Ireland by Frank Delaney audiobook

Ireland: A Novel

By Frank Delaney
Read by Frank Delaney

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19.49 Hours Unabridged
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From a land famous for storytelling comes an epic novel of Ireland that captures the intimate, passionate texture of the Irish spirit. One evening in 1951, an itinerant storyteller arrives unannounced at a house in the Irish countryside. In exchange for a bed and a warm meal, he invites his hosts and their neighbors to join him by the wintry fireside, and begins to tell formative stories of Ireland's history. Ronan, a nine-year-old boy, grows so entranced by the storytelling that, when the old man leaves abruptly under mysterious circumstances, the boy devotes himself to finding him again. Ronan's search for the Storyteller becomes both a journey of self-discovery, long unspoken family secrets, and an immersion into the sometimes conflicting histories of his native land. A sweeping novel of huge ambition, Ireland is the beautifully told story of a remarkable nation. It rings with the truth of a writer passionate about his country and in full command of his craft.

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Summary

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A New York Times bestseller

Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award

From a land famous for storytelling comes an epic novel of Ireland that captures the intimate, passionate texture of the Irish spirit.

One evening in 1951, an itinerant storyteller arrives unannounced at a house in the Irish countryside. In exchange for a bed and a warm meal, he invites his hosts and their neighbors to join him by the wintry fireside, and begins to tell formative stories of Ireland's history. Ronan, a nine-year-old boy, grows so entranced by the storytelling that, when the old man leaves abruptly under mysterious circumstances, the boy devotes himself to finding him again.

Ronan's search for the Storyteller becomes both a journey of self-discovery, long unspoken family secrets, and an immersion into the sometimes conflicting histories of his native land.

A sweeping novel of huge ambition, Ireland is the beautifully told story of a remarkable nation. It rings with the truth of a writer passionate about his country and in full command of his craft.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Wonderfully engaging...An intimate epic that is at once a sprawling account of two thousands years of Irish history and a meditation on the enduring importance of stories.” Washington Post Book World
“Gentle, poignant, charming, droll, tragic, triumphant, wise, and unforgettable...Ireland touches the heart and moves the soul.” Richmond Times-Dispatch
“An epic novel of history and storytelling.” U.S. News & World Report
“Delaney gracefully collects essential myths—and invents a few, too—in his heartfelt ode to the oral tradition.” Entertainment Weekly
“A remarkable achievement...A beautiful book.” Edward Rutherford, author of The Princes of Ireland
“Frank Delaney wrote with the ear in mind, and as narrator he uses his gentle, thoughtful voice to full effect. Like his fictional storyteller, he draws listeners in with the two-part goal of telling truths with a good story...Rather than a must-read, this novel is a must-listen.”  AudioFile

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Author Bio: Frank Delaney

Author Bio: Frank Delaney

Frank Delaney is the author of the New York Times bestselling novel Ireland, as well as The Matchmaker of KenmareVenetia Kelly’s Traveling Show, Tipperary, Shannon, and Simple Courage: A True Story of Peril on the Sea. A former judge for the Man Booker Prize, he enjoyed a prominent career in BBC broadcasting before becoming a full-time writer. NPR has called him the “most eloquent man in the world.” Born in Tipperary, Ireland, he now lives in New York City and Connecticut.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction/Historical
Runtime: 19.49
Audience: Adult
Language: English