• The Road To McCarthy

  • By: Pete McCarthy
  • Narrated by: Christopher Scott
  • Length: 16 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 06-28-12
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.0 (1 rating)

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Publisher's Summary

As a veteran traveller, Pete McCarthy has long been intrigued that the emigrant Irish can be found in all corners of the globe. Determined to pin down mythical tales of his own clan history, Pete is thrust into a world-wide adventure that reveals an unsettled and poignant history, while unearthing a good pint in the most unexpected locations.
From the Holy Ground of Cork harbour, he travels to Gibraltar and Morocco, then onwards to New York, Tasmania, Montana, and the tiny Caribbean island of Montserrat, before finally reaching the remote Alaskan township of McCarthy, with its population of just 14 people and a lot more bears.
©2002 Pete McCarthy (P)2003 ISIS Publishing Ltd
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4 out of 5 stars
By Mr on 07-05-18

Great writing, annoying perfromance...

As with Mc Carthy’s previous book, Mc Carthy’s Bar, this is an excellent travelogue, taking in travel, drink, mad people, cultural weirdness, Irish takes on everything, English takes on everything, and bits and pieces of the terrible history between the two. It’s beautifully written, hilariously funny, and very informative.

The trouble is with the reader. OK, so his voice does actually sound not unlike that of the late lamented Pete McCarthy, but there are two very real problems that making listen to it a real chore. One is when he attempts accents; he almost always makes a mess of it, especially the Dublin accent - I'm from Dublin, so I should know. And the other is his *awful* pronunciation of many Irish words. Doheny, uileann, Drogheda, Cavan, Anthenry, bodhran and many, many others are all utterly mangled. It jars horribly. I am very surprised that the producers of this otherwise excellent audiobook didn’t get some Irish people in to correct him!

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By David on 02-17-18

Entertaining and interesting too.

I wondered, at the beginning, if I might be too quickly bored by someone's pursuit of the McCarthy line(s). But, I think that was the MacGuffin. The entertainment is in the sidetracking. Great.

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