I tend to listen to books while driving. I could not get in to the story. It seemed to jump quickly from one chapter to the next and it was very easy to get lost. I never seemed to know what was going on, or even who the story was about. Character development was minimal. Seemed to have very little continuity. May be better for someone who can listen for longer stretches.
I did not care for this as it seemed more a collection of disconnected short stories instead of a Michener type book that develops around a central theme. Not my kind of story.
I read this book after having read and enjoyed Rutherfurd's New York book. New York seemed to have been fairly well researched and the characters interacted well with the history surrounding them to give you a feeling for life in that time. When I read Princes, I was surprised by the similarities in how characters develop, their conflicts (both internal and external) and accomplishments between the two books. There was interesting history in the book - the early sections revolving around the early kings of Ireland were probably the most engaging although perhaps not the best at using actual historical facts.
As others have written, story lines seem to have little continuity (other than a red headed girl) and end rather abruptly. Probably due to trying to cover too many years in one book. The best way to describe it for me was that the book lacked the richness and texture of actual events that a good historical fiction book has. After reading the afterword from Princes, it was clear that many of the events were liberally imagined.
I am an Australian woman who enjoys reading many different styles of books, from history to sci fi and mystery to poetry.
You don't need to read The Rebels of Ireland. As a matter of fact I think this book is great all by itself. It was written first and gives a little background to the history of the Rebels but I think this one is the better book.
The characters are well drawn, the story is epic and the narration is very well done. If you like your history lived, then Edward Rutherford allows this.
I don't normally listen to a book more than once.
I enjoyed all of the characters.
No. I enjoyed him though.
This was my first Edward Rutherford book and I really enjoyed the history wrapped into the fiction. I learned quite a bit. I'm moving on to another Rutherford book now, "New York".
Fascinating historical saga.
After visiting Ireland recently, I downloaded this book to recall the wonderful places and to learn some of the background of the beautiful locations and landmarks. Had originally read this book when it first came out, as I love the development format that Rutherford uses for his novels. It was a great read, but LISTENING to the stories again made my travel experience much more meaningful. When traveling in a limited timeframe, it is hard to absorb all of the surrounding history, and having all of this added information was so helpful. Will look forward to hearing the sequel and also to a return visit to Ireland!
I have been meaning to read this book for a while but never seemed to have the time to sit down and do so. With the unabridged audio version it was as easy as plugging in my headphones during my morning run... and the miles turned into years! Rutherfurd traverses Irish history through the twining branches of several fictitious families beginning in the mists of pre-Christian Ireland to the sixteenth century, weaving in key historical figures and developments that shaped the country. Historical figures include, St. Patrick, Strongbow, and Brian Boru among others, with cameos from several family septs. Within the enormous swath of time Rutherfurd chooses to frame this book you will meet Druids, warriors, Vikings, monks, knights, chieftains, nobles, merchants, kings... and perhaps a few characters your own ancestors might have identified with.
Great book, but I preferred New York. The detail necessary to clearly tell the story sometimes overwhelmed the story itself.
Plodding plot, uninteresting characters, choppy timeline. It is well narrated but this just creates a brightly polished turd. I love me a historical novel but I have to say, it would be great to have those 2 credits back. You can't help me but you can still save yourself. Run, don't just walk away from this costly bomb.
Rutherford writes wonderful books, I've read all of them so far and want more. The Princes of Ireland, like everything he writes, was full of interesting characters that may have lived during times of great historical events.
After reading his Ireland series, I finally understood the reason for the bitter animosity between the English and Irish.
The narrator only enhanced this wonderful book. More Rutherford audiobooks, please.