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By Beechwood Knoll on 11-06-15
Interesting story/research marred by performance
Would you try another book from Philip Thomas Tucker and/or Chris Patton?
It is great to finally see some much needed light shone of the incredibly significant contribution of the Irish in the US War of Independence. However Mr. Pattons's delivery is inexcusable. Fully at LEAST 90% of the place names reference in Ireland are brutally mispronounced, often laughably so. Had the narrator spent 15 minutes with any Irish person and researched the proper pronunciation of counties, towns, provinces reference in the book, it would have saved the day. How is it possible that no one picked up on this issue? It's so distracting to continuously hear Irish place names butchered: Louth, Leinster, Donegal, Drogheda, the list is endless. It boggles the mind that a book that has been very thoughtfully researched, was then delivered into the hands of a narrator that obviously spent no effort in reaching the correct pronunciations of the locations in Ireland. Heck, Patton even mispronounces the capital of Portugal, Lisbon! The continuously reoccurring issue greatly distracts from the content of the book. However the book has provided me with some wonderful information on the incredible, but regretfully much ignored, contribution of the Irish and Scotch (Scots)-Irish to American independence. For that I am very grateful.
What was one of the most memorable moments of How the Irish Won the American Revolution?
Gaining insight and understanding of the high esteem Washington held of the Irish under his command. The fact that close to 50% of the army was made up of the Irish and their decedents in America. In a time when Irish and most epically Irish Catholics were viewed with contempt, Washington appears to have held no prejudice and often elevated these men to the highest ranks despite the strong views and prejudices of many in his senior command.
Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Chris Patton?
Anybody... who would have spent 15 minutes reaching correct pronunciation of Irish place names.
Was How the Irish Won the American Revolution worth the listening time?
Any additional comments?
The author continually referenced "Northern Ireland" throughout the book when referencing towns and counties in the north of Ireland. "Northern Ireland" did not actually come into existence until 1921, when the Irish Free State was created and 6 of the 9 counties in Ulster became a jurisdiction within the UK, known as Northern Ireland. On one or two occasion County Londonderry was referenced. The county has only ever been named Derry. Only the city of Derry / Londonderry bears the "interchangeable name."
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