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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,014 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: J. G. Farrell Narrator: Sean Barrett Publisher: CSA Word Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2008 ISBN:
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J. G. Farrell was born in England and moved to Ireland around the age of 12. Often mistaken for an Irish-born writer, this is mainly because Troubles, the first book of his Empire Trilogy (also including The Siege of Krishnapur and The Singapore Grip) takes a comical yet political and personal look at the realities of the Irish fight for independence against the might of the British Empire.

A listener follows Brendan Archer, a major in the British Army, to County Wicklow in Ireland, where he is supposed to meet the woman he thinks he will marry. When his plans do not turn out quite as he imagined, he decides to stay on at The Majestic - a crumbling coastal hotel - which holds a strange charm and many eccentric, often amusing, inhabitants.

Made into a film for television in 1988, Troubles is an involving and interesting listen, both touching and enthralling. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Geraldine | 2/2/2014

    " This was book that got better as I read it. Loved the descriptions of the old hotel the Majestic filled with such eccentric characters as only the British seem to have. The owner Edward Spencer's descent into madness, the cranky Sarah, the delightful old ladies, the tree roots, the pesky revolting cats, the derelict building, the afternoon teas, the British superiority. The list goes on. The main character Major Archer was unlikeable in his priggishness, but as time went on I semi sympathized with him. A metaphor for the ailing British Empire....yes...but a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth | 1/1/2014

    " I would give this book another half star for the writing. My problem was that the entire book seemed like one long metaphor for the 2 main characters' pain at the decompostition of the Ireland that they knew. The character whose point of view you read is, like all the other characterscompletely inexplicable as to his motives for anything at all. It seemed Farrell was trying to be objective, but I thought he went too far. I felt there was no driving force, just endless disintegration: of physical things, of personalities. I did not find it as funny as the blurbs did. I found it, in small ways horrific--from the proliferation of cats to Edward's preference for animals over people...It's an interesting book to have read, but I did not learn anything from it, and I didn't feel anything about it. I prefer to get at least one of those things from the books I read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Terry94705 | 12/3/2013

    " Yikes! It's books like this that make me think I am giving out too many 5 star reviews! This was an absolutely incredible read. One one level it was hysterically funny; on another level it was as sober as any book on the last days of a colonial regime. Everything about the Majestic Hotel is saturated with colonial decay; there are metaphors and allegories on every page. Yet... one becomes terribly fond of the individual characters, even the pathetic dogs and terrifying cats. The english major, who is the protagonist (and protector) of this strange group assembled at the Irish seaside hotel, seems too obtuse to be a reliable narrator, but he functions very well in that role. Recently returned from the trenches of WW1, the major shares with his fellow brits a sense that the Irish are inappreciative yokels, but at the same time he sees their sad plight. The conflict provides some brutally violent moments, but the frequent characterizations of the "Prods" and the "R.C.s" are really quite funny. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tuco Markham | 11/20/2013

    " I didn't like "The Siege At Krishnapur" at all so I didn't expect much from this book but I thoroughly enjoyed it. Lots of humour and drama, very well written and kept my interest, nice "historical" novel set in post WWI Ireland... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christopher Shevlin | 9/5/2013

    " Reading it was only marginally less of a stodgy, monotonous slog than eating it would have been. The Siege of Krishnapur is great though. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Becky Thurber | 7/14/2013

    " Got about half way through this and just couldn't find the motivation to continue. I was seriously bored to tears. Maybe it's because I know nothing of the history surrounding the setting... I don't know. But I won't ever finish it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tricia Harris | 8/30/2012

    " This is a fantastic book. It deserved to win the Lost Booker. It is so clever, so funny and so enlightening. Oh, and quite chilling too....... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caitriona Row | 12/26/2011

    " Don't look into the chamber pot!!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lucretius | 10/6/2011

    " Perhaps I just don't get Irish books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 8/17/2009

    " What a delight! Funny, sad, and with some real weight to it. Highly recommended. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 meagh | 4/24/2008

    " I'm not sure what I was expecting when I started with this book. Maybe I was expecting a novel about the troubles. Even though I didn't get that I did get a decent and memorable story which is perhaps all Farrell actually intended. Not a great work but decent enough. "

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