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Author: Padraic Colum Narrator: Gerard Doyle Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2015 ISBN: 9781504638845
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Celebrated Irish author Padraic Colum dazzled audiences with his retellings of old Gaelic myths. In The King of Ireland’s Son, he imbues seven favorite tales from the Emerald Isle with sly humor, whimsy, and imagination. Stories include “Fedelma, the Enchanter’s Daughter,” “When the King of the Cats Came to King Connal’s Dominion,” “The Sword of Light,” “The Town of the Red Castle,” “The King of the Land of Mist,” “The House of Crom Duv,” and “The Spae-Woman.” It’s hours of entertainment for the whole family!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[A] fascinating tale for children.”

    New York Times

  • “Narrator Gerard Doyle captures the oral tradition of the storyteller in Padraic Colum’s Irish folktales so perfectly that the listener will lose all track of time. The principal story follows the King of Ireland’s eldest and wildest son, whose quest takes him to far and distant lands. Doyle easily adapts his tone to match each of the colorful characters encountered in the interwoven tales—the wily and deceptive Little Sage of the Mountain; the quiet eloquence of the Enchanter’s daughter, Fedelma; and the feisty arrogance of the King of the Cats. Doyle’s melodious Irish lilt lends itself so well to storytelling that the production is perfect for bedtime or a road trip.”


  • “‘To make stories read as if they were being told’ has been Padraic Colum’s aim and his achievement…A master storyteller at his best.”

    Kirkus Reviews, praise for the author

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About the Author

Padraic Colum (1881–1972) was an Irish poet, playwright, author, a major leader of the Irish Renaissance, and a friend to James Joyce and William Yeats. Well versed in the old Gaelic myths as well as those of other cultures, he wrote a number of books for children that retell these tales. His book The Golden Fleece and the Heroes Who Lived before Achilles was a Newbery Honor Book, and he was awarded the Regina Medal for his distinguished contribution to children’s literature.

About the Narrator

Gerard Doyle, a seasoned audio narrator, he has been awarded dozens of AudioFile Earphones Awards, was named a Best Voice in Young Adult Fiction in 2008, and won the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. He was born of Irish parents and raised and educated in England. In Great Britain he has enjoyed an extensive career in both television and repertory theater and toured nationally and internationally with the English Shakespeare Company. He has appeared in London’s West End in the gritty musical The Hired Man. In America he has appeared on Broadway in The Weir and on television in New York Undercover and Law & Order. He has taught drama at Ross School for the several years.