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Drums of Autumn (Outlander #4)

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The fourth novel in the bestselling Outlander series.

How far will a woman travel to find a father, a lover a destiny? Across seas, across time - across the grave itself.

It began in Scotland, at an ancient stone circle. Claire Randall was swept through time into the arms of James Fraser whose love for her became legend - a tale of tragic passion that ended with her return t
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Published 2008 by Recorded Books (first published December 30th 1996)
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Courtenay P. Adams Jamie leaves Fergus to stay with Marsali, leaving him instructions to join he and Claire later. BUT, the later did not involve them ending up in…moreJamie leaves Fergus to stay with Marsali, leaving him instructions to join he and Claire later. BUT, the later did not involve them ending up in America after the storm, and as I am only 9% of the way into Drums of Autumn, I can only assume that some sort of communication was sent from America to Scotland (perhaps Ian writing to his mother?), and that's how Fergus discovers their location. Hopefully, the answer will show up in this book soon.(less)
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Katrina Passick Lumsden
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Sadly, I think I've reached the end of my patience with this series. It started out wonderfully, and I will always consider the first, Outlander, to be one of my favorite books of all time. Unfortunately, Gabaldon just couldn't seem to keep her mojo working. At least, not for me. I endured the second book, with all its tedious details and snore-inducing battle descriptions and melodrama. I even accepted the third...even after being completely incensed and on the verge of tears when I
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Tatiana
Aug 09, 2010 Tatiana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like Gabaldon's writing and bodice-rippers
Shelves: historical, 2010
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
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Steph Sinclair
One conversation could have easily solved this plot's problem. ONE.
Kate
Jan 23, 2008 Kate rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.

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Mo
Jul 20, 2014 Mo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


Another epic read. This will be a quick review as I dinna have the time to do a full one.

It took me two weeks to read this one. Granted it coincided with the start of holidays so that usually means less reading time for me. I LOVED it, I LOVE Jamie, I LOVE Jamie and Claire.


Roger and Brianna, yes, you got it, I loved them too.


You need patience to read these books. They are verra long indeed. So much goes on in them. Won't say much as you are better off experiencing all things Outlander fresh and
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Wendy
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.

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These characters are a pleasure to read, it's like coming home to family. Loved it!
Za
Jan 25, 2008 Za rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Jen
Sep 18, 2008 Jen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Kristen
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
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Karen
Oct 05, 2014 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
5 STARS!!!! ABSOLUTELY SENSATIONAL!!!!!!!!
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...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.

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Many characters remain... and many new characters appear, both good and BAD!!!

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And their journey through the past is yet interrupted again by a visitor or two from the future.

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Then the room relaxed in cheers and babbling, and she turned in his arms to kiss him hard a
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Natalie
Mar 21, 2016 Natalie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-stars

! An ominous letter makes Jamie and Claire's daughter Brianna, to join them in the 18th century.

"You are my courage, as I am your conscience," he whispered."You are my heart---and I your compassion. We are neither of us whole, alone. Do ye not know that, Sassenach?


Drums of Autumn is the fourth installment and another epic masterpiece in one of my absolute favorite series of all times. If you are a fan of historical novels, missing this series is not an option. It has the perfect mix of histor
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Fathima
Apr 21, 2016 Fathima rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Buddy reading this with the awesome twelvejan[Alexandria]





Lucia
Feb 11, 2015 Lucia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"You are my courage, as I am your conscience. You are my heart - and I your compassion. We are neither of us whole, alone. Do you not know that, Sassenach?" - Jamie

Diana Gabaldon once again proved what an amazing writer and storyteller she is. I laughed, rejoyced, sobbed, swooned and teared up. I was anxious, scared and frustrated. But most importantly I lived the story with characters. I'm so glad to see books in this phenomenal series keeping its "x factor" with every new instalment. On to t
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HeatherLovesReading
Jan 25, 2016 HeatherLovesReading rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-stars
4.5/5 STARS!!

I finally finished my first book for 2016!!! This book took me a little over 3 weeks to finish and I LOVED IT! I knew picking this book up, it was definitely going to take me awhile to finish it and I was ok with that. It has been over a year since I had read book 3 in this series, but I as soon as I started up with Drums of Autumn I felt like it was only few weeks since I had been in the world of Jamie and Claire. Honestly I could have done without the first 300 pages ... it just d
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Victoria
Feb 28, 2016 Victoria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Qu'est-ce que c'était bien ! À nouveau un très très bon tome, avec une ambiance bien différente, des protagonistes qui ont mûri, changé, et une nouvelle génération offrant un renouveau parfaitement intégré dans l'esprit de la saga. Malgré une dernière partie un chouïa moins passionnante, Drums of Autumn revient au niveau des deux premiers opus à mon sens. J'ai adoré, tout simplement, et je suis triste de quitter à nouveau cet univers... jusqu'au prochain épisode !
Stephanie Judice
This book was the final straw for me. I wanted to love this whole series as I loved book one, but it has gotten progressively worse with every book, in my humble opinion. Ms. Gabaldon's editors should be taking a much closer look at the arc, plot, and character development for inconsistency and redundancy. The first book was amazing, though the ending was very difficult to swallow. The second was very good, compelling but heartbreaking. The third starts to teeter on unnecessarily verbose with a ...more
Wilja van Book
Apr 28, 2016 Wilja van Book rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Den Klappentext empfehle ich nicht zu lesen, habe ich auch nicht getan und es war großartig!

Nach der ersten Hälfte des Buches habe ich mich ein bisschen über den Spannungsablauf gewundert. Es war sehr abenteuerlich und prall gefüllt mit Ereignissen, sie kamen mir aber willkürlich vor und ich befürchtete schon das dieses auf einen Lückenfüllerband hinausläuft. Da ich bin eher Fan der emotionaleren Parts der Geschichte bin hab ich dann eine Pause eingelegt und einige Zeit später weitergelesen. Na
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Debbie
Nov 29, 2009 Debbie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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...
Beatriz
Jun 11, 2016 Beatriz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
En la línea de sus predecesoras, emocionante y emotiva, combinando los sentimientos y pasiones de los protagonistas con las fabulosas aventuras en esta nueva tierra.

Pero siendo ya una seguidora incondicional de esta saga, me decepcionó un poco como se desarrolló la llegada de Brianna (que era el momento que estaba esperando en la novela). Creo que la autora no le sacó todo el partido posible a lo que podría haber sido un encuentro realmente emotivo con sus padres (sobre todo con Jaimie) y se ce
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Kristin
Jun 25, 2008 Kristin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker  Queen of the Undead
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.

WHY?

I'm going to take a break before the next book, sadly.
Shannon
May 17, 2014 Shannon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am blowing through these series, I have a feeling I am going to have a very hard time adjusting to reality when I am done LOL

Drums of Autumn was very good, in fact probably my 2nd favorite after Voyager. I was warned a bit by some GR friends and some on FB that this book was less ideal because there was a lot of Brianna and Roger. At first I was worried about that, I thought we would see every other chapter between a different couple. Jamie and Claire, then Brianna and Roger. It was really lik
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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
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Mallory
4 stars

This was a solid 4 star read. While I love Jamie and Claire, and believe in their forever love, I was a bit disconnected with them. I think its probably from the events of Voyager, but I just couldn't shake them. The story dragged a bit, which I haven't encountered in this series before. All that aside, I did enjoy this and will be reading the next soon.

Ashley
And so concludes another installment of the madcap adventures of that time-traveling Highlander clan, the Mackenzie-Fraser whatevers. This was the least weird, but most melodramatic of the books so far. It was wacky and I enjoyed it, despite some issues.

In 1767, Claire, Jamie and Ian are fresh from being shipwrecked off the coast of Georgia. In 1969, Jamie and Claire’s grown daughter, Brianna, grows closer to Roger Wakefield, the only other person who knows her family’s secret: they are time-tra
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Tash
Nov 06, 2011 Tash rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
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Kate
Nov 03, 2008 Kate rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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Tracie Payne
Aug 07, 2015 Tracie Payne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dear lord I've been put through the ringer!! So much happens!
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
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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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  • Voyager (Outlander, #3)
  • The Fiery Cross (Outlander, #5)
  • A Breath of Snow and Ashes (Outlander, #6)
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