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)
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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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
"gripping continuation of the outlander saga"
loved it. Rich in detail and a compelling story with interesting lunks to history. well narrated.
"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
"well written and spoken"
The authoress has managed to captivate the continuing adventures of this historical drama about a hi lander
"Continuing the Awesomeness"
I really enjoy the narrator's performance of this book so I would say I prefer it to reading in other formats
[spoiler alert] the re-uniting of Brianna and her parents was one of the most memorable moment along with her giving birth.
She captures the characters so well and each has their own voice and style
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
"Claire & Jamie Saga continues!"
This is book 4 of the time travel Outlander series of adventures of Claire Randall and highlander Jamie Fraser. I have read all seven books and listened to them on disc and via Audible as well. Can't wait for book eight!
I must say that Davina Porter's voice gives me the hump so I decided to read this episode in paperback, but I am addicted to listening and in the end I gave in and got this audio version.
A compelling story - I was there with them in this 'other time' - but long winded and frustrating in places. However, this one and the first in the series are my favourites so far.
I'll echo other reviewers and ask audible not to keep us waiting too long for the unabridged no. 5.
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