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Ireland Audiobook

Ireland

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.
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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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    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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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    S. Rohan NY USA 05-04-05
    S. Rohan NY USA 05-04-05 Member Since 2013

    I'll read anything- books, magazines, food jars, the dictionary...

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    "Excellent"

    I usually avoid historical fiction, but this book was done very well.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Gordon Kenmore, WA, USA 04-30-05
    Gordon Kenmore, WA, USA 04-30-05 Member Since 2012
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    "slow plot drags you down"

    I really wanted to rate this book higher -- the stories within the story are superb and engaging. But by the time I had got to the third segment I was frutrated by how slowly the main plot was crawling along. Overall it was a good listen .. but just a bit too slow.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Earl Lawrenceville, GA, USA 04-16-05
    Earl Lawrenceville, GA, USA 04-16-05 Member Since 2001
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    "EXCELLENT"

    I love this book, the accent, the stories. I want to go to Irelane! Listen to this book - you will love it too!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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