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The ancient culture of the Celts, with its folklore and fairytales, has sparked the imagination of many. The mythological creatures, stories, and legends have their enchanting flair and have certainly been the topic of many historians and scholars. It is time to dive deeper into some of the best-known myths and epic ventures of the gods, goddesses, and magical realms from the British Isles. You will hear about things like: 

  • Cultural backgrounds and the way it integrated with the Celts’ lives
  • The four cycles of Irish Mythology. This may sound surprising to you
  • The Selkies and their connection to the Celts
  • The coming of Finn and all the drama around it
  • The Fianna of Erin and the reason why this is such a popular story
  • Different tales from the Ossianic cycle 

And much more! Celtic mythology is worth studying, and the moral lessons and interesting side notes on each of these myths can be enlightening and enriching.

©2018 Bernard Hayes (P)2018 Bernard Hayes

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Terrible pronunciation of Irish words.

Very dissapointing audiobook. All the good the writer did in finding this information and putting it into a book was runied by the incorrect pronunciation of all the Irish words. Couldn't concentrate on the story and others that don't know these words will be learning them wrong now. It's not hard to do a bit of research or simply ask an Irish person the correct pronunciation, there is enough of us out there. Ruined the whole book.

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horrendous pronunciations

the horrendous pronunciations make this impossible to listen to, tried for a couple of chapters but when I heard him strangle Cuchulains name, I gave up!

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Awful

Waste of time and money. More of this was about the inner meaning of myth than the legends themselves! Very abbreviated legends, too.
Don't get me started on the mispronunciations!

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absolutely horrendous

I couldn't get past the first 20 minutes. The reader has horrendous pronunciation of Irish names

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Celtic mythology is great

I thought the elves and trolls in there were interesting, but also the gods and goddesses the Celts worshiped.

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Celtic myths

Fairies and trolls, gods and natural elements. It reminded me of the movie Brave a little, although that might be a little off.

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Excellent!

Trolls and fairies aren't the only things you'll listen about. This guide shows you most of the basics of Celtic myth.

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  • matthew
  • 11-05-18

Very well researched and easy to listen

Those listeners who loves hеrоiс ѕtоriеѕ and ерiс tаlеѕ with еlеmеntѕ оf mаgiс, ѕрirituаliѕm will not be able to put this book down as this book is stocked with great ancient tales as well as the history of the celtic folkores.

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  • A.G.
  • 08-03-19

Audio Version

Good introduction to Celtic Mythology. I am glad I got this one in audio version. Because it is a bit dry, and I think it we’ve hard to get through by reading it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-06-19

Interesting Overview

Irish history & mythology are interests of mine so while I found the subject matter interesting, at times I felt the author was trying to cover too much in as short a time as possible. This is definitely an overview, not an in-depth study, nor a full retelling of the Irish myths. Unfortunately, I don't think the narrator was given much instruction in how to pronounce names & places which made it difficult to follow him at times. Also his speech was very rapid, so changes in topic were more than a little abrupt. Still as this is a specialized topic, & Gaelic is not an easy language, I think you have to give the narrator some leeway....

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21-11-20

As informative as a last minute college paper

Reads like the author threw a bunch of facts about the Celts into a blender and dumped out whatever came about. Admittedly, A “Hasty History” can’t do much more than scratch the surface of Celtic mythology and is probably only meant to inspire the reader to go into further research on their own, this still feels rather shallow. This is not helped by the way the book jumps around from one subject to the next without any apparent rhyme or reason, for example jumping from the story of Finn Mac Cumhail joining the Fianna to a history of the Celts and then to talking about Selkies.
It does not help that the narrator’s pronunciation of names and places is spotty and inconsistent.
In short, don’t expect more than a really superficial summary. You would be better off with Wikipedia.

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  • Michelle
  • 04-01-20

recordings seem to be missing

in chapter 5 with a little over 6 minutes remaining, some of the recording seems to be missing. Also, I have never heard Samhain pronounced Sam-hane. I thought it was pronounced sow-in, although I am skilled in Gaelic language pronunciation. Otherwise, pretty good.

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  • K.P.
  • 11-01-19

Rambling but some mythology

Very rambling and switching topics. But does have some mythology in the middle. Clear narrator but he’s not great with Irish names.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-11-18

Fairies from the forest

Every knows the Celts were a little crazy, and genius at the same time. Did you know they believed in mythological creatures? If not, go watch Brave again..... or listen to this book.

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  • Timothy
  • 15-11-18

You wouldn't know until you listen to it

Celtic myths and folklore are all recognizable throughout history and yet, we fail to acknowledge them as part of the most important mythological heritage.

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  • James
  • 15-11-18

Celts were no dummies

But they sure had some weird myths. Well, what else do you expect if you roam around in the boonies all day long?

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-11-18

Celtic mythology at its best

I didn't know much about Celtic mythology, to be honest. I always heard of Greek and Roman myths, even Egyptian ones (which I think this author has some books about too). But Celtic mythology is very interesting, with the elves and trolls.

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