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)
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.
This is such a pleasant book. At one time I worked with an Irishman who has since left this world, Bill would have loved this book. It is stories within a story
All the other reviews make this book sound entrancing, but, in fact, it is boring. It loosely strings together stories, not in any particular order or of any particular interest from Irish history or folklore. The uniting principle is contrived (a young man looks for a story teller). Although the book is well written and well read, the material is tiresome.
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