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Ireland Audiobook

Ireland

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Publisher's Summary

One evening in 1951, an itinerant storyteller arrives unannounced at a house in the Irish countryside. In exchange for a bed and a warm meal, he invites his hosts and their neighbors to join him by the wintry fireside, and begins to tell formative stories of Ireland's history. Ronan, a 9-year-old boy, grows so entranced by the storytelling that, when the old man leaves abruptly under mysterious circumstances, the boy devotes himself to finding him again.

Ronan's search for the Storyteller becomes both a journey of self-discovery, long unspoken family secrets, and an immersion into the sometimes conflicting histories of his native land.

A sweeping novel of huge ambition, Ireland is the beautifully told story of a remarkable nation. It rings with the truth of a writer passionate about his country and in full command of his craft.

©2005 Frank Delaney; (P)2005 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"A sprawling, riveting read....Rich and satisfying." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Sharonia 01-26-09
    Sharonia 01-26-09 Member Since 2006

    mud maven

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    "Second time even better than the first"

    I went to Ireland because of this book. I have listened to Frank Delaney in his incomparable readings of all of his books. This one is the best. Masterful. Seeing some of the places he writes about was such a thrill. The weaving of all the stories and the history of Ireland and the beautiful tale of Roland is exquisitely done. And Frank Delaney narrates with such a melodious voice, with his beautiful Irish brogue. Has to be one of the best books I've ever heard or read.

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    Beth 05-11-08
    Beth 05-11-08
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    "Irish History As Told By a Storyteller"

    This is a wonderful compilation of Irish stories, including ancient myths and legends, stories of gallantry during struggles with English domination, and most recent encounters in Northern Ireland. Before listening to this book, I had only a meager understanding of Irish history, but after finishing the book I have a much better appreciation of the rich history of Ireland. The stories are compelling in their own right, but are made more so by being woven into a larger story about the storyteller.

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    J. Clark Charlotte, NC USA 04-25-08
    J. Clark Charlotte, NC USA 04-25-08
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    "disappointed"

    After listening to the preview and reading the other reviews, I was sooooo looking forward to this book! I was disappointed.

    The history of Ireland is woven in as a minority to the main story of an odd young person whose own story is uninteresting and dominates the book. I did enjoy the story-telling aspect; the fireside, the pipe and all that, make for a cozy setting. Yet, if you are English or Christian, be prepared to be offended because this author does not like you and makes his opinions prevalent.

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    Greg 03-30-08
    Greg 03-30-08 Member Since 2013
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    "I don't give 5s"

    I also don't write reviews.

    I love story telling and this book is a prime example of why: (1) Great voice talent; (2) Great stories within (3) a great story. (I didn't even mind when the author explained the moral of his tale.)

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    Ron Hunt Hollis 03-12-08
    Ron Hunt Hollis 03-12-08 Member Since 2017
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    "Ireland"

    While recently driving on a long road trip I listened to this book. I generally enjoy listening to longer durration historical books and was really looking forward to the drive, therefore I did not take another book along. The narration was fine and the history was interesting, but the story line was like injecting medicine through a large gage needle, slow and painfully. I would have rather heard the narrator read a history text. On the return jouney I downloaded another book; thinking of finishing that last five hours was just too painful.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Longboat Key, FL, USA 10-21-07
    Robert Longboat Key, FL, USA 10-21-07
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    "Wonderful"

    A magical combination of history and fantasy.
    What a treat. Great narrator

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    Erik Seattle, WA, USA 10-06-07
    Erik Seattle, WA, USA 10-06-07
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    "Long, but engaging"

    Very long, but so is the history of Ireland. Wonderful reader, and wonderful story weaving together a complex relationship between the characters, and the oral history of Ireland. I would recommend it.

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    Amazon Customer 07-28-07 Member Since 2014
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    "Ireland"

    This was a wonderful, warm account of the story-tellers part in the preservation of history. Everyone has a story to tell. Those stories of individuals passed down from one generation to another are the heart and soul of history. Ireland makes this concept come to life, narrated in the "story-teller's" buttery Irish accent of the author.

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    William North Bay, Ontario, Canada 07-19-07
    William North Bay, Ontario, Canada 07-19-07
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    "Add this to your Desert Island reading list"

    No word in the english language could find a better "home" than this marvelous story written and read by Frank Delaney.

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    Ariana Fredericksburg, VA, USA 06-26-07
    Ariana Fredericksburg, VA, USA 06-26-07
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    "Absolutely Brilliant!"

    I laughed, I cried... it was waaaaay better than Cats.

    A truly brilliant, touching, entertaining, and enchanting story of Ireland, the Irish people, and a few select characters who quickly become family.

    I highly recommend it (& I never write reviews, so this is a first!)!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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