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Redemption

By: Leon Uris
Narrated by: Charles Keating
Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
3.5 out of 5 stars (2 ratings)

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Summary

A dramatic saga set against the backdrop of growing unrest in Ireland and a world on the brink of the First World War, Redemption weaves together a cast of unforgettable characters that form the heart and soul of three extraordinary Irish families. They love freedom more than life, and they will fight to the death to win it.

From the magnificence of New Zealand's green mountains, to the bloody beaches and cliffs of Gallipoli, to the streets of Dublin and the shipyards of Belfast, Redemption follows three Irish patriots on their odysseys of freedom and passion, in a monumental tale of the men and women who loved, fought, and died for the chance to live free.

©1995 Leon Uris (P)1995, 2003 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic reviews

"Few writers who have tackled the Troubles have exhibited the scope or the organizational skills Uris demonstrates here." (Publishers Weekly)
"This in-depth look at the Irish struggle for independence captures the hearts of its characters and will enchant listeners." (AudioFile)

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Abridged!

After listening to Trinity I was looking forward to Redemption. What a disappointment! This book was read by another reader than Trinity and really bland in his performance. Then I discovered the book was abridged, and rather clumsily, with no feeling for the story.
I returned the book. Will read this one as a proper book.
Don’t know about the story yet as I’m still reading, so I gave it three stars.

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  • connie
  • 04-02-08

Wait for unabridged or read

I <b>really</b> looked forward to this novel because of its setting and reputation, but did not enjoy it. As a previous reviewer suggested, the backgound of the Irish freedom struggle, Gallipoli, and some discussion of the imperialist rationale for WW1 are fascinating and well-woven into the narrative, but as a whole this "listen" failed me - I suspect it's mostly due to the often abrupt abridgements.

The "action" scenes are probably very well-written, but I have little appreciation for those.

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  • Terry
  • 23-10-16

Warning: it is abridged.

What would have made Redemption better?

I didn't realize it was abridged. I stopped listening shortly after starting. Too much missing.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Make it unabridged.

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  • Brown Water Sailor
  • 04-11-07

Redemption

This was a gut wrenching book (especially if you have an Irish background). A book that leaves you wanting more. I wish that this had been an unabriged book.

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  • Richard M. Duffy
  • 01-11-18

Very disappointing

I went right from the excellent Trinity with its outstanding narrator to Redemption without taking the time to read carefully and ascertain that it was an abridged version. Why would Audible offer the first in this series as an extremely well done unabridged version and follow up with this less mediocre sequel. Very disappointing.

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  • Koni
  • 07-10-18

abridged

unfortunately, when I was about three-quarters of the way through listening to this, I discovered it was an Abridged version. if I was warned that it was abridged, I would not have bothered.

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  • Jacob G.
  • 26-06-18

Not really a sequel to Trinity

basically half of this book is covered in the book Trinity. I wouldn't spend the money on it. it is a bit of an overstatement to call this a sequel.

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  • Lady Pamela
  • 24-11-15

Charlie Brown's teacher

This book is set around the Irish-English conflict, which is over religion, I think? The plot and characters are unfamiliar and I guess I should listen to the prequel, Trinity, which receives rave reviews. This one is a slow read, and since it's really a listen, there is not much motivation to go past an hour or so; cut one's losses and go on to something that's interesting. The story is unfamiliar and without some background in Irish politics, it's not worth going over, so I quit--did not finish. The book began to sound like Charlie Brown's teacher...wah-wah, wah-wah, ;wah-wah! Didn't even get to know the characters enough to want to skip to the end and see how it came out. After three tries to read/listen, I gave up and went on to other things, like washing the dishes.

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  • John
  • 29-05-19

A Total Waste of Time & Money

More than the first ½ of the book os a Recap of Trinity, and there seems to be some Differences in Details

The Narrator is absolutely Horrible

The Narrator tries to emulate a Kiwi (New Zealand) accent that sound like a bad imitation of an American Accent.. It hurt my ears.

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  • cathal McGinley
  • 27-04-19

Poorly abridged version

The full book I read 25 years ago was great. This was a terribly abridged version that lost everything that makes the full book a great story

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  • Susan
  • 13-06-19

Disappointing and Repetitive

I thought the Novel “Redemption “ was a continuation of “trinity”. Perhaps 40% was new information and it overlapped the time period of the earlier book.