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Volume I includes "Homesickness" and "Julia Cahill's Curse" by George Moore; "Innocence" by Sean O'Faolain; "The Fairy Goose" by Liam O'Flaherty; "The Sphinx without a Secret" by Oscar Wilde; "Adventures of a Strolling Player" by Oliver Goldsmith; "The Weaver's Grave" by Seamus O'Kelly; "My Oedipus Complex" by Frank O'Connor; "The Boarding House" by James Joyce; and "The Leaping Trout" by David Hogan.
"Charlton Griffin reads all of the stories and effectively voices different characters; there are times you would swear there are several readers." (AudioBooksToday.com)
"An enjoyable collection....The combination of reader, sound effects, and music makes for a classy production and another strong addition to the Audio Connoisseur catalog." (AudioFile)
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An excellent audio book!
I have rented and purchased many audio books from many different sources over the years. This is one of my all time favorites. The writing is captivating; the narration is elegant; and the music and sound effects actually add to the production (unlike most sloppy attempts to which I've been subjected).
This is a book I will listen to many times.
9 people found this helpful
Very nice indeed
Anyone who is bored with these stories obviously needs to stay away from classic literature. These are some of the best Irish short stores ever written. In particular, the Joyce and O'Connor works were extremely entertaining. All of the pieces in this collection are superbly written. The narration is perfectly matched to the stories, as is the music and sound effects.
8 people found this helpful
- Carrie Shearer
Really great story telling. This was my first ever audio book experience and I was completely enthralled. The reader did a great job of differentiating between character voices. Added sound effects enhanced the experience and did not at all detract. Music was appropriate and well done. Great experience!
2 people found this helpful
- Jody R. Nathan
I thought this might be a good introduction to Irish writers. Well, if Irish writers are dull and boring, I guess it is. I simply could not get into the stories. One is about an innkeeper who gets her daughter married off to a guest; one that was sort of cute involved a father whose son was getting ready to go to his first confession -- and the father's memories of the first time he confessed to something bad; another story was about a man who goes back to Ireland to get his health back, promises to marry a local girl and then heads back to the States; and the last one is about trying to find a grave in an old graveyard. Perhaps these are really wonderful works and I am just not able to get them. But I really do like short stories; and I had hoped for so much more from these. On the positive side, the narrator did a good job.
7 people found this helpful
- Gail N.
Depressing and repetitive
I did not enjoy this short book. The stories are repetitive and depressing with one or two exceptions. The theme is that the villagers are quaint but not especially bright, prone to superstition and oppression by the church. All of this is historically accurate, especially the part about the oppression of the Roman Catholic church whose egregious oppression, especially as regards the poor and the women of Ireland is now well documented. However, these stories neither charmed not entertained.
Perfect If you love to hear Irish shorts
I loved this audio book for the narration and the music and the stories themselves..... if you want to relax and listen to old fashioned cozy tales from Ireland then look no further..... the stories are well chosen and The more you listen to them the more you want hear them again and again .....I’ve been a story listener rather than a reader all my life... what makes a good audio for me is music ... background sound effects ( if appropriate) narrator and the story obviously.... this audiobook has it all!!!! I listen to it quite often and I even let my husband listen to it
(who is half Irish) and he fell in Love with the stories and the way it was presented too...... 10/10
1 person found this helpful
- William Burke
So bad. So, so bad.
The narration in this ruins some good stories.
I spent much of my time wondering which was worse:
* the pronunciation of the Irish names and words
* the put-on Irish accents of the narrators
The latter were comparable with Tom Cruise’s accent in Far And Away.
The former were commonplace mis-pronunciations. However, if the creators Audio Connoisseur had any professionalism they’d have got these right.
But then, it reached rock-bottom in the last chapter. “Fuschia” the shrub is hardly obscure or difficult to pronounce. >FEW-sha< is it’s simple pronunciation.
Alas, in this audiobook, it’s pronounced >FUZZ-key-ah<
I just don’t know what to say.
Some good stories, some poor enough.
But the performances are an atrocity.