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Publisher's Summary

Having signed up for the US Army in the 1850s, aged barely 17, Thomas McNulty and his brother-in-arms, John Cole, go on to fight in the Indian wars and ultimately the Civil War. Orphans of terrible hardships themselves, despite the horrors they both see and are complicit in, they find these days to be vivid.
Both an intensely poignant story of two men and the lives they are dealt and a fresh look at some of the most fateful years in America's past.
©2016 Sebastian Barry (P)2016 W.F. Howes Ltd
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Critic Reviews

"[Barry's] words have a stony allure of the Irish poets and the lyrical pull of an epic storyteller." (The Boston Globe)
"Sebastian Barry's handling of voice and cadence is masterly. His fictional universe is filled with life, quiet truth, and exquisite intimacy." (Colm Tóibín, author of the Costa Novel Award-winning Brooklyn)
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By Carola Dix on 03-31-17

Great book and so well narrated by Aidan Kelly 👏!

Great book and so well narrated by Aidan Kelly ⭐👏 ⭐👏⭐ 👏 !

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By Gerryh123 on 02-03-17

Masterpiece of writing

Epic story skilfully read by authentic Irish narrator telling the tale of a tough survivor of the Great Hunger in Ireland, the so called Indian Wars and the American civil war. Highly recommended.

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By AnnaJean Hughes on 03-01-17

Beautiful

Sebastian Barry has long been a literary hero of mine, ever since the Secret Scripture. In Days Without End he has taken the sack of native America (much of it at the behest of Irish soldiers, who were themselves oppressed by Cromwell; the irony is not left unsaid) and laid upon it the most incredible love stories. Those that transcend blood and 'nature' and are accepted without prejudice by most who witness it. It is lyrical and brutal and majestic in scale and I loved it.

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By Jacqueline on 02-08-17

A beautiful story

What made the experience of listening to Days Without End the most enjoyable?

The poetry of the authors writing

What does Aidan Kelly bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

The readers wonderful accent makes the story so much more authentic

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

it is incredibly uplifting in spite of some of the horrors told

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By LYNNEF on 09-29-17

Riveting

Could not turn this off. The harsh lives imposed on the characters is offset by the tender love between the boyhood friends, John and Thomas. Indian/soldier conflicts, civil war, famine and hardship are overcome time and again by love and true friendship. A great book.

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By Lana on 07-27-17

galloping story beautiful prose

What made the experience of listening to Days Without End the most enjoyable?

The narrator captured the character of the hero with authentic style. I was drawn into both the historical background to the story, and the beautifully written descriptions of the social and natural world surrounding our hero and his lover. What a storty! It has unpredictable twists and turns and suspense and horror. What a great movie it would make!

What did you like best about this story?

It was lyrical and astounding. At times I had to pause and rewind to hear that description all over again. Gorgeous and humorous and horrific.

Which character – as performed by Aidan Kelly – was your favourite?

All the characters were owned by Aidan Kelly...he gave us a fine performance

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

with all the time in the world I would have sat and listened to this story all day.

Any additional comments?

I have recommended this to many, and they have all loved it. If you want the drama and horror and filth of Deadwood, with the poetic power of Blake, and the social commentary and comedy of Fry then this is for you.

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