• The Great Book of Ireland: Interesting Stories, Irish History & Random Facts About Ireland

  • History & Fun Facts, Book 1
  • By: Bill O'Neill
  • Narrated by: Scott Miller
  • Length: 3 hrs and 50 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (63 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

How much do you know about Ireland? There’s so much to learn about the Emerald Isle that even its residents don’t know. In this trivia book, you’ll learn more about Ireland’s history, pop culture, folklore, and so much more!

In The Great Book of Ireland, you’ll learn:

  • How did Ireland get its name? 
  • Why is it known as the Emerald Isle?
  • Who was St. Patrick really? 
  • What do leprechauns and shamrocks have to do with St. Patrick’s Day?
  • Which Irish company had a 9,000-year lease? 
  • What is Ireland’s top attraction? 
  • Which movies have been filmed in Ireland? 
  • Which famous novel may have been based on an Irish myth?
  • Which legends did the Irish believe in? 

And so much more!

This book is packed with trivia facts about Ireland. Some of the facts you’ll learn in this book are shocking, some are tragic, and others will leave you with goosebumps. But they’re all interesting!

Whether you’re just learning about Ireland or you already think you’re an expert on the state, you’ll learn something you didn’t know in every chapter. Your history teacher will be interesting at all of your newfound knowledge.

So what are you waiting for? Get started to learn more about Ireland!

©2019 LAK Publishing (P)2019 LAK Publishing

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When’s the next book?

This is the tenth book I’ve read/listened to by this author. I request every book of his that I see available for review. All of his books, including this one, have been full of interesting information and little known facts. I like his insight into all different aspects… history of an area, their famous people, things they are well known for, silly scary or unusual things that have happened. What a great breadth of information.

This is the third book I’ve listened to by this narrator ( Scott Miller ) and I would listen to another. He presents the information in an entertaining, engaging way. His style is appropriate for this book.

There are no explicit sex scenes, excessive violence or swearing.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and voluntarily left this unbiased review.
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Interesting, but...

The narrator drove me NUTS. I'm not fluent, but I DO speak enough Irish to be annoyed by his handling of the Irish words that were in the text. They're not pronounced like they're spelled, and pronouncing "uachtaráin" "oo-ka-tron" was... I mean he tried, but he's not even close. It just made it hard to listen to, I'm sorry.

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Entertaining!

Very entertaining listen. This book/audiobook is packed with fun and interesting facts, trivia, and tidbits about Ireland. It was fun to learn about the country and hear about some of the legends, ghosts, and myths.

The narration was great - clear, even, and conversational.

I received a complimentary copy of this audiobook from the author and am voluntarily leaving his honest review.

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Another great book

I received a free copy of this book and exchange for an unbiased review. All of Bill O'Neil's books are well put together and fun to read or listen to.

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Not a Great Book

Stories not as interesting as I hoped as I have Irish ancestory, too much repetition from titles, chapters and paragraphs. Too many "you might be surprised" statements.
Narrator a bit too loud and surprised sounding all the time. Got bored quickly.
I like almost all audible books, this one, not so much, especially to have wasted a credit on it, but thanks anyway.

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Fun book

This is a light-hearted book. My only annoyance is the overuse of the phrase "that being said". Still fun read.

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Great book of Ireland

I enjoyed this book.It was fun.Scott Miller was a fine narrator.I was given this book by the author,narrator or publisher and freely give my honest review.

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Very cool

The stories in this book are quite good and they inform a lot about Ireland. The random nature of the facts is also quite exciting, it keeps the reader guessing on what is next. Overall, the style, narration and composition of the book is fun, entertaining and educative.

This book was given to me freely, and I have left this review in exchange. This review is in no way biased, and it only reflects my opinion.

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An eye opener. Ireland is cool!

Who knew the emerald island of Ireland was as cool! The Irish definitely do, and the rest of the world needs to know too! This book sheds light on so many parts of Ireland in form of quick trivias. Not only is it full of information, but the narration is fun and lively. Really great way to learn about a place; I think tour guides should be adopted in this manner IMO!

I received a free copy of this book, and I have voluntarily left this review.

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Ireland in a flash!

This book is just fun. There are so many cool fun facts about Ireland here. Things from how it was nicknamed the emerald Isle/Island (due to the densely lush and green vegetation), to famous Irish people. It is also great for losing some of the Irish stereotypes about leprechauns and drinking (among many others). It is more interesting that the facts are just randomly sampled, and a quiz is provided after every section. More importantly, the narration was excellent.

A review copy of this book was given to me upon my own request, and I have written this unbiased review of my own accord.

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  • ATats
  • 07-13-22

Waste of time

Unfortunately this is a rather disappointing listen. The facts are poorly researched with some of them being straight up wrong.

The pronunciation of the names and locations was terrible. I’m a non Irish living in Ireland so understand some of the names can be a challenge. However there was clearly a tight deadline to record this so the names are almost incoherent.

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  • invader360
  • 11-30-19

Great book.

Great book with interesting facts. I highly recommend it to anybody who’s going or even living in Ireland.

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  • FTM Doyle
  • 11-18-19

The Worst Audible Book I’ve Bought

This is by far the worst audible book I’ve bought! Th delivery is slow and tedious. It is interspersed with rhetorical questions. It follows no logical progression and is more suited to young children than adults. I’ve got nothing positive to say about the book.

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  • Kelly. M
  • 09-11-19

An insider view into Ireland.

This is a very interesting book. Ireland is one of the many fascinating places in Europe, with a lush vegetation and budding economy. However, many people (mostly brits) only go by stereotypes of what the Irish and Ireland are. I think think this book can be useful in changing these notions, as it contains a lot of fascinating facts about the truth of Ireland. It is also a great info. guide for visiting Ireland in the near future. Good idea, and great narration.


This book was given to me as a free review copy, at my own request. This written review is of my own opinion and volition.

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  • Lilly
  • 07-10-19

Really informative and culturally relevant.

This book is great! At first, I thought it was going to be another large collection of Irish stereotypes, like: the Irish are lucky! (due to the general affiliation of leprechauns with the Irish), Ireland is a backwards European state, they love potatoes etc. This book turned out to be really interesting, with a lot of fun details about the great emerald island.
The significance of many things are explained in details, like why the green colour is associated with St.Patricks day and Ireland as a whole (spoiler: it is not because Ireland has a very green landscape!). I found a lot of the information from this book really useful for having an insider view into the history of Ireland and the accomplishments of the Irish people. Although, I am not certain to visit Ireland soon enough, but I am sure to have a better time exploring the island with all these stories and fun facts in mind.

I requested for this book, and was given as a free review copy. This review is solely based on my experience with this book.