The Immortal Irishman

  • by Timothy Egan
  • Narrated by Gerard Doyle
  • 14 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From the National Book Award-winning and best-selling author Timothy Egan comes the epic story of one of the most fascinating and colorful Irishmen in 19th-century America.
The Irish-American story, with all its twists and triumphs, is told through the improbable life of one man. A dashing young orator during the Great Famine of the 1840s, in which a million of his Irish countrymen died, Thomas Francis Meagher led a failed uprising against British rule, for which he was banished to a Tasmanian prison colony. He escaped and six months later was heralded in the streets of New York - the revolutionary hero, back from the dead, at the dawn of the great Irish immigration to America.
Meagher's rebirth in America included his leading the newly formed Irish Brigade from New York in many of the fiercest battles of the Civil War - Bull Run, Antietam, Fredericksburg. Twice shot from his horse while leading charges, left for dead in the Virginia mud, Meagher's dream was that Irish-American troops, seasoned by war, would return to Ireland and liberate their homeland from British rule.
The hero's last chapter, as territorial governor of Montana, was a romantic quest for a true home in the far frontier. His death has long been a mystery to which Egan brings haunting, colorful new evidence.

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What the Critics Say

"Gerard Doyle narrates the astonishing life story of Thomas Meagher with the lilting enthusiasm of an Irishman who has a fine yarn to tell. And how fine it is.... Infinitely listenable, Doyle delivers this remarkable biography with a clarity, pleasure, and ease that will entice even those who've never heard of Meagher." (AudioFile)

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Mixed Feelings

I thought it was authentic to have an Irish narrator; however, that partly became the reason I left points off. The narrator's cadence was so consistent that my mind often wandered or I fell asleep. There were also parts I didn't understand and sometimes wondered if it were also due to the author's style of writing. A more animated narration and cleaner writing would have made this 5 stars because the author clearly did his research. I felt uncomfortable not being able to grasp this story to its fullest but to do so you'd intermittently need superb listening skills.
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- Sharey

Well worth getting

Loved this audiobook it will remain one of the best, it also put a lot of history into context for me, and may I add, the delivery was perfect.
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- dagda

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-01-2016
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio