The Crock of Gold

  • by James Stephens
  • Narrated by Donal Donnelly
  • 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

This unique fairy tale filled with whimsy and satire is much more than a story for the nursery. The tale begins with two old philosophers who live in a dark pine wood with their companions the Grey woman of Dun Gortin and the Thin Woman of Inis Magrath. When the wife of farmer MacMurrachu loses her washing board, the farmer comes to ask the philosophers for advice. They direct the old farmer not to a washboard, but to a tree containing a pot of gold. Discover what happens as the story unfolds, as it wanders like a winding Irish country road through a charming landscape of mysterious, plain, mortal, and immortal creatures.

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Audible Editor Reviews

The Irish actor Donal Donnelly brings an enchanting, almost musical quality to this James Stephens' fairytale. With Donnelly's graceful Irish accent, listeners will be swept up into this magical world of philosophy, folklore, and humor. Containing six books, The Crock of Gold is the tale of a philosopher's journey to find and rescue the beautiful Cáitlin Ni Murrachu from the god Pan. But, of course, no Irish folktale is so simple. Listen along as Donnelly takes you through the mysterious and humorous creation that is James Stephens' Ireland.

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What the Critics Say

"Full of sweetness and whimsicality, of sympathy and tenderness and sly satire, of merriment and of poetry." (The New York Times)
"There is no book in the world the least like it, and probably there will never be another." (The Atlantic)

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Classic Irish Fantasy

Wonderfull storytelling in a classic style. It also reveals much of Irish life at the time. Well read as well.
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- S Atherton "Prolific reader and listener of books of all kinds."

such beautiful words

There is no story here, just a series of sequential events which are used to say beautiful and interesting things. Weird and wonderful.
I did not like the narrator, but I found if played at 1.5 times normal speed, then it was fine.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-16-1999
  • Publisher: Recorded Books