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The History of Ireland in 50 Events

Timeline History in 50 Events, Book 2
Narrated by: Randall R. Berner
Length: 1 hr and 15 mins
Categories: History, European
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Summary

The Burren, the Ring of Kerry, the Giant’s Causeway, the Cliffs of Moher - green Ireland is indeed a tower of intrigue. The nation is home to most of the world’s enchanting sites, and behind the generous bounties of nature lies a history that is all the more enchanting.

You will learn about....

  • The Black Death
  • Viking Ireland
  • St. Patrick
  • The Irish Rebellion
  • The Nine Years War
  • Bloody Sunday
  • And much more!

Prehistoric to modern, this audioook chronicles every prominent event that led to the sculpting of today’s Ireland. The Viking invasion, the arrival of the Black Death, the Irish confederate wars, the Irish civil war, Bloody Sunday, and many more are discussed. Giving a crisp yet adequate account of 50 historic events of Ireland, the audioook provides you a lofty insight into the making of this rich nation.

©2015 Stephan Weaver (P)2017 Stephan Weaver

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Issues with the Narrator.

I haven't been able to get through the first 10 minutes of this book due to the narrator. His voice isn't terrible, and I'm sure he's good in other books. But when it comes to a book about Irish history, I don't understand why nobody thought to hire someone that can actually pronounce Irish words.

The names in Irish history (especially pre Christian Ireland) are hard enough to keep up with at the best of times, but they are not written phonetically in an English sense. Irish as a language has specific sounds for collections of letters (like 'bh" being pronounced as a "v", or "ng" making a "nya" sound) and it's clear nobody told this narrator. I genuinely can't figure out who he is talking about. It's like listening to a book where someone insists on calling knights "ke-nig-hets". It just makes for a really uncomfortable listen.

In short, this seems like a really interesting book but sadly the audio is just too distracting for me. Might try pick up a hard copy.

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Very Poor

I wasn't expecting much, to be fair, but this really was terrible. Mispronunciations of place names, calling Derry Londonderry, a bit of chest thumping about how noble the Irish are and a really thin understanding of history. I had to stop listening. I hope I get a refund.

Should appeal to American teenagers.

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  • Patrick
  • 29-05-18

Newscaster Narration

Good basic info on Ireland for such a short account. Regarding the narration, the only distraction for me was that he read it with a tone of voice as if he's reporting the news, rather than reading history.

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  • BookGoddess
  • 23-09-18

the narrator can't pronounce the country's name!!!

ok overview but really brief. the narrator can pronounce half the name of the places right and I could almost forgive that but not pronouncing the countries name in it's native language right??? wow. It is NoT I-eeer for the record. don't be bother spending money on it

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  • Micheal P Macken
  • 06-05-18

Mind boggling in its ignorance of pronunciation

The gross incompetence of the narrative in pronunciation of the most basic words was insulting in the extreme.

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  • Erin R.
  • 16-03-18

Perfect if you want a brief history

The sound quality is terrible during chapters 7 and 8, but overall a good, quick read.

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  • Tigo
  • 08-06-19

Distorted Audio

15 minutes in ... the audio goes bad. I’d like to reload it but don’t see an option for that.

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  • Joe Donnellan
  • 08-05-19

Terrible narration

Every word, name, or place that is even remotely Irish was horrible mangled and mispronounced. Guy clearly walked into the studio and just read it all out loud for the first time. One example: Colmcille was pronounced Cumseal. Should be pronounced Colum-Kill or close to it