This is definately going down as one of my most favorite books of all time. I couldn't stop listening. Delaney is a fantastic story teller; not only the history was great, but the story behind it was wonderful and full of surprises.
I was so captivated by the tales of Ireland, that I listened twice and will do again. I particulary enjoyed the story of St Patrick and his doings in Ireland. The narration really made the book for me. I love hearing the stories told by an Irishman and I don't think I would have had the same picture had I read it myself. A wonderful read, the history of Ireland told as it was many years ago by a storyteller with his own twist!
A wonderful reading by the author, who makes each character come alive. He combines prehistory, history, fairly tales and legend to tell the story of Ireland, each tale woven into the fabric of the main story. Fascinating to listen to, and a painless way of learning a little Irish history. I loved every minute of it.
I am heading to Ireland next month and wanted something to get me in the mood. This was perfect. Wonderful warm story and great way to tell some of Ireland's history. The writer/reader was simply charming to listen to. Hated to have it end and bought the book to see how it reads compared to how it was read. Hope it is half as good in print. The book is poetic in its choice of words.
Even the first story within the story I thought was too long. The "main plot" becomes quagmired in all the "stories" that are part of this book. I was able to guess rhe answer to all the "surprises" the author had laid for the reader. Couldn't care less what became of the unlovable characters. I ended up fast-forwarding thru the last few stories because I couldn't stand it anymore. Good premise, but not executed well. I had higher expectations...
I am really captivated by this book not only for the intelligence behind the intertwining of the storyline and tales of the history of Ireland but also for the excellent presentation of it. It gives an understanding of a sense of place through its history and the nonlinear aspect of time which includes past and present.
Wonderful layers of stories. Delaney narrates with such feeling (and a rich brogue) that it seems like he lived through Ireland's history and watched the main character struggle through his life rather than merely writing a novel.
I usually listen while walking or bike riding. I took many detours to avoid postponing the next story or plot turn.
In a 19 hour book you expect to at some point feel the need to fast forward and want to speed up the story. Not so in this case. I was caught up from the minute the author started reading until the moment he finished. In fact I am saddened that it is over. It is obvious to me that Mr. Delaney knows a thing or two about writing and telling a story. Great Book!