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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (193 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael Raleigh Narrator: Patrick Lawlor Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2004 ISBN: 9781597103992
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The year is 1954 and Daniel Dorsey learns at the age of eight the intimate meaning of death when his parents are killed in a car crash. Taken in by his colorful, at times mad, and always tender and caring extended family, Daniel learns that even the deepest sorrows and hurt can be healed. Michael Raleigh's In the Castle of the Flynns is about a young boy growing up Irish in a vibrant 1950s Chicago neighborhood. Now grown and looking back on those years, Daniel recalls his bouts with grief and fear of abandonment as he learns to adjust to his new surroundings amidst his oddball family. It is a time of wakes and weddings, conflicts and romance. Above all, it is a time when Daniel comes to understand both his own loss and the dark places in the lives of his loved ones. In the Castle of the Flynns is a poignant, often hilarious story of hope, passions and unforgettable memories. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 2/20/2014

    " This book is an engrossing look at family life in the 50s. There are some hilarious moments as well as some sad ones. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 2/11/2014

    " I really enjoyed this story. It was well written and entertaining. There was a little swearing, but quite clean considering the content of the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicole Marble | 2/4/2014

    " Growing up Irish in 1950's Chicago. It has a certain charm that mostly led me away from the book and into remembering long lost adventures of my own. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ivah | 1/18/2014

    " The story of an Irish family living on Chicago's north, northwest side. A heartwarming tale amid a very Chicago backdrop. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 1/14/2014

    " I really enjoyed this story about an Irish Catholic family in Chicago. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Coleen | 1/11/2014

    " I enjoyed the relationships in this book and all the "characters". "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Margaret | 1/4/2014

    " An absolutely charming portrait of a young boy growing up in an Irish family in 1950's Chicago. I loved every page. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynn | 1/1/2014

    " This book has great humor and lots of sorrow. The part about the chicken on the bus is hilarious. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Janice | 12/30/2013

    " This was a good read but as a fiction piece and not a memoir, I found myself losing interest quickly. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 12/15/2013

    " Lovely book written from the view of a man looking back at his childhood in the 50's. He lost his parents at an early age and the story follows him as he and his remaining family adjust to a new life. The story was well paced and kept my interest until the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debbie | 12/7/2013

    " This was one of the most enjoyable books I've ever read. It was touching and humorous. I read parts of it aloud to my family and laughed harder each time I tried to read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth Trudeau | 11/27/2013

    " This is one of my favorite books. I would recommend this to everyone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie Stone | 11/24/2013

    " a great "Comming of Age" book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kirstin | 11/18/2013

    " reading for book club. So far I love it. Very heavy in Chicago neighborhood detail, which I enjoy because I know the neighborhood pretty well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 11/15/2013

    " Raleigh is a prof in Chicago. I wish he would write more. He wrote this and Blue Moon Circus and both are extraordinary. An aside....why when something is really good is it extra-ordinary? Our language is so odd. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 7/11/2013

    " A good read about an orphaned kid taken in by loving relatives. There are some laugh-out-loud scenes of boys being boys (they tell me!) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caroline | 5/27/2013

    " Started off SO GOOD. A precocious, eloquent narrator. Humor. 1950s Chicago. Then it started to get a plot and people started talking too much. It turned cliche and I found myself not caring about the characters anymore. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maggie | 5/17/2013

    " More like 4.5 stars. A very enjoyable read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris Lewert | 1/13/2013

    " not super well written but funny and sad. i fancy this more of a ladies read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane | 12/3/2012

    " This is another book set in my era. It is the story of an Irish Catholic orphan growing up with his extended family in Chicago during the 50s. Interesting characters....nostalgic references. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 10/25/2012

    " Great book written through the voice of a young boy about his life with his Irish grandparents in Chicago. Enjoyed this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 10/19/2012

    " I really liked this book, it was funny, it was sad, it was life, and written very well. The author did a nice job of relaying the feelings and emotions of 7 year old Daniel all while keeping the mystery that this age allows in tact. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meg | 7/25/2012

    " Holy Hell. Bern gave this to me to read. It is all Tears and the Irish. If you cry at the 7th Heaven, get some tissues ready. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 7/11/2012

    " Growing up in large eccentric Irish Catholic family in 1950s Chicago. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 3/3/2012

    " Very funny book about growing up Irish in Chicago. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela | 5/30/2011

    " I really liked this. It was a smidge slow at points, yet I could really connect to it and had no trouble continuing to read. I'd read it again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 4/12/2011

    " It was a coming of age story, like others, but I really liked how it described the Irish part of Chicago in the 1950's. It makes me want to ask my friends from Chicago how authentic it is. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 12/19/2010

    " Charming story of Danny, who is orphaned at age 7, and moves in with his Irish grandparents on the northwest side of Chicago. I loved reading about Chicago during that time, and Danny's story is very touching. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 7/21/2010

    " I really enjoyed this story. It was well written and entertaining. There was a little swearing, but quite clean considering the content of the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kirstin | 5/24/2010

    " reading for book club. So far I love it. Very heavy in Chicago neighborhood detail, which I enjoy because I know the neighborhood pretty well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maggie | 5/13/2010

    " More like 4.5 stars. A very enjoyable read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 3/24/2010

    " A good read about an orphaned kid taken in by loving relatives. There are some laugh-out-loud scenes of boys being boys (they tell me!) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Margaret | 3/30/2009

    " An absolutely charming portrait of a young boy growing up in an Irish family in 1950's Chicago. I loved every page. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 1/15/2009

    " It was a coming of age story, like others, but I really liked how it described the Irish part of Chicago in the 1950's. It makes me want to ask my friends from Chicago how authentic it is. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane | 12/21/2008

    " This is another book set in my era. It is the story of an Irish Catholic orphan growing up with his extended family in Chicago during the 50s. Interesting characters....nostalgic references. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 11/4/2008

    " I really enjoyed this story about an Irish Catholic family in Chicago. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ivah | 8/3/2008

    " The story of an Irish family living on Chicago's north, northwest side. A heartwarming tale amid a very Chicago backdrop. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caroline | 7/23/2008

    " Started off SO GOOD. A precocious, eloquent narrator. Humor. 1950s Chicago. Then it started to get a plot and people started talking too much. It turned cliche and I found myself not caring about the characters anymore. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Janice | 7/1/2008

    " This was a good read but as a fiction piece and not a memoir, I found myself losing interest quickly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 5/23/2008

    " This book is an engrossing look at family life in the 50s. There are some hilarious moments as well as some sad ones. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie | 3/6/2008

    " a great "Comming of Age" book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 2/7/2008

    " not super well written but funny and sad. i fancy this more of a ladies read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debbie | 1/18/2008

    " This was one of the most enjoyable books I've ever read. It was touching and humorous. I read parts of it aloud to my family and laughed harder each time I tried to read it. "

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About the Author
Michael Raleigh is the author of five Paul Whelan mysteries. He has received four Illinois Arts Council grants for fiction, and his stories and poetry have appeared in a number of literary magazines. His fifth book, The Riverview Murders, won the Eugene Izzi award. He lives in Chicago with his wife, three children, and a deranged cat.
About the Narrator

Patrick Lawlor, an AudioFile Earphones Award winner and Audie Award finalist, is also an accomplished stage actor, director, and combat choreographer. He has worked extensively off Broadway and has been an actor and stuntman in both film and television.