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Drums of Autumn

(Outlander #4)

4.34  ·  Rating details ·  232,712 ratings  ·  9,087 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 brilliance.. ...more
Paperback, 880 pages
Published August 7th 2001 by Delta (first published December 30th 1996)
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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
Steph Sinclair
One conversation could have easily solved this plot's problem. ONE. ...more
Aug 02, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
And we have more Jamie and Claire and the others =) ♥


I'm always going to put up the spoiler alert because there is always so much for me to say. I was also talking with a friend about how the books are starting to run together. My reviews may end up being from books before, all combined. Who ever knows!


So far I have loved every one of these books, they are on my favorites list and I hope that doesn't change!

I freaking loved this book! It's one of my favorites in the series.

"Do ye not under
Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥
The universe had shifted, with a small, decisive click; he could still hear its echo in his bones."

This was already the fourth book of the “Outlander series” and since I didn’t write reviews about the other books I just decided to type one of my “What I liked” and “What I didn’t like” reviews.

First of all I have to say that the pacing of this book was very slow! Truth be told, it was actually so slow that I was even tempted to DNF it! And that means something, because I’ve never ever DNFd a boo
Ahmad Sharabiani
Drums of Autumn (Outlander #4), Diana Gabaldon

It began in Scotland, at an ancient stone circle. There, a doorway, open to a select few, leads into the past—or the grave.

Claire Randall survived the extraordinary passage, not once but twice. Her first trip swept her into the arms of Jamie Fraser, an eighteenth-century Scot whose love for her became legend—a tale of tragic passion that ended with her return to the present to bear his child.

Her second journey, two decades later, brought them toget
Jan 23, 2008 rated it liked it
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
Jul 04, 2014 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
April (Aprilius Maximus)
1.) Outlander ★★★★★
2.) Dragonfly In Amber ★★★★.5
3.) Voyager ★★★.5
4.) Drums of Autumn ★★★.5


Definitely my least favourite in the series so far, purely because the first 45% of this book was SO BORING. But the last 55% almost made up for it.
Jan 25, 2008 rated it it was ok
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
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!
Stephanie Judice
Dec 17, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
I'm kind of all over the place.

1. These books are so freaking big.
2. These books are sooooo freaking loooooong.
3. A huge portion of this book was very boring
4. Wine didn't help at all
5. Like almost the last half of this book made up for the boringness in the beginning.. almost
6. WHY?!!?

I love Jamie and Claire. I just do. Their relationship is basically goals for me. But Drums of Autumn was so boring. It almost put me to sleep. Then I tried wine because that usually helps me when books are boring
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Nov 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical
Where do I start with my review of “Drums of Autumn”, the fourth book in Diana Gabaldon’s wildly popular “Outlander” series, which is also a highly-rated television show on Starz? How do I put into words the massive thoughts and emotions running through my head after finishing this grand opus of adventure, honor, love, and family? I think it starts with, “My name is Scott and I am an Outlander fan…”

Over the last year I have devoured the first three books in this unbelievably well written series
May 05, 2014 rated it really liked it

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ! A devastating notification in a newspaper from 1776 forces Brianna to leave her own time and travel back 200 years to try to find and warn her mother and the father she’s never met, having no idea they have left Scotland for the new world. A decision that will come to cause a ripple effect no one could have foreseen.

Drums of Autumn was a fantastic read. It's easily my new favorite installment in the Outlander s series since the epic first book and the first half of Voyager. A magnifi
Mar 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Another re-read of 2018, there is definitely a lot to love about Drums of Autumn even after all these years. Now that Claire and Jamie are reunited and in America, a whole set of new and exciting adventures and new characters await one of my favorite literary couples. Claire and Jamie have spent 20 years apart and have never really had the chance to be a couple in a marriage. So I think it's definitely a gift of the latter books that we see them actually have a change to "settle down."

Sep 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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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
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jan-2019-reads
4.5 stars rounded up. I finally finished this freaking book!!! I initially started it on May 23, 2015!!! (I took a lot of breaks and started over twice)

I am very surprised to say that this is my favorite installment of Outlander so far. I'm surprised because I really struggled with feeling engaged for the first 100 pages or so. (Hence why I started and stopped a few times.) What frustrates me and so many others about Gabaldon's work is that there is so much detail at times that it makes it diffi
Jan 08, 2008 rated it it was ok
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
Claire and Jamie are back again!

This time they are forging their future in America- North Carolina to be exact. We cross timelines with Brianna & Roger in the 1960s and our protagonists in 1700s America. As you can imagine, hints of slavery and native americans play a part in this book. Brianna and Roger come across some interesting information and decide to take history into their hands to jump through the stones to save Claire and Jamie.

I really liked this installment in the series. While at t
Dec 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
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.
Carole (Carole's Random Life)
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This series. I just can't even say how much I am in love with this series. I first read this book years ago and my family nicknamed it "the brick" because it is quite a large book. I have been working on re-reading the first four books in the series before moving forward with books that I have yet to read. I am so glad that I decided to listen to this book because the narrator brings the story to life. I actually believe that I liked this boo
Sep 09, 2016 rated it liked it
Quick summation as this this series has been reviewed quite a bit.. I mean, c'mon.. there is a Starz show and its Outlander. Really. But I found it ok. I think I found the observations on the various Native American tribe life highly interesting. I think I spent too much of the book eye rolling at Brianna and in a state of constant irritation at her self importance and barreling into situations with said importance. (Seriously, lady.) You are not that important of a character and actually come ...more
Ashley DiNorcia
Mar 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: sff, smut-club
Dear God...there was *so* much plot in this book. Like, there was a lot going on and I'm not entirely sure all of it was necessary.

Oddly enough I enjoyed the first half a lot more than the second half which seems to be the direct opposite of most peoples opinions of this book.

Well, on to the next one.
"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
Jul 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobook, favourites
Back to Gabaldon's powerful and complex OUTLANDER series, after the Lord John Grey reprieve. When last Gabaldon spoke of the Fraser clan, they had made their way across the Atlantic and spent some time in Jamaica before landing in the colony of Georgia. As this novel begins, they find themselves living in South Carolina, amongst other colonial settlers. Life resembles that in the Highlands, allowing Jamie to find his niche and Claire to become the local medicine woman. A trip to meet Jamie's aun ...more
Nov 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Buddy reading this with the awesome twelvejan[Alexandria]

Dana Moison
Mar 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was drawn from the very beginning to the original story that unfolded a timeless love story with historical events, ancient cultures, the lost pride of a nation, and witty, strong characters.
Gabaldon does a great job keeping the super natural elements just in the right amount – sometimes reading it made me shiver.
This time, Claire and Jamie arrive at the American colonies and get a fresh start. They have their own little piece of heaven and befriend the natives around. All the descriptions s
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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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