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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 evocative epic

The Star of the Sea on 2nd consumption having previously read these same pages 10 years earlier was as engrossing and fulfilling as before. It is beautifully narrated here capturing the time and bringing to life the depths of its fascinating characters of which there are many.

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Engrossing

I loved this book, most especially due to the superb narration. I liked how the plot unfolded in a variety of ways—letters, ship notes, the different POV of the characters. The sequel gets very mixed reviews but I will probably try it given how much I liked this book, my first from this author.

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WOW!!!

I would give 6 stars if i could. This is the first work of Joseph O'Connor I have listened to and it will not be the last, he has the Irish way with words and story telling, combine Joseph O'Connor with the narrator Peter Marinker and you have a match made in heaven.

Beware this is not an easy read!

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Excellent

This book is truly amazing and the narrater is superb. A must have in any collection

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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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  • 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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  • Pravda101
  • 02-05-19

Gave up due to terrible Irish accents

A wonderful book ruined by the narrator’s dreadful attempts at Irish voices. I will buy the book to read for myself. Why didn’t they find a native Irish narrator?

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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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  • Gary B.
  • 08-18-20

Brilliant story, superbly written...

But almost destroyed by the poverty of the narration. Is it so hard to find out how to pronounce place names? Don't care where you're from, just do your research.

But another superb story from Joseph O'Connor. Audible should be accessing some of his earlier work too, it's a shame they are not available.

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  • marcia Hill
  • 10-23-20

Captivating

A must listen for all those who live historical fiction. One of my top five listens.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-10-21

An unforgettable , engaging listen

Great story, superbly narrated. It gives insights into harsh and tragic history of Irish famine.

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  • anne moller-backlund
  • 02-13-21

star of the sea

Unfortunately this book is not a star.Subject seemed interesting but the telling of the story is at too slow a pace with endless repeatitions. Flatvoiced reader .Gives me the same emotion as the newspapers write about the African famines while their leaders wallow in diamond champagne and expensive cars Told in the same way too man times- i.e men of means opressing the pool, a still unsolved problem in the US ackorden to today's media.

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  • judith
  • 12-30-20

Outstanding

Brilliant writing, haunting and captivating story, excellent narration. I absolutely could not put it down.

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  • catherine kerr
  • 10-23-20

A truly wonderful book

I read this book when it first came out....years ago and have just listened to it read to me by Peter Marinker 5*****
Wonderful story
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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-18-20

The Star of the Sea.

I loved this book. The narrator made the story come alive. It was truly thought provoking.
5 star rating.