Putting history into a perspective, Irish History for Dummies is an engaging, entertaining and educational trip through time, packing in equal parts fun and facts, providing listeners with a riveting history of this ancient land. The history of Ireland has shaped the world far beyond its borders. And few stories have a greater need for a balanced and light-hearted telling than the complex and often controversial saga of Ireland and her people.
With more than 250 million books in print and more than 1,800 titles, For Dummies is the most widely recognized and highly regarded reference series in the world. Since 1991, For Dummies has helped millions make everything easier. For Dummies audiobooks offer listeners proven experts presenting even the most complex subjects in plain English.
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I have edited 38 national best sellers and had a writing fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
I purchased this book to prepare for a vacation in Ireland. Knowing little about Irish history except the relatively recent tragic events in Northern Ireland, I was stunned to read how much the Irish endured mainly at the hands of the English. For centuries, into modern times, the Irish suffered prejudice, religious persecution, exploitation, injustice, poverty, illness, and cruelty as a result of England's superior military strength, unstoppable aggression, and insatiable greed.
Now I can't wait to take my trip and meet my hosts, whom other travelers have described as hospitable, warm, and generous. This is a great tribute to their strength and faith.
The narrator did a wonderful job. He read beautifully. He had an Irish accent (that would seem obvious, but Johnny Depp, with an American accent, read Keith Richards's autobiography--a choice I'll never understand). Although the facts of the country's history are grim, for some reason the book came across as very interesting rather than depressing and painful. The content struck me as thorough and complete.
I highly recommend this book.
"Mediocre would be a compliment too far!"
This guide to Irish history, tailored as it is for 'Dummies', will serve poorly all who hear it. There are a large number of inaccuracies - wrong dates, misleading causal statements, etc., which for anyone familiar with Irish history, flash like beacons. For those who use this book to give themselves a basic grounding in Irish history, or, God forbid, use it as a reference, they'll be embarrassed when what they believe to be facts are outed as fiction.
The narrator's voice is not bad, if lacking the gravitas required for a book on history. Obviously the youthful tone imparted by the narrator helps negate the austerity that history audiobooks often impart, yet it just seems incongruous in too many contexts. The 'jokes' that are often stapled into the narration are invariably so obvious as to be painful.
Irritatingly, the book is poorly written, quite repetitive in parts and generally sloppy in its conversion to audiobook format.
In the version I downloaded, the introduction is forced on the listener twice; at the start of each part - two times more than it should be!
Too poor to recommend.
I have to say I was very surprised at how good this book is. I have read a lot about Irish history and bought this book for an easy listening refresher. It is my for book in the for dummies series. I will now look at what else they have on offer.
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