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1. Dubliners CD [Audiobook, Unabridged]
2. The Poetry of William Butler Yeats
3. Dubliners
4. The IRISH IN AMERICA: A History

1. Dubliners CD [Audiobook, Unabridged] [Audio CD]
by Frank McCourt (Reader), Ciaran Hinds (Author), Donal Donnelly (Author), Colm Meaney (Author), Stephen Rea (Author) James Joyce (Author)
Unknown Binding: Pages (2005)
-- used & new: US$52.00
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Asin: B003YCGK1E
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2. The Poetry of William Butler Yeats (Ultimate Classics)
Audio Cassette: Pages (1996-03)
list price: US$12.95
Isbn: 0787105856
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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One of the greatest poets of the century, the Noble Laureate William Butler Yeats (1865-1939) drew upon Irish folklore and myth as inspiration for much of his early poetry. Mythic themes as well as many other topics are masterfully explored in this rich selection of lyrics.Amazon.com Review
Yeats is truly the voice of old Ireland. His poetry is steepedin Irish myth and legend; his characters inhabit a world of magic,great beauty, and great sadness. This collection of 85 poems,including "The White Birds," "The Song of Wandering Aengus," and "ToIreland in the Coming Times," reflects Yeats's range of emotion--joyand regret, passion and lost love, dreams and dashedhopes. Beautifully read by an all-star cast, including Gabriel Byrne,Julian Sands, Colm Meaney, and Minnie Driver, this collection is bothan excellent introduction to Yeats's work and a treat for his longtimefans. (Running time: 1 hour, 1 cassette) --C.B. Delaney ... Read more

Customer Reviews (3)

5-0 out of 5 stars For those who've forgotten they are Irish
It is impossible to say who of the tremendous artists on this recording does the greatest honor to Yeats' words and intentions. Let us merely say it is the sort of contest which only the listener wins, especially if he or she has even one Emerald Isle gene in his or her make-up.

5-0 out of 5 stars Lyrical
This is a wonderful collection of poetry.The readers contribute so much emotion to their reading.The listener can hear the music of Ireland in each voice.Every time I listen to this, I hear something new.Some of the poems included are: Stolen Child; The Indian to his Love; The Cloak, the Boat and the Shoes and The Sad Shepherd.This has brought many hours of relaxation and beauty to my evenings.I highly recommend this tape.

4-0 out of 5 stars beautiful
The variety of readers makes Yeats poetry come tolife.If you like to chill in the car, this one is for you. ... Read more

3. Dubliners
by James Joyce, Ciaran Hinds, Donal Donnelly, Colm Meaney, Stephen Rea
Audio CD: 24 Pages (2005-05-10)
list price: US$39.95 -- used & new: US$24.07
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Asin: 0060789565
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Dubliners - James Joyce's stories of his native homeland - performed by a cast of 15 different actors originating from Ireland.  Unabridged.

The fifteen stories that make up this brilliant audio roam over a human landscape that stretches from the bleakest of despair to the most blinding of epiphanies.  First published in 1914, the stories are as lucid and accessible as they are memorable poignant.

As you listen to the cast of internationally famous stage and screen actors perform Dubliners, both the spiritually deadening atmosphere that drove Joyce from his homeland and the irresistible emotional pull it always kept on him to the end of his days become heartbreakingly beautiful.

Dubliners is an audio experience that will only grow in richness with each time you listen. 

The stories and performers are:

Sisters - Frank McCourt

An Encounter - Patrick McCabe

Araby - Colm Meaney

Eveline - Dearbhla Molloy

After the Race - Dan O'Herlihy

Two Gallants - Malachy McCourt

The Boarding House - Donal Donnelly

A Little Cloud - Brendan Coyle

Counterparts - Jim Norton

Clay - Sorcha Cusack

A Painful Case - Ciaran Hinds

Ivy Day in the Committee Room - T.P. McKenna

A Mother - Fionnula Flanagan

Grace - Charles Keating

The Dead - Stephen Rea


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Customer Reviews (2)

5-0 out of 5 stars Joyce Is Meant to Be Read Aloud
James Joyce was absorbed by music, people, languages, acting and actors, and though an exile from his native country and city, his literary consciousness was forever embedded in Dublin. He had an unerring ear for Dublin dialogue.
At night I turn out the lights and listen to these CD's, to the cadences of the people talking, and to me these Dubliners endlessly gossiping are in the room with me. Joyce's narrative adroitness, his choice of words, his lyrical descriptions, and above all, his sense of place are brilliant facets of a genius.
Stephen Rea's sensitive reading of "The Dead" is worth the price of this set of fifteen stories read by fifteen different mostly Irish personalities. The characters in the stories live and breathe, become real. Joyce was meant to be read aloud. It's good talk, conversations that you become a part of.
In these stories Joyce is very accessible. In Finnegan's Wake he became Jackson Pollock--obscure and difficult. In "The Dead" you can feel, touch, hear, and taste the snow that is falling outside the house while inside two old sisters are giving their annual bright and cheery party. It's a story of tenderness, love, regrets, and lost lovers, but it is mainly full of life, good times, fellowship, and above all humanity.

5-0 out of 5 stars Dublin digitally discerned and declaimed
Handsomely produced, elegantly assembled, and consistently engrossing: these actors read the stories with appropriate sensitivity, wit, pathos, and distance. The detachment of Joyce in his "voice" on the page is re-created well. When I have taught students "Araby" or "The Boarding House," the chance to hear the language repeated as its author would have meant it to be rendered makes these stories come alive for a classroom six thousand miles and a century away from early 20c Dublin.

Although all of the stories succeed, those in the center of the book emerged when conveyed aloud most enlighteningly. Clay, A Mother, A Painful Case, and most of all Two Gallants, After the Race, and Counterparts all hit my ear with more force than they had when I had only read them. These stories are often overlooked compared to the others, but the skill that the actors brought to these more prosaic, less lively, and more nuanced examples of Joyce's careful craft deserve special acclaim. The packaging keeps the CDs securely in place, is itself compact and well-designed, fitting its outwardly austere & Edwardian yet subtly decorated and inviting contents.

Students, the curious newcomer, the experienced teacher, and those who read the book out of delight and not duty: all will benefit from the music on the page that by a technology Joyce himself spoke into at its early gramaphone stages is now digitally preserved so that those of us all over the world and a vastly changed world later can be entertained and instructed. I think JJ might have been pleased at this version of his pioneering, eloquent, yet accessible and moving, accounts of his imagined neighbors and municipal counterparts. ... Read more

4. The IRISH IN AMERICA: A History (Pbs Documentary Series)
by Roy Disney, Pete Hamill, Patty Disney, Peggy Noonan, Dennis Duggan, Malachy McCourt
Audio Cassette: Pages (1998-01-01)
list price: US$25.00 -- used & new: US$1.75
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Asin: 0671580353
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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On the 150th anniversary of the Irish famine which sparked the wave of emigration that forever shaped the course of the American nation, The Irish In America celebrates the comprehensive and vibrant history. Through illuminating essays and contributions from noted Irish American personalities, the audiobook paints a vivid picture of the Irish experience in the United States.

This history is told through selections whose themes are taken from the most important institutions of Irish life: the Parish, the Precinct, the Work, the Players and the Family. The Irish identity in America is captured through the personal stories of families workers local churches. entertainers, and many others, culminating in an unusually moving and modulated social, cultural, and political history of Irish Americans.

Amazon.com Review
When public television aired The Irish in America inearly 1998, the program received several tepid reviews from big-cityTV critics. It seemed the drama of the early episodes--with theirchilling, poignant stories of the "Famine Immigrants" of19th-century Ireland--couldn't be sustained throughout all sixhours. Well, words may be worth 1,000 pictures--at least, as readby Irish actor Colm Meaney (The Commitments, TheSnapper) in this audio version. With a gentle elocutionary lilt,Meaney makes every event immediate, every personal historyintimate. The story of the Irish immigrant experience is told here insix parts: "Hunger," "The Parish," "ThePrecinct," "Work," "The Arts," and "TheNew Irish." Along the way, we hear the interweaving of personalaccounts--of Patrick Kennedy, great-great-grandfather to John; andJames O'Neill, great-grandfather to Eugene. And in an imaginativepairing of scripted narration and personal narrative, each sectioncloses with an essay written and read by a present-day American withdeep roots in the Irish story. The most moving is a poetic eulogy tohunger from Frank McCourt,Pulitzer-Prize winning author of Angela's Ashes. As withthe TV version, it's the first section of the narrative--where wefollow the journey of the 19th-century Famine Irish as they flee therecurring potato blight--that makes these cassettes worth a long carride. The insidious fungusthat killed a million people also wiped out the ancient myths and honored traditions of an entire culture, transplanting itssurvivors to a country that was, at best, hostile. Still, the Irish inAmerica managed to pull themselves up by their bootstraps, and in thecentury that followed, went on to influence every aspect of Americanlife. (Four audiocassettes; running time: 4.5 hours) ... Read more

Customer Reviews (2)

4-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book, well done and full of facts.
As a person of Irish descent, I was very happy to see "The Irish in America".This book is full of colorful illustrations showing what the Irish have accomplished in this country.I am referencing the book in my MA, History Thesis, this Autumn.

On page 57, however, the editors have made an understandable error.They attribute the founding of Manhattan College (1853), De La Salle University (1863) and St. Mary's (Moraga, California, (1863) to the Irish Christian Brothers.As a 1965 graduate of Manhattan College, I can tell you that these three colleges were founded by the French Christian Brothers, also know as the De La Salle Brothers.This teaching order was founded in Paris by St. John Baptist de la Salle, and predates the Irish Christian Brothers by almost two hundred years. To my knowledge, the only college founded by the Irish Christian Brothers in the U.S. is Iona College (1940) in New York. Personally, I enjoyed the book, found new facts about the Irish in America, and would recommend itto any Irish or Irish-American person.

5-0 out of 5 stars Famous Irish offer engrossing overview of culture in USA
Coffey and Golway give a wonderful overview of the experiences of Irish men and women in the United States. Coming to the U.S. as a result of political an religious oppression, as well as a result of the potato blight in the mid-19th century, the Irish worked hard to gain respectablity and political voices as American citizens. In many cases, especially in the early 20th Century, to be Irish was to be a second class citizen in the U.S. Today's attitudes prove that the Irish have come a long way in American society from being judged as such to becoming a very proud and celebrated nationality in our country.

Coffey and Golway use numerous anecdotes, excerpts, and other quotations from famous and not so famous Irish Americans. Included in this book are Denis Leary, Frank McCourt, and a forward by Patrick Kennedy. Reflections of these Irish-American personalities on their grandparents' or parents' lives and hard work, as well as memories of Catholic school, and other aspects of Irish-American life. Glossy photographs accent each passage beautifully and add to the overall attraction of the book. Contributions by all the authors provides a celebration of Irish ethnicity and heritage in the United States that is portrayed as humorous, melancholy, but overall proud. This book accents the PBS Documentary by the same name very nicely. After reading this book, I wished in a sense, that I had some Irish heritage. ... Read more

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