A Short History of Ireland

  • by Jonathan Bardon
  • Narrated by Frances Tomelty
  • 22 hrs and 55 mins
  • original_recording Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In the wake of its 30th birthday celebrations in 2006, BBC Radio Ulster marked the beginning of a new broadcasting era by embarking on the station's most ambitious project to date: a recounting of the history of Ireland.For easy digestion, the story of the island is told in a series of 240 short documentaries - starting with the Ice Age and the arrival of the first humans through to the outbreak of the Second World War.


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Fantastic history

This is well worth the time to listen to, it is well narrated, with a touch of artistic licence. My only gripe is; it is 240 episodes, and you are told so 240 times! yes 240 times, why? well it takes approximately 9 seconds to tell you, X 240 = 2160 seconds=36 wasted minutes which is why I did not give it a full and deserved 5 stars.
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- Robert

Not only for the Irish

For those like me who did not know much about Ireland's history this is a fascinating and revealing account that works well as an audio book.The five minute episodes are skilfully constructed and almost always contain some striking incidents and memorable characters . Occasionally the sound effects, atmospheric music or foreign accents are overdone, but generally each episode is most enjoyable to hear. The grand set pieces receive good treatment -Cromwell in Ireland, the rebellion of 1798, the great famine, Parnell- but there are also fascinating, less familiar topics: a Spaniard's account of Elizabethan Ireland, details of the Irish linen industry, the first performance of Messiah in Dublin,and many others. Sometimes perhaps colourful detail takes the place of sustained historical analysis but I'm sure that listening to these programmes will lead many to read more about what is a striking and turbulent history, and a story of which both English and Irish people should be aware. It is understandable but still disappointing that the history stops at the Second World War and so does not deal with the more recent past.
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- Francis

Book Details

  • Release Date: 14-03-2008
  • Publisher: BBC Worldwide Limited