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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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  • Samantha
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    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
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    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
  • Mrs K
    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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