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Summary

The "isle of poets and scholars" has known almost constant warfare for centuries. In 1920, it was divided into North and South; yet this purely political solution left a religious and cultural schism intact. This presentation follows Ireland's tragic course from St. Patrick to Britain's imposition of direct rule in 1974.
©1991 Knowledge Products, Inc. (P)1991 Knowledge Products, Inc.

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Nothing I already knew.

What disappointed you about Ireland?

Firstly, this is a book about Irish history, WHY on earth is it being narrated by an American and an American with an accent that does not fit the history.
Secondly, WHY is it that the English accents are so Plummy, listen to live news recordings of the day, the English Never spoke that way.
Thirdly, WHY is it that the accents of the Irish were in what I would consider very poor Belfast Brogue, I grew up in Belfast and I can assure you that accents like these never existed, they appear to be just a bit extreme, in some respects quite off-putting.

Would you ever listen to anything by Wendy McElroy again?

Whilst some of the historic information was true the way in which it is delivered does not seem to fit the reality of the events, it is as if the author has copy and pasted information from other books...For me it did not feel right.

How could the performance have been better?

The use of real local people from the area the book is concerned with and using accents that are not over exaggerated, I do not recall hearing very much Southern Irish accents, and indeed the subject of Irish history is all about Southern and Northern Ireland.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Annoyance followed by disappointment to a degree.

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Very disappointing

Was all one sided
Very anti Catholic. Missed a lot of important events did not enjoy.

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Useful overview of Irish history

I had a general understanding of the history of Ireland.
This book gave me a good insight into the last 500 years, leading up to the troubles.
It’s worth noting that the book was written before the Good Friday Agreement so doesn’t cover recent history.
Other reviewers don’t like the American narrator, but this is not an issue for me. Neither are the slightly inaccurate accents.
I’m writing this from a hotel room in Derry/Londonderry, and I believe this audiobook has enhanced my visit to Northern Ireland.

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  • 05-01-21

Over-simplified and sometimes inaccurate

The author endeavors to take a complicated subject like Irish history and truncate it. In so doing, he makes mistakes about the formation of the county system and other facts. His writing leans in favor of Irish nationalism and he omits certain ugly details about the Irish side. He also fails to mention any positive amalgamation of British and Irish culture presenting Gaelic tribes as united when they were not. He also fails to present the Gaelic role in the Anglo-Norman invasion and the deposition of Dermot McMurragh and the deviance of the Irish churches from the pope who charged the King of England to take Ireland. I prefer histories that are more balanced.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-02-22

narration. wow.

I couldn't get through not even 5 mins. The narrator sounds like he's talking through his nose the whole time.