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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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    Wendy Scarsdale, NY USA 04-13-08
    Wendy Scarsdale, NY USA 04-13-08 Member Since 2005
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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.

    16 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    04-12-08
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    "Thank you for the unabridged version!"

    I love this series and was thrilled to see this come out! There's no comparison with the abridged version, and having listened to 4 of the 6 parts so far, so much was left out of the abridged version. I appreciate Davina Porter's interpretation as well, it just wasn't the same listening to another narrator. Can't wait for the next two to come out - unabridged!

    10 of 11 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 2005

    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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    bluebelle Cache Valley, UT USA 04-03-09
    bluebelle Cache Valley, UT USA 04-03-09 Member Since 2008

    When I clean, drive or exercise I listen to romance. The steamier the better but it must have a great story as well!

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    "Another Success!"

    I have loved this entire series! Some think it is to long but I enjoy the narrators voice and expressions so much that I find I never get bored.
    The way that the story is written is brilliant and show the love and dedication it takes to maintain a healthy marrige.

    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 2003
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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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    Nadine Des Plaines, IL, United States 12-31-13
    Nadine Des Plaines, IL, United States 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.

    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 2003
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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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    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!

    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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  • 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
  • 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.

    2 of 2 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
  • 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.

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  • Mrs
    READING, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pauline
    Verwood, United Kingdom
    7/31/12
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    "Compelling"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sandra
    Wantage, Oxon, United Kingdom
    8/8/09
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    "And the next one??"

    I have loved nearly every minute of these novels. Sometimes they are too cheesy, sometimes the sex is a bit too much, but as I listened to the last few minutes of this epic audio experience I felt quite bereft. Has Davina Porter recorded an unabridged version of Book 5??

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. J. L. Reed
    4/20/08
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    "Absolute Bliss"

    I have been waiting for ages for this book to be available from Audible as I have already listened to the three previous ones. I have read all the books in the series but it is such a pleasure to be able to listen to this wonderful story told so brilliantly by Davinia Porter. Well done Audible for adding this to your library. I look forward to seeing the next two books in your library soon!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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