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Ireland Audiobook

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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    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!

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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.

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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.

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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...

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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

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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!

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    Barb Greenhoe 05-28-05 Member Since 2014
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    "Wonderful!"

    I am really captivated by this book not only for the intelligence behind the intertwining of the storyline and tales of the history of Ireland but also for the excellent presentation of it. It gives an understanding of a sense of place through its history and the nonlinear aspect of time which includes past and present.

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    Tom Tacoma, WA, USA 05-20-05
    Tom Tacoma, WA, USA 05-20-05
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    "Captivating"

    Wonderful layers of stories. Delaney narrates with such feeling (and a rich brogue) that it seems like he lived through Ireland's history and watched the main character struggle through his life rather than merely writing a novel.

    I usually listen while walking or bike riding. I took many detours to avoid postponing the next story or plot turn.

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    Keith OFallon, MO, USA 05-19-05
    Keith OFallon, MO, USA 05-19-05
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    "Wonderful Story"

    In a 19 hour book you expect to at some point feel the need to fast forward and want to speed up the story. Not so in this case. I was caught up from the minute the author started reading until the moment he finished. In fact I am saddened that it is over. It is obvious to me that Mr. Delaney knows a thing or two about writing and telling a story. Great Book!

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    Stacy S. Scott 05-07-05 Member Since 2003

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    "The story gets lost in the story"

    This is a good book and a good read (er listen). However, I feel that the story of the boy gets a little lost in all the stories. There are points when I think ok lets get on with the story and cut out all the storytelling. Yet in the end it all seems to work out ok.

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