• Irish History: A Concise Overview of the History of Ireland from Start to End

  • By: Eric Brown
  • Narrated by: John B. Leen
  • Length: 2 hrs and 27 mins
  • 3.6 out of 5 stars (28 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Explore the history of Ireland from start to end....

Are you fascinated and intrigued by the Emerald Isle?

Does Ireland hold a special place in your heart?

Would you like to learn a lot more about this island that has contributed much to world history?

Ireland, more than any other country, seems to hold people from other parts of the world in awe. Its people, landscape, culture, and misfortunes have provided writers and poets with endless inspiration, and its history is no less colorful and exciting.

In this book, Irish History: A Concise Overview of the History of Ireland From Start to End, you can find out much more about what has happened to Ireland through the ages, with chapters on:

  • Early peoples and ages
  • The advent of Christianity
  • The Middle Ages
  • The arrival of the Normans
  • The 1580 rebellion
  • 18th and 19th centuries
  • And much more....

The Ireland of today has been shaped by the past, and its history has provided some of the major flashpoints in the wider scope of the British Isles and Europe....

And with millions of North Americans, in particular, being able to trace their ancestry back to Irish forefathers, this book is a must-listen for anyone who has even a passing interest in the subject!

Don’t wait another moment to enjoy from this information - Get your copy of Irish History right away!

©2019 Eric Brown (P)2019 Eric Brown
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  • Categories: History

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Quite interesting...

The book was insightful. I will have to get more books on Ireland though. There is still more to learn but the book does a good job skimming over the history in a sense. Still, all in all, it gave information on Irish past that I knew nothing about.

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A superficial, too rapid overview, narrated at too rapid a pace. Found it a general waste of time

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  • Ky
  • 03-12-20

A Bit One-sided

While the author does a good job of writing about how the civilians bore the brunt of the conflict, he falls into the trap of taking sides. He also mispronounces many place names. He confuses Edward IV with Edward VI who sponsored the English Reformation. Brian Boru was killed in his tent, not in battle. He literally never mentions Belfast and its industrial impact. He mentions Northern Ireland only once. He spends time explaining the jack-o-lantern but does not explain the Rebellions of 1641 or 1789, Ulster Plantation, Battle of the Boyne or the introduction of Irish nationalism or unionism. He has great insight on prehistoric Ireland but glances over the more modern happenings.

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I did get a general overview of Irish history in a short amount of time which I truly appreciate.

However, the author needs to work on subject-verb agreement and verb tense.

The text was sometimes ambiguous (for example he referred to King Henry without telling us which one), and he jumped around without proper transitions which sometimes left me not knowing what he was talking about.

The narrator was okay but needs to learn how to pronounce a few common words like reputable.

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This is an excellent overview of history. It is very concise and I would consider it an outline for further reading. At times so many dates and names are thrown at you at one time, while driving and listening there is no way I could begin to retain them. However, it still gives you a flavor of the history of Ireland. I am going to listen to it again when I can take some notes. Then look up more in depth information about the eras and people that interest me the most.
The narrator has a steady pace in reading. Very clear diction and easy to understand. At times, this can actually be tedious in that there is no inflection or change in dynamics. Then again, its a concise book on history and perhaps is best delivered with no infection or dynamics!
Thank you for a great history lesson.

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Boring

narrator sounds like a robot. The story itself seems like an 8th grade essay for history class.

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Pretty helter skelter. Not very good. Lost narrator. It jumps around too much. Being concise on history is hard.

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  • Emer
  • 06-22-20

Narrator ruined my experience.

I enjoyed the content of the book but as an Irish woman the pronunciations were atrocious and invariably left me seething, also the narrator sounded like a computer. I couldn't recommend this book to anyone on that alone, it was infuriating. It would've been a huge success had someone considered learning the correct pronunciations of place-names etc. Missed opportunity.