Review: Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon

Posted December 25, 2018 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 12 Comments


Review: Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon
Drums of Autumn
Narrated by Davina Porter

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Series: Outlander #4
Genres: Historical Romance, Time Travel Romance
Published by Recorded Books
Released on March 28, 2008
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
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The Delight

Over two years!  Yep, I nibbled at this one for quite some time  savoring it between other reads and listens.  This was a re-read or I would have never been able to hold off like that for certain.  This book hit me hard the first time around and this second time in audio was the same.  Davina Porter is the voice of these characters for me and between her narration and the author’s fabulous writing, I could see it all in my mind’s eye vivid and sharply.


Drums of Autumn is the fourth installment in the Outlander saga of books that must be read in order.  Jamie and Claire have made it to America and it was exciting to see them introduced to local Colonial politics and situations in the Carolinas, stay with Jamie’s Aunt Jocasta on her plantation and experience that way of life before continuing up into the mountains where they, and Young Ian, settle.  It is not the Highlands, but Jamie and Claire have found home.  It is a hard and sometimes dangerous life on the frontier, but they forge on.Meanwhile, back in the present Brianna discovers a disturbing historical newspaper article mentioning her parents and a fire.  She and Roger MacKenzie have drawn close since Claire left through the stones for the past.  She is determined to warn her parents so strikes out on her own.  Roger follows her and they have dangerous adventures and encounters that will rival anything Jamie and Claire had been through in their youth.

One would think a re-read would be less of an impact particularly when the listener takes her time over it, but it was like reading this one for the first time in many ways.  I hadn’t realized how much I’d forgotten.  The history and daily life on the Colonial frontier came alive and the characters are so fantastically drawn.  Jamie and Claire’s long love affair has not cooled and only grows deeper.  I am still not a Brianna fan though I do adore Roger, I am a softie for Ian and love whenever Lord John is about, but it is Jamie and Claire who will always hold me focus.

Davina Porter is enchanting the way she vocalizes so many characters, accents, genders, and situations.

So, it was another engaging time with a favorite series.  As I await the newest release, I will continue to slowly savor the re-reads and listens to this incredible series.  I know it can be a daunting series because of the page-length, but it is well worth it.


Outlander #2
Mt. TBR #116
Audio #91
Romance Roundabout #388 HR


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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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Carole @ Carole's Random Life in Books

Davina Porter does such a great job with this series! I listened to it as a re-read a few years ago but I couldn’t have stretched it out as you did. It is just too good! I still have a couple of books left in the series to read and hope to get caught up before the new book comes out as well. Glad you enjoyed this one, Sophia Rose! Merry Christmas!

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

She really does. LOL, I really did take my time.

You have a Merry one, too.

Crystal @ Lost in Storyland

A good narrator can really make an audiobook! I’m glad to hear that the audiobook was so engaging for you. I haven’t read any of the Outlander books, but I’ve heard great things about them. I’ll have to check them out!

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

Yes, the narrator is so important. Some books are actually better because of the audio narration, but the reverse can happen, too. Outlander series books can be scary because of the size, but I find that they read quickly.

Mary Kirkland
2 years ago

Sounds pretty good. Merry Christmas.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

Definitely. I know it took me a while, but I got there.

Merry Christmas, Mary!

Stephanie Jane (Literary Flits)

I’m sure I would enjoy reading the Outlander series, but I’m put off by them being such Big books! I’m extra in awe of you committing to listening to the audio of this one, twice! I’m glad it was equally as great for you second time around

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

Yes, they are door-stopper size for certain. If you love it, once you’re into the story, it simply flies past, but that’s the trick- loving it.
But, you might want to consider trying her Lord John Grey historical mystery series which are connected to the Outlander series, but can be read separately. They are more ‘normal’ novel size. 🙂

Carole rae
2 years ago

I must read more.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Carole rae

Oh yes, this is a series that is quite the read. Hits the emotions hard and is so huge in page count. 🙂

Mary @StackingMyBookShelves!

As someone who is on the 7th in this series – I totally get why you nibble on this a little at a time. They are just that long and great but you need it in small doses. I myself am savoring it all. As the 8th is the last one. I don’t want this series to end. Great review. I don’t listen to the audiobook but read the books and An Echo In The Bone is on my nightstand till that is done maybe this year. =)


Sophia Rose
2 years ago

Yes, it is definitely a desire to savor this extended story. 🙂 I’m so glad you enjoy them like that, too, Mary.