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Drums of Autumn Audiobook

Drums of Autumn

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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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    Cheri 11-26-15
    Cheri 11-26-15 Member Since 2012

    Love to listen to audiobooks!

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    "A Great Story!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Drums of Autumn to be better than the print version?

    Yes, the audio edition is much better than the print. However, because this story is so long, I actually used whisper sync and alternated between reading and listening to the story. It went much quicker than just listening to the story alone.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the different POV's.


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

    My favorite characters are Jamie, Robert, Ian, Claire and of course Rollo the dog.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm hooked and will have to download book five soon.

    4 of 4 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.

    9 of 10 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.

    9 of 10 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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    Jacqueline Seavey 07-23-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Ready for series to end but I'm in too deep!"

    Claire is annoying but skilled and resourceful even though she is a nympho. What is Brianna other than a big brat who treats sweet Roger like crap and holds an unnecessarily long grudge against him even after he jumps through time, chases her from Scotland to America 200 years out of his own time and suffers enslavement? Even when he miraculously returns she holds stupid grudges against him until the end. She just likes to be mad at people and a person of very poor character. I haven't seen Bree use one of her modern skills as an engineer. She just uses her size to stomp around in pants as soon as she arrives back in time and make demands. I wish the writer would have tried humbling these two 21st century women. Gillis Duncan was a self serving witch but at least she didn't throw tantrums. I would have enjoyed hearing more about her regardless if she was a villain. I would have liked to see Gillis not actually dead but come back and cross paths with them again. I want to know what compels Claire to get horney when Jamie's back is thrown out and they are stuck out in the cold hiding under a ridge. Claire is 50 years old! Her constant need for sex with Jaime exercises my 3x reading speed button. Why is the writer obsessed with nipples? I swear the writer never hesitates to talk about nipples.

    I have invested too many hours in 4 unabridged books because I like the history and adventure. The writing is spectacular and so is Davinia Porter's reading (although Brianna should be speaking in American accent not English). I dived into this series while waiting for Robert McCammon to write the next Matthew Corbett series novel. Plenty of adventures in that historical fiction although no time travel. I am ready for the next read but hear that Fiery Cross is super boring and long. May have to get a different book in between and take a break form these two super annoying characters.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Tiffany T. Trinity, TX 01-08-14
    Tiffany T. Trinity, TX 01-08-14
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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 2017
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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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    Amy Ardon 03-19-09
    Amy Ardon 03-19-09

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "Loved it - Drums really brings it!"

    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.

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    CBDC Washington, DC USA 05-10-08
    CBDC Washington, DC USA 05-10-08 Member Since 2017
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    "Wow"

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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  • Kim Carter
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    "Fantastic read"

    davina porter just brings the characters alive. loved it can't wait to n read the next book

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  • John
    3/14/17
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    "Drums of Autumn"

    More twists and turns on the hectic Frazer family. Loved every minute and without Davina casting her vocal wonder then would the book be the same? The odd thing is I don't care to read books so listening is really my preference and the narrator is therefore the link between a good book being read badly or narrated well. Well done Davina

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  • sarahmoose2000
    1/7/17
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    "Born in the USA"

    After their ship wrecked in America, Clare, Jamie and Ian make their way to Jamie's great aunt. Little do they know that Brianna has found a death notice for her parents and so makes her own trip through the stones to try and save them.

    We get to know Roger a lot more and I enjoyed the pioneering aspect of starting Fraser Ridge afresh. The dog Rollo was sweet too, albeit probably a wolf!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Clare
    10/31/16
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    "CAPTIVATING"

    The saga goes on! Visual full of passion , for life and love. Another Brilliantly written and spoken book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jemimajenni
    San Salvador
    9/29/16
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    "Excellent read with one complaint"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Drums of Autumn to be better than the print version?

    For me personally it was as I sometimes skim read when a book has too much description or is a little long winded. By listening you hear it all.


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

    When Roger decides not to go back through the stones with his family


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The description of Clare's attempt to use 20th Century medicine to save Jaime when he was bitten by a snake


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

    a lot of both


    Any additional comments?

    I think that Diana Gabaldon has done a great deal of research into the history and language of the Scots for this series, and that Davina Porter reads the series amazingly. The sad thing is that Ms Gabaldon has let the series down by not using British words when they are being spoken by British people eg diapers, pants and Fall. It would have been a credit to her if she had

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Naomi Butterworth
    9/7/16
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    "Brilliant"

    I loved it 💕 great story very decriptive roll on the next book! love Scotland!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • EMMA NCGRARTH
    8/26/16
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    "totally wonderful in every way, filled my mind"

    thank you for transportation to the 18th century filling my mind with another world and taking me there

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jawine
    8/25/16
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    "Best book ever"

    I have read all the books of Diana Gabaldon but find Drums of Autumn the best! Great narrating by Davina Porter. Must read for all who love adventures, history and a great lovestory with some scifi.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Danielle Bryers
    Sheffield, UK
    3/17/16
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    "Drags a bit, predictable a bit, but enjoyable"

    enjoyed this, though the plot devices do get a bit familiar.
    The decision not to try Brie's 'American' accent from the previous recordings was a sound one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Benjy1702
    11/15/15
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    "Not as good as previous books on series"

    With each book the writing appears to be getting worse. Things seems to happen and there is no explanation. There are parts that really are completely irrelevant and seems to have been put in to simply bulk out the book. Like with previous books the English used is not great. Which I find frustrating as it ruins the flow of the book. I believe that these later books have only been a success due to people wanting to know what happens to the characters. If Outlander had not introduced such interesting characters that readers want to follow then i would not have finished outlander never mind the following books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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