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Winter 1847, the Star of the Sea sets sail from Ireland for New York. Among the refugees are a maidservant, bankrupt Lord Merridith, an aspiring novelist and a maker of revolutionary ballads. Each is connected more deeply than they know.

©2002 Joseph O'Connor (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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An Ill-Begotten Time

I love history and I love a well-written story. This book combines these in an artful, compelling narrative that makes the horrors of the Irish famine and the racism the refugees encountered all too real for the catastrophes in our present world.

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  • bravoball
  • 01-31-15

Bad reader

A wonderful piece of writing
Wish I had read it
The reader was abysmal
Pronunciation of Gaelic and Irish towns dreadful
I guess he was trying to be West Briton but got in the way

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  • Isolde
  • 05-22-16

Linguistic imperialism

This is an astonishing book in every respect. The story is gripping, the characters multifaceted, the language glorious. How bitterly ironic that the theme of suppression of the Irish by English authorities is mirrored by the producers choice of an English actor to mangle the Irish language that is part of the narrative of this book. This recording cannot be said to be unabridged: The portion of the printed text that appears in the Irish language, whether written in English or Irish spellings, is absent. That is nothing short of a betrayal of the author and the readers

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  • PAULA
  • 09-27-17

This is one of my favourite books ever

I read The Star of the Sea years ago. It was a real treat to listen to it now. There is so much in this book that one visit to it is not enough.

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  • Bernadette
  • 10-07-15

Excellent read, perfect narration

I had been wanting to read this book for a long time and in the end chose the audible version so I could enjoy it while travelling in the car. It captivated me from the beginning to the end. Joseph 0'Connor is a genius. I felt like I was living the story at times, such was the depth of meaning. The narrator was a perfect choice, The best I have heard so far. I couldn't recommend it more

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  • shakyra
  • 07-08-13

Wonderfully read journey to the US

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