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Ireland Awakening

By: Edward Rutherfurd
Narrated by: Patrick Moy
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Following the critically acclaimed success of Dublin, this riveting sequel takes the story of Ireland from the 17th century onwards, picking up at the Reformation, and with it the devastating arrival of Oliver Cromwell. Cromwell heralds the inauguration of 200 years of Protestant dominance, throughout which many of the Irish people were impoverished and dispossessed. Dublin is made a Protestant capital, and Catholics become an underclass. Set against the dramatic backdrop of Irish political history, this powerful saga is brought to its conclusion. 

This audiobook journeys through the centuries, right up to the 20th century's Easter Rising and Independence, passing through turbulent milestones such as The Year of the French, the Famine and The Home Rule Movement of Parnell along the way.

©2006 Edward Rutherford (P)2018 Audible Studios

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  • Tolstoy
  • 07-23-19

Superb storytelling

A Wonderful book
Beautifully read/acted
Rutherfurd writes so very well about Ireland...bravo.
1 more book needed!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-13-21

Great content

Very interesting historical facts integrated into non-fiction characters. Very cleverly written. Makes the history come to life.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-04-19

Curiosity Satiated

loved the stories intertwined through historical events and how the Irish might have lived through the centuries. Gave me far greater understanding of the Irish/English conflict and subsequent religious divide.

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  • joyful
  • 11-03-18

Excellent

The book and narrator were splendid and evoked the atmosphere and ambience of This island

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-02-22

enjoyable history

I love history books and stories. I thought the narrator was great, I was very pleased listen to a book about Ireland from a reader who sounded Irish. my husband is from Kilkenny and never has any good stories, so Edward Rutherford is my new hero. #2 is Patrick May. it is a long story, never seemed long. I'm so glad there is a second book to look forward to, which I am just starting.

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  • K. J. Bute
  • 10-05-21

Enlightening

Ireland has political history that is so difficult to understand and this book certainly helps. It is fair too. I so enjoy the authors ability to leave gaps in the story that become obvious once the story moves on .. very clever. How tragic though that religion rather than Faith has caused such scars on its landscape. I would have liked a little more on the potato famine and how it dispersed the Irish around so many countries. but that could have taken a book in itself!

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  • Mongfhind
  • 08-30-21

Brilliant

A truly magnificent novel outlining Ireland’s long tragic history and shows England’s association with the country in a poor but, I believe, fair light. It does not always make comfortable listening but is compelling none the less. I was particularly absorbed by the latter part of the second book which outlined to rise of the IRA and the troubles in Dublin from 1916 throughout the 1920’s. My late father was born in Dublin City near St Stephen’s Green during this conflict actually during a fight between the British (Black and Tans) and the IRA so this story is particularly poignant to me. I recommend it thoroughly.

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  • Sean
  • 07-28-21

I have

to say this book moved me on many levels,and the story continues to this day,history isn't just black and white,good and bad,,my story your story her story and history continues.

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  • Ann
  • 07-27-21

JUST EXCELLENT

Patrick Moy's performance of this book is beyond excellent...and for those wishing an introduction to Ireland...this book should enlighten and cause you to think again.