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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,691 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Edward Rutherfurd Narrator: Richard Matthews Publisher: Books on Tape Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2004 ISBN:
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The saga begins in tribal, pre-Christian Ireland during the reign of the fierce and mighty High Kings at Tara, with the tale of two lovers, the princely Conall and the ravishing Deirdre, whose travails cleverly echo the ancient Celtic legend of Cuchulainn. From that stirring beginning, Rutherfurd takes the reader on a powerfully imagined journey through the centuries. Through the interlocking stories of a memorable cast of characters (druids and chieftains, monks and smugglers, noblewomen and farmwives, merchants and mercenaries, rebels and cowards) we see Ireland through the lens of its greatest city.

While vividly and movingly conveying the passions and struggles that shaped the character of Dublin, Rutherfurd portrays the major events in Irish history: The tribal culture of pagan Ireland; the mission of St. Patrick; the coming of the Vikings and the founding of Dublin; the glories of the great nearby monastery of Glendalough and the making of treasures like the Book of Kells; the extraordinary career of Brian Boru; and the trickery of Henry II, which gave England its first foothold in Medieval Ireland. The stage is then set for the great conflict between the English kings and the princes of Ireland, and the disastrous Irish invasion of England, which incurred the wrath of Henry VIII and where this book, the first of the two part Dublin Saga, draws to a close, as the path of Irish history takes a dramatic and irrevocable turn.

Rich, colorful and impeccably researched, The Princes of Ireland is epic entertainment spun by a master.

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Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Menolly Wilcox | 2/20/2014

    " Got 70 pages into it and I still didn't care about a single character... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cassi | 2/10/2014

    " I wish I were Irish...I am distantly, though not as far back as these Princes. A great tale of history, family and war. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 1/25/2014

    " Good on audiobook, but only if you're okay with no continuous plot - it's more like a collection of short stories which fictionalize the history of Ireland. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cate | 1/25/2014

    " I liked it, although I did get a little bogged down it towards the middle. The second book for the two is probably better but you do need to have read the first to understand the families. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margaret K | 1/19/2014

    " If you like historical fiction and long sagas, the books on tape version covers about 1000 years of Irish history from 400 to 1400. It uses the lives of various protagonists to illustrate some of the history of the periods covered. "

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

    " Not knowing much about Ireland and wanting to learn more about its history, I must say that I was delighted at the stylistic shift in this book as compared to Rutherfurd's other books. The fact that he covered much less time in the same space and went much more slowly in terms of history was fantastic and very helpful. I have primarily studied UK history from the English side of things so it was very interesting to see how things affected Ireland and how they played out there. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marie Ward | 1/13/2014

    " This book was HUGE, and I think I sprained my wrist lugging it around and holding it to read! Seriously though, if you're looking for a story that includes A LOT of history of a place, then this author is for you. This book was set in Ireland, began around the year 435 AD and ended in the 1500's (I think). There's also a part 2, which I assume brings us closer to the present. It took a little bit to get into, but it was so interesting that I forgave the author :) . I think I'll wait till the summer to read more of his since they're so heavy. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Magda | 1/10/2014

    " This tries to be an interesting historical fiction novel, but ... it's just not very good. The history is there, and dry, and then there's the fiction, which is also not all that great. The book switches abruptly between the two aspects. It took me about 200 pages to realize that I'd read the thing before. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bryan Treacy | 1/6/2014

    " A great review of the history of medieval Ireland up to the time of Henry VIII told in the James Michener fashion of writing. Unfortunately, it just ended with no resolution like a novel would but I assume it continues with the next book about Ireland that Mr. Rutherford writes. As usual with his books, you learn history (like Michener) in a very enjoyable way. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Plchaffin | 1/2/2014

    " Have you noticed I like Rutherfurd's books? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Taffy Stern | 1/2/2014

    " An insite to the development/forklore of Ireland. Lots of fun. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Devin | 12/24/2013

    " took quite a while to read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susi | 11/16/2013

    " A fascinting history of Ireland. This is the third book I have read by Rutherfurd. He does a great job of making history personal. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Noelle Campbell | 10/4/2013

    " Okay, good on Irish History, but not on the level of Michael Scott or Morgan Llywellyn. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine | 9/24/2013

    " I love the way Edward Rutherford is able to weave the strands of life together. I was a little reluctant to start this one, knowing there was a 2nd part, but couldn't resist. As usual for the author, he is able to give the reader a sense of life through the ages. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jodi | 6/11/2013

    " Good intro to the writings of Rutherford. Ireland pre at to the dawn of christian influence. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kimberly | 4/25/2013

    " Got totally hooked on Edward Rutherfurd with this book. Incredible way to learn the history of Ireland with great characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carolyn | 4/22/2013

    " Lovely historical fiction of the Emerald Isle. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynne Radcliffe | 4/7/2013

    " I enjoyed every page and can't wait to read the second book about Dublin by Rutherford. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marie | 12/31/2012

    " Great read - traces one family possession down through generations, explains the origins of Dublin city and the changes that take place through those generations. When we visited Dublin in 2006 it was very exciting that many of the things I'd read were still referred to today. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Betty | 5/30/2012

    " This is the fourth book I have read by this author. They are very long, but very readable. The books are novels but with well researched historical settings and information. I would characterize them as James Michener type novels. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Roberta | 4/11/2012

    " Read everything Rutherford has written - it is so educational and entertaining at the same time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa Forbes | 12/9/2011

    " I hate to say exactly what so many teenaged students have lamented to me over the years, but here it comes: boring. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maureen | 8/27/2011

    " Lengthy read but well worth the time. I found this novel to be more historical than fictional but still plenty of story line to keep it from being dry. It was a smooth, engaging, and enjoyable read about Ireland and I plan to read the follow up "Rebels of Ireland". "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steele At | 7/6/2011

    " LOVE these books... painfully difficult read, but worth every minute. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erinp | 5/22/2011

    " interesting history of centuries of ireland's history. almost too much! not enough day to day personal story line. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 4/11/2011

    " I was on an Edward Rutherfurd roll. I was just as engaged with these characters as I was reading Hawaii as a teenager. "

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

    " Historical fiction which I like. And Ireland, which I love. Didn't like that I was so slow reading it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Regina | 4/9/2011

    " Much like New York by the same author, you get a history lesson while reading the novel. Fabulous read though a little slow here and there throughout, I must get the next part: The Rebels of Ireland. Highly recommend! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gail | 3/31/2011

    " Irish history is SO convoluted! i had trouble keeping all the people straight ~~ point of fact i didn't. this, and its companion, will take several more reads before i begin to understand/remember. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kat | 3/23/2011

    " it took me a while to figure out that i had indeed read this book before, but i really enjoyed it the second time around as well! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 3/7/2011

    " I learned a lot of interesting facts from this book but parts did seem to bog down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joanna | 2/28/2011

    " Good history of early Ireland. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathleen | 2/21/2011

    " I found this book interesting, but a difficult read. The last 200 pages were really difficult to get through. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nicole | 2/19/2011

    " It was too long and got boring. I didn't finish it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margaret | 2/12/2011

    " I love historical fiction. This one was very good. "

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About the Author
Author Edward Rutherfurd

Edward Rutherfurd is one of the most renowned writers of historical fiction. He was born in Salisbury, England, christened in Salisbury Cathedral, and spent his early childhood in Salisbury Close. He was educated at Cambridge University and Stanford University in California. He has written several bestselling books, including Sarum, Russka, and London.