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.
"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.