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Ireland

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Publisher's Summary

One evening in 1951, an itinerant storyteller arrives unannounced at a house in the Irish countryside. In exchange for a bed and a warm meal, he invites his hosts and their neighbors to join him by the wintry fireside, and begins to tell formative stories of Ireland's history. Ronan, a 9-year-old boy, grows so entranced by the storytelling that, when the old man leaves abruptly under mysterious circumstances, the boy devotes himself to finding him again.

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.

What the Critics Say

"A sprawling, riveting read....Rich and satisfying." (Publishers Weekly)

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    William North Bay, Ontario, Canada 07-19-07
    William North Bay, Ontario, Canada 07-19-07
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    "Add this to your Desert Island reading list"

    No word in the english language could find a better "home" than this marvelous story written and read by Frank Delaney.

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    Ariana Fredericksburg, VA, USA 06-26-07
    Ariana Fredericksburg, VA, USA 06-26-07
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    "Absolutely Brilliant!"

    I laughed, I cried... it was waaaaay better than Cats.

    A truly brilliant, touching, entertaining, and enchanting story of Ireland, the Irish people, and a few select characters who quickly become family.

    I highly recommend it (& I never write reviews, so this is a first!)!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Caroline Los Angeles, CA, USA 10-31-06
    Caroline Los Angeles, CA, USA 10-31-06
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    "Awful...couldn't get past the third chapter"

    I did not enjoy the narration at all. The story moves so slow, too much details and never gets anywhere. After a few hours, I just gave up. I have listened to over 50 audiobooks and this is one of 3 that I never finished!

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Paula Bonneau, SC, USA 11-09-05
    Paula Bonneau, SC, USA 11-09-05
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    "Fantastic Book!"

    This is definately going down as one of my most favorite books of all time. I couldn't stop listening. Delaney is a fantastic story teller; not only the history was great, but the story behind it was wonderful and full of surprises.

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    Kathleen Niceville, FL, USA 11-06-05
    Kathleen Niceville, FL, USA 11-06-05 Member Since 2008
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    "A wondeful Book"

    I was so captivated by the tales of Ireland, that I listened twice and will do again. I particulary enjoyed the story of St Patrick and his doings in Ireland. The narration really made the book for me. I love hearing the stories told by an Irishman and I don't think I would have had the same picture had I read it myself. A wonderful read, the history of Ireland told as it was many years ago by a storyteller with his own twist!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    K.D. Keenan Northern California 09-12-05
    K.D. Keenan Northern California 09-12-05 Member Since 2007

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    "1,001 Irish Nights of Storytelling"

    A wonderful reading by the author, who makes each character come alive. He combines prehistory, history, fairly tales and legend to tell the story of Ireland, each tale woven into the fabric of the main story. Fascinating to listen to, and a painless way of learning a little Irish history. I loved every minute of it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bill largo, FL, USA 08-28-05
    Bill largo, FL, USA 08-28-05
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    "Loved it!!"

    I am heading to Ireland next month and wanted something to get me in the mood. This was perfect. Wonderful warm story and great way to tell some of Ireland's history. The writer/reader was simply charming to listen to. Hated to have it end and bought the book to see how it reads compared to how it was read. Hope it is half as good in print. The book is poetic in its choice of words.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Laura Bothell, WA, USA 08-24-05
    Laura Bothell, WA, USA 08-24-05
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    "Tiresome and too long"

    Even the first story within the story I thought was too long. The "main plot" becomes quagmired in all the "stories" that are part of this book. I was able to guess rhe answer to all the "surprises" the author had laid for the reader. Couldn't care less what became of the unlovable characters. I ended up fast-forwarding thru the last few stories because I couldn't stand it anymore. Good premise, but not executed well. I had higher expectations...

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Catherine Vancouver, BC, Canada 07-13-05
    Catherine Vancouver, BC, Canada 07-13-05 Member Since 2007
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    "ireland"

    I was captivated by the stories and the form of presenting the history was engaging

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Julie Hopkinton, MA, USA 06-28-05
    Julie Hopkinton, MA, USA 06-28-05 Member Since 2007
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    "Ireland"

    This is my all-time favorite book of the many, many I've downloaded from Audible!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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