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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (366 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Frank Delaney Narrator: Frank Delane Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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“She sprang from the womb and waved to the crowd. Then smiled and took a bow.” And so we first meet Venetia Kelly, the beguiling actress at the center of this new, spellbinding, and epic novel by Frank Delaney, the bestselling author of Ireland and Shannon.
January 1932: While Ireland roils in the run-up to the most important national election in the Republic’s short history, Ben MacCarthy and his father watch a vagabond variety revue making a stop in the Irish countryside. After a two-hour kaleidoscope of low comedy, Shakespearean recitations, juggling, tumbling, and other entertainments, Ben’s father, mesmerized by Venetia Kelly, the troupe’s magnetic headliner, makes a fateful decision: to abandon his family and set off on the road with Miss Kelly and her caravan. Ben’s mother, shattered by the desertion, exhorts, “Find him and bring him back,” thereby sending the boy on a Homeric voyage into manhood, a quest that traverses the churning currents of Ireland’s fractious society and splinters the MacCarthy family.

Interweaving historical figures including W. B. Yeats, and a host of unforgettable creations—“King” Kelly, Venetia’s violent, Mephistophelean grandfather; Sarah Kelly, Venetia’s mysterious, amoral mother; and even a truth-telling ventriloquist’s dummy named Blarney—Frank Delaney unfurls a splendid narrative that spans half the world and a tumultuous, eventful decade.
Teeming with intrigue, pathos, and humor, Venetia Kelly’s Traveling Showexplores two of Ireland’s great national passions: theater and politics. Writing with his signature mastery and lyrical prose, Frank Delaney once again delivers an unforgettable story as big and boisterous as the people and events it chronicles.

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Erin | 2/10/2014

    " It was interesting.It got better toward the end.Nothing compares to "Ireland;A Novel" "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Tricia | 2/8/2014

    " Not my favorite of his books, but I still liked it very much. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Kate | 1/17/2014

    " one of the rare books that I had to walk away from. The style of writing was very difficult to access. I was disappointed because I've loved Frank Delaney in interviews- maybe I'll try the audiobook- it may work better if read to me... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kristine | 1/11/2014

    " What a sad -- haunting -- beautiful story. "

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