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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,121 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Edward Rutherfurd Narrator: Richard Matthews, Simon Vance Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2006 ISBN: 9781415938263
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The Princes of Ireland, the first volume of Edward Rutherfurd’s magisterial epic of Irish history, ended with the disastrous Irish revolt of 1534 and the disappearance of the sacred Staff of Saint Patrick. The Rebels of Ireland opens with an Ireland transformed; plantation, the final step in the centuries-long English conquest of Ireland, is the order of the day, and the subjugation of the native Irish Catholic population has begun in earnest.

Edward Rutherfurd brings history to life through the tales of families whose fates rise and fall in each generation: Brothers who must choose between fidelity to their ancient faith or the security of their families; a wife whose passion for a charismatic Irish chieftain threatens her comfortable marriage to a prosperous merchant; a young scholar whose secret rebel sympathies are put to the test; men who risk their lives and their children’s fortunes in the tragic pursuit of freedom, and those determined to root them out forever. Rutherfurd spins the saga of Ireland’s 400-year path to independence in all its drama, tragedy, and glory through the stories of people from all strata of society--Protestant and Catholic, rich and poor, conniving and heroic.
 
His richly detailed narrative brings to life watershed moments and events, from the time of plantation settlements to the “Flight of the Earls,” when the native aristocracy fled the island, to Cromwell’s suppression of the population and the imposition of the harsh anti-Catholic penal laws. He describes the hardships of ordinary people and the romantic, doomed attempt to overthrow the Protestant oppressors, which ended in defeat at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690, and the departure of the “Wild Geese.” In vivid tones Rutherfurd re-creates Grattan’s Parliament, Wolfe Tone's attempted French invasion of 1798, the tragic rising of Robert Emmet, the Catholic campaign of Daniel O’Connell, the catastrophic famine, the mass migration to America, and the glorious Irish Renaissance of Yeats and Joyce. And through the eyes of his characters, he captures the rise of Charles Stewart Parnell and the great Irish nationalists and the birth of an Ireland free of all ties to England.
 
A tale of fierce battles, hot-blooded romances, and family and political intrigues, The Rebels of Ireland brings the story begun in The Princes of Ireland to a stunning conclusion.


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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dawn | 2/17/2014

    " This picks up pretty much right where The Princes of Ireland leaves off and follows the battles between the Catholics & Protestants, ending right after WWI with the declaration of an independent Irish state. It was interesting and a good solid read. The cast of characters is a bit wider and feels somewhat disconnected from the families of the first book, and I still totally needed a map to figure out what was going on. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathy | 1/31/2014

    " I was a bit disappointed in this follow-up book to Rutherfurd's The Princes of Ireland. I don't know if I will read his next offering. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane | 1/29/2014

    " Learned alot about the history of Ireland through these 2 books--took me a long time(1600 pages or more..) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa | 1/28/2014

    " The sequel to The Princes of Ireland, The Rebels of Ireland pick up immediately where Princes left off, mid-16th century. It brings us from the upper-class British-Irish to a poor woman suffering from the Potato Famine in the West, to Revolutionaries in the beginning of the 20th century. Overall, an informative, enjoyable read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 1/21/2014

    " Second book in the Dublin Saga. Huge scope. Monumental historical fiction. Characterization limited but the reader learns much about the Irish history. A page turner in some respects. Recommend to those who enjoy great fat epics. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet | 1/18/2014

    " An excellent, enjoyable work of historical fiction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 1/17/2014

    " This book is the second in the series of the Dublin Saga and takes you through World War II as you continue to follow the same families you learned about in the Princes of Ireland. The book really provides some insight into how complicated Ireland is. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenna | 1/13/2014

    " Ok - If you like Princes of Ireland, then you have to follow it up with the Rebels of Ireland, which picks up the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandy Haemmerle | 1/10/2014

    " really enjoyed the mixture of historical facts and personal stories. would have preferred it to cover the civil war and early republic in more detail, the "rising" chapter seemed a little rushed. "

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

    " Like Michener, picked up Rutherford's Sarum for upcoming trip to England. Need to read London. Saw this one and picked it up too.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Auty | 12/24/2013

    " May have enjoyed the sequel even more than the first one! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura Caine | 12/11/2013

    " Continued on with the same ideals of the Princes Of Ireland, the same historical points & fictional flow! Riveting & exciting! As entertaining as informative! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jessica Gadsden | 12/6/2013

    " Perhaps, the Ireland sagas are not the best two Rutherfurd books to have started with. While this was better than the first, it too was slow, and not as descriptive as I was led to believe. Though I still would like to spend a week in Dublin. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peggy | 11/27/2013

    " I enjoyed it and found it very interesting to see how the lives of people back then might of been. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vicki | 11/15/2013

    " Didn't like this book as much as some others but the author certainly discusses the protestant - Catholic debate in Ireland. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christine | 9/27/2013

    " What can I say, I like his guy. My one complaint is that I wanted it to continue and now I have no where to go. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 9/4/2013

    " Not as engrossing as my personal favorite Rutherfurd, London, but a phenomenally researched and pieced-together historical novel. The connections between characters and their links to actual history are so realistic, it's hard to believe most of this was invented in Rutherfurd's head. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Gail/Ladyvolz Bowman | 5/10/2013

    " this one sort just drug on for me. Quit after the 4 disc "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sylvie Fox | 8/23/2012

    " Perhaps, the Ireland sagas are not the best two Rutherfurd books to have started with. While this was better than the first, it too was slow, and not as descriptive as I was led to believe. Though I still would like to spend a week in Dublin. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin Harris | 6/24/2012

    " i love this type of book - it's historical, with lots of interweaving stories about different people and families, some of which overlap. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 3/23/2012

    " His second book on Ireland, must read both to get both perspectives on the country. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sugardaddysweeti | 2/3/2012

    " I didn't use the "audiobook", but couldn't find the regular book on here. This book is the second in a fantastic series. One of the best Historical Fiction reads I have, I could read it a dozen times and get something new each time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike | 1/19/2012

    " Follow up to Princes of Ireland. You have to read "Princes" first to really get this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 6/4/2011

    " Well constructed novel on Irish history and culture. Enjoyable as a historical work as we as a novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kat | 5/7/2011

    " historical fiction of ireland starting mid 1500s up to around 1900. fantastic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bob | 4/18/2011

    " The writing is very good and you get involved with a character and the chapter ends and you move on to something else. Sometimes you never here from that character again or you only hear of them when you meet their grandchildren. The plot seemed rather random. "

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

    " Just wanted to finish up the saga. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori | 1/24/2011

    " read many of his books. enjoyed every one. Great historical writer! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Milt | 1/6/2011

    " It was a very good read indeed. It defines both the chartacter of the Irish and the duplicity of the English with a balanced point of view and a good story sense. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kimberly | 12/29/2010

    " Excellent. This is the second time I have read this saga and it was just as good the second time as it was the first! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Holly | 11/26/2010

    " Absolutely loved the historical/fiction nature of this book. Rutherfurd is becoming a favorite author "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sbennett | 7/19/2010

    " The first book in this series was far better. I was really disappointed in this book. I usally love Edward Rutherfurd, but this one just never grabbed me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ginna | 7/7/2010

    " just finished this follow-up to Princes of Ireland. I recommend this author if you are a history geek and enjoy getting your facts from fiction! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judith | 6/1/2010

    " 6/13/10 I'm listening to the audio book. This is the sequel to "Princes of Ireland".

    7/2/2010 This book was OK but I like "The Princes of Ireland" better.


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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Timothy | 5/20/2010

    " Rutherfurd is a master storyteller. He deftly weaves history and story in a complex tale that spans generations. One of the best depictions of the Irish blight that I have ever read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trudy | 5/3/2010

    " Historical fiction by Rutherfurd. A look at the religious and political times in Ireland's fight for home rule. It's the Catholics against the Church of England. Interesting history through the families of the poor and also the wealthy land owners. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate | 4/29/2010

    " I am listening to this. Can't figure out how to list it as an audio book "

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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.

About the Narrator

Simon Vance (a.k.a. Robert Whitfield) is an award-winning actor and an AudioFile Golden Voice with fifty-eight Earphones Awards. He has won thirteen prestigious Audie Awards and was Booklist’s very first Voice of Choice in 2008. He has narrated more than eight hundred audiobooks over almost thirty years, beginning when he was a radio newsreader for the BBC in London.