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  • By: Martyn Whittock
  • Narrated by: Christopher Oxford
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • 3.7 out of 5 stars (27 ratings)

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Summary

A very accessable guide that fills the gap between academic analysis and less-critical retellings of the myths and legends. Marytn Whittock provides an accessible overview while also assessing the current state of research regarding the origins and significance of the myths. Since all records of the myths first occur in the early medieval period, the focus is on the survival of pre-Christian mythology and the interactions of the early Christian writers with these myths.

A wide-ranging and enthralling introduction to Celtic mythology, from the Irish gods before gods, the Fomorians, to the children of Llyr, the sea deity; from the hunter-warrior Fionn mac Cumhaill, whose exploits are chronicled in the Fenian Cycle, to Cú Chulainn, the Hound of Ulster; and from the Welsh heroes of the Mabinogion to Arthur, King of Britain, though the mythical, Welsh version who predates the medieval legends.

©2013 Martyn Whittock (P)2014 Audible Ltd
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A good read gone south!

I'm not sure if the author or the narrator decided to stress certain words, but it got on my nerves. But I persevered and finished the book as its contents were interesting. I don't know if I could change anything with out looking at the printed version.

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very difficult to listen to

the narrator is very iritating, his pronunciation of Irish words is so appalling that I have to look up what he is on about.
these legends are thaught is school in Ireland ,therefore we are familiar with their names.
The narrator should have got advice before attempting to speak irish

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heavy

A good overview with an incredible amount of information, much repeated. this was very heavy going for me and I'd probably recommend buying this as a written copy for reference rather than as an audio book.

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interesting

this book leaves lots of room for further reading. will need to re read some parts as stores are quite complex.

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pitiful

When the book starts in an a apologetic preamble for Christianity I find myself both talked at and to. The narrator's smearing and condisending tone do not help immerse me into the mythological world they are attempting to convey and/nor enlighten us readers on. Avoid this book if you are looking for a retelling and constructive dissertation on Celtic mythology.

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