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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (854 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Peter Behrens Narrator: Jonathan Waters Publisher: Steerforth Press Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2011 ISBN:
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Driven from the only home he has known during Ireland's Great Hunger of 1847, Fergus O'Brien makes the harrowing journey from County Clare to America, traveling with bold girls, pearl boys, navvies, and highwaymen. Along the way, Fergus meets his three passionate loves: Phoebe, Luke, and Molly. They are vivid, unforgettable characters, fresh and willful.

Based on Peter Behrens's own family history, The Law of Dreams is lyrical, emotional, and thoroughly extraordinary, a searing tale of ardent struggle and ultimate perseverance.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ginger | 2/17/2014

    " A coming of age story set against the brutality of the Irish potato famine. Prose like poetry. Wonderful character development. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sheila | 2/14/2014

    " Unrelentingly bleak springs to mind. Well written and certainly graphic, this novel makes you want to get down on your knees and say thanks for every little thing your Irish ancestors went through to get to Canada. A hard novel to read, particularly over the Xmas holidays! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle Rivera | 2/10/2014

    " I truly enjoyed this book. I was very concerned about Fergus' relationship with Molly but it all works out in the end. The characters were life-like and the drama of living in extreme poverty comes through loud and clear. The immigrants who came across the Atlantic on these cargo ships truly suffered. I never really thought about what my ancestors had gone through to get here, my great-grandparents and my grandparents too. I never realized how difficult their lives had been before the potato famine, after and then trying to get to America. I love how the author includes all the dreams the Irish thought they would realize once they arrived in America. Everyone really believes they will be given a farm upon arrival in the United States. I have a new appreciation for how hard it must have been for these poor people to leave everything they knew and understood to come over to America and start all over again.This was a most pleasant way to learn a bit of history. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bethan | 1/26/2014

    " heavy stuff. not sure how i feel about this book. really well written but i'm not likin the main character so much. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 1/22/2014

    " Good story. Tough to read at times but good. I liked the ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 apwebb83 | 1/18/2014

    " I was intrigued by the subject of the potato famine from the perspective of a poor tenant farmer's son. What a journey this boy goes on to becoming a man. The writing was quite fine, with rich descriptions of things that I am glad not to have experienced directly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sheryl | 1/8/2014

    " This book truly showed how rough, uncivilized and hard life was in the mid 1800s. It also showed how this very hard life affected the people who lived it. The main character, in my eyes, was an innocent who managed to survive. By the end of the book he is only slightly less innocent. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl | 12/19/2013

    " Stunning historical fiction about The Great Famine in Ireland of 1847. We are plunged into the suffering, greed, loss, and the unimaginable strength of the characters. A tale that speaks to our capacity for survival. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maurean | 12/19/2013

    " A very gripping tale. Truth be told, I was prepared to give up on this one several times, as the story is somewhat sad & extremely gritty in some places, but each time I lay it aside I felt compelled to follow Fergus' story to the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jody Bisbee | 12/14/2013

    " Almost finished with this really well written book. I really enjoy historical fiction because it helps me connect with history when clearly drawn characters are presented. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Drbrown Brown | 12/10/2013

    " THIS is a novel. Behrens had me at page one! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lainey | 11/30/2013

    " I actually read this book back to back.Found it fascinating, horrifying, real, well written "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne Sullivan | 8/18/2013

    " Think "Angela's Ashes", but without all the "luxury" (a house to sleep in, a mother, sibling, etc.) of Frank McCourt's childhood. Bleak, but still I had to read it till the end and will read the Sequel, "The O'Briens", about the family coming to America. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dianne | 6/22/2013

    " I loved this book. It was a very good read and I learned alot about the Irish potato famine years and how people actually lived then. Interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amelia C | 6/12/2013

    " While this novel is problemmatic, I couldn't put it down. Gives you a very gritty sense of the potato famine in Ireland. I recommend it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mpapaz | 4/12/2013

    " I loved this one. People always romanticize the past but this book shows how hard it was for ordinary people to live decently. "

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

    " I loved this book! Full of adventure and romance. A great summer read at the cottage. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alex Roe | 9/4/2012

    " I would not have made this five stars until finishing it. It stayed with me. There are a lot of very unpleasant things in it, but it feels so real it's almost tangible. First time I've read anything in detail about the Irish famine. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa Van Oosterum | 2/12/2012

    " Interesting, but seriously slow. It was not wise of me to choose this as my poolside read in Florida. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Misswilson | 10/21/2011

    " One of my favorites and brilliantly written! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Frank | 10/25/2010

    " An unjustly neglected novel, a nightmarish tale about Irish poor in the 19th century, emigrating to America... not perfect maybe, but quite impressive nonetheless. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brisbride13 | 10/23/2010

    " awesome book, but i was disappointed that they spent so much time with him in ireland and on the boat heading to quebec that the author cut the ending short in a sort of hokey way. sequel please!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet | 10/8/2010

    " Irish potato famine.. amazing story, lyrical voice. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 amanda | 4/4/2007

    " i'm a sucker for irish historical fiction. but this is beautifully written. "

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About the Author
Author Peter Behrens

Peter Behrens is a Canadian novelist, screenwriter and short story writer. His debut novel, The Law of Dreams, won the 2006 Governor General's Award for English fiction. Behrens was born and raised in Montreal, where he studied at Concordia University and McGill University. His earliest short fiction can be found in Best Canadian Stories 1978 and Best Canadian Stories 1979, and in his debut short story collection, Night Driving (1987). He subsequently worked in Hollywood as a screenwriter; though he continued to publish short stories and essays in Canadian and American magazines, he did not publish another book until The Law of Dreams, his novel of a homeless lad thrown off his lands by the Ireland's Great Potato Famine. Behrens currently lives in Maine with his family.