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Summary

In the summer of 1922, Robert Shannon, a young American hero of the Great War, lands in Ireland. A Marine chaplain, he was present at the frightful Battle of Belleau Wood, and he still suffers from shell shock. His mentor hopes that a journey Robert had always wanted to make to find his family roots will restore his equilibrium and his vocation. But there is more to the story: On his return from the war, Robert Shannon witnessed startling and lethal corruption in the Archdiocese of Boston. As a consequence, he has also been sent to Ireland to secure his silence permanently.

At dawn one morning, Robert steps ashore from a freighter in the river’s estuary and is thrust headlong into the maelstrom of Irish politics, with the country now roiling from the civil war that followed the 1921 Treaty with Britain. While Robert faces the dangers of a strife-torn nation and is pursued by the venom of true evil, Ireland’s myths and people, its beliefs and traditions, its humor and wit, unfurl healingly before his feet every step of the way. Shannon is a timeless and unforgettable account of salvation, belief, duty, and the healing power of discovering one’s roots.

©2009 Frank Delaney (P)2009 Random House

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  • ED
  • 26-08-18

boring

very boring book didn't hold my attention at all, author seemed to ramble on and on , not worth it.

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  • Brian
  • 04-03-14

Masterpiece

Where does Shannon rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It is near the top and the best of Delaney's books. There is a mystery slowly unfolding on many levels and the author brings us along the twisting river of love, danger, history, politics, religion, psychology, war, and murder. From Boston to Limerick

What did you like best about this story?

Frank Delaney and the varied and interesting characters we encounter.

Have you listened to any of Frank Delaney’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

He is at the top of his game! I could listen to him read the phone book!

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Laughed and Cried a number times

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  • Greg
  • 17-08-09

Marvelous Tale

This is only the 2nd "5" I've given. Frank Delaney has both of them. Brilliant writer (story teller). Great narrator (story teller).

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  • Rosemary
  • 22-09-14

A Feast for Soul, Heart -- and Ear

What did you love best about Shannon?

I can't remember when I've enjoyed a book this much. I had read Delaney's "Ireland" on Kindle and much enjoyed that, too. The fact that Delaney himself narrates this book enlivens and enhances it. No fake Irish accent here. Delaney's vocal switches with each character are subtle, never overdone, and suit the style of the book well. The characters are richly drawn, the plot is suspenseful and treats history respectfully, and the descriptions of the land and river are keenly vivid.

What other book might you compare Shannon to and why?

Ireland, also by Delaney. I'm trying to think of books that give The Great War and its effects such depth within a fictional work. How I wish it had been "the war to end all wars" - but Delaney recounts its horrors in a way far more compelling than a straight historical account.

Which character – as performed by Frank Delaney – was your favorite?

Besides Robert? (which is a given), I'd have to say Ellie Kennedy. Her strength, skill, intelligence, initiative, and humor will stay with me. I wish I had a friend like her.

Who was the most memorable character of Shannon and why?

Besides Robert? I'd have to say Vincent Patrick Ryan. Although he's the "villain," Delaney skillfully gives us enough back story that he becomes, if not sympathetic, at least complex. Without him, the story would have been much flatter.

Any additional comments?

I'll be looking for more in the same vein.

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  • James
  • 30-05-21

Joyful

In the long line of Irish story telling Frank Delaney looms large in this generation.

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  • Mother Suburbia
  • 08-06-20

Magical

My great grandfather came from county cork so I guess that's why I love Frank Delany's books narrated in brogue, too. He is a marvelous storyteller. He tells the stories of old Ireland, and they're magical.

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  • S. Gallegos
  • 30-08-18

Better and better

This is the third Delaney novel I’ve read/listened to and all are wonderful adventures deeply embedded in Irish culture, landscape, history and spirit. Delaney is the perfect narrator and I feel so fortunate to have discovered both Ireland (3 visits in the last 4 years) and this unique storyteller!

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  • Barbara
  • 06-06-13

Mildly entertaining

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This book was difficult to get into. I had to start over because I was not following the thread of the story. The second time I managed to finish it, but still wanted it to be over so many times! The second half of the book was much more interesting than the first half, and I wished I had a hard copy book to be able to flip back to the beginning and try to figure out who all those people were that he had met prior to ending up at Nurse Kennedy's house.

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  • Sassy in UT
  • 11-08-22

Always a pleasure to hear Frank's books

This one was yet another enthralling book. I wish he would have had time to narrate all of them, and I hope the publisher and his representatives can find another great narrator to finish all if them.

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  • GB
  • 23-04-22

Wonderful insight into rural Irish life after WWI

This is the story of a priest from Boston who served as an Army chaplain during WWI. He became known for his heroism while rescuing injured soldiers from the battlefield until he suddenly got shellshock and had to be shipped home, where he suffered a second attack and became completely debilitated. The diocese sends him to Ireland, supposedly to search for his family tree while also trying to recover from his mental injuries. He follows the Shannon River from one end to the other and back, meeting a wide range of the Irish locals, including both troops and irregulars fighting during the Irish rising. While this book was mostly an insight into one lone war victim and his recovery, it provided a terrific view into rural Irish life after WWI. While we gradually watch the priest recover, we also see the cathartic experience of another man sent to find him. This was truly a wonderful book! The author is also a gifted storyteller and narrator.

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  • Elizabeth
  • 12-12-21

Magical

Not magical in a fantasy way, just a wonderful story. Delaney is a terrific story writer and teller. And it’s just so good to hear well-spoken English. We Americans have bastardized the English language both written and spoken and it’s so good to know there are those who keep it more pure and descriptive.

This is a highly, highly recommended book.