Drums of Autumn (Outlander, #4)
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Drums of Autumn (Outlander #4)

4.33 of 5 stars 4.33  ·  rating details  ·  67,661 ratings  ·  2,448 reviews
In this breathtaking novel--rich in history and adventure--"The New York Times" bestselling author Diana Gabaldon continues the story of Claire Randall and Jamie Fraser that began with the now-classic novel Outlander and continued in Dragonfly in Amber and Voyager. Once again spanning continents and centuries, Diana Gabaldon has created a work of sheer passion and brillian...more
Paperback, 928 pages
Published August 7th 2001 by Delta (first published 1996)
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Jan 23, 2008 Kate rated it 3 of 5 stars Recommends it for: people who wouldn't ever read a romance novel, history buffs
Gabaldon's sex-ridden, hugely researched, academically adventurous, time travel/sci-fi meets historical romance novels qualify as trash novels for lit nerds -- they're absolutely a guilty pleasure. From clan warfare to herbal medicine to genealogy to British history to WWII, the books are packed with information (what little Gaelic I know started with these book). Bonus: the heroine gets to have many, many rolls in the hay with a handsome hard-bodied Highlander. Can't really go wrong.

The books w...more
First half of this book was fairly slow, but the second half blew me away. I especially loved watching Brianna and Roger's relationship blossom.

Roger Mackenzie

Jamie Fraser
jamie fraser

These characters are a pleasure to read, it's like coming home to family. Loved it!
Aug 09, 2010 Tatiana rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: people who like Gabaldon's writing and bodice-rippers
Shelves: 2010, historical
As far as Outlander novels go, Drums of Autumn is the most bodice-ripperish out of the 4 I've read so far. Mainly, because the entire book is plotted around a MISUNDERSTANDING that could have been resolved with one adult conversation. Oh, how I hate those in romance novels!

Here is how it goes. In this installment Claire and Jamie are in America establishing a Scottish colony in North Carolina, of course not without a fair share of difficulties and misfortunes. Two hundred years into future Brian...more
I too, am one of those folks that was totally in love with Outlander and, despite some rather graphic violence, thought it was a good enough book that I have continued to read the series up to this one. Unforunately, like most series, this one does not get better. By this book DG is reusing plots that we've already seen and the characters are becoming two dimensional caricatures of themselves. Jamie, the tough masculine hero, Claire, the strong and fiesty woman that knows how to handle her man,...more
So, I'm giving this a five. Not because it's the best book I've ever read, but because it's my favorite by far of all of the rest in the series.

I smiled the whole way through (well, not really because there were some pretty intense moments in it) and I LOVED reading all of the reunions. I loved reading about Brianna and Roger. I loved that Brianna made me upset with her naive ways. I loved young Ian. I loved John Grey. I loved Roger. It was just good, OK? I laughed, I almost cried ;), I got real...more
Kristen (Peddler of Smut)
Wow! I loved the ending of this book. I especially loved the birth scene. It was funny, touching, and made me cry. Finally! Jamie has a grandson that's truly his own. Someone to help make up for the loss he's suffered in being denied the opportunity raise his own children. If anyone deserves lots of grand-babies, it's Jamie.

I love Lord John in this book. He kinda became my hero. Shocking, I know, considering how much I disliked him in the last book. He's charming, witty, and very sweet in this...more
Nov 29, 2009 Debbie rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: fans of historical fiction
Fourth in the Outlander series.

Claire, now a doctor, is living with Jamie in pre-revolutionary America. Brianna is back in contemporary Boston, feeling lost and abandoned. When she makes a frightening discovery about her mother, she sets off through the circle of stones to save her parents. Roger, in love with Brianna, follows.

The path of true love continues to be a rocky one, for both sets of lovers...
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Bette BookAddict

For interest sake:

In history, there is actually a person called Farquand Campbell; I wonder did Gabaldon use this person on which to base her character of the same name. There is also a Hector McNeill; Gabaldon uses Hector Campbell as Jamie's uncle. Farquand and Hector are friends in the book and have links in history records. Interesting. A link below for clans at Cape Fear 1760s.


When I think about the amount of detail contained and the scope of imaginat...more

...and Jamie and Claire’s story continues, taking them from the wild and untamed West Indies to the unclaimed land of the new world. And once again, the story has completely captivated me. Many characters remain... and many new characters appear, both good and BAD!!! And their journey through the past is yet interrupted again by a visitor or two from the future.

The romance, the adventure, and the excitement never ebb. I found my emotions all over the pla...more
Amanda Westmont
I'm behind in my reviews right now, but just finished Drums of Autumn this morning and didn't want to forget how it left me feeling.

Diana Gabaldon is such a wonderfully epic writer, but Dude. She SUCKS at endings. This one left me wanting SO MUCH MORE and I hate that. I realize it's a series, but (SPOILER ALERT), I spent the last 300 pages anxiously awaiting two things: 1) the (sex) scene where Roger and Brianna reconcile and 2) their wedding. The fact that she leads the reader into the bedroom...more
Anna (Bobs Her Hair)
Apr 15, 2012 Anna (Bobs Her Hair) rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Outlander fans, historical fict with romance fans
Grade: B+ or 4 Solid Stars... Very good story for fans of Jamie and Claire!

The Story
Drums of Autumn begins soon after Claire and Jamie shipwreck off the coast of Georgia in 1767, which is the last event in the third Outlander book Voyager. Claire is aware of future events to occur in the American Colonies, and after surviving Culloden she wants peaceful living for her and Jamie. A series of unfortunate events leave the couple no choice for traveling abroad. Then, Jamie feels the land call to him...more
✽ Sharon is an emotional book junkie ✽
**4.5 stars**

Jamie and Claire are in America and slowly making their way to Jamie's aunt's house, River Run, in Cross Creek. Of course, there is never a dull moment but once they get use to the way of things, they decide to make their own home in a place called Fraser's Ridge.

Holy Cow...this book took me a week to read and there wasn't really any excuse as to why it took me so long other than the fact that it took me a bit to get into it. Sadly, I can't blame the book...it was all me. I thought...more
Jun 25, 2008 Kristin rated it 2 of 5 stars Recommends it for: lovers of the Outlander series
I was disappointed in this book because I loved the three before it so much. The first 3, it only took me 200 pages at the very most for me to be completely absorbed and unable to put the books down to even sleep. But this one, it took nearly 600 pages for me to feel like it was starting to get interesting. And much to my dismay the feeling did not last. I struggled throught the last 100 pages as the story seemed to drag on unnecessarily. I really want to finish the series but after this book, I...more
Books one and two were so very good, the third "Voyager", became quite the travelogue, and dragging in places, but because I loved the first 2 I wanted to keep going with the series.

I decided to try listening to it instead of reading and it's a good thing! This book was much flatter than the third so I am sure listening to it was much funner than reading it.

I'm stopping here with the series.

Though I wanted to see Jamie and Claire's story continue and didn't want to give the characters up, I thi...more
So far, my favorite book in the Outlander series. Even though the author skips POV's so often it can get confusing, i found the addition of major characters really exciting and well executed.

I loved the story of Brianna and Roger. So complicated. I found Roger to be incredibly endearing, and his struggles throughout the book were very moving.

Wee Ian is one of my favorite characters, and his plight was one of my favorite storylines. I got very choked up when he was forced to join the Mohawk.

Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker
Diana, what did you do to your wonderful series? You made great characters disappear, you dragged out scenes for hundreds of pages, you made the characters inner dialogue go on forever AND the overall story fizzled.


I'm going to take a break before the next book, sadly.
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3-stars upon finishing, but now that I think about it, 4-stars because of how well crafted the book is.

There are a lot of things I liked about this book, but there are also a few things I didn't like. Right now, the things I didn't like stand out more than the things I did like.

* * * mild spoilers sprinkled below * * *

I agree with what many reviewers said about how a lot of problems in this book could have been resolved and/or prevented if only all the characters had an adult conversation, or a...more
Probably 2 1/2 because I really like the little moments that Claire and Jamie shared. Almost like the first two books! :-) I really liked the section where Jamie took his son out fishing while Claire cared for Ian and Lord John. Lots of good character development there.

I didn't really like Roger and Brianna's relationship as they both run hot and cold by themselves and especially toward each other. It felt uneven and I couldn't really buy their love when it came to a head. Plus it felt a bit me...more
Robin (Bridge Four)
Really 3.5 Stars

The best thing about Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander Series is thedescription for everything. This is one series where the depth of the world created is extra ordinary. I feel like I know what the clothing felt like, how everyone’s typical day is, how to travel across the sea as a sailor, how to prepare for the winter, how to build a cabin in the woods, what it is like to run a plantation and much much more. It is almost like taking a history class when you read one of her books. I to...more
Jun 25, 2007 Nicole rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: those who love good historical fiction
The Outlander series is definitely one of my most recommencded series of books. I might even love these books more than Harry Potter - and that's saying something.

The Outlander books are set in the 1700s. They start off in Scotland, but later travel to Paris, Jamaica and the American Colonies.

Claire and Jamie, the book's two main characters are fantastic. They're deep, smart and action-oriented, yet very real. As their relationship evolves over the series of books, it evolves realistically. They...more
Sherri needs a twin
Re-read April 2012
This is my third read and I find that with my own increasing age and experience, I gain new insight into DG's characters. A new chapter in the story of Jamie & Claire, we also add his daughter Brianna. Her boyfriend Roger follows and eventually we meet Jamie's beloved Jem - son of Brianna and Roger....or is it Stephen Bonnett? I love this story simply because Jamie is getting his hearts desire at last - the very thing he has sacrificed for for the last 20 odd years - his ow...more
Oh no! Library due date tomorrow and I'm only halfway through listening :( And there is a queue so I can't renew.

My plans to listen to this story seem to be cursed - first time the discs skipped so much with no compassion for my nerves.

Now, because I was listening to another story on CD - which I might add, didn't finish cause I didn't like it - there wasn't enough time to finish it up.

I shall renew my efforts to get this story AGAIN and finally finish it!

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Finally was able to...more
Eunice Biblioceraptor
How I live my life / survive uni:

When Tax Law gets me down, I recall Jamie's wine-smuggling business and realise he still has to pay tax if caught (Lindsey v IRC), and that unit doesn't seem so bad any more.

When Corp Law gets me down, I remind myself that Corporations exist partly because of the trading and commerce that occurred around docks and shipping cos. in the 1700s and Jamie invested in these areas.

When Investment Finance makes me cynical about shares and trading, I think about how Jamie...more
As this is the fourth novel in the series, there will most likely be spoilers for those who have not yet gotten this far in the story. Consider yourself warned.

I do love Jamie and Claire Fraser. They continue to be the couple that gets the entire idea of marriage - the give and take, the intimate knowledge of each other, the partnership of the entire relationship. Their banter and genuine support of one another is strikingly authentic and realistic. Any time the action revolves around them, the...more
Nov 01, 2007 Erin added it Recommends it for: anyone who likes historical fiction, romance, or scotland
Book 4. Brianna and Roger join Claire and Jamie. Not so much easy going.

Brianna really annoys me. I'm not sure if it's the character, or if it's that I listened to this book on CD and the actress's voicing of her annoyed me (in general, I love Davina Porter's readings of these books, she's spot-on for both Claire and Jamie ... but her Boston-that-isn't-really-Boston accent for Brianna grates on me). Perhaps if I'd read-read it instead of listened to it, Brianna wouldn't irritate me so much. But...more
Normalde tek bir kitap ama bizim yayıncılar sağolsun daha fazla para kazanmak için ikiye bölmüşler. Bu sebeple 1. kitap tamamen olaysız, ayrıntısı bol, açıklamaları uzaaayaaaann bir kitap olmuş. Uzun metraj bir filmin ilk bölümünden oluşuyor gibi. Verilen sinyaller diyor ki, çok feci şey olacak! Ama tahmin ettiğim gibi hiçbiri gerçekleşmedi. Yani her şey 2. kitapta. Ve ben bu kapitalist çıkarcı yayınevi yüzünden karakterlerimden sıkıldığım için hemen başlamayacağım. Az ara vermem lazım.

Bir de s...more
Sara floerke
Number 4 in the Outlander Series and what a ride! Again, I'm putting up flashing signs that say "Lots of descriptive sex in here", don't read these if you're not married. Seriously. You will burn with lust.

These have a great storyline, anxiety inducing adventure, deep character development, wrestling over moral issues (abortion, slavery, honor), and lots of travel to dream over. We will read all of Gabaldon's books.

Now I'm really attracted to plaid.
Miss Kim
I LOVE this series. Ms. Gabaldon pulls me in to her world I can feel, see, smell, touch what she writes--I just love it!

I highly recommend this sereis to fans of Epic Historical Fiction, with a touching love story (or more).
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Diana Jean Gabaldon Watkins grew up in Flagstaff, Arizona and is of Mexican-American and English descent. She has earned three degrees: a B.S. in Zoology, a M.S. in Marine Biology, and a Ph.D in Ecology.

She currently lives in Scottsdale, Arizona .
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