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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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    Frances M Temple, GA, USA 04-08-08
    Frances M Temple, GA, USA 04-08-08 Member Since 2007
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    "You listened, Audible!"

    Thank you so much for obtaining the unabridged version of Drums of Autumn. I was soooo immersed in the lives of Claire and Jamie but the abridged version, which I purchased, was like replacing fine wine with Kool Aid! I immediately asked when you might have the unabridged version and you listened to me. Here it is!

    In addition, Davina Porter has become the voice of Claire for me, so it's incredible to have her back in this version.

    Again, thanks again...this is like opening a surprise gift!

    34 of 35 people found this review helpful
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    Shelley Chatsworth CA 02-15-10
    Shelley Chatsworth CA 02-15-10 Member Since 2009
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    "I Can't Get Enough!"

    I have only huge enthusiastic praise for this enthralling, mesmerizing series.
    I am completely wrapped up in the characters and they are so vivid, so beautifully drawn that I feel I am in their world along with them.
    I also cannot heap enough praise upon Davina Porter, the narrator of this extraordinary series.
    She is magnificent---her voices make every character come alive and her accents are impeccable, as well as her tone whether the character be male or female.
    I have to drag myself away from listening and I am continually finding things to do just so I can continue listening.
    This is the 4th book in the series and I keep wanting to slow down because I don't want it to end.
    I have got to write Diana Gabaldon and lavish her with overwhelming praise as I genuflect before her!
    I don't want to give away any plot and spoil anything for those who haven't yet read this series. But the twists and turns; the wonderful way that Ms. Gabaldon weaves the characters in and out of the saga; the horrific events and the charming moments as well as the absolutely gorgeous, romantic sex will keep you enthralled.
    Okay. Can you tell that I like this book?

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Vicky Thorneside, QLD, Australia 09-14-08
    Vicky Thorneside, QLD, Australia 09-14-08 Member Since 2013
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    "Great again"

    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.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Gail 01-30-09
    Gail 01-30-09 Member Since 2015
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    "The Drums of Autumn"

    Fantastic book, number 4 in the series. I love Devina Porter as the narrator. I wish the next two books had been unabridged! I will read the books rather than to listen to the abridged version. And I do not like the other narrator that I listened to on the samples. The first 4 books have been the best I have read (heard) in a long time. I recommend them to all, expecially the adult ladies. Rather sexually explicit for young girls. I feel like Jamie and Clair are part of my family. I shall miss them, now that I have finished these four books. PLEASE, PLEASE bring to us the UNABRIDGED version of The Fiery Cross, and A Breath of Snow and Ashes!!!!

    25 of 27 people found this review helpful
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    Lovin' life and winding down 12-24-08

    Rich and/or Lynn

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    "Re: Last 2 books in the Series"

    Having listened to all the UNabridged books in this series, I suggest you do not use credits for the last 2 ABRIDGED books. In order to listen to "Fiery Cross", I checked the 47(!) CD edition out from my local library. I ripped them all to my MP3 player, but they could also be listened to on your computer or CD player.

    Davina Porter is the reader on the UNabridged versions, not the abridged. I can't imagine listening to anyone else. I am about to check out the last in the series and will be so sad when the tale is over.

    16 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Kimberly 08-17-08
    Kimberly 08-17-08 Member Since 2007

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Okay"

    As with all of the Outlander series I am in wonder and how anyone from the 20th century would choose to live in those primitive times but that is what the series is about for the most part; Claire and Jamie's love for each other and the choices she makes to have that forever.

    This was not my favorite book though it kept me interested enough to listen to all six parts in rapid succession. If you do not have a lot of time I would not recommend it. If you are taking on very long commutes or doing a big job in your house; go for it. It will keep you interested and entertained.

    Don't get me wrong - if the rest of the series is finally published in unabridged format I'll be there with my Gold Dollar Credit. I will not get the abridged version.

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon 03-30-08
    Sharon 03-30-08
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    "Enjoyable!"

    I love Davina Porter's narration of this series! I bought this audio book the day it was available and listen all day while doing housework. When will the rest of the series be available in unabridged versions!!????!!!

    14 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Sarabalcombe 03-31-08 Member Since 2012
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    "YAY!!!!!"

    OMG i was so excited when i saw that DofA was FINALLY available in unabridged format online i swear i nearly threw up! This series is honestly the best thing that i have read.. ever... i downloaded outlander last summer and since then have read every one of the books in this series at least twice and have listened to the first three books in audio format about 3 or 4 times each! I cannot wait for #5 & 6 to be available in unabridged formats. For those thinking abridged formats are just as good... well.. give your head a shake because cutting out over 80% of the book is ridiculous... If you dont believe me go to gabaldons website and look at the sample experts she provides to show a comparison between abridged and unabridged versions.. you'll be shocked... THis book is an absolute must but make sure you start from the beginning... You'll love ALL of them! Trust me.. after you listen to these books.. 45 hours will seem like nothing... and you'll never be able to listen to another janet evanovich book again. ENJOY!

    Ps the narrator is awesome. she reads it beautiful and maintains consistency VERY well... Cheers!

    34 of 38 people found this review helpful
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    Sara Elizabeth Chiba-shi, Chiba-kenJapan 04-03-08
    Sara Elizabeth Chiba-shi, Chiba-kenJapan 04-03-08 Member Since 2006
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    "The Fiery Cross Please!"

    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!

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    04-12-08
    04-12-08 Member Since 2014
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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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  • 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
  • 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
  • lou Dyer
    2/26/15
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    "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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Samantha
    Bridgwater, United Kingdom
    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

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