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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (106 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Philip Freeman Narrator: Alan Sklar Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2004 ISBN: 9781400171118
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Ireland's patron saint has long been shrouded in legend: he drove the snakes out of Ireland; he triumphed over Druids and their super-natural powers; he used a shamrock to explain the Christian mystery of the Trinity. But his true story is more fascinating than the myths. Late in the 4th century Irish pirates captured a young, British citizen named Patricius from his parents' Roman villa. The boy was sold into slavery and sent to tend sheep in Ireland. After walking nearly 200 miles across bogs and mountains to the coast, he managed to escape on a ship full of pagan sailors and returned home to the astonishment of his family. Patrick was destined for the privileged life of nobility but, when he experienced a profound religious awakening, he decided to become a priest and return to Ireland to convert the Irish to Christianity. The Patrick who emerges is even more extraordinary than the patron saint of legend - a passionate, courageous, and very human figure who exerted an incalculable impact on the course of Irish history. "A fascinating and believable introduction to Ireland's patron saint... a colorful picture of Ireland at the end of the Roman Empire: its kings and headhunting warriors, gods and human sacrifices, belief in the Otherworld." ~Publishers Weekly (March 2004) 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 Charles | 1/18/2014

    " Another readable St Patrick biography...good stuff. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daniel Alvers | 12/4/2013

    " This is an easy to read biography of the life of Patrick. I enjoyed it a great deal and think anyone would. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolyn | 11/28/2013

    " Fascinating. What an amazing person! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charles | 11/24/2013

    " Another readable St Patrick biography...good stuff. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margie | 11/23/2013

    " A little dry, as I already had some knowledge of Patrick, but it was easy to read and interesting. This book for history-lovers who don't want academic tomes. It left me wanting to know much more about Patrick because the centuries-long legacy of his commitment to bring Christianity to Ireland. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janette | 11/15/2013

    " Very interesting read--didn't know this story at all! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Doug Adamson | 6/23/2013

    " scholarly yet very readable. critical yet sympathetic. I highly recommend it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brad Henderson | 6/21/2013

    " Not the biography I was hoping for...in fact, much of the book deals with other things than Patrick. Probably should have been titled "St. Patrick's Ireland," which seems more accurate. Still, an informative book that helped me build a better foundation of my understanding of Celtic Christianity. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jera Gunther | 4/15/2013

    " I'm actually not quite done with this book, but I should finish it soon. I didn't know much about St. Patrick and wanted to learn a bit. I'm very glad I didn't live in the 4th and 5th centuries despite the presence of good men like St. Patrick. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alisa | 3/29/2013

    " Loved this book. I thought it was great that it actually had the two known letters that St. Patrick wrote in the back of the book. It was great to have the opportunity to read them. It was also good to learn some of the history of what was going on at the time when he was there. Great book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cherise | 2/26/2013

    " Appreciated the fact that two of his letters are included . "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lauren | 12/12/2012

    " Well thought-out biography, includes the letters written by St. Patrick in the back of the book. Resources are also a plus. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael Gerald | 11/27/2012

    " An easy-to-read bio of one of the greatest saints in Church history, St. Patrick is a fine example of the greatness a person can rise up to despite the trials and tribulations. And that greatness is not only for oneself, but also for the greater good of society and the greater glory of God. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terri | 12/20/2011

    " The author has several interesting views about the relationship of the Middle Ages/Dark Ages, the Roman Catholic Church, and Patrick. I found it intriguing. The bibliography at the end really caught my interest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 R. Cathy | 11/4/2011

    " Intriguing ! He should be remembered for his Christian mission, not for snake chasing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 8/23/2011

    " Love this story of St Patrick. It is had to underestimate how significant he was for Irish history. He seperates legend from fact without robbing St. Patrick of his personality and impact. A truly amazing life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charles | 4/26/2011

    " Another readable St Patrick biography...good stuff. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jera | 3/8/2011

    " I'm actually not quite done with this book, but I should finish it soon. I didn't know much about St. Patrick and wanted to learn a bit. I'm very glad I didn't live in the 4th and 5th centuries despite the presence of good men like St. Patrick. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 R. | 8/8/2008

    " Intriguing ! He should be remembered for his Christian mission, not for snake chasing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margie | 10/21/2007

    " A little dry, as I already had some knowledge of Patrick, but it was easy to read and interesting. This book for history-lovers who don't want academic tomes. It left me wanting to know much more about Patrick because the centuries-long legacy of his commitment to bring Christianity to Ireland. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 3/8/2007

    " Love this story of St Patrick. It is had to underestimate how significant he was for Irish history. He seperates legend from fact without robbing St. Patrick of his personality and impact. A truly amazing life. "

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About the Author
Author Philip Freeman

Philip Freeman is Qualley chair of classics at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, and a former professor of classics at Washington University in St. Louis. He also served as a visiting fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton in 2012. He earned the first joint PhD in classics and Celtic studies from Harvard University, and has been a visiting scholar at the Harvard Divinity School, the American Academy in Rome, and the Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington, DC. The author of several previous books, including Alexander the Great, St. Patrick of Ireland, and Julius Caesar, he lives with his family in Decorah, Iowa.

About the Narrator

Alan Sklar, a graduate of Dartmouth, has excelled in his career as a freelance voice actor. He began narrating audiobooks in 1996, winning seven AudioFile Earphones Awards and earning several “Best Voice” awards. He has also worked as a stage actor and as a promo announcer at WPIX-TV in New York City. His dream is to be an opera singer, a role for which he hones his bass-baritone operatic skills in the upstairs shower of his home.