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Star of the Sea

Narrated by: Peter Marinker
Length: 15 hrs and 31 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
4 out of 5 stars (51 ratings)

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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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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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  • Nichola
  • 06-03-19

Blown away

Amazing account of history ! This book ebbed and flowed just like the sea ! Loved it !

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  • MRS I ARCHIBALD
  • 05-16-19

A superior listen

A gripping tale of high quality with the excellent narration it deserves. Supreme story-telling with palpable highs and lows..

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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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  • Dixon at Coryton
  • 12-20-18

A first class read

I really enjoy this book. A moving story that gives a good insight in to Connemara life in the 1830s tom 1850s and the great Connemara famines of that time. Holds your attention till the end.

Highly recommended.

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  • Windsor Woman
  • 03-09-18

My most favourite book

Have now read and listened to this book five times over the years as it is so incredibly good. Beautifully read on audio and most skillfully written, it holds your attention from start to finish. Will be enjoyed by either men or woman as originally recommended to me by 30 year old guy and I am a middle aged woman. You won't regret listening to this wonderful book.

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  • Owl Lover
  • 12-30-17

Really thrilling read

l loved listening to this audio book. So interesting , yet sad and full of nostalgia

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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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