Really good book spanning many generations in the Mitchner style. Brilliantly weaving impeccable historical research with stirring stories that are hard to put down.
This darn book kept me awake at night! Tis a good Irish tale.
Gerry H. (squib) reviewed The Princes of Ireland (Audio CD) (Abridged) on
Helpful Score: 3
The story follows the development of Dublin as experienced by the people who lived there. Events ranging from the 4th or 5th century through the 15th or 16th century. The CD should whet your appatite for the unabridged written version. It is a very long book but is much more brilliant given the continuity not found in the CD version.
An enjoyable read. It's important to keep in mind that the stories told in each era are vehicles for displaying the times and history of the country, and should not be judged solely unto themselves. I came away with a much better understand on Ireland from this book, I can't wait to read the second part!
Ideal for car trips as the story progresses through a number of tales as history rolls along: love story, battles and politics. An interesting tale to listen to and learn about major events in Irish history up to the invasion of Henry VIII, mostly interpreting the great Irish historical legend. Really long for an abridgement: 8 cds, 9 hours!
I like to always have one purely entertaining book (as opposed to research/work) that I can sit down and enjoy with a cup of tea to de-stress. This book was perfect! It's split up into sections and each story is both entertaining in itself and characters move from generation to generation. There is a lot of interesting history woven into it and it's extra fun if you've been to Dublin.
I love Rutherfurd because he makes history fun! This book (and its sequel) should be 'required reading' for anyone planning a trip to Ireland - or anyone who love to drink green beer on St. Patricks' Day!
Excellent, excellent book chronicling the turbulent history of much misunderstood Ireland. Abounds with period detail. A true portrait of life at the time, with an added debunking of certain myths and stereotypes about the beautiful emerald isle.
I enjoyed this book so much! I loved to listen to the different ways of life of the Irish people throughout the centuries. I learned much about where differnt words come from and such. It had a great story but was also very historical. I liked both aspects of it.
I was highly disappointed by this book. Having read Sarum, London and New York by Rutherford I was looking forward to this book. It is written totally different than his other books and drags on and on. My husband tried to read it before me and also just gave up!