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.
For anyone that loves this genre of historical writing, this is a wonderful book ... actually, a series of books because the story continues in "The Rebels of Ireland." As does most historical fiction of this type, he follows a number of families down from pre-Christian to modern day Ireland, specifically, Dublin. The story is not so tightly tied to Dublin as is the author's "London" or "New York" was tied to those cities, but it is certainly centered in Dublin. I can find nothing to criticize in this wonderful book and am now in the middle of the second part of the saga. It's enthralling and you'll learn more than you imagine! Worth a second reading, too.
"The Princes of Ireland" is an excellent novel. Edward Rutherfurd is one of my favorite novelists for historical fiction. His research is impeccable and the story line is engaging. While the main characters are fictional, the history is accurate. The book follows groups of families down through the centuries as they live and interact during Ireland's most pivotial times. If you'd like to learn more about the history of Ireland, this book is for you. The narration is well done and the narrator's voice is well modulated and easy to listen too. I'm off to download the next in this Dublin Saga series!
This is basically a fun story about adventures in Ireland's history as seen through the thread of a single family that's been carried down from ancient times to the Reformation. In that way, I found it to be similar to Hawaii and The Source, by James Michener: a sprawling epic, with lots of interesting sub-stories. This is a bit above Michener, though. The author tracks Irish history pretty closely, which I liked. The narrator manages to keep lots of voices straight, which is tough in a work this long.