• Sanctuary

  • The True Story of an Irish Village, a Man Who Lost His Way, and the Rescue Donkeys That Led Him Home
  • By: Patrick Barrett, Susy Flory
  • Narrated by: Gary Furlong
  • Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (10 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

For decades, his family rescued lost and forgotten donkeys in the Irish countryside.
He had no idea that one day, the donkeys would rescue him.

Patrick Barrett grew up on the back of a donkey. In the small village of Liscarroll, the young boy helped his family run a sanctuary for abandoned and abused donkeys. Struggling in school, Patrick only felt truly accepted in the presence of these funny, fuzzy, touching animals. It was like magic, how he and the donkeys understood each other. He became a true “donkey whisperer” - reading their body language, communicating with them in ways they could understand, and teaching himself how to “speak” in their distinctive calls.

But when Patrick was of age, he shipped out with the Irish Army and encountered unimaginable wartime horrors in Lebanon and Kosovo. In the aftermath, he returned home a broken man, sinking into the depths of PTSD and addictions. He believed nothing could save him. But he hadn’t counted on the donkeys.

Sanctuary is the remarkable true story of how faith turned one lost man’s life around with the help of the rescue animals who loved him. It’s an antidote to despair and a call to hope, revealing the beauty and wonder of Ireland as you’ve never seen it before.

©2021 Patrick Barrett, Susy Flory. All rights reserved. (P)2022 One Audiobooks

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Too much focus on the authors asinine behavior

Would have liked more of the book to be about the donkeys and much less about Patrick’s asinine behavior

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  • Angelica Delight
  • 03-26-22

Once I started listening to this I could not stop.

A truly raw & honest account of the life of a man who has endured so much in life in a very short period of time,- heartache, loss, grief, demons, mental health, addiction, faith & love.

A true story of a man who lost his way, and found his way back.
A true account of how as a generation we were thought to suppress our emotions & "just get on with it", which of course led to a spiral of bigger problems for so many of that generation.

That old saying "The Lord works in mysterious ways" certainly has its true meaning ring through in Patrick's story.

A book that shows us that no matter how bad things get, there is a way to get the life you deserve. A book of faith & healing.

I feel there is another book in Patrick, his story is not finished yet, as Patrick continues to live the life he never thought would be possible for him.

I have no doubt this book will help many going through what he did. I loved the raw honesty in this book. A book that reminds us, "you have to have faith" & that as bad as things may seem, you need to keep the faith for a future. Emotionally raw, Simply fantastic & loved it.

I wish Patrick & his family the very best as they continue the journey of life. Congratulations on such a wonderful book.