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Say Nothing

A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland
Narrateur(s): Matthew Blaney
Durée: 14 h et 40 min
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New York Times Best Seller

Winner of the Orwell Prize

"A masterful history of the Troubles... Extraordinary... As in the most ingenious crime stories, Keefe unveils a revelation - lying, so to speak, in plain sight." (Maureen Corrigan, NPR) 

From award-winning New Yorker staff writer Patrick Radden Keefe, a stunning, intricate narrative about a notorious killing in Northern Ireland and its devastating repercussions

In December 1972, Jean McConville, a 38-year-old mother of 10, was dragged from her Belfast home by masked intruders, her children clinging to her legs. They never saw her again. Her abduction was one of the most notorious episodes of the vicious conflict known as "The Troubles". Everyone in the neighborhood knew the IRA was responsible. But in a climate of fear and paranoia, no one would speak of it. 

In 2003, five years after an accord brought an uneasy peace to Northern Ireland, a set of human bones was discovered on a beach. McConville's children knew it was their mother when they were told a blue safety pin was attached to the dress - with so many kids, she had always kept it handy for diapers or ripped clothes. 

Patrick Radden Keefe's mesmerizing audiobook on the bitter conflict in Northern Ireland and its aftermath uses the McConville case as a starting point for the tale of a society wracked by a violent guerrilla war, a war whose consequences have never been reckoned with. The brutal violence seared not only people like the McConville children, but also IRA members embittered by a peace that fell far short of the goal of a united Ireland, and left them wondering whether the killings they committed were not justified acts of war, but simple murders. 

From radical and impetuous IRA terrorists such as Dolours Price, who, when she was barely out of her teens, was already planting bombs in London and targeting informers for execution, to the ferocious IRA mastermind known as The Dark, to the spy games and dirty schemes of the British Army, to Gerry Adams, who negotiated the peace but betrayed his hardcore comrades by denying his IRA past - Say Nothing conjures a world of passion, betrayal, vengeance, and anguish.

©2019 Patrick Radden Keefe (P)2019 Random House Audio

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"Meticulously reported, exquisitely written, and grippingly told, Say Nothing is a work of revelation. Keefe not only peels back, layer by layer, the truth behind one of the most important and mysterious crimes of a terrible conflict; he also excavates the history of the Troubles, and illuminates its repercussions to this day." (David Grann, number-one New York Times best-selling author of Killers of the Flower Moon)

"Patrick Radden Keefe's gripping account of the Troubles is equal parts true-crime, history, and tragedy. Keefe's incisive reporting reveals the hidden costs of the Troubles, illuminating both the terrible toll of the conflict, and how it continues to reverberate today. A must read." (Gillian Flynn, number-one New York Times best-selling author of Gone Girl

“Patrick Radden Keefe uses the old Irish phrase, ‘Whatever you say, say nothing,’ to suggest and to say just about everything.  Keefe's great accomplishment is to capture the tragedy of the Troubles on a human scale. By tracing the intersecting lives of a handful of unforgettable characters, he has created a deeply honest and intimate portrait of a society still haunted by its own violent past. Say Nothing is a bracing, empathetic, heartrending work of storytelling.” (Colum McCann, New York Times best-selling author of Transatlantic and Let the Great World Spin, winner of the National Book Award)  

"Resolutely humane...Say Nothing [has an] exacting and terrifying lucidity...meticulously reported...Keefe's narrative is an architectural feat, expertly constructed out of complex and contentious material, arranged and balanced just so...an absorbing drama." (The New York Times

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Truly excellent book

This meticulously researched book is narrated masterfully by Matthew Blaney, who enriches the story with his lilting Irish accent, making it come alive. Years of detailed historical research by Radden Keefe have resulted in an engrossing and fascinating non-fiction read that brings these characters to life. I had a difficult time ever pressing pause! Highly recommend it.

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Loved it.

Couldn't stop listening. Fascinating story of how people of good intentions could be persuaded to do anything for a cause. The story of the Irish struggles and the innocent people that lost their lives because they were in the wrong place in a time of war.

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There are no winners in this conflict.

I have been to Belfast, and have listened to the stories of the "troubles". This fills in some of the blanks I always had.
Even today, Belfast I'd s city devided.

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it said alot - very informative

well done insight into the complexity of the troubles in Ireland . it helped understand why it was not just a war with clear divisions and lines as many think it was.

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riveting!

I think this book may have just sparked an obsession with learning more about the Troubles of Northern Ireland.

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great read. authentic and detailed lots of history

narrator great. great historical detail and seemingly fair perspective. lots about Dlours and Price sisters. good read for Irish history.

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Awesome/Malade

If you like Irish history, especially the Troubles, this is super good without being too dry and historical. I finished it in like two days.

Si vous aimez l’histoire irlandaise, en particulier « les troubles » c’est super bon sans être trop sec pis historique. Je l’ai fini dans genre deux jours.

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A must read for any fans of modern history

The start of the book was fast moving for me, as I had very little understanding of the IRA. As the book progresses, it gets better and better and I can't remember the last time I read a book as captivating throughout its final chapters.

Well done to the author. And my condolences to the children who lost their mother, and the other families who lost love ones in the troubles.

I highly reccomend this book.

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Fantastic writing and narration

Rivetingly told by the author and beautifully read by the narrator, a fascinating, heartbreaking and dramatic history told with a highly human focus on the people who lived it. Radicalism, idealism, commitment to a cause, sacrifice, and what it was for these people to survive those themes after intensely persuing them and having their lives defined by them. The writing makes this history come to life. I couldn’t press stop and found it captivating. The beautiful voice and narration by Blaney is the cherry on top of a great piece of writing. Highly highly recommend.

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On a par with I'll Be Gone in the Dark, plus...

a tremendous portrait of the Troubles in Northern Ireland in the 1970's and 1980's. Even if you aren't particularly interested in Irish history, this reads in large part like a detective novel. What the McConville family went through after the widowed mother of ten is kidnapped and murdered by the IRA is harrowing, and I felt myself with a heavy heart at many points in the book. Various people characterize the man suspected by most as having ordered the hit (and the murders of many others) as a sociopath, Machiavellian, a man in complete denial, or a statesman. The book raises the painful questions throughout: are brutal acts forgivable in the creation of a new country/society? are they necessary? The people described so beautifully and so poignantly will stay with me for a long, long time. The experience of the hunger strikers and others imprisoned for IRA crimes, the PTSD and dark nights of the soul that never end...all combine to create a memorable book. Plus, the narrator is perfect. He speaks in a quiet, intimate tone as if giving you confidential information. He never over-dramatizes and in fact conveys a quiet reverence for the experiences of the people portrayed. I stayed up much too late for two nights, hating to put this excellent book down. PS If at first the Northern Ireland accent is hard, give it time.

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Took a while to get into the book. But once I did I was hooked! The book is a beautiful embroidering of time, politics, people and place. It is history and prediction. The stories are harrowing, uplifting, heartbreaking, and oh so maddening. It’s impossible to listen to this book without forming a deep respect for those directly affected. The road to peace fractured friendships, isolated and exposed the darker, murkier aspects of a struggle. It required extraordinary sacrifices. Many willingly paid the ultimate price.

It is a stinging indictment of whole communities and a sobering less of society’s cruelty towards the other. The treatment of the McConville children by neighbors, public institutions and the Catholic Church is particularly heartbreaking. This book is as much about Ireland as it is about the human condition: injustice breeds violence, violence begats violence, wrapping all. The book is a cautionary tale against oppression and denial of security, social, economic and political opportunities to ethnic minorities. Institutional injustice and terror has never stilled a martyr’s cause. Those who seek change by violent means are on a slippery slope. We know all this, but what this book does so well is highlighting the granular level at which this happens and the impact on individuals, groups, organizations, and the state.

A beautifully narrated well crafted and researched book. A hopeful book for those seeking closure and justice. It will take a while to part company with the characters. The education I got from this book will last a life time.

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Enlightening

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The way all History books should be!

I can’t say enough good things about this book. I have read many nonfiction books that claimed to read like a novel but few have. This book brought the subject matter to life like few books ever have. Regardless of your knowledge or interest in NI history and The Troubles, you will be fascinated by this story. Need more stars to rank this fairly.

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Fascinating and riveting look at history

This is an incredibly interesting book that is wonderfully rendered by the narrator. The "story" uses the murder of Jean McConville as a framework for a broader history of the Troubles in Northern Ireland, going through the decades connecting major players and events in a gripping manner. Though there's an element of true crime in the framing murder, this is not a mystery book or one of those stories where the writer is playing detective; this is a well-researched work of narrative nonfiction that includes the context and effects surrounding a period of violence. More so than that, the book is a fascinating look at who records history and at the role of academia/research in preserving stories of politics, violence, and personal trauma. One minor note: the end acknowledgements indicate that there are lots of footnotes and sourcing information that are excluded from the audiobook version, so if you want those features you should get the print version.

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