The Princes of Ireland

Version: Abridged
Author: Edward Rutherfurd
Narrator: John Keating
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Literature
Publisher: Random House (Audio)
Published In: March 2004
# of Units: 8 CDs
Length: 9 hours
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From the internationally bestselling author of London and Sarum -- a magnificent epic about love and war, family life and political intrigue in Ireland over the course of seventeen centuries. Like the novels of James Michener, The Princes of Ireland brilliantly interweaves engrossing fiction and well-researched fact to capture the essence of a place.
Edward Rutherfurd has introduced millions of readers to the human dramas that are the lifeblood of history. From his first bestseller, Sarum, to the #1 bestseller London, he has captivated audiences with gripping narratives that follow the fortunes of several fictional families down through the ages. The Princes of Ireland, a sweeping panorama steeped in the tragedy and glory that is Ireland, epitomizes the power and richness of Rutherfurd's storytelling magic.
The saga begins in pre-Christian Ireland with a clever refashioning of the legend of Cuchulainn, and culminates in the dramatic founding of the Free Irish State in 1922. Through the interlocking stories of a wonderfully imagined cast of characters -- monks and noblemen, soldiers and rebels, craftswomen and writers -- Rutherfurd vividly conveys the personal passions and shared dreams that shaped the character of the country. He takes readers inside all the major events in Irish history: the reign of the fierce and mighty kings of Tara; the mission of Saint Patrick; the Viking invasion and the founding of Dublin; the trickery of Henry II, which gave England its foothold on the island in 1167; the plantations of the Tudors and the savagery of Cromwell; the flight of the "Wild Geese"; the failed rebellion of 1798; the Great Famine and the Easter Rebellion. With Rutherfurd'swell-crafted storytelling, readers witness the rise of the Fenians in the late nineteenth century, the splendours of the Irish cultural renaissance, and the bloody battles for Irish independence, as though experiencing their momentous impact firsthand.
Tens of millions of North Americans claim Irish descent. Generations of people have been enchanted by Irish literature, and visitors flock to Dublin and its environs year after year. The Princes of Ireland will appeal to all of them -- and to anyone who relishes epic entertainment spun by a master.

"From the Hardcover edition.

Reviews (3)

Princes of Ireland

Written by Rachel M from Fallbrook, CA on January 30th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Really good book once you familiarize yourself enough with the characters, except once you do, it moves on to another generation...

Princess of Ireland

Written by Shannon Lowry on January 5th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 1/5

This author rambles on and on about fictional and non-fictional historical detail. Occasionally something happens involing a couple of the many introduced characters and it is quickly described and over before you know it. Then it's farther in the future without conflict resolution for all of the main characters of the last adventure. Then it's back to rambling. If you loved history texts in school this monotony will be right up your alley.

Princes of Ireland

Written by Anonymous on August 27th, 2004

  • Book Rating: 2/5

Let me start this by saying that I have loved Rutherfurd's other books - but this is the first that I have listened to rather than read. An abridged audio version does not do him justice. It loses a lot of the rich historical detail and does not allow you enjoy the families as it follows their lives down through the centuries. I would recommend the book rather than the audio unless it is an unabridged version.

Author Details

Author Details

Rutherfurd, Edward

"Edward Rutherfurd was born in Salisbury, England, and educated at Cambridge University. His first novel, Sarum, was an instant international bestseller. His subsequent novels -- Russka and London -- were also highly acclaimed bestsellers here and abroad."