Drums of Autumn (Outlander Series #4)

Drums of Autumn (Outlander Series #4)

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Drums of Autumn (Outlander Series #4) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1124 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Since I started reading this series, I have been compelled to continue even if I wasn't in the mood for Gabaldon's books. This book was definitely different than the first three. I enjoyed "The Outlander" but the next two books were quite a struggle for me to get through. I consciously decided to take my time on Drums of Autumn to ensure that I didn't confuse characters and muddle up story lines. In fact, it took me 6 months to read this book, and I really, really enjoyed it. The smaller stories within the book were so riveting this time. For the first time since starting this series, I am chomping at the bit to start the next book. The only reason I gave this one four stars instead of five was the length of this book. I would have felt satisfied finishing about 3/4 of the way through. But otherwise, it was a great read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have just completed Drums of Autumn. Although it is long the only thing that was annoying for me was the overly long drawn out descriptions of some of the events especially when it came to Roger. It was too drawn out. I have started on the next book and that one repeats quite a few pages from this book before finally starting out. I hope its worth it, I would like to continue enjoying these books.
Mrs_Bean More than 1 year ago
Do yourself a favor - quit while you're ahead. If you've read the first three books in the Outlander series, you'll regret reading this one. I know I did. First things first - Brianna Randall/Fraser's character comes across as unlikeable to the extreme. Snotty. Rude. Know-it-all. And as much as I thought I liked Roger MacKenzie/Wakefield in the third book, he doesn't fare much better in DoA. (Calling the infant child of the person you supposedly love a "parasite?" Nice...) If you've made it this far in the series, you know what Jamie Fraser looks like. Tall, well built. Red hair, blue eyes. Long legs, scars on his back and right hand. We get it - really. We don't need to be reminded of how his hair looks in the firelight/candlelight/sunlight. Enough already. Same thing goes for Brianna. Looks like her dad. Tall. Red hair. Blue eyes. Secondly - what is it about this series and the major characters being (or nearly being) sexually assaulted? Claire was nearly attacked twice in the first installment, and we all know what happened to Jamie at Wentworth. Then we learn that Fergus suffered at the hands of Jack Randall in Paris. Lord John Grey hits on Jamie while he's in Ardsmuir Prison, and then Brianna the Unlikeable is attacked in North Carolina. I also noticed that Jamie seemed much more Scottish in Voyager and DoA. Much more Gaelic thrown around than in the previous books. I wish I had a nickel for every time someone said "aye." It was almost silly. I'm glad you had the chance to do more research (or pay someone to do it for you) but I felt that it was unnecessary. There wasn't that much Gaelic in the other stories that actually took place in Scotland, so why interject it when they're in NC? The whole book felt as if it were something that was patched together in a rush and did not flow. Going back and forth from Claire's perspective to the third person was confusing at times and added to the "disjointed" feel of the story. Roger lacks Jamie's charm and charisma and is not at all appealing; and Brianna doesn't hold a candle to either Jamie or Claire. I will not be reading any further in the series,as I'm satisfied that Claire and Jamie are together again. I can't imagine how contrived the remaining installments might be.
madison-dixon More than 1 year ago
Loved the first one could not put it down, I have read most of her books and I must say each new book seems to go on and on and on more and more! cut to the chase! it would make for better reading....
camohn More than 1 year ago
Book 1: could not put it down 2: not quite as riveting, but still an excellent adventure books 3 and 4: started to drag for me. This one the story seemed to move the slowest. I didn't care for some of the new characters in this book and Bree's trip back lacked Claire's trips adventure. In the big picture it is a wonderfully crative series....but this one wasn't my favorite.
Dee_avid_rdr More than 1 year ago
Just when you think Jamie and Claire have finally found peace...MORE DRAMA is added into the mix and this time it's in the form of Stephen Bonnet. Grrrr! On a good note: I enjoyed the addition of Brianna and Roger; however, I did get bored with their story in the first half of the book. Yet, during the second half, I got aggravated and annoyed but that shows how good of an author DB is. She sure knows how to introduce conflict in a story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved Gabaldon's first in the series "Outlander", but I found myself increasingly disappointed as the series progresses. The stories just go on and on with chapters of no overall importance. Particularly difficult in this book, was the story line between Claire's daughter Brianna and Roger. I felt no attachment to their characters whose love story pales in comparison to Claire and Jamie. Finishing this one became a dreaded chore; I have no plans to finish the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There are 7 books so far in this series about Jamie and Claire. They keep you on pins and needles and you're unable to put them down. Drums of Autumn is #4 and I'm on #6 and still can't wait to read the next page !! Wonderful, captures you with each book.
barry2B More than 1 year ago
I throughly enjoyed this book! Claire and Jamie are in the Carolina colony and are joined by their daughter Brianna and then her boyfriend Roger from the 1960's. Much strife and turmoil ensue leading up to the Gathering of the new world clans.
matt1066 More than 1 year ago
This is obviously my fourth book of the Outlander series; I find it a trifle verbose. How many times do we have to read about all the colors of Jamie's hair; would that my colorist could produce such an amalgam of vibrant and naturally occurring hair color. Much of the book contains a good deal of information that is needed to understand the following series of books. I am going to continue to get all my "Gabaldon" novels from my local library. It is unfortunate that Lord John is not a major character, as his addition to these novels adds a nice departure from the main protagonists. I may skip book #5 altogether. I have arrived at the Outlander series rather late, but that is good as all the series books are now in print and available at my local public library. Possibly I should have just written in my review that the author quicken the pace a bit; that could have been easily accomplished without any loss to the story at large.
DogMomIA More than 1 year ago
I was super excited to hear about Jamie and Claire adventures in America. I loved the first and second books. I felt the third was kinda flat and could have done more. The fourth, however, was awful. I felt I was reading a script for a daytime talk show (insert image of Maury Povich here). I am so disappointed in the way this series has turned. I long for the days that Jamie was the fierce Highlander and not some disillusioned father. Brianna is a snot nosed brat and fails to actually tell her parents about Roger Wakefield/MacKenzie. And really, I find it very hard to believe that Jamie would beat the living snot out of someone without clarifying the guys name first. Disappointed...... 
beachgaljh More than 1 year ago
This book was good, but I am getting tired of the length and repetition of the books. I think they could be more consise. I'm all for a good long book, but sometimes the length takes away from the book
JoieMcGee More than 1 year ago
Getting this far into the series, means many hours spent reading... I don't have the time I wish I had to read (novels up to 1400 pages or more) - I read "The Outlander",then I gave in to my family's plea of "please stop reading!" So, I bought the 2nd book as an "audiobook" - in the form of many cd's... Then immediately read the third book - to the further annoyance of my family - then when I threatened to read the 4th book "Drums of Autumn", I was convinced that I needed to be a part of the here and now, so I stuck my headset on, and my body participated in the events of the day, but my mind was definitely not in the here or now, I downloaded the audio book onto my ipod, where I could listen while I walked the dog, exercised, and cleaned the house, drove my car.. etc. Please Diana, don't stop writing, I prefer living in the 1700's (except with electricity, air conditioning, transportation, hot baths, grocery stores,and day to day conveniences) just kidding, I know what a wimp I am, I can't even survive a night camping - let alone go through one day in Claires shoes.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Diana Galbaldon gets better and better with each book. This book just flowed for me. Every page every word. I never wanted it to end. The search for Roger had me on the edge of my seat. Again DG leaves nothing unanswered in the end. As an avid reader thankyou for that.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I HAVE SO ENJOYED THIS SERIES BY DIANA GABALDON, I HOPE THEY NEVER END. yOU MUST READ THESE BOOKS.
penniehardy More than 1 year ago
this is the 4 book in the series,I highly recommend it, and I am looking forward to reading the rest of the series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the book I'm currently reading in the series. So far I've laughed, I've been angry, and I've been more frustrated than the first 3 books put together! And yet I can't put it down. It's just that great. And it's my favorite so far, hands down. Watching Brianna with her father... it's so touching and so beautiful... I highly recommend this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Iv read the whole series twice and have the "book hangover" from this series. Iv even bought hard copies couldnt put it down anxiously waiting next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've enjoyed every book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Half way through its dragging roger on the boat bri in the wild too much already just get it over with already i loved the other books but this is dragging a bit hope it picks up soon
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Diana Gabaldon crafts her story well with incredible insight into human behavior. From the second book in this series until now, in the fifth book, the characters are true and believable. It is a fantastic read!
KellsG More than 1 year ago
I am giving the Series an A++. All of the books must be read to enjoy the next. I have read them all 3 times, and find more details with every new read. The characters are deep and always evolving. It has been a PLEASURE to find this author!!!! I always look forward to the next book
Guest More than 1 year ago
It has been over a year now since I first read this book and I keep waiting for the next. Please don't disappoint me by not writing another one of these moving , romantic and dramatic books.
Anonymous 4 months ago