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3.97 out of 53.97 out of 53.97 out of 53.97 out of 53.97 out of 5 3.97 (32 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Frank Delaney Narrator: Frank Delaney Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2005 ISBN: 9780060838843
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From a land famous for storytelling comes an epic novel of Ireland that captures the intimate, passionate texture of the Irish spirit.

One evening in 1951, an itinerant storyteller arrives unannounced at a house in the Irish countryside. In exchange for a bed and a warm meal, he invites his hosts and their neighbors to join him by the wintry fireside and begins to tell tales of foolish kings, fabled saints, and Ireland’s enduring accomplishments. Ronan, a nine-year-old boy, grows so entranced by the storytelling that, when the old man leaves abruptly under mysterious circumstances, the boy devotes himself to finding him again.

Ronan’s search for the Storyteller becomes both a journey of self-discovery, uncovering long unspoken family secrets, and an immersion into the sometimes conflicting histories of his native land.

A sweeping novel of huge ambition, Ireland is the beautifully told story of a remarkable nation. It rings with the truth of a writer passionate about his country and in full command of his craft.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Wonderfully engaging...An intimate epic that is at once a sprawling account of two thousands years of Irish history and a meditation on the enduring importance of stories.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • “Gentle, poignant, charming, droll, tragic, triumphant, wise, and unforgettable...Ireland touches the heart and moves the soul.”

    Richmond Times-Dispatch

  • “An epic novel of history and storytelling.”

    U.S. News & World Report

  • “Delaney gracefully collects essential myths—and invents a few, too—in his heartfelt ode to the oral tradition.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “A remarkable achievement...A beautiful book.”

    Edward Rutherford, author of The Princes of Ireland

  • “Frank Delaney wrote with the ear in mind, and as narrator he uses his gentle, thoughtful voice to full effect. Like his fictional storyteller, he draws listeners in with the two-part goal of telling truths with a good story...Rather than a must-read, this novel is a must-listen.” 

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  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shannon | 2/19/2014

    " This is historical fiction with the emphasis on historical. It is basically 15-or-so traditional Irish "tales" based on the true history of Ireland, joined by a fictional glue-story. So if you're interested in learning about the history of Ireland, with lots of interesting little tid-bits sprinkled in, this is the book for you. I started reading the paper copy, and finished the book as a book-on-CD during my loooooooong commute. I preferred the book-on-CD method for this one because during the portions where the storyteller character is telling his stories, you really feel like you're there listening to him. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 2/17/2014

    " I loved this book. It was an easy read but was full of vivid stories and the plot that tied the whole book together was great as well. I would definitely recommend this book especially for history lovers and lovers of historical fiction. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kajsa Björn | 2/16/2014

    " Well, I didn't like this book at all. I have to admit that towards the end I skipped all the storyteller's stories and only read the frame story... which wasn't all that interesting either. It had a predictable ending, and the head character was dull. Disappointment. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachele | 2/14/2014

    " I really liked this one...a story within a story & history all together. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelbo | 2/2/2014

    " This is such a beautiful and moving story. I love the history of the storytellers in Ireland and this one is so wonderful. It's a long journet to the end, but the road is so lovely that it passes too quickly. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alan | 1/31/2014

    " Good stories of Irish history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 1/29/2014

    " An interesting combination of Irish folklore/mythology and a simple narrative about the relationships of 2 generations of 1 family. Chapters alternate between the story about a boy and various people telling Irish legends. Most of the interesting family part is revealed in the last chapters; before that, it's mostly the boy obsessively searching for a wandering Storyteller who came to his house when he was young. The story was OK; just enough to make me curious. I read it for the Irish stories, which fascinate me -- this bumped it up from 3 to 4 stars. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracey | 1/22/2014

    " A great book full of Irish folklore and legend, with a lovely story right in with it. It was a bit long, but a surprise toward the end made it all worthwile. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beverly Lett | 1/17/2014

    " I loved this book. Such a good read. I'm looking forward to reading it again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Claire Bower | 1/8/2014

    " A must read... One of my all time favourite novels I love the story and the way history (although bias) is interwoven... Then there's the twist in the tail... Classic! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin | 12/31/2013

    " I listened to this book on CD. It was a little slow in parts, but once I got going, I just LOVED IT!!! A must read for anyone who is Irish or loves Irish history. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy Maher | 12/21/2013

    " It was a well written book - it did seem a little drawn out at times. I enjoyed finding out irelands history. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kaye Stambaugh | 11/12/2013

    " Irish history comes alive through Delaney's storytelling using myths and legends. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mona | 10/7/2013

    " Enjoyed this book. love reading stories that are long and winding. I feel like I am part of the story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brian | 10/2/2013

    " One of my all-time favorites! Great historical and cultural stories of Ireland told amidst a story of a family with many unexpected turns. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Angela | 9/28/2013

    " Stopped reading after about page 50. Writing is just OK and leaning a little too heavily on the Christian influence for my taste. I am used to the excellent storytelling of authors like Maeve Binchy. Interesting topic and premise but just doesn't quite deliver, didn't keep me reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 8/18/2013

    " Decent book, a bit long but a good story... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shawn | 7/26/2013

    " Had a little trouble getting past the folklore to the heart of the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teresa K | 5/9/2013

    " fun read about a storyteller and Irish History. I love historical fiction so this one was great. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 4/12/2013

    " Completely enthralled with this story. Beautifully written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bob | 12/18/2012

    " I just loved the way that beautiful country was described by the author from the country side to the homes and then the people.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryll | 3/28/2012

    " I'm early in the book. But I do love reading about Ireland. I am hoping I am going to like it. It is the history of Ireland as told by a story teller. The beginning is very violent. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephani | 12/19/2011

    " Very ambitious book of Irish myth, history, legend and tale within the context of a ficticious story. I learned so much about Ireland and its people. The action of the story is a little drawn out and I felt it lagged in places. Overall, it was an enjoyable read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 RJ | 8/5/2011

    " I really enjoyed this, as I enjoy Irish authors, as they generally portray characters I feel I know. This Celt sees a lot of friends, family, and herself in the stories of this absorbing narrative. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Holly Booms Walsh | 7/7/2011

    " Spellbinding historical fiction set in Ireland, dealing with roving storytellers and the boy that was obsessed with them. This book invloves lots of great traditional/mythic storytelling about Ireland heroes and roots. It's simply a magical read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joe | 5/17/2011

    " The distinct personality of each character telling a story comes through clearly. Especially the cadence. Read the stories aloud, with the accent of the locals from their native county, for a most enjoyable experience. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy | 5/10/2011

    " Because I'm of Irish heritage I enjoy the tales of Ireland long ago. It took me awhile to finish because you can put the book down and digest the history and easily pick it up again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pam | 4/29/2011

    " Having been to Ireland, I especially love this book. It weaves the lore and history of Ireland into tales told by a traditional Irish storyteller. I think it would interest anyone with a curiosity of Ireland and its history and folklore. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bob | 4/21/2011

    " A beautiful, thoroughly enjoyable romp through the history of Ireland, from a storyteller's perspective. A truly delightful read - highly recommended to my friends and fellow lovers of historical fiction! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandy | 4/20/2011

    " actually listening to this one in the car and it is so good I find myself okay with traffic jams- more time to listen. It reminds me so much of the wonderful Michener novels that zeroed in on one place and wove the stories to make it all fascinating. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 4/10/2011

    " I loved this way of learning Irish history, and I loved the format too! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna | 3/28/2011

    " Just a wonderful novel about a storyteller in Ireland. Full of history and color. Wonderful characters. I read this some time ago and am now reading all his other novels. Charming! "

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About the Author
Author Frank Delaney

Frank Delaney is the author of the New York Times bestselling novel Ireland, as well as The Matchmaker of KenmareVenetia Kelly’s Traveling Show, Tipperary, Shannon, and Simple Courage: A True Story of Peril on the Sea. A former judge for the Man Booker Prize, he enjoyed a prominent career in BBC broadcasting before becoming a full-time writer. NPR has called him the “most eloquent man in the world.” Born in Tipperary, Ireland, he now lives in New York City and Connecticut.