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  • The Whereabouts of Eneas McNulty

  • By: Sebastian Barry
  • Narrated by: Aidan Kelly
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (63 ratings)

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Summary

Following the end of the First World War, Eneas McNulty joins the British-led Royal Irish Constabulary. With all those around him becoming soldiers of a different kind, however, it proves to be the defining decision of his life when, having witnessed the murder of a fellow RIC policeman, he is wrongly accused of identifying the executioners. With a sentence of death passed over him, he is forced to flee Sligo, leaving behind his friends, family and beloved girl, Viv.

©1998 Sebastian Barry (P)2018 W.F. Howes Ltd

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A beautiful story

A deeply moving and heart wrenching book. it is a fascinating look into the troubled history of Ireland and desperately sad. Beautiful and powerful prose. It will stay with me for a long time.

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Lyrical and heartbreaking

Sebastian Barry manages to get to the essence of anything he writes about. This is the story of Eneas McNulty, a Sligo man who at 16 joined the British Merchant navy and sailed the world. He became an outsider in his own community and at the time when political and religious divides broke families and communities, we learn of how his choices affected his life and that of those close to him.

As a story, it rings very true, but Barry’s narrative is pure joy. He writes with eloquence. He’s poetic, but in a way that draws the listener in to the people and places.

Narration throughout is superb and I’ve enjoyed every minute of this audio title.

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Sebastian Barry’s Writing

Such brilliance, such shining, warming brilliance.
Having read the book I was not expecting the audio telling of this story to match up; it did, and there again was the same voice in my head that I had as I read.

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Epic

The narration of Aidan Kelly breathes such life into the indulgent prose of Sebastian Barry that the world of Eneas McNulty grabs the reader, and refuses to yield long after the rich tapestry of life in Ireland has been laid to rest.

Absorbing, breathtaking - life is but an adventure.