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Freewheeling Through Ireland | [Edward Enfield]

Freewheeling Through Ireland

When Edward Enfield decided to cycle around Ireland, he was enchanted by prehistoric fortresses, rugged landscapes, and landladies who insisted on washing his shirts. He takes you with him on a gentle ride up the west coast, eating fresh fish and enormous breakfasts along the way, and stopping to chat to peat-cutters, fishermen, eccentric tourists, and a famous matchmaker.
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When Edward Enfield decided to cycle around Ireland, he was enchanted by prehistoric fortresses, rugged landscapes, and landladies who insisted on washing his shirts. He takes you with him on a gentle ride up the west coast, eating fresh fish and enormous breakfasts along the way, and stopping to chat to peat-cutters, fishermen, eccentric tourists, and a famous matchmaker.

With his trademark dry wit, observant eye, and a sense of the absurd, Enfield is the perfect companion for a tour of Ireland's most beautiful areas, from the lakes of Killarney to the idyllic Joyce's Country, and from the dolmens of Clare to the deserts and neolithic remains of Mayo.

©2006 Edward Enfield; (P) Clipper Audio

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    Robert 02/08/2012
    Robert 02/08/2012
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    "Very enjoyable"

    There is something special about a book read by its author : it seems to come over more naturally, as though the person is chatting to you, rather than reading. No doubt the best readers seek to achieve that result.

    Edward is reading his own book, telling us about his experiences travelling through Ireland, delivered in a relaxed and jovial manner. It's what I'd call a "Sunday" book : it sustains great interest without recourse to sensational devices.

    One or two young people might find it a bit boring, but for anyone who loves Irish history and culture, or who may simply have happy memories of time spent in that wonderfully inspirational country, this audio book is an absolute "must hear" !

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    John Hayes 27/07/2014
    John Hayes 27/07/2014 Member Since 2010
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    "A joy to listen..."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would as it gives a great flavour of Ireland mixed with humour & history, plus various characters.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The match maker who fixes up partners...gives you hope that there is someone out there for everyone.


    Have you listened to any of Edward Enfield’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No I haven't but his voice is a joy to listen to.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It never made me cry, but it did tell you just how bad the English were back in the 1700/1800's...how can you be so cruel to fellow human beings?


    Any additional comments?

    This is a must for anyone who wants to find out about Ireland and the people. A very good listen, well told & informative, never far from bringing a smile to your face!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • MillenniumMike
    Aurora, IL United States
    08/12/12
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    "Very charming, informative & entertaining narative"
    Would you listen to Freewheeling Through Ireland again? Why?

    Yes, and I am now listening to it a second time. The writer/reader, Edward Enfield, sounds as though he is personally talking to the listener with his reminiscences and insights into Ireland. Having been to Ireland and specifically the areas he tours (riding on his bicycle) I can picture the villages and other sites along the way as he rides up the west coast of Ireland. Remarkably, he sets out on this tour at age 60+, and that is also my age group, which makes another connection with me, but I think that anyone who has a sense of adventure and a wonder for travel will enjoy this, but especially for those familiar with the landscape and people of Ireland. Very enjoyable listen.


    What other book might you compare Freewheeling Through Ireland to and why?

    I enjoy books where the writer takes you on the road through the countryside, and I've read several about Ireland including "A Course Called Ireland" (walking and golfing in Ireland), "McCarthy's Bar," "An Innocent in Ireland," "Whoredom in Kimmage," "A Book of Migrations," "The Irish Way," and one other I forget the name of by a former rock grouper who in travels around Ireland comes across (separately) Meryl Streep and Newt Gingrich. Also, I have yet to read the book "Around Ireland in Low Gear," another book by an older gentleman riding his bicycle around Ireland. I wish they were all available as audio books.


    What about Edward Enfield’s performance did you like?

    Very easy delivery, pleasant voice, personal style, stories are concise and interesting.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, it's more fun to listen in pieces, such as taking my dog for a long walk every morning, listening in bed before sleep or during the night. I'm in no rush to complete the journey through Ireland, so a leisurely pace of listening stretches out my mental visit.


    Any additional comments?

    We need more books like this, especially on Ireland! And, congratulations to Mr. Enfield on his interesting and adventurous journeys, and for writing and reading about them.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dominique Hackett
    Santa Barbara, CA, US
    22/08/09
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    "Travel through Ireland narrated by the author"

    I am getting ready to travel to Ireland for the first time, and I have enormously enjoyed listening to this book - which I have done multiple times. An excellent choice for anyone who intends a visit, especially for the first time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Teresa
    New TownAustralia
    28/09/07
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    "worthy"

    This is a wonderfull story, easy to listen to and full of humour. I could easily listen to the wonderful tones of Edward Endield every day, his pronounciation and accent are delightful.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Alexander
    Jackson Heights, NY, United States
    03/09/08
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    "Grandpa Got a Bike"

    Two eggs for breakfast or one; noisy or quiet neighbors? This ia a retired guy's travelogue of his 2-week ride through Western Ireland. He rambles through pedestrian details and when he runs out of material (which happens quickly), he chats about his army service where he met some Irish people, etc. He comes across as a harmless but boring old drone, and listening to him is like being in a room with the TV on in the background. As another reviewer had noted, his voice is quite pleasant, but I put this audiobook aside after about 2 hours to move onto something with a little more content than this aimless chatter.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • chris payne
    14/01/08
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    "A rather enjoyable listen."

    If you like traveling essays that cover the ground at a pace faster than walking, but slower than behind the steering wheel, this book may be for you. Hopefully audible will carry some of the authors books very soon.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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