History, Homages and the Highlands

  • by Valerie Estelle Frankel
  • Narrated by Fiona Thraille
  • 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

With oodles of steamy romance, paranormal time travel, adventure, and much more, Outlander is sweeping the nation. From over a dozen volumes to its newest incarnation as a breathtaking Starz show, it continues to delight, even with subtle, clever changes. But what was life really like then - from kilts and bagpipes to selkies and the fair folk? Who was Bonnie Prince Charlie and why was his campaign so disastrous for the Highlanders? Discover the story's roots, from Doctor Who to Brigadoon to Game of Thrones. Learn to speak Scottish, uncover the difference between Beltane and Samhain, explore customs of Highland weddings, tour Versailles and Edinburgh, and dive into the rich era of history that pervades this incredible epic.

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Customer Reviews

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Super great and timely info for Outlander fiends!

Tons and tons of really interesting, relevant and juicy background information regarding both the outlander books, and the new TV series. The narration is okay, though she says a few things really bizarrely… I have no idea where she gets her pronunciation of the word Beltane. Never heard it sound like that in my life. But it's bearable and the information is completely worth it. It was just the extra material that I was looking for while currently being engrossed in the series, after having read all the books. If you're an outlander geek, you'll really enjoy this.
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- Karen

Spoiler Alert!

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Too soon to say. I stumbled into it far too early and had to cut my listening short as I have only completed the first 3 books in the Outlander series and did not want spoilers. I am writing this review now, however, because such a review would have saved me the trouble. I plan to resume listening once I've finished the first 8 Outlander books.


Would you recommend History, Homages and the Highlands to your friends? Why or why not?

Only if they are up to date with the Outlander series through book 8.


Would you be willing to try another one of Fiona Thraille’s performances?

Possibly, if it were a novel and not non-fiction. When quoting lines from the series her characterizations are strong, but the analytical content comes across very dry.


Any additional comments?

Includes references to books all the way through "Written in My Own Heart's Blood" (book 8) as well as the first series of the TV show.

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- HMB

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-01-2015
  • Publisher: Valerie Estelle Frankel