Review: Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon

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Review: Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon
Drums of Autumn

4 Stars

Book Info

Released: August 7 2001
Series: Outlander #4
Length: 44 hrs and 54 mins
Pages: 880

Recommended Read!

“Gabaldon makes her emotions and the resulting journey very much real, making this journey a far more intriguing one.”
~ Under the Covers

Here’s one thing I’ve learned about this series – if the sheer size of these books scare you off from reading them, try listening to the audiobooks. For someone like me who needs to be reading/reviewing books regularly, I can’t be spending a lot of time on one book. I feel like if I had actually read this book, it might take me about a week. I’m definitely slower when it comes to audiobooks, but at least I can be productive while listening. And the great thing about these audios is that the narrator is absolutely wonderful at the various accents. She’s able to do the perfect Claire and Jamie voice, but she is also able to do a convincing Brianna accent as well.

Instead of going deep in the plot of this story, which would probably take up a lot of time because this is a massive book, I just want to comment on Gabaldon’s ability to build on her characters. I would have been happy with Jamie’s characterization in Outlander. He endures so much and yet, their story is far from being over. Claire and Jamie are pushed into greater danger and its clear that Gabaldon isn’t afraid of putting her characters through the ringer. Their pain and suffering, as their moments of triumphs and achievement are all made better for it and I think that’s why readers fall so madly in love with them.

I need to talk about Brianna briefly. Her presence adds so much to the book. It brings back the time travel element in a much more interesting way. I felt like I could sympathize with her character because although the circumstances are extraordinary, Gabaldon makes her emotions and the resulting journey very much real, making this journey a far more intriguing one.

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 outlanderdragonfly in ambervoyagerdrums of autumn
fiery crossbreath of snow and ashesechno in the bonewritten in my own heart's blood



About Diana Gabaldon

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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Looking forward to reading this series…thanks for the review Annie


Love this book series! Now I’m watching it on TV and yes video.
Diana there is no way any book in this series could be too big. ?

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I watched the first part of the first season but for whatever reason didn’t go back to continue. Is it as good as the first?

Sophia Rose

I read most of the series a while back and I agree, they are daunting when you have other reading commitments. Like you, I chose audio for a re-read to get ready for Written in My Heart’s Blood. I love Davina Porter’s narrations and listening while doing other things is a good way. I’m still on Voyager and breaking my heart over the situation at the moment.

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Don’t you feel like every book breaks your heart though? There are so many harrowing moments, but in contrast, there are several hopeful, happy moments as well!


I read outlander and while I liked it and loved jamie I don’t think I was as wow-ed by it as most people…I may try the audiobooks bc I do find their story interesting …..thanks for the suggestion

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The narrator, Davina Portner is amazing!

Christina Riggs

I have enjoyed what I’ve read so far, yes the books are big and a bit daunting. But they are beautifully written and what an adventure. I have cried, laughed and loved with them. I’m currently on The Fiery Cross.

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I completely agree! These are books that completely engross you!

Amy R

I’m on book 2 but the beginning pissed me off so much I had to put it down, I’ll get past it I’m sure when the characters get back to the happy place.

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Oh, Amy. The rest of the series Gabaldon puts her characters through the ringer. They endure so much but as long as you enjoy the journey, it’s well worth the read!