I would! I became so engrossed in the story as it switched between the past and the present that I think it would only enhance this story to listen to it again.
I loved her Irish accents. Though I wouldn't know how accurate she was, she subtly changed her voice to reflect intonations from different parts of Ireland. She really added to my enjoyment of the book.
I highly recommend this audiobook to anyone who has enjoyed books by Kate Morton.
....Roseann was a beautiful person who was beaten down by others so righteous and selfish who thrived on making her suffer more than a human being should. The amazing thing about the whole situation was the fact that she outlives them all.....to the ripe old age of 100 and she still has kindness and hope in her heart......this book also has a twist ending that just made me smile......I really did smile.....and kept smiling for the fact that Roseann finally has something good happen to her and that her life will be much happier in the bit she has left to live.
Initially, I found the narrator's pace to be too fast. Eventually either she slowed down or I grew accustomed to the pace. Once that was achieved, I was mesmerized by the story, the mystery, the suspense, and the prose. A well-written and beautifully narrated thought provoking novel... I would definitely recommend it.
I absolutely loved the telling of this tale. Wonderful story read beautifully. As with any really good book, I was sorry that it had to end.
Philologist, Humanist, Traveler
As others have said, this is a beautiful novel, beautifully read, and it wouldn't have been the same without the soft Irish accent. To add a few more points: If someone had said, "Here's a novel about the Irish Civil War", it wouldn't have captured the same interest. The way the conflict(s) were brought in, slowly but increasingly, was masterful. The child Roseann had no concept of "civil war", just scenes, more or less clear, of what happened to her father. We learn later how the scenes fit into the larger, tragic conflicts of church & state, but the war is never allowed to overwhelm the characters. There's no explicit, "he's on this side; he's on that side". It was a complicated stuggle, and this book sent me to find out more about it. I recommend the 1996 Liam Neeson movie, "Michael Collins", & of course, wikipedia. Another surprising discovery -- I was searching for other works by this author & found "The Whereabouts of Eneas McNulty", a prequel written 10 years before "Secret Scriptures", about the minor-but-pivotal character. Can't wait to read it. (There's no recording.) This got me thinking about his namesake, Aeneas, of Trojan War fame. The parallels give one more slant on the book. AEneas, the wandering warrior, cast out of his homeland. AEneas, the passionate lover of the seductive Carthagenean Queen Dido (a.k.a. the heathen, Presbyterian beauty, Roseann). AEneas, whose mother Aphrodite pulls him away from his love & tells him he has a more glorious path to fulfill (Here Tom merges with Eneas). And BTW, are there really 3 distinct sons, or are they in essense all representatives of the same Son of Ireland, each with his own particular allegiances & fates? After all, in the letter that Jack sent Roseann, he wrote "we [brothers] all loved you". Mrs. McNulty as Aprodite? Her sons did have different fathers, and she certainly had the wrath of god! This is one way to recognize fine literature -- it has connections that go in many directions. ENJOY!
I listen to my audio books mostly when driving. I was only able to get an hour or so into this one and I had to stop listening. The main character's accent is so thick I had to concentrate very hard to understand what she was saying - which is not great when you are driving and have additional background noise. I was interested in the story but felt that I was missing too much.
Maybe one day I'll try this in book form.
This is an amazing story, a great journey, a fantastic outcome and a wonderful narrator.
wanda mc caddon did a wonderful job
this story really deserves a thick irish brogue
her diction is lyrical but always intelligible
the tale is one of relentless irish adversity
the british, the church and other irish are all equally cruel
to have anything of your own is its' own small victory
? how do you live in a world not designed with you in mind
? how do you remain sane while constantly under attack
? where can you find a home in this uncaring society
there is a beautiful paragraph near the start of the book
it reports to be about signs for catching or not catching salmon
as it turns out you never really do catch a salmon
no matter what ; life won't turn out the way you planned
there is no real use in complaining and worrying about it
it's what you do after you learn this fact that really matters
It's about middle of the pack. It kept my interest but wasn't a gripping thriller.
I liked the reflective moments of Roseann. I enjoyed her view of history as thru a misty blurred glass.
never can...but enjoyed getting back to it.
It's a nice rambling story. The end could be predictable if you were thinking that way...I wasn't, so the ending was a nice surprise. I enjoyed the telling of Irish history as the story unfolded. It was kinda unbelievable that someone writes in their diary with such flowing words and detailed descriptions as Roseann did. I enjoyed reading the literary prose and forgot about the fact that it was the diary of a 100 yr old lady. Her mind certainly would not be working that way...but you forget that and just enjoy the story.
This book has it all! From the first sentence to an end you will wish would never come, the story, the language and the stunning use of metaphor, Sacred Scripture is a novel to cherish. It is at once intimate and shocking, unraveling a brutal personal history with an elegant, soft touch...a mighty challenge. It is not to be missed. Extraordinary writing--delightfully read.