Based on the sample provided I thought I might be wasting my money because the narrative style didn't do much for me. After making it through the introduction and the very first chapter, the story became very engrossing and the narration very fitting for the subject matter. I've not listened to the full book yet, but I'm giving it 4 stars for several reasons.......the narration can make or break an audiobook for me, and I am pleasantly surprised in that area after about 10 hours of listening. Second, the book itself is very enlightening. I can't speak for the full book at this point, but so far its well worth the money and I'll probably pick up the book too.
...in 240 episodes just like it says. This history is told in an informative, entertaining and very well presented documentary format. By documentary format, it brings a nice mix of theatrical presentation with a succinct storytelling style. The music and background sounds do not overpower the story, they add a pleasant sense of style and/or "feel" for the mood of the times being presented.
It does not attempt to present the history in textbook form. Given that it is trying to provide an overview of Irish history from the Ice Age to the start of World War II, I was not sure what to expect. BBC Radio Ulster has given us an admirably detailed while still broad in scope history of Ireland. What I got may not be all inclusive, but I'm happy with the investment.
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