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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.
11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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.
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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.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
Would you listen to Irish History for Dummies again? Why?
Ignore the wannabe history professors reviewing this and read the title. I am Irish and like most; think I know the full story in a kind of patch work way. This is what this book does. It's all your History classes from school brought together in a humourous and well constructed way. I purchased this knowing I would be on a long journey home and I loved it.
It is not supposed to an intellectual thesis; but a easily accessible story with some brilliant characters that perhaps we have forgotten about.
So never mind some would-be, late night, boring as hell reviewer who wants to really just say how clever he is...and enjoy a nostalgic trip back to 3rd year double history on a Wednesday afternoon and remember how bloody rich our little land is.
If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
Ireland - The Years Before Bono
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
This guide to Irish history, tailored as it is for 'Dummies', will serve poorly all who hear it. There are a large number of inaccuracies - wrong dates, misleading causal statements, etc., which for anyone familiar with Irish history, flash like beacons. For those who use this book to give themselves a basic grounding in Irish history, or, God forbid, use it as a reference, they'll be embarrassed when what they believe to be facts are outed as fiction.
The narrator's voice is not bad, if lacking the gravitas required for a book on history. Obviously the youthful tone imparted by the narrator helps negate the austerity that history audiobooks often impart, yet it just seems incongruous in too many contexts. The 'jokes' that are often stapled into the narration are invariably so obvious as to be painful.
Irritatingly, the book is poorly written, quite repetitive in parts and generally sloppy in its conversion to audiobook format.
In the version I downloaded, the introduction is forced on the listener twice; at the start of each part - two times more than it should be!
Too poor to recommend.
6 of 8 people found this review helpful
I loved this book i learned a lot about my countrys history from about 5000 B.C right up to 2013 A.D highly recommended if you want to learn all about Irelands history throughout the ages.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful