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Publisher's Summary

The Easter Rising of 1916 was a major turning point in Irish history. Peopled by patriots and poets, fueled by a desperate desire for freedom, and played out in the historic streets of Dublin against the background of World War I, the rebellion is a story of tremendous power and unique poignancy.1916 is the story of the valiant men and women who, for a few desperate days, fought against all odds to realize an impossible dream: to give Ireland back to the Irish.
©2008 Morgan Llywelyn; (P)2008 Brilliance Audio
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Critic Reviews

"The task of transforming the events of the 1916 Irish Rebellion into coherent fiction would terrify most writers. Llywelyn, however, has produced a thunderous, informative read that rises to the challenge." (Publishers Weekly)
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By connie on 04-13-09

more than the year 1916

Llywelyn also describes the build-up (both immediate and more distant) to the Easter uprising.

I give this novel 5 stars for its excellent job of recounting history (at least from the Irish nationalist persepective). However, as is often the case with such novels, the exposition of historical facts sometimes makes the storyline clumsy when characters "educate" us though conversations they wouldn't credibly have. Some of the romance scenes struck me as awkwardly written too -- so I thought these aspects detracted from the listen overall.

I've read the print versions of Llywelyn's "1921" and "1949," and from the more enjoyable experience of listening to "1916", I'd recommend the audio versions of the series as both entertaining and informative.

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By K. on 01-21-15

Where are the rest of her books?

What made the experience of listening to 1916 the most enjoyable?

This is a great story by a great author. I enjoy reading about history and she does a great job with it.

Any additional comments?

I have listened to both of the Llewellyn books you have for adults and there is a whole series on the Irish Chieftains and the history of Ireland both ancient and modern. Would like to see more of them here.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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By Petra on 11-03-14

Easter rising drama

The story is good and my feeling is that the book is very well researched. I understand that this is the first part of a series which is explains the slightly inconclusive ending with respect to the main characters.
I did not like the narrator. He does the Irish voices well but cannot manage other accents. His delivery is not fluent and this detracted from my enjoyment.

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By ED on 01-07-15

An excellent book

What made the experience of listening to 1916 the most enjoyable?

It was mixture of fact & fiction and cleverly written

What did you like best about this story?

All of it really

Which character – as performed by Fiacre Douglas – was your favourite?

The main character

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

yes

Any additional comments?

Well worth listening as you can brush up on your Irish History at the same time

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