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Since this book is on my research list, I forced myself to listen to all of it. It was a struggle. The book: The author alternates painting Irish Americans throughout history with too broad a brush and then a very narrow brush. This approach is rather frustrating to follow, and leads to confusion and questions of accuracy.
The Narration: Though usually sounding like a robot, this narrator reads the words of others in accents, Irish, British... Those moments were the only good spots in the narration because I found them humorous. Another narrator could have improved this already tedious book with a better reading.
Overall, it is chock full of history and rare in its extensive coverage, however it is not an enjoyable read/listen. This is a great shame, as the story of Irish Americans, if told well, should be a lively, character-filled story worthy of a true storyteller.
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