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Publisher's Summary

The Easter Rising of 1916 was a major turning point in Irish history. Peopled by patriots and poets, fueled by a desperate desire for freedom, and played out in the historic streets of Dublin against the background of World War I, the rebellion is a story of tremendous power and unique poignancy.

1916 is the story of the valiant men and women who, for a few desperate days, fought against all odds to realize an impossible dream: to give Ireland back to the Irish.

©2008 Morgan Llywelyn; (P)2008 Brilliance Audio

Critic Reviews

"The task of transforming the events of the 1916 Irish Rebellion into coherent fiction would terrify most writers. Llywelyn, however, has produced a thunderous, informative read that rises to the challenge." (Publishers Weekly)

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  • connie
  • Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
  • 04-13-09

more than the year 1916

Llywelyn also describes the build-up (both immediate and more distant) to the Easter uprising.

I give this novel 5 stars for its excellent job of recounting history (at least from the Irish nationalist persepective). However, as is often the case with such novels, the exposition of historical facts sometimes makes the storyline clumsy when characters "educate" us though conversations they wouldn't credibly have. Some of the romance scenes struck me as awkwardly written too -- so I thought these aspects detracted from the listen overall.

I've read the print versions of Llywelyn's "1921" and "1949," and from the more enjoyable experience of listening to "1916", I'd recommend the audio versions of the series as both entertaining and informative.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • K.
  • 01-21-15

Where are the rest of her books?

What made the experience of listening to 1916 the most enjoyable?

This is a great story by a great author. I enjoy reading about history and she does a great job with it.

Any additional comments?

I have listened to both of the Llewellyn books you have for adults and there is a whole series on the Irish Chieftains and the history of Ireland both ancient and modern. Would like to see more of them here.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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1916 (Unabridged) is great

I really enjoyed this audio book. I sat waiting for the hero's side to win, but was not disappointed even though they lots the immediate battle they won the war. And the hero wins his own personal victory. Great book! Well worth the listen.

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  • James
  • Millbrook, NY, USA
  • 05-13-09

minor complaint

I enjoyed the book and the narration but the editing was lacking. A lot of time was spent developing the character of the hero's sister and, to a lesser extent, her priest "friend." Howver when everything comes together for the final hundred pages she is never mentioned and the priest is barely mentioned. Also, the hero's avoidance of the fate of his colleagues is totally incredible in an otherwise credible story.

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  • Gary
  • Camanche, IA, United States
  • 09-22-09

Good story

Good story (BUT) a little short on history. Still worth the time. Leon Uris wrote a better historical fiction on the rebellion. Still a good story though.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Where are the rest of the books? 1921,49,72,99 ?

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I would make the entire series available, frustrating to start a series and not have the whole thing available.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I would make the entire series available, frustrating to start a series and not have the whole thing available.

What three words best describe Fiacre Douglas’s performance?

I would make the entire series available, frustrating to start a series and not have the whole thing available.

Did 1916 inspire you to do anything?

I would make the entire series available, frustrating to start a series and not have the whole thing available.

Any additional comments?

I would make the entire series available, frustrating to start a series and not have the whole thing available.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Great story, makes me feel like I was there.

Any additional comments?

The story was a great way to educate about a factual event, using a fictional character. Very entertaining and informative at the same time.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Foolish sex scenes against the 1916 Easter Rising

Good story, but sadly punctuated with tawdry sex scenes that add NOTHING to the story except make me sure that I don't have my daughter listen to this book. I would recommend another book if you want just the history.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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A powerful look at the Irish history

This audio book really needs a companion written version to keep track of all of the dates, names and events. I will use the information I gathered from this historical perspective on my References for my research paper on the IRA.

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Morgan Llywelyn is simply the best

Weaving the lives of fictional characters with historical characters brings this stage on Ireland's history to life. all the while she maintains a grasp of the minute historical detail in the telling of the 1916 Easter Rebellion. An important narration.

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  • Petra
  • 11-03-14

Easter rising drama

The story is good and my feeling is that the book is very well researched. I understand that this is the first part of a series which is explains the slightly inconclusive ending with respect to the main characters.
I did not like the narrator. He does the Irish voices well but cannot manage other accents. His delivery is not fluent and this detracted from my enjoyment.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • ED
  • 01-07-15

An excellent book

What made the experience of listening to 1916 the most enjoyable?

It was mixture of fact & fiction and cleverly written

What did you like best about this story?

All of it really

Which character – as performed by Fiacre Douglas – was your favourite?

The main character

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

yes

Any additional comments?

Well worth listening as you can brush up on your Irish History at the same time

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • joe
  • 05-31-14

How history should be thought

Where does 1916 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Our hero's sister travels on the Titanic, lands in America and becomes embroiled in Fenianism while challenging her boorish husband. Meanhile back home her brother is at school in St Enda's and happens to be involved in very significant event and meet everyone from pears to Clark along the way, from the Howth gun running to the GPO

What was one of the most memorable moments of 1916?

None really. It unfolds at a leisurely pace

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  • William Stewart
  • 06-03-12

A great read.

I thouroughly enjoyed this story, well worth the purchase, a few great links to the reality of a time that was, a time that was a memorable part of Irish history, although in the main only a story it is a great insight into the 1916 uprising.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-03-17

1916

Brilliant book they said it's fictional but at least 50% of it is true from a real Irishman well done Morgan Llywelyn.

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  • McC
  • 03-21-17

An odd book for all the right reasons.

Good concept of mixing real life and fiction. Though feels real enough that a person or people like Ned could have been totally real. Oddly, the more factual aspects are harder to accept because of the harshness of reality. Clever in an understated way.

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  • Christian
  • 06-05-16

Very enjoyable

Fascinating and very well written. If you have an interest in this period of Irish history this book really helps bring it to life in the readers mind.

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  • Lesemaus
  • 02-18-16

speed reading

it's a great story, great for learning about Irish history. pity it's being read like it's a speed reading contest

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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