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!
This is a good book and a good read (er listen). However, I feel that the story of the boy gets a little lost in all the stories. There are points when I think ok lets get on with the story and cut out all the storytelling. Yet in the end it all seems to work out ok.
I really wanted to rate this book higher -- the stories within the story are superb and engaging. But by the time I had got to the third segment I was frutrated by how slowly the main plot was crawling along. Overall it was a good listen .. but just a bit too slow.
I loved the classic stories of Ireland and the story of Roland and his search. Usually I listen to non-fiction. This book had enough of great legends, their application to the modern day, truth that had been burnished, and facts about Ireland that it was a very satisfying book to listen to. And I found the author the perfect reader.
Very longish. I discovered the fast forward and would listen for a minute and fast forward for a minute and feel that little was lost. On the other hand, some of the word pictures of Delaney were captivating. The last third of the book,ie modern era, was more interesting. I love Ireland the country, the book is only so so.