Irish History for Dummies

  • by Mike Cronin
  • Narrated by Patrick Moy
  • 12 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Putting history into a perspective, Irish History for Dummies is an engaging, entertaining and educational trip through time, packing in equal parts fun and facts, providing listeners with a riveting history of this ancient land. The history of Ireland has shaped the world far beyond its borders. And few stories have a greater need for a balanced and light-hearted telling than the complex and often controversial saga of Ireland and her people.
With more than 250 million books in print and more than 1,800 titles, For Dummies is the most widely recognized and highly regarded reference series in the world. Since 1991, For Dummies has helped millions make everything easier. For Dummies audiobooks offer listeners proven experts presenting even the most complex subjects in plain English.

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I Don't Know How the Irish Managed to Endure

I purchased this book to prepare for a vacation in Ireland. Knowing little about Irish history except the relatively recent tragic events in Northern Ireland, I was stunned to read how much the Irish endured mainly at the hands of the English. For centuries, into modern times, the Irish suffered prejudice, religious persecution, exploitation, injustice, poverty, illness, and cruelty as a result of England's superior military strength, unstoppable aggression, and insatiable greed.

Now I can't wait to take my trip and meet my hosts, whom other travelers have described as hospitable, warm, and generous. This is a great tribute to their strength and faith.

The narrator did a wonderful job. He read beautifully. He had an Irish accent (that would seem obvious, but Johnny Depp, with an American accent, read Keith Richards's autobiography--a choice I'll never understand). Although the facts of the country's history are grim, for some reason the book came across as very interesting rather than depressing and painful. The content struck me as thorough and complete.

I highly recommend this book.

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- laurie "I have edited 38 national best sellers and had a writing fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities."

Great history

If you could sum up Irish History for Dummies in three words, what would they be?

Clear, fascinating & enjoyable


What does Patrick Moy bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Such an accent. I will never read a book about Ireland if I instead could listen to this voice dancing and melting over the text.


Any additional comments?

After visiting Ireland I felt like I had broken bits of history - Viking invasion, English nobles taking over the land, Easter rising - but no clear narrative of how these events wove together into one history. This book was great for that. I could imagine listening to it again just because it is both interesting and narrated by a wonderful voice.

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- Adrienne Percival

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-07-2013
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.