Ohhhhh I luv the book sooo much. It's amazing and knowledgable. The narrator's voice is attractive :)
Heavy going for non-academics, but a brilliant review of a thousand years of lost history. A necessary foundation block for a well rounded understanding of who we are.
This book was great
On balance I am glad I listened to it but it was a bit of a slog sometimes.
It's not bad, but the author is rather indulgent with himself and his love of the history and the language so never gets around to telling the story. So, its enjoyable enough if you wanting a rather meandering wander through the dark ages, but I'm not convinced the Irish saved civilization.
This is not for the light hearted reader who likes story with history. Too many words, too long sentences. When one listens to a book rather than actually read it, and when one does so in a car, dozing presents a whole different problem! Having said that the author build a fine case well supported to its title.
If you are of Irish descent, you will swell with pride over our past history and delight at the great heroines and heroes who enrich Irish history.
This CD just rambled on with the most boring information. I kept hoping that it woudl get better- but it didn't.
The only thing of value that I got from it was this statement.
Freud said he wouldn't even try to analyze the mind of an Irishman..
I needed that laugh!
Cahill's pro-irish, pro-Catholic sentiments bleed through, but the overall message, that the classic Latin literature would not have survived without Irish monk-scribes is presented with an entertaining potpourri of native Irish literature and a worthwhile chronology of the development of Ireland from the Celts to the 19th century.
I'm not Irish and think that many who are reading this book might be. However, I REALLY got alot out of this book. It started off a little slowly but enlarged my knowledge of history and the contributions of the Irish. It is a truly amazing story.