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Princes of Ireland Audiobook

Princes of Ireland: The Dublin Saga

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Publisher's Summary

The saga begins in tribal, pre-Christian Ireland during the reign of the fierce and mighty High Kings at Tara, with the tale of two lovers, the princely Conall and the ravishing Deirdre, whose travails cleverly echo the ancient Celtic legend of Cuchulainn. From that stirring beginning, Rutherfurd takes the reader on a powerfully imagined journey through the centuries. Through the interlocking stories of a memorable cast of characters (druids and chieftains, monks and smugglers, noblewomen and farmwives, merchants and mercenaries, rebels and cowards) we see Ireland through the lens of its greatest city.

While vividly and movingly conveying the passions and struggles that shaped the character of Dublin, Rutherfurd portrays the major events in Irish history: The tribal culture of pagan Ireland; the mission of St. Patrick; the coming of the Vikings and the founding of Dublin; the glories of the great nearby monastery of Glendalough and the making of treasures like the Book of Kells; the extraordinary career of Brian Boru; and the trickery of Henry II, which gave England its first foothold in Medieval Ireland. The stage is then set for the great conflict between the English kings and the princes of Ireland, and the disastrous Irish invasion of England, which incurred the wrath of Henry VIII and where this book, the first of the two part Dublin Saga, draws to a close, as the path of Irish history takes a dramatic and irrevocable turn.

Rich, colorful and impeccably researched, The Princes of Ireland is epic entertainment spun by a master.

©2004 Edward Rutherfurd; (P)2004 Books on Tape

What the Critics Say

"A tour de force....Breathtaking." (Orlando Sentinel)
"Rutherfurd literally personifies history." (New York Daily News)
"A richly imagined vision of history, written with genuine delight." (San Francisco Chronicle)

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    Dan Iowa City, IA, United States 02-11-13
    Dan Iowa City, IA, United States 02-11-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Fantastic - but sometimes ponderous in it's detail"

    Great book, but I preferred New York. The detail necessary to clearly tell the story sometimes overwhelmed the story itself.

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    Jeff Altamonte Springs, FL, United States 12-22-11
    Jeff Altamonte Springs, FL, United States 12-22-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Did I really blow 2 credits for this?"
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    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Angelyn S. Furst 07-29-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Absolutely Fabulous"

    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.

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    Cocotasha 06-20-10
    Cocotasha 06-20-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Great series"

    It can get a little difficult to follow some of the details, but it is a great and interesting series. Could not turn it off.

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    Alex 07-30-09
    Alex 07-30-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Wish I Didn't"

    Too much going on for one book. Interesting subject, but really wish I didn't use two credits on this.

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    Richard Norfolk, VA, USA 11-01-08
    Richard Norfolk, VA, USA 11-01-08
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    "Slow mover"

    Thought the material was interesting, but the way it was developed by different eras was disjointed and left me wanting more.

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    S. A. Mcmanaman USA 01-18-07
    S. A. Mcmanaman USA 01-18-07 Member Since 2014

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    "Outstanding!"

    "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!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Highland Park, IL, USA 04-18-06
    Paul Highland Park, IL, USA 04-18-06
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    "James O'Michener Tackles the Old Sod"

    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.

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    Peter G 10-25-05
    Peter G 10-25-05 Member Since 2017
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    "Just excellent"

    One of the most enjoyable and educational novels that I have ever heard or read. If there are any other books by this author, please obtain them so we can download them.

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    David West Newton, MA, USA 10-15-05
    David West Newton, MA, USA 10-15-05 Member Since 2004
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    "Very Interesting & Enjoyable"

    Not knowing much of Ireland's history - I thougth this an interesting book. While the names are a bit hard to keep track of throughout the various stories - the authors weaves the stories together nicely and adds some "connective" history in between where necessary. It was helpful in trying to get a basic understanding of how Ireland progressed over several centuries.

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