Ronan's search for the Storyteller becomes both a journey of self-discovery, long unspoken family secrets, and an immersion into the sometimes conflicting histories of his native land.
A sweeping novel of huge ambition, Ireland is the beautifully told story of a remarkable nation. It rings with the truth of a writer passionate about his country and in full command of his craft.
©2005 Frank Delaney; (P)2005 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.
"A sprawling, riveting read....Rich and satisfying." (Publishers Weekly)
I loved the classic stories of Ireland and the story of Roland and his search. Usually I listen to non-fiction. This book had enough of great legends, their application to the modern day, truth that had been burnished, and facts about Ireland that it was a very satisfying book to listen to. And I found the author the perfect reader.
Very longish. I discovered the fast forward and would listen for a minute and fast forward for a minute and feel that little was lost. On the other hand, some of the word pictures of Delaney were captivating. The last third of the book,ie modern era, was more interesting. I love Ireland the country, the book is only so so.
This book sounded too much like a fairy tale. I was very much looking towards 20 hrs. of great audio to entertain me on the road but the pace of the book was so slow that I quit after investing over 10 hrs. hoping it'll get better.
the premise of this novel was very promising, and even the first few chapters were engaging. the main character (the boy)never proved to be that interesting, though, and the one that is the most interesting (the storyteller), we don't hear enough of. Interest gave way to tedium. By the end, i was hoping for the end.
narration was ok
I thought it was about Irish folk stories but it was really about the author's apparent hate of the Catholic Church, his low opinion of people of faith, and his sexual fantacies. Little did I know that incest would be a central theme in a book about Irish culture. I was mislead and offended. I quit half way through.
This is a great book for history lovers, people just interested in Ireland or just lovers of a great story. If the author chooses not to write any more, he can make a great living at being a reader. But lets all just hope and pray he keeps writing as well. You'll love this one. After around listening to over 70 audio books this is definitely in my top 5. Enjoy!! I will be listening to this one again soon.
The author is a wonderful storyteller. It may be a long story, but it held my interest with every word.
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