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Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Frank Delaney

Narrated By: Frank Delaney

Date: February 2005

Duration: 19 hours 31 minutes


From a land famous for storytelling comes an epic novel of Ireland that captures the intimate, passionate texture of the Irish spirit.

One evening in 1951, an itinerant storyteller arrives unannounced at a house in the Irish countryside. In exchange for a bed and a warm meal, he invites his hosts and their neighbors to join him by the wintry fireside, and begins to tell formative stories of Ireland's history. Ronan, a nine-year-old boy, grows so entranced by the storytelling that, when the old man leaves abruptly under mysterious circumstances, the boy devotes himself to finding him again.

Ronan's search for the Storyteller becomes both a journey of self-discovery, long unspoken family secrets, and an immersion into the sometimes conflicting histories of his native land.

A sweeping novel of huge ambition, Ireland is the beautifully told story of a remarkable nation. It rings with the truth of a writer passionate about his country and in full command of his craft.


  • Lisa Maltos

    This by far was very very interesting and enjoyable. I will be listening to this one again!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Sue M.

    Very engaging, one of the best audiobooks I've listened to. The narration was engrossing and the stories wrapped within the story was keenly entwined. Really enjoyed this book and would highly recommend.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Kathi M

    I had this book playing while I was working on a quilt. The stories were so colorful and layered that I found myself sitting stock still and just listening. ...At times a little gory, but those pass quickly and always play an important part in the tonal quality of the story. I can't wait to listen to the last half. I was superbly entertained by the first half! I highly recommend this book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Freddie Johnson

    I usually bypass books that are read by the author but this was special. Nobody could have narrated this nearly as well as Frank Delaney. I loved the book and learned so much; if only all teachers could be this clever When I finished the second set, I was sorry to see all my friends (the characters) go.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Tony Crites

    I liked it. I listen in my truck, and always wanted to learn of Ireland. Hope to visit their one day. Loved the stories of long ago, My favoite was about St. Patrick and the snakes. wanted to know how he ran the snakes out of Ireland, now I know. thanks very much.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Don Brubaker

    This is one of those long books that once complete, you are glad that you made the investment to read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Anonymous

    Very fun and enjoyable way to learn a little more about Ireland and her history. I listened while driving in my car, but I wish I could have followed along with a map.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Linda S.

    This book is deep and rich and mysterious like Ireland herself. Amazing storytelling.

  • Jackie Vance

    Possibly most interesting and touching audiobook I've heard yet.

  • Dori Augustine

    Knowing that my husband and I will be traveling to Ireland next summer, I wanted to find a book that goes into the country's history and culture. I found the perfect title! As I was listening, I made notes of the different places the storyteller describes and will definitely look them up when we're there. And the narrator was the best I've heard yet. He made me feel like I was there in a cottage in front of a fire listening to his tales. Wonderful book!!


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