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Editorial Reviews

James Stephens' retelling of 10 Irish fairy tales is a true delight, and narrator Kevin Stillwell's understated performance highlights their charm. The stories are set in a medieval Ireland filled with larger-than-life hunters, warriors, kings, and magical creatures; many of the tales are derived from the Fenian cycle of Irish mythology. Listeners will thrill to the stories of the Fianna and their leader Fionn mac Cumhaill as he embarks on adventures with druids and enchanted children. Stillwell's delivery of Stephens' words captures their poetic cadence wonderfully.

Publisher's Summary

This collection of 10 time-honored tales brims with enchantment, whimsy, and sly humor. Assembled by a renowned poet and student of Gaelic language and culture, this edition includes "The Birth of Bran", "The Little Brawl at Allen", "The Enchanted Cave of Cesh Corran", "Becuma of the White Skin", "Mongan's Frenzy", and other stories.

Public Domain (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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  • JEFFERY
  • Sparks, NV, United States
  • 02-19-13

Great Celtic stories

this is a great work, it is a longer and a different tales style from many of the stories you have heard if you are a Lister to Irish tales. I would recommend it

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Beautiful poetic stories, authentic narration

Very enjoyable listen. Had no previous knowledge of Irish myth, and this book has everything I was hoping for. Beautiful prose, interesting stories, and reader's accent brought it all together to be a book I'll come back to just to enjoy a story and the telling that borders on poetry, an unexpected bonus (not really a poetry guy, didn't think so at least).

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I'd buy 20 more stories

Needs more Diarmuid of the Gay Face, one of Irelands most underrated characters, with stories of witches, demons and magic spears; but the selected stories were awesome.

Kevin Stillwell does an incredible job of performing the stories, adding a sense of mysticism and wonder to all, paired with perfect pronunciation made this one of the most enjoyable anthologies I've heard.

If they teamed up to release another compilation, it would be an insta-buy for me.

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Superb!--And Perhaps Not What You Expect!

I ordered this a year or two ago, but didn't get around to listening till now. And what a shock! While I expected from the write-up more of what I generally consider somewhat boring hero-tales, with Finn doing the usual super-hero violent stuff, this book is, instead, a MESMERIZING book of Celtic tales, told in such a way that all of their mythological/mystical magic is retained. Yes, Finn appears, but it took me an hour to even recognize him--He is here a real hero, with mystical roots and filled with so much true wonder. Here, he has not been simply reduced to the political hero of a down-trodden race, but sings to us of his original power. The narrator, Kevin Stillwell, is a true bard. My gosh, he is fantastic. He is never over-blown, but the tiniest innuendos in his reading open up whole chapters in characterization. In this book, you will recognize the skeletons of some of the best Celtic books you've ever read. And if more fantasy authors listen to Stillwell's reading, I predict a generation of new fantasy novels. In Stillwell's rendition, the book reminds me VERY strongly of Tolkien's "Silmarillion", and some of his other more esoteric writing. (Any chance, Audible, that you could get this narrator to do some new Tolkien readings?) TOP LISTENING for anyone interested in mythology, especially Celtic. Fabulous! Thank you!