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  • The Great Shame

  • And the Triumph of the Irish in the English-Speaking World
  • By: Thomas Keneally
  • Narrated by: John McDonough
  • Length: 35 hrs and 50 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (19 ratings)

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The Great Shame

By: Thomas Keneally
Narrated by: John McDonough
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Summary

Thomas Keneally, the Booker Prize-winning author of Schindler’s List, is universally praised for crafting smooth narratives from authentic historical events. With The Great Shame, he turns his insightful eye toward the Irish struggle through the 19h century. In sharp contrast to much of Europe, Ireland was a terrible place to be during the 1800s. Many of the nation’s finest people set sail for America and Canada. Others were forcibly exiled to Australia for committing crimes as minor as shoplifting. And approximately one million perished when a widespread potato fungus fueled a devastating famine. But the Irish survived—on their homeland and spanning the globe—making profound contributions to the world. Epic in scope, this account captures the humanity of these events and ultimately emerges as a message of hope and glory. Keneally, an Australian with Irish bloodties, powerfully examines many shattered lives—including those of his own relatives. Narrator John McDonough brings a spirit to this extraordinary book that will not soon be forgotten.

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Fascinating stories that span the globe

this is a genuinely lovely book, and it's hard to stop listening once you get started

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gook

Thanks again for all your work and what else is there to say but all is well with the world.

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Essential for those who wish to understand Ireland

For those wishing to understand why the ‘Irish Famine ‘ happened and it’s consequences this book is essential reading. Kinneally is a master story teller and writer, bringing all his power to this wonderful book. I cannot recommend it enough. I loved it from beginning to end and this is an excellent reading by John McDonough.

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Brilliant book

If you are interested in Irish history at all you will love this book. Beautifully read in a lilting Irish.

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A must read

very very interesting and informative especially if like myself you are of irish heritage.. highly recomend it

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Great book - well worth the time

This is an incredible book.

The research is breath-taking, and the story-telling is brilliant. Thomas Keneally is a genius story teller.

Time-wise, it's a big commitment, but I was swept along by the real-life tales, and the lives and deaths of our (near) ancestors.

I was worried about the narrator, but in fact, John McDonough was great, and seemed to understand / empathise with the material.

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The Poor Irish

This should be renamed the poor Irish
There's two sides to any story, especially in Ireland.
This book fails to take account of that.
A better listen by far is the BBCs A History Of Ireland In 240 Episodes

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