CLANLANDS by Sam Heughan & Graham McTavish by Jean BrashearCLANLANDS: WHISKY, WARFARE, AND A SCOTTISH ADVENTURE LIKE NO OTHER by Sam Heughan & Graham McTavish

I will freely admit that as a longtime Outlander fan, my initial reaction to the casting of Sam Heughan and Catriona Balfe as Jamie and Claire was that neither looked like Jamie and Claire to me, but watching the Outlander series quickly settled that. Yet, she’s too tall for Claire in the book, but regardless, she IS Claire. And he seemed too pretty (definitely easy on the eyes) for Jamie, but he, too, quickly won me over.

The book Sam and Graham McTavish (Dougal Mackenzie in the series) have written is a lovely treat, but the REAL treat is the audiobook. The chemistry between the two is fabulous, and they brought Scotland to life every second of the story. By turns, I found myself grinning and teary—their visit to Culloden was powerful and haunting—as they road-tripped their way through highlights in Scottish history, along the way becoming very real as human beings and as fiercely loyal patriots of their homeland. (Plus the backstage stories from Outlander and Graham’s tales from filming The Hobbit, along with various other bits of both their acting histories were all kinds of fun and interesting.)

I bought both the book and the audiobook, but if you need to make a choice, definitely the audio, as these two gifted actors and interesting men will entertain and enlighten you with rare skill. (Now I want a STARZ subscription so I can watch Men in Kilts!)

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