In the Mist of Killarney

  • by Robert McCallum
  • Narrated by David Ocean
  • 5 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Ireland, 1911. After encountering a faery in the woodlands near his home in Tralee when he is a child, Professor Emmet Brehon spends his life pursuing the belief that faeries are more than just elements of mythology. While teaching Irish mythology and folklore at a university in Dublin, he receives a note from a stranger who claims to know where faeries can be found. Following the map that the stranger gives him, Emmet travels to a faerie circle and mound near Lough Leane in Kerry, where he encounters two ghostly little girls and a faery light. Snapping a photograph of the girls and faery light with his Brownie camera, Emmet's life becomes twisted when he discovers that he can't rid himself of the photograph, and disasters occur whenever he is present. He soon loses all in life that it is precious to him, including his sanity.


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a string of disasters without solution

Professor Emmet Brehon has a fascination for Faeries, so much so that he will risk their wrath by disturbing their private ceremonies.  To prove his theory of the existence of faeries, he captures two faeries and a banshee on a photograph.  In so doing, he has become cursed and tragedy on an epic scale follows him across the country and even into America.

He travels with the accursed photograph, which warns him only moments before disaster by releasing the images.  He hears the laughter of the faeries, then the unearthly scream of the banshee just before they attack those he loves or knows.  Emmet’s young and beautiful fiancée survives one attack, only to be rendered horribly disfigured.  The tale parallels several epic disasters, ancient fires, several sunken ships including the Titanic.  Emmet tries to destroy the photograph, but it always returns and the punishment greater.  He is unable to die and lives through the terrible ordeals, crushed by guilt and remorse.  Escape seems impossible.

The tale is not much more than a string of disasters without solution.  Emmet really has no control of his life or his curse, which takes a lot of the suspense out of the story.  And though he is a professor, he seems to be pretty incompetent dealing with his fellow men.  The story becomes dry and the listener loses empathy for the main character early on.

David Ocean reads the story in his Irish accent that is entirely appropriate for the novel.  He doesn’t have much inflection in his voice and unfortunately sounds like he is reading the evening news.  His voice is pleasant enough and his character voices are fine, but he doesn’t add much energy to the story.  The production includes background giggling of the faeries and banshee, which might have been better performed.

It is difficult to determine who is the audience for this book.  It sounds like a children’s story, but the length of the story, terminology and scenes are a little advanced for young children.  Perhaps young teenagers would enjoy it.

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An ok story.

The blurb sums up the story fine and I won't add anything in case I spoil it, so I'll try to get my thoughts of this straight.

The plot was ok. Being Irish, I always love stories set in Ireland so eagerly started this one night. Plus we spent a few days over Easter in Co. Kerry so the fact that it was set there was a bonus. Such a picturesque place!! The author did a good job of describing the setting fine, I just wish we had a little more action in Killarney.

I liked the idea of the photo and what happens surrounding it. The giggling and noises that happen and the disappearances from the picture were a good addition and made the overall feel more chilling. Again, being Irish, I've been to see a few Seanchaí's and heard a lot of the folk tales and Faery stories, and this had the feel of one of those. I could imagine sitting down and listening to Eddie Lenihan telling this!!

This is, overall, an easy to listen to, Irish Faery tale. I really liked how the author tied in certain historical events with what Emmet is going through!! It added a little extra to the story.

David Ocean did a really good Irish accent. Sometimes you find that when someone tries to emulate us, they get this weird way of portraying the Irish, but this didn't happen here. He was easy to listen to and brought the story to life and I enjoyed his narration.

*I received a copy of this for review. This in no way affected my thoughts.*
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- Natalie @ BookLoversLife

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-23-2016
  • Publisher: Books by R. L. McCallum