The Irish Revolution has long been mythologized in American culture but seldom understood. Please try again. From that stirring beginning, Rutherfurd takes the listener on a powerfully imagined journey through the centuries. Through the interlocking stories of a memorable cast of characters we see Ireland through the lens of its greatest city. ©1995 Thomas Cahill (P)1999 Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, a Division of Random House, Inc. Irish History: A Concise Overview of the History of Ireland from Start to End, The Great Book of Ireland: Interesting Stories, Irish History & Random Facts About Ireland, The Irish Identity: Independence, History, and Literature, By: Overall a rich and rewarding listen. I spent so much time trying to make the audio understandable, I missed half the telling of it. His pace is excrutiatingly slow. Sold and delivered by Audible, an Amazon company. In exchange for a bed and a warm meal, he invites his hosts and their neighbors to join him by the wintry fireside and begins to tell formative stories of Ireland's history. Richard English, By: It is very accessible for a non academic like myself. And few stories have a greater need for a balanced and light-hearted telling than the complex and often controversial saga of Ireland and her people. The narrator is not bad - his pronunciation of Irish words is poor, yet the monotonous nature of much of the writing does come through in his presentation. The first few chapters focus on classical antiquity in relation to Ireland and Celtic Christianity, which is why I described the chapters in detail because the title felt somewhat misleading although in the end Cahill does brilliantly prove his thesis. Overall quite poor and disappointing. Scott Miller, By: John Scotney, Narrated by: Please try again. Not just the Irish - the entire medieval history is fair game for this meandering but intelligent and fun author. Forget the negative reviews, for they are from people that wanted a history of Ireland and ordered the wrong book. The writing is scholarly, clear, and elegant, opening a view of the Irish both fresh and surprising. Many political and cultural events sent shock waves through the Irish world in the 19th and early 20th centuries as Ireland gradually shook off the shackles of British rule. By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's, The Untold Story of Ireland's Heroic Role from the Fall of Rome to the Rise of Medieval Europe. Are you fascinated and intrigued by the Emerald Isle? There's a problem loading this menu right now. Dick Hill. It's definatly a 3 hour treat worth listening to. Businesspeople and visitors who don't know Ireland will find this book an invaluable introduction to the people, the country, and the economic opportunities it offers, while if you think you know Ireland and the Irish, you will find plenty here to broaden and deepen that knowledge, and plenty that will surprise you. Does Ireland hold a special place in your heart? A very clever yet somehow light-hearted as well, argument in layman's terms. I thought it might improve, but it did not. Dr Jonathan Bardon, Narrated by: (Are you not with me here?) I have to laugh when I read that Freud, who was exasperated by the Irish, said that they were the only people that could not be helped with psychoanalysis.The book did not live up to its title but was rather a stroll through the dark ages. We really don't learn much about the Irish, just that St. Pat was there, and they converted to Christianity. (The Los Angeles Times). A perfect storm of bacterial infection, political greed, and religious intolerance sparked this catastrophe. In this entertaining and compelling narrative, Thomas Cahill tells the story of how Europe evolved from the classical age of Rome to the medieval era. Edward Rutherfurd, Narrated by: Gerard Doyle, By: Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 13, 2019. But the victors write the history, (just think how Julius Caesar bad mouthed us Celts) and so in the end, Rome got the credit, as usual- and received wisdom reverted to the old stereotypes of barbaric, brutal, half-witted Celts Caesar promoted and which was far from unusual into the 20th Century. Marc C. Conner, Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. Stream and download audiobooks to your computer, tablet and iOS and Android devices. Not only did he bring Christianity to Ireland, he instilled a sense of literacy and learning that would create the conditions that allowed Ireland to become "the isle of saints and scholars" - and thus preserve Western culture while Europe was being overrun by barbarians. Brian F. O'Byrne, The Rise of Feminism, Science and Art from the Cults of Catholic Europe, How Renaissance Artists and Reformation Priests Created Our World, Narrated by: In the tradition of Barbara Tuchman's A Distant Mirror, How the Irish Saved Civilization reconstructs an era that few know about but which is central to understanding our past and our cultural heritage. When the seeds of culture were replanted on the European continent, it was from Ireland that they were germinated. In this entertaining and compelling narrative, Thomas Cahill tells the story of how Europe evolved from the classical age of Rome to the medieval era. The history of Ireland has shaped the world far beyond its borders. The narration was either very uneven or SOOOO SLOW and PONDEROUS that I quickly drifted off. This book is like a trip down memory lane - to being taught by the Christian Brothers in the 1970s. I found interesting ideas about Irish history in this book. Scott Miller, By: Very well read. I listened to this immediately after "A Brief History of the Celts", so it was an excellent sequel- a culture once so widespread and powerful, squeezed out of most of Europe (or assimilated), preserved knowledge and literature of the dying and fossilised Greco-Roman hegemony, as the Dark Ages enveloped mainland Europe, but also maintained their own, quirky, lively, adventurous, disputatious customs!It is not general knowledge that the Christianity of most of this big island I live on (Great Britain) springs from Irish sources thanks to the great missionaries (Columba, Aidan, Cuthbert, etc) than to Augustine (of Canterbury) and his boss, Gregory "the Great", arriving rather late in the day to tackle the problem of the pagan Anglo-Saxon colonists. "Cahill's lovely prose breathes life into a 1,600-year-old history." I have about 500 audio books. Very difficult to understand, especially when played over my car's speakers through the AUX. In this sweeping history, Ireland's best-known historian, Tim Pat Coogan, tackles the dark history of the Irish Famine and argues that it constituted one of the first acts of genocide. I won't know until I READ it so I won't have to abide this horrid audio quality. Here’s why Ireland was the Isle of Saints and Scholars. By: Tim Pat Coogan. The Great Courses, Narrated by: By: Best selling history writer Thomas Cahill continues his series on the roots of Western civilization with this volume about the contributions of ancient Greece to the development of contemporary culture. Richard English's brilliant audiobook offers a detailed history of the IRA, providing invaluable historical depth to our understanding of the modern-day Provisionals, the more militant wing formed in 1969 dedicated to the removal of the British Government from Northern Ireland and the reunification of Ireland. I'm so glad I bought this book second hand for very, very little as I'm afraid it's not going to make it to my keeper shelf. Mike Cronin, Narrated by: Stream or download thousands of included titles. Richard English. By: It deals with the way Ireland so quickly became Christianized & literate. These are the questions Thomas Cahill addresses in his subtle and engaging investigation into the life and times of Jesus. It is for this reason that Patrick was sainted: the stories of ridding Ireland of snakes is just a fairy tale made up by those who didn't read and didn't know why he was sainted. Maurice Walsh, Narrated by: Overall a very enjoyable listen. Roger Clark, By: Wish it had been unabridged, for now I will have to order that version. After the long period of cultural decline known as the Dark Ages, Europe experienced a rebirth of scholarship, art, literature, philosophy, and science, and began to develop a vision of Western society that remains at the heart of Western civilization today. The reader is awful. After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in. Measured in terms of mortality, the Great Irish Potato Famine was one of the worst disasters in the 19th century-it claimed twice as many lives as the American Civil War. Ronan, a nine-year-old boy, grows so entranced by the storytelling that, when the old man leaves abruptly under mysterious circumstances, the boy devotes himself to finding him again. and others. Unable to add item to List. In the 5th century AD the barbarians broke through the Roman control of Europe. Bryan Sykes, Narrated by: What reaction did this book spark in you? For too long the story of Irish independence and its aftermath has been told only within an Anglo-Irish context. Note to author, make sure you hire a narrator who can speak clearly. Saxons, Vikings, and Celts is the most illuminating book yet to be written about the genetic history of Britain and Ireland. Unlimited listening on select audiobooks, Audible Originals, and podcasts. Patrick Moy, By: By: As I said, it didn't live up to the title. In what the Boston Globe calls "his greatest achievement", Coogan shows how the British government hid behind the smoke screen of laissez faire economics, the invocation of divine providence, and a carefully orchestrated publicity campaign, allowing more than a million people to die agonizing deaths and driving a further million into emigration.

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