but this is the first time i have listened to a book in a long time that i truly wished it was abridged. The book is littered with so may gratiutous sex scenes that it makes you wonder who the author is trying to write to. In sum, not as good as the previous books, but still worthwhile if you have lots of time to kill.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    John Tifton, GA, United States 06-09-08
    John Tifton, GA, United States 06-09-08
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    "Always a Favorite"

    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Wendy 04-13-08
    Wendy 04-13-08
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    "A Welcome Addition"

    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.

    18 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Gina Navarre, FL, USA 06-16-09
    Gina Navarre, FL, USA 06-16-09
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    "Overall good book"

    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.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    ACE E. Trinity, TX 01-08-14
    ACE E. Trinity, TX 01-08-14 Member Since 2015
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    "The bear attack scene IS missing from Chapter 15"
    Any additional comments?

    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!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Patti Chittenango, NY, United States 02-12-12
    Patti Chittenango, NY, United States 02-12-12 Member Since 2012
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    "I Am Amazed"

    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?

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Heather Forest Hill, MD, United States 05-27-08
    Heather Forest Hill, MD, United States 05-27-08 Member Since 2005
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    "a five star keeper"

    what can one say this is a great series and this was a great book. I will read this again I am sure down the road, I must say I have never been disappointed in these books, I hope you enjoy this book as much as I have.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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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
  • alexander
    Dublin 12, Ireland
    8/11/15
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wendy
    inverness, United Kingdom
    8/2/15
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    "Excellent"

    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,

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • marie theresa lilley
    7/26/15
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    7/3/15
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    "Keep it up"
    What did you like most about Drums of Autumn?

    Brilliant adventure, pace and standard maintained from earlier novels.
    Davina Porter is probably best narrator I have heard. Her range is amazing


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

    Too many to identify one,


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

    Claire obviously, the dry wit of the character is superb.


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

    Both


    Any additional comments?

    Brilliant as it was, the story wouldn't have been as powerful without the narration

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • M. Saunders
    UK
    7/3/15
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • S. Wilson
    england
    6/19/15
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    "gripping continuation of the outlander saga"

    loved it. Rich in detail and a compelling story with interesting lunks to history. well narrated.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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