I could not listen to this book, the narration is horrible. Note to author, make sure you hire a narrator who can speak clearly.
so very interesting. I haven't looked into it, but we'll researched it seems. sad story in the end, but with a message that all may not be lost, as with the civilization the irish saved
I read this book years ago and have to admit I didn't understand it. This reading was entertaining and illuminating. If you are interested in history or religion, this is a wonderful book to spend some time with.
This book has the potential to be excellent. It provides a unique and extremely valuable new perspective on the Irish and will change the way you look at the history of western society.
The problem is that all this information comes packaged in unbelievable Christian bias and rhetoric. Such gems as, "The Europeans were just scattered animists ready for a change," to the insinuation that Europe was a land of darkness and evil gods until Christianity brought love, light, and acceptance to the world. Anyone living in reality knows that is not the case. Religion forced by sword and the threat of death to entire civilizations hardly aligns with all this "love and light".
Still, I'm giving the book 3 stars for the history I was able to receive by sifting through the nonsense. If it were just the information told unbiasedly, I would've give the book 5 stars.
it you want to learn about the so called dark ages and how they came about, as well as how Irish culture began, this is the book to read
Revisiting this book after 20 years was an incredible journey for this Irishman. I can't stress its importance enough.
Our civilization is undergoing massive changes in the 21st century. Cahill's book provides a blueprint for how we may continue to transmit our civilization's fundamental values to future generations. Change is inevitable - loss is not.
Cahill presents an a history which has been forcibly suppressed by the British for 5 centuries of a tolerant, democratic, and lusty religion in the portraits of Saint Patrick, Saint Brigid, Saint Columba, and others of the early Irish Church. We should look back to these figures as spiritual leaders in the 21st century.
Thanks, Aunt Sara. 😇
Yes. The audio edition is much more lively than the print version. I recommend listening to the audio edition first; then read the print version. Listening to the audio version makes you WANT to read the print version. I don't think it would work the other way around.
Two things: (1) the credit given to the Irish for saving civilization; and, more importantly, (2) the portrayal of Saint Patrick as a good Irishman who loses his temper when he sees someone defenseless being mistreated.
The relaxing pace; the Irish brogue; the good humor...funny, fun, and informative. Very lively.
Irelands been upgraded
The vision to save the works, remembering the slow and tedious effort required to make copies.
update later, but certainly St. Patrick.
Time well spent learning who were really the righteous brothers and who were the burners
This reader (Donnally) is absolutely atrocious. I just started the book today and I'm probably going to bail out. Wasted credit. He sounds like a parody of some 80-year old British schoolmaster you'd see in a 1980s music video. Truly awful and badly over-acted. Furthermore the sound quality sounds like you dug an overused vinyl record out of the landfill. A real shame because I've been wanting to read Cahill's book for a long time. I can't image what the producers were thinking hiring this guy.
I suggest, before you waste a credit you'd better listen hard to the sample to see if you can tolerate several hours of this knucklehead.