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1916: A Novel of the Irish Rebellion | [Morgan Llywelyn]

1916: A Novel of the Irish Rebellion

The Easter Rising of 1916 was a major turning point in Irish history. Peopled by patriots and poets, fueled by a desperate desire for freedom, and played out in the historic streets of Dublin against the background of World War I, the rebellion is a story of tremendous power and unique poignancy.
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The Easter Rising of 1916 was a major turning point in Irish history. Peopled by patriots and poets, fueled by a desperate desire for freedom, and played out in the historic streets of Dublin against the background of World War I, the rebellion is a story of tremendous power and unique poignancy.

1916 is the story of the valiant men and women who, for a few desperate days, fought against all odds to realize an impossible dream: to give Ireland back to the Irish.

©2008 Morgan Llywelyn; (P)2008 Brilliance Audio

What the Critics Say

"The task of transforming the events of the 1916 Irish Rebellion into coherent fiction would terrify most writers. Llywelyn, however, has produced a thunderous, informative read that rises to the challenge." (Publishers Weekly)

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    connie Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada 04-13-09
    connie Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada 04-13-09 Member Since 2007

    trying to see the world with my ears

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    "more than the year 1916"

    Llywelyn also describes the build-up (both immediate and more distant) to the Easter uprising.

    I give this novel 5 stars for its excellent job of recounting history (at least from the Irish nationalist persepective). However, as is often the case with such novels, the exposition of historical facts sometimes makes the storyline clumsy when characters "educate" us though conversations they wouldn't credibly have. Some of the romance scenes struck me as awkwardly written too -- so I thought these aspects detracted from the listen overall.

    I've read the print versions of Llywelyn's "1921" and "1949," and from the more enjoyable experience of listening to "1916", I'd recommend the audio versions of the series as both entertaining and informative.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    James P. Arlington, TX, USA 12-12-08
    James P. Arlington, TX, USA 12-12-08 Member Since 2007
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    "1916 (Unabridged) is great"

    I really enjoyed this audio book. I sat waiting for the hero's side to win, but was not disappointed even though they lots the immediate battle they won the war. And the hero wins his own personal victory. Great book! Well worth the listen.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    James Millbrook, NY, USA 05-13-09
    James Millbrook, NY, USA 05-13-09 Member Since 2006
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    "minor complaint"

    I enjoyed the book and the narration but the editing was lacking. A lot of time was spent developing the character of the hero's sister and, to a lesser extent, her priest "friend." Howver when everything comes together for the final hundred pages she is never mentioned and the priest is barely mentioned. Also, the hero's avoidance of the fate of his colleagues is totally incredible in an otherwise credible story.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Gary Camanche, IA, United States 09-22-09
    Gary Camanche, IA, United States 09-22-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Good story"

    Good story (BUT) a little short on history. Still worth the time. Leon Uris wrote a better historical fiction on the rebellion. Still a good story though.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Ben Fenelton, PA, United States 06-11-12
    Ben Fenelton, PA, United States 06-11-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great story, makes me feel like I was there."
    Any additional comments?

    The story was a great way to educate about a factual event, using a fictional character. Very entertaining and informative at the same time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    John Whitestone, NY, United States 03-05-13
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    "True Historical Fiction"
    Where does 1916 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's right up there


    What did you like best about this story?

    Narration is Great. Story vividly told.


    Have you listened to any of Fiacre Douglas’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is the first in a series of Five. Unfortunately this is the ONLY one on Audible


    If you could take any character from 1916 out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Ned, by far.


    Any additional comments?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carol Dayton, Oh, United States 02-14-13
    Carol Dayton, Oh, United States 02-14-13 Member Since 2008
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    "My favorite author of Irish Historical/Mythical No"
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    We see the Easter Rebellion through the eyes of Ned Halleran. A survivor of the Titanic and a student of Padrig Pierce one of the founders of the Easter rebellion. Ned shows us how the rebellion grows and introduced us to the key players both real and fiction. He deals with the moral struggles of a good Catholic boy of that time does he choose the pretty, prim Irish girl whose loyalties appear more toward the English or the "fallen" sister of his friend from the Titanic who supports the Irish cause by actions and in her heart.. We learn through his sister the fate of the wife in an abusive marriage and of the fate that awaits the Catholic clergy if they fall in love. We hear some of the poetry of the poets of the revolution and learn about the push to have the Irish boys be fodder for the British during the "Great War" Morgan Llywelan doesn't disappoint as she weaves a tale of old that is hard to put down.


    Have you listened to any of Fiacre Douglas’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Fiacre did a wonderful job in giving life to all of the characters and complimented the weaving of the tale.


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    Mary Hebron, KY, United States 12-30-12
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    "history to uncomfortable life"

    This is a good way to get acquainted with Irish history. But don't stop here, listen to Greener Short and The Dublin Saga to get the backstory. I did go get the next book in the series when I finished this, too. The characters born in this book are memorable and worth following forward in time. Good narrator too.

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    Adrienne Marietta, GA, United States 09-26-09
    Adrienne Marietta, GA, United States 09-26-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Great book"

    wonderful love story
    Love the narrator is brillant, love listening to this book

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    "How history should be thought"
    Where does 1916 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Our hero's sister travels on the Titanic, lands in America and becomes embroiled in Fenianism while challenging her boorish husband. Meanhile back home her brother is at school in St Enda's and happens to be involved in very significant event and meet everyone from pears to Clark along the way, from the Howth gun running to the GPO


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 1916?

    None really. It unfolds at a leisurely pace


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • William Stewart
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    "A great read."

    I thouroughly enjoyed this story, well worth the purchase, a few great links to the reality of a time that was, a time that was a memorable part of Irish history, although in the main only a story it is a great insight into the 1916 uprising.

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