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3.64 out of 53.64 out of 53.64 out of 53.64 out of 53.64 out of 5 3.64 (14 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Thomas Keneally Narrator: John McDonough Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2011 ISBN:
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Thomas Keneally, the Booker Prize-winning author of Schindler's List, is universally praised for crafting smooth narratives from authentic historical events. With The Great Shame, he turns his insightful eye toward the Irish struggle through the 19h century. In sharp contrast to much of Europe, Ireland was a terrible place to be during the 1800s. Many of the nation's finest people set sail for America and Canada. Others were forcibly exiled to Australia for committing crimes as minor as shoplifting. And approximately one million perished when a widespread potato fungus fueled a devastating famine. But the Irish survived - on their homeland and spanning the globe - making profound contributions to the world. Epic in scope, this account captures the humanity of these events and ultimately emerges as a message of hope and glory. Keneally, an Australian with Irish bloodties, powerfully examines many shattered lives - including those of his own relatives. Narrator John McDonough brings a spirit to this extraordinary book that will not soon be forgotten.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rifleman | 10/30/2013

    " A facinating look at the Irish people amd culture during the Diaspora. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Adam Szczepanski | 9/18/2013

    " I love these kinds of books, but The Great Shame became just too tedious for me. I only finished about a quarter, and I hope to revisit in the future. Keneally absolutely did his research and writes with authority, but in my eyes, this is also The Great Downfall of a potentially great book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Thom Diggins | 8/20/2012

    " As an "Irish-American" I am appalled by the cruelty, oppression and exploitation of the Irish by the British. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill | 4/29/2012

    " Interesting stories. Irish-Americans will recognize a lot in the experiences of Keneally's Irish-Australians. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maureen | 4/3/2012

    " vast, did I say VAST, compendium of the irish diaspora, with stress on that which headed to australia, but pretty much a solid reference work on the diaspora as a whole.. too encyclopedic to be a "good tead" though many highly readble segments. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Crystal | 1/30/2012

    " After reading Angelas Ashes I attempted to read this . It took me a long time to get through it but is well worth the time. I love anything about Ireland/Scotland and this is a wonderful about the famine & oppression "our" ancestors endured. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Betsy | 12/31/2011

    " A through write up of the early Irish revolutionaries. Gets vey detailed at time and is rather long. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ed | 10/20/2010

    " Genocide the old fashioned way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda N | 8/9/2010

    " This book covers an incredible amount of modern irish history and really explains the impact of the exodus of the Irish to America and Australia. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maureen | 10/21/2009

    " vast, did I say VAST, compendium of the irish diaspora, with stress on that which headed to australia, but pretty much a solid reference work on the diaspora as a whole.. too encyclopedic to be a "good tead" though many highly readble segments. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keith | 5/15/2009

    " It seems I am getting into the habit of reading hefty tomes. I wanted to read a book about my roots - Ireland. Just getting started...more on this book later.

    Very engaging history shown through the perils and separation of an Irish family. Learning much! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill | 1/1/2009

    " Interesting stories. Irish-Americans will recognize a lot in the experiences of Keneally's Irish-Australians. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 7/29/2008

    " This book covers an incredible amount of modern irish history and really explains the impact of the exodus of the Irish to America and Australia. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rifleman | 2/23/2008

    " A facinating look at the Irish people amd culture during the Diaspora.
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About the Author
Author Thomas KeneallyThomas Keneally began his writing career in 1964 and has published thirty-three novels since, most recently Napoleon’s Last Island, Shame and the Captives, and the New York Times bestselling The Daughters of Mars. His novels include Schindler’s List, which won the Booker Prize in 1982, The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith, Gossip from the Forest, and Confederates, all of which were shortlisted for the Booker Prize. He has also written several works of nonfiction, including his boyhood memoir Homebush Boy, The Commonwealth of Thieves, and Searching for Schindler. He is married with two daughters and lives in Sydney, Australia.
About the Narrator

John McDonough, one of AudioFile magazine’s Golden Voices, has narrated dozens of audiobooks. He is known for his narrations of children’s books, including Robert McCloskey’s Centerburg Tales and Albert Marrin’s Commander-in-Chief Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War. Outside of his audiobook work, he has starred in a revival of Captain Kangaroo on the Fox Network.