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
"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)
trying to see the world with my ears
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.
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.
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.
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.
The story was a great way to educate about a factual event, using a fictional character. Very entertaining and informative at the same time.
It's right up there
Narration is Great. Story vividly told.
This is the first in a series of Five. Unfortunately this is the ONLY one on Audible
Ned, by far.
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.
Fiacre did a wonderful job in giving life to all of the characters and complimented the weaving of the tale.
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.
"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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