• The Greener Shore

  • A Novel of the Druids of Hibernia
  • By: Morgan Llywelyn
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
  • 4.0 out of 5 stars (150 ratings)

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The Greener Shore

By: Morgan Llywelyn
Narrated by: Simon Vance
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Publisher's Summary

The sequel to Morgan Llywelyn's glorious Celtic fantasy, Druids, The Greener Shore is a beautifully told adventure story.

After Julius Caesar triumphs over Gaul, the druid Ainvar and his three wives sail west to the brilliant green island of Hibernia. Here, Ainvar and his clan try to reestablish themselves.

Ainvar's "senior" wife, Briga, provides constant wisdom and support for him. Strong, sensible, and with druidic powers of her own, Briga overcomes all obstacles. Listeners who appreciate strong female characters will love this woman of the druids.

©2006 Morgan Llywelyn (P)2006 Tantor Media Inc

Critic Reviews

"Not just fantasy fans will appreciate this gentle, quietly dignified tale." (Publishers Weekly)

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Captivating

The author brings a sense of history to this rich novel. Although at times the story was slow to develop, it was compensated by the warmth and truth of the characters. Simon Vance is a master narrator, and gave the protagonist a wisdom and sense of humor that was completely endearing. This was one of the first audio books I listened to, and it moved me. The expulsion from their home, being forced to flee and relocate in a completely foreign culture, and the internal changes neccessary to survive the trauma were captivating. Magic was scarce yet mysticism and spirituality abounded. I was sad when the story ended. I wanted to continue being a voyeur, watching the lives of the characters. Rarely has a novel captivated me in this way.

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Exciting and Lyrical

I would add my voice to the first review and agree with everything that was written. It is an exciting book, and you are drawn into all the characters' lives. The characters do not change any history, they merely live in it, painting a picture of living at the time of great events. For most of the book they are living at the far edge of these events. I loved it.

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my favorite Morgan Llewelyn

perfect blend of history and fiction to tell the story of how druids arrive in Ireland.

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exceptional historical fiction - If you love AGOT

this series will fascinate you. Here lies real magic!! The author is an Irish Historian who does an amazing job of describing the history of the Celts in this series. Each book describes a different tribe and how they lived. This one is after Caesar killed most of the Druids and how they ended up in Ireland. If you are descended from them or love the Iron Driud series her books are amazing!! IMO my personal favs are:
Epona: the Horse Goddess, Driuds, Bard, The Red Branch, Bryan Boro and Grania. All of her books feature characters that are based in history and show an accurate portrayal of the times they lived in. I hope Audible can provide the whole series!!! No Celt , Goth, Viking or Gaul should miss these! Truly amazing storyteller!!!

The reader did a fine job esp with the accents and voices. More by Morgan plz!!!! Her books are dive deep into the ways of life, rituals and attitudes of the Celts, each told through the eyes of a main narrator who varies from the t'uatha de dannon to the first woman pirate to dominate the seas.

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sequel to Druids

Chief Druid Ainvar, his three wives and their children, and about 15 other survivors from their Celtic clan are sailing west to Hibernia after years of hiding in the forests of Gaul after the Romans destroyed their clan and Julius Caesar murdered their charismatic leader, Vercingetorix.

Ainvar, who relates their adventure in the first person, expended his druid magic in their last fight against the Romans and he knows how weak his tribe, the Carnutes, is. But the Romans are determined to wipe them out, so their only hope for salvation is to leave Gaul. When their little band arrives in Hibernia, they are at the sufferance and mercy of the Celtic clans who already inhabit the island. They must find a way to fit in with these Celts who have different beliefs and customs.

The Greener Shore is a beautifully told historical fantasy. Morgan Llywelyn's language and characters are deep and vivid. Her female characters are particularly strong, wise, and believable. Ainvar himself is a thinker (we are often privy to his interesting inner musings on the nature of man and society) and he???s gentle except when the subject is Julius Caesar.
Morgan Llywelyn???s language is most beautiful when describing the events that came before the Carnutes??? exodus: the shining glory of Vercingetorix and the horror of Roman ambition. Thus, The Greener Shore reads like an extended epilogue ??? all of the tension, action, and excitement have already happened and this is the last section that usually just explains whether or not they lived happily ever after. So I found myself thinking that Ms. Llywelyn should have written about Vercingetorix and the Romans instead. The Greener Shore is beautiful stuff, but it???s anti-climactic. The infrequent bouts of tension are quickly resolved and it feels like things are constantly winding down. Then I realized that this novel is a sequel to Druids which was not clear in its description. This is really an extended epilogue, but it's a beautiful one.

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Morgan Llewelyn is in a Class by Herself

No one recreates the days and lives experiences of the old Celts better. The reader is transported Into their world by the authors empathy and imagination.

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Lesser sequel to Druids

What did you like best about The Greener Shore? What did you like least?

Picks up the story of Ainvar and the Druids

What could Morgan Llywelyn have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Wrapped up more plotlines, most were very briefly wrapped up (or not at all) after long builds: the fate of Ainvar/Briga's first child, leaving the first tribe on bad terms, one significant character being killed in an apparent tribal politics power struggle, the mysterious older race, Ainvar losing and regaining his powers or confidence (never clear which) ad nauseum

Would you listen to another book narrated by Simon Vance?

Preferably one about Dracula or Translyvania from which the Gaulish-Irish characters seemed to have gotten their accents somehow

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

No

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Fantastic

What a wonderful story, I loved it. I wish there were more books available by this author.

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wow! as usual....

the best storytelling writer I've read. The narrator was very enjoyable. my first lleywen in 10 years. I finished the book and lay exhausted yet saded.

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me encanto

me encantan los libros de la autora ojalá también sacaran el audiolibro de la primera parte, el libro Druids. las actuaciones del narrador te permiten entrar en la historia totalmente