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  • Princes of Ireland: The Dublin Saga

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Edward Rutherfurd
    • Narrated By Richard Matthews
    Overall
    (560)
    Performance
    (219)
    Story
    (220)

    The saga begins in tribal, pre-Christian Ireland during the reign of the fierce and mighty High Kings at Tara, with the tale of two lovers whose travails cleverly echo the ancient Celtic legend of Cuchulainn. From that stirring beginning, Rutherfurd takes the reader on a powerfully imagined journey through the centuries. Through the interlocking stories of a memorable cast of characters we see Ireland through the lens of its greatest city.

    jack rose says: "FANTASTIC!"
    "Hard to put down"
    Overall

    LOVED the book - the author takes his basic cast of characters from the time of the druids and follows them through the centuries that follow. The influences brought by successive conquests/invasions are woven skillfully into the lineage, and specific traits repeat in generations to follow.

    The narrator is equally accomplished - he carries the various voices extraordinarily well through the combination of inflection and accent.

    Imagine an almost-60 woman shopping for groceries with headphones on, oblivious to the world. That was me, and while there were MANY quizzical looks, I just couldn't turn the story off. Heck, the teens do it all the time, why not me?

    I'm already well into the sequel, and loving it also.

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Stories I Only Tell My Friends: An Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Rob Lowe
    • Narrated By Rob Lowe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3302)
    Performance
    (2615)
    Story
    (2604)

    A teen idol at 15, an international icon and founder of the Brat Pack at 20, and one of Hollywood's top stars to this day, Rob Lowe chronicles his experiences. Never mean-spirited or salacious, Lowe delivers unexpected glimpses into his successes, disappointments, relationships, and one-of-a-kind encounters with people who shaped our world over the last 25 years. These stories are as entertaining as they are unforgettable.

    N. Belle says: "Great Book and Great Story"
    "Captivating"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Stories I Only Tell My Friends in three words, what would they be?

    Engaging, honest, excellent


    What did you like best about this story?

    I have always enjoyed watching the author, in movies and tv, and found his writing to be open and honest through good times and bad. His story is well-told, and his narration left me feeling as though we were neighbors.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I was driving from coast to coast and listened to this book straight through. I was so sorry when it ended, as it had thoroughly captivated me from page one. Now my challenge is to find something equally good for the return trip...


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rebels of Ireland

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Edward Rutherfurd
    • Narrated By Richard Matthews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (210)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (95)

    Edward Rutherfurd's stirring account of Irish history, the Dublin Saga, concludes in this magisterial work of historical fiction. Beginning where the first volume, The Princes of Ireland, left off, The Rebels of Ireland takes us into a world transformed by the English practice of "plantation", which represented the final step in the centuries-long British conquest of Ireland.

    David says: "A Wonderful Story"
    "Educational, entertaining, engrossing"
    Overall

    I learned a lot about the roots of Catholic/Protestant issues from this series - a FAR more complex confrontation than I'd imagined, with roots dating back to the 12th century. Carrying the family lines from "Princes of Ireland" helps tie it all together. The results of the inevitable intermarriages are at times heartbreaking. But there are incidents that made me chuckle as well. At times I found myself wishing that some chapters could have been longer; it wouldn't be hard to extend some of the periods into a book of their own.
    Rutherford spins an excellent yarn.

    The narrator deserves kudos as well - his wide range of intonations, inflections and accents bring the story to life. I want to listen to every book that he has read!

    My husband was glad when I finished the books, as he had a hard time getting my attention while I had the headphones on...

    DO read "The Princes of Ireland" before starting the Rebels - it will explain references in this book, and make the experience so much richer.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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