A Long Long Way : Dunne Family

  • by Sebastian Barry
  • Narrated by John Cormack
  • Series: Dunne Family
  • 9 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

With acclaimed works like The Whereabouts of Eneas McNulty, Irish author Sebastian Barry has earned a reputation as a "master storyteller" (The Wall Street Journal). In A Long Long Way he has created an unforgettable portrait of the horrors of war through the story of Willie Dunne, a young man who leaves his native Dublin in 1914 to join the Allies on the Western Front. Caught between the catastrophic violence he encounters there and the growing political tension at home over Irish independence, Willie finds himself confronting unbearable choices regarding family, patriotism, and the devotion he feels toward his regiment. A deeply affecting portrayal of personal struggle and the consequences of war, this is one of Barry's most powerful accomplishments.


What the Critics Say

"Barry succeeds admirably in creating complex individuals who find themselves trapped in a brutal reality....Beautiful and soul-wrenching." (Los Angeles Times)
"The story grips, shocks and saddens; but most importantly refuses to be forgotten." (The Times of London)


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Customer Reviews

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A master story teller ruined

I am a huge fan of Sebastian Barry & turned with relish to 'The Secret Scripture',beautifully read by Stephen Hogan.Imagine my glee when I then sought & found the harrowing but essential read of 'A Long Long Way'.Having read the book in raw print so to speak,I could'nt wait to have it read to me.I have always enjoyed being read to;from a very young child to my now more mature 40's,plugging into my ipod with indulgent enthusiasum & pleasure whenever possible.Sadly,on the day I purchased 'A Long Long Way',my speakers decided they were incapable of action,affording me no opportunity to sample this audible before purchase.I cannot express strongly enough the relevence of sampling ANY audible book before commiting it to your library.The reading of this book is unutterably appauling.I struggle to comprehend why John Cormack was considered an appropriate choice for such an emotionally charged & vividly expressive book,one of such historical impotance too.
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- Amanda

Such a vivid, gutting book

The language is evocative and we feel what they feel- this will stay with me as an account of war always.
For students of history and english- a landmark lesson.
And for the Irish... and those who might interestedly explore their contribution to the Great War... walk in their steps with John Cormack- whose selection as narrator is spot on!
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- Caroline hargrove

Book Details

  • Release Date: 16-10-2006
  • Publisher: Oakhill Publishing Ltd