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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

Critic Reviews

"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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**LOVE** the first four books!!!!

However, I have discontinued purchasing the audiobooks due to the next three volumes in the series have YET to become available in the unabridged version. Also, unless Davina Porter is the narrator of the next three books...I probably won't bother. What in the world are they thinking??? To change the character's voices at this point in the game is ridiculous! Hope they get it right, otherwise they've lost my interest and a loyal follower of the Outlander series. :(

9 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • Kasandra
  • BeachleyUnited Kingdom
  • 01-09-09

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 5 people found this review helpful

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  • She
  • Piney Point, MD, United States
  • 11-16-08

Wonderful Story Need rest of series in unabridged

Great story. I can't wait for the next two books to be made available by Audible in the unabridged version.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Loved this installment in the series.

Narrations was amazing as always. Cant wait to start the next book. So many twists and i never get bored.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Very slow start

As always, the performance was amazing, the story however was very lacking. Absolutely nothing important occurs between 5-20ish hours of the book. It was a struggle to continue and I wanted to stop the series, however the story finally picks up in the last 20 hours and I couldn't stop listening.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Adventures in The Colonies!

Exciting travels for Claire & Jamie as they look for a place to settle in America and build their dreams. Highlights were when Briana finds Jamie and they bond. Adventures with Indians, Wee Ian & Rollo are funny and touching, Lord John meets Briana, while Claire & Jamie meet Aunt Jocasta a force to be reckoned with. Wonderful narration by Davina Porter with her remarkable vocal inflections! Great story, leaves you wanting more!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Drums of Autumn was a fresh start in the New World

Would you listen to Drums of Autumn again? Why?

I would, it was a little slow for me in the beginning, but I loved that this story had a lot more of Brianna and Roger and their love story too. I also love to hate Stephen Bonnett.

What about Davina Porter’s performance did you like?

Her descriptions are very vivid... she keeps things very interesting.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I had a hard time stopping during the last 20 chapters.

Any additional comments?

This book was not my favorite in the series by any means, but it is a necessary part of the story where many questions are answered and this was something that needed to be done. Although most of this story could have been cleared up if all of the characters were open and honest it was done well with the way she decided to have things unfold. My Only frustration with this book was that I felt things were dragged out too long, but in the end I look forward to book 5 and seeing the story continue.

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  • Audrey
  • Calgary, AB, Canada
  • 02-28-15

Intriguing

I love listening to these stories. I waver between smiling at the fancy in them to wishing it might be real.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Superb

Another volume beyond all expectations! Ms. Porter ~ Talent Extraordinaire!! Ms. Gabaldon ~ Her Pure Genius Transports Me & Keeps Me Rapt!!! More! More!

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WOW, REALLY GREAT!

I listen to an average of 100 books a year, and the Outlander books are some of my most favorite! I find myself going back and listening (they have to be fantastic for me to want to re-listen) time and again. Davina Porter does a brilliant job with the narration!

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  • Marie
  • 02-18-14

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

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  • Mrs K
  • 12-23-12

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!

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  • Pauline
  • 07-31-12

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.

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  • Sandra
  • 08-08-09

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??

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  • Mrs. J. L. Reed
  • 04-20-08

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!!