I am an Australian woman who enjoys reading many different styles of books, from history to sci fi and mystery to poetry.
I have to admit a certain bias to Edward Rutherford's books. He makes history come alive with interesting characters and sprinkling of well worked fiction faithful to the time and history of a place.
This is another outing with a very good narrator. I enjoyed it very much.
The one quibble that I have is that the history jumps a little and that can be a tad jarring. I feel that he has never written a better book than Sarum. But I still enjoy the latter books.
I'm Robert's wife, a retired physician and homeschool mom whose grown kids now love history, literature, sci-fi, fantasy, historical fiction
This book and the companion Princes of Ireland are fantastic windows into the interesting past of Ireland. The narrator was great. Distinguishable voices and not annoying on the females. I've listened to this (Dublin Saga) as 1916 and The Greener Shore and found they complemented each other well. Good characters and good historical research in both events and details kept all four interesting. I really wanted to follow these characters on into their futures, so they must have been engaging!
Wonderful book that had me enthralled. Got a little long in places, but I stuck it out, and am glad I did. I tried reading Rutherford's "Sarum", not once, but twice, and could never get beyond the dragging, plodding pace of action. I anticipated a similar outcome on this book. But after reading other reviews, I decided to take a chance.
This book is for anyone with a big blank space in their knowledge of Irish history. Some chapters I had to read twice, they were so thrilling--the Siege of Drogheda, the Irish Rebellion of 1798, the story of Robert Emmett, the Great Potato Famine, the Easter Uprising. I understand the Irish weltangst a little better now,... and no wonder the enmity between the Irish and the British. I'm inspired to explore Irish literature and mythos further.
Just finished this series (do 2 books qualify as a series?), and I'm disappointed - not in the books but in being finished with them.
I'm a Rutherfurd fan; I must be b/c finishing these brings me up-to-date in having read everything he's written. Makes me a fan, right? I've heard it said of Rutherfurd that his characters are shallow - just as you get interested, he moves on. In his defense, to that I say, give the guy a break. After all, he's covering pre-history to modern day (in most cases, in one book). How much time could he really spend on in-depth individual character development?
The book is worth a 4, but I gave this a 5 b/c, in addition to an author I enjoy, I discovered a splendid narrator in Simon Vance. Love his voice - somewhere between totally relaxing and keeping me focused so as not to miss a word.
It's a great read; I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
I love these historical series where you follow a couple of families through time. This is one of the best. I found every excuse I could to plug in and listen and absolutely whizzed through all three. The narrator is perfect.
Having enjoyed the earlier book in this duet we looked forward to this title. The book is well written, interesting historically - teaching or reviewing history while telling stories. After an ongoing romantic tale, we moved into extended descriptions of the bloodshed that is a true part of the history of Ireland. But we tired of the well-written violent struggles.