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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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Publisher's Summary

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

    Narrative makes the world go round.

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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.

    10 of 10 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 2011
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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 2015
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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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    K. Hobe Sound, FL, United States 01-21-15
    K. Hobe Sound, FL, United States 01-21-15 Member Since 2008
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    "Where are the rest of her books?"
    What made the experience of listening to 1916 the most enjoyable?

    This is a great story by a great author. I enjoy reading about history and she does a great job with it.


    Any additional comments?

    I have listened to both of the Llewellyn books you have for adults and there is a whole series on the Irish Chieftains and the history of Ireland both ancient and modern. Would like to see more of them here.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ben 06-11-12
    Ben 06-11-12
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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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    Robert McGuire Tallahassee, FL USA 04-05-15
    Robert McGuire Tallahassee, FL USA 04-05-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Morgan Llywelyn is simply the best"

    Weaving the lives of fictional characters with historical characters brings this stage on Ireland's history to life. all the while she maintains a grasp of the minute historical detail in the telling of the 1916 Easter Rebellion. An important narration.

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    Joie Townsend 02-17-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Where are the rest of the books? 1921,49,72,99 ?"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would make the entire series available, frustrating to start a series and not have the whole thing available.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would make the entire series available, frustrating to start a series and not have the whole thing available.


    What three words best describe Fiacre Douglas’s performance?

    I would make the entire series available, frustrating to start a series and not have the whole thing available.


    Did 1916 inspire you to do anything?

    I would make the entire series available, frustrating to start a series and not have the whole thing available.


    Any additional comments?

    I would make the entire series available, frustrating to start a series and not have the whole thing available.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Galadriel 08-06-14
    Galadriel 08-06-14 Member Since 2008

    I have to admit that I'm a total Audible junkie. MUST have book going at all times. I may be the subject of a family intervention someday.

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    "Very moving"
    What made the experience of listening to 1916 the most enjoyable?

    What a magnificent story of idealism and bravery.


    What about Fiacre Douglas’s performance did you like?

    The reader is quite good. My only nitpicky thought is that I wish he (or the editors) would have paused for a moment when venues, viewpoints, or subjects changed, without running them together. Otherwise great job.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I did get very choked up, and found myself searching YouTube and Wikipedia for more information and images of the characters.


    Any additional comments?

    Beautifully rendered, tragic chapter of Irish history, very moving. Wish the next chapter was available on Audible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    John Whitestone, NY, United States 03-05-13
    John Whitestone, NY, United States 03-05-13 Member Since 2015
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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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  • Petra
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    11/3/14
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    "Easter rising drama"

    The story is good and my feeling is that the book is very well researched. I understand that this is the first part of a series which is explains the slightly inconclusive ending with respect to the main characters.
    I did not like the narrator. He does the Irish voices well but cannot manage other accents. His delivery is not fluent and this detracted from my enjoyment.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • ED
    Hoddesdon, United Kingdom
    1/7/15
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    "An excellent book"
    What made the experience of listening to 1916 the most enjoyable?

    It was mixture of fact & fiction and cleverly written


    What did you like best about this story?

    All of it really


    Which character – as performed by Fiacre Douglas – was your favourite?

    The main character


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    Well worth listening as you can brush up on your Irish History at the same time

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • joe
    5/31/14
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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
    Neston, United Kingdom
    6/3/12
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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