The Celtic Twilight

Narrated by: Jack Chekijian
Length: 4 hrs and 11 mins
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One of the best-known collections of W. B. Yeats' prose, The Celtic Twilight explores the old connection between the Irish people and the magical world of fairies. Yeats, by traveling the land in the early 20th century and talking to the common people about their experiences with the creatures, yielded a colorful overview of Celtic fairy folklore.

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A compilation of Irish folklore in prose

From the personal notes of the great poet, this short volume highlights the tales told in the early twentieth century by the rural people of Ireland. This is not a genealogy of the Fae, but the sort of pleasant storytelling that people everywhere used to enjoy in the days before TV, mobile phones, and Pokeman Go.
Happily, the narration is not in a heavy brogue poorly understood by North American ears. Narrator Jack's performance does not distract from the work, but makes it more like the fireside listens that Yeates recounts.

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Masterful and Magical

Would you listen to The Celtic Twilight again? Why?

Yes, I would listen to The Celtic Twilight again because the folktales of fairies, ghosts, witches, and giants are enchanting. These beliefs were so widespread and deep throughout Ireland that I began to believe that they were true. This collection by Yeats of tales from his native Ireland are lovingly retold. For a night of good yarns, listen to this book. These stories were told and passed down, so an audiobook read by Jack Chekijian with his Irish accent approximates how you may have heard the stories in Ireland. This book is a masterpiece. Buy and listen to it today!

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Excellent all around.

Audible needs to do more classic literature this well for those of us who don't like modern fiction as much as old school fiction.

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Collection of Irish folk tales.

Collection of Irish folk tales rendered by a great poet. Delightful entertainment worth repeated listening.

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Unique stories and Perfect Narration

The text is a great mix of folklore and stories about the people and time.
It's exactly what you want to hear to wind down from a long week,
a collection of stories each are unique, with a narrator who's voice fits the piece and period.
Absolute PERFECTION.

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Great faery tales

Could listen to this over and over again.
Perhaps not great for children less than 13.

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Bad accent

The reader’s Irish accent is truly awful. And please, learn how to pronounce Irish words. Quay is not pronounced KWAY! It’s KEE! Poiteen is pronounce POCHEEN, etc etc

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Perfect for people who know what to expect

Ah, I love this book. It captures so much of the Irish spirit and tradition. Not only in the content, but the narrator does a fine job of it as well. I can't imagine everyone happening upon this and falling in love with it, but if you know roughly what to expect I believe you'll be overjoyed. It is truly able to transpose the reader to a different time and place. And what, if not the ability to do that, is a better sign of a masterful story?