Drums of Autumn

Version: Unabridged
Author: Diana Gabaldon
Narrator: Davina Porter
Genres: Fiction & Literature
Publisher: Recorded Books
Published In: September 2005
# of Units: 39 CDs
Length: 45 hours, 45 minutes
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The magnificent saga continues....

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 together again in frontier America. But Claire had left someone behind in the twentieth century. Their daughter, Brianna....

Now Brianna has made a disturbing discovery that sends her to the stone circle and a terrifying leap into the unknown. In search of her mother and the father she has never met, she is risking her own future to try to change history...and to save their lives. But as Brianna plunges into an uncharted wilderness, a heartbreaking encounter may strand her forever in the past...or root her in the place she should be, where her heart and soul belong....

Reviews (7)

The Drums of Autumn

Written by nab6215 from Altoona, PA on June 1st, 2016

  • Book Rating: 5/5

*THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS* Jamie and Claire and comfortable with each other again. Now begins the blossoming story of Brianna Fraser and Roger MacKenzie. It was pins and needles for a time, but the book ends in strength. Another thing to be noted is that it was revealed that Jamie's headstone was a ruse only to lead Claire to Jack Randall, but was about the fire in the newspaper? Only the future will tell. On to the next book, The Fiery Cross.

Not as exciting as previous novels

Written by Anonymous from Pennsburg, PA on March 18th, 2013

  • Book Rating: 4/5

This series felt like it was a bridging series. Not as much action as the previous 3 series, but I love it nonetheless. Davina Porter is a phenomenal narrator.


Written by Trisha Brummer on April 1st, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I feel like I know these people. The stories just draw you in so well. I have yet to read/listen to one of them that I did not like and this one delivers too.

Drums of Autumn

Written by Karyn from Pointe Calumet, QC on July 20th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I really enjoyed this book...almost as much as when I read the paperback. I will always prefer the unabridged versions but they did a good job on this volume. I did miss the interaction with the natives that Jamie and Claire met with and the action with Aunt Jocasta and the Priest but all in all it was an enjoyable book

Drums of Autumn

Written by Sharon S on April 14th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I love these books! The story really comes to life when you get to hear them - I've read almost all of them but still wanted to hear the audio version. My only complaint was that tey were abridged....wonderful!

Drums of Autunm

Written by Beth Paquette on November 15th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 3/5

I enjoy the characters of these books and I love the narrator. Diana knows how to tell a story and I think I've fallen in love with Jamie Frasier myself.

Drums of Autumn

Written by Mary Schweitzer on January 11th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I really am enjoying this Outlander series. This one focuses more on the daughter ... Briana

Author Details

Author Details

Gabaldon, Diana

To millions of fans, Diana Gabaldon is the creator of a complex, original, and utterly compelling amalgam of 18th-century romantic adventure and 20th-century science fiction. To the publishing industry, she's a grassroots-marketing phenomenon. And to would-be writers everywhere who worry that they don't have the time or expertise to do what they love, Gabaldon is nothing short of an inspiration.

Gabaldon wrote her first novel while juggling the demands of motherhood and career: in between her job as an ecology professor, she also had a part-time gig writing freelance software reviews. Gabaldon had never written fiction before, and didn't intend to publish this first novel, which she decided to call Outlander. This, she decided, would be her "practice novel". Worried that she might not be able to pull a plot and characters out of thin air, she settled on a historical novel because "it's easier to look things up than to make them up entirely."

The impulse to set her novel in 18th-century Scotland didn't stem -- as some fans have assumed—from a desire to explore her own familial roots (in fact, Gabaldon isn't even Scottish). Rather, it came from watching an episode of the British sci-fi series Dr. Who and becoming smitten with a handsome time traveler in a kilt. A time-travel element crept into Gabaldon's own book only after she realized her wisecracking female lead couldn't have come from anywhere but the 20th century. The resulting love affair between an intelligent, mature, sexually experienced woman and a charismatic, brave, virginal young man turned the conventions of historical romance upside-down.

Gabaldon has said her books were hard to market at first because they were impossible to categorize neatly. Were they historical romances? Sci-fi adventure stories? Literary fiction? Whatever their genre (Gabaldon eventually proffered the term "historical fantasias"), they eventually found their audience, and it turned out to be a staggeringly huge one.

Even before the publication of Outlander, Gabaldon had an online community of friends who'd read excerpts and were waiting eagerly for more. (In fact, her cohorts at the CompuServe Literary Forum helped hook her up with an agent.) Once the book was released, word kept spreading, both on the Internet and off, and Gabaldon kept writing sequels. (When her fourth book, "Drums of Autumn," was released, it debuted at No. 1 on the Wall Street Journal bestseller list, and her publisher, Delacorte, raced to add more copies to their initial print run of 155,000.)

With her books consistently topping the bestseller lists, it's apparent that Gabaldon's appeal lies partly in her ability to bulldoze the formulaic conventions of popular fiction. Salon writer Gavin McNett noted approvingly, "She simply doesn't pay attention to genre or precedent, and doesn't seem to care that identifying with Claire puts women in the role of the mysterious stranger, with Jamie -- no wimp in any regard -- as the romantic 'heroine."'

In between Outlander novels, Gabaldon also writes historical mysteries featuring Lord John Grey, a popular, if minor, character from the series, and is working on a contemporary mystery series. Meanwhile, the author's formidable fan base keeps growing, as evidenced by the expanding list of Gabaldon chat rooms, mailing lists, fan clubs and web sites -- some of them complete with fetching photos of red-haired lads in kilts.