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Celtic Mythology

Tales of Gods, Goddesses, and Heroes
Written by: Philip Freeman
Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
Length: 7 hrs and 31 mins
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Most people have heard of the Celts - the elusive, ancient tribal people who resided in present-day England, Ireland, Scotland and France. Paradoxically characterized as both barbaric and innocent, the Celts appeal to the modern world as a symbol of a bygone era, a world destroyed by the ambition of empire and the spread of Christianity throughout Western Europe. Despite the pervasive cultural and literary influence of the Celts, shockingly little is known of their way of life and beliefs, because very few records of their stories exist. In this book, for the first time, Philip Freeman brings together the best stories of Celtic mythology.

Everyone today knows about the gods and heroes of the ancient Greeks, such as Zeus, Hera, and Hercules, but how many people have heard of the Gaulish god Lugus or the magical Welsh queen Rhiannon or the great Irish warrior Cú Chulainn? We still thrill to the story of the Trojan War, but the epic battles of the Irish Táin Bó Cuailgne are known only to a few. And yet those who have read the stories of Celtic myth and legend - among them writers like J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis - have been deeply moved and influenced by these amazing tales, for there is nothing in the world quite like them. In these stories a mysterious and invisible realm of gods and spirits exists alongside and sometimes crosses over into our own human world; fierce women warriors battle with kings and heroes, and even the rules of time and space can be suspended. Captured in vivid prose these shadowy figures - gods, goddesses, and heroes - come to life for the modern listener.

©2017 Philip Freeman (P)2017 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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Amazing book on Irish Mythology

Fantastic book if you want to learn about Irish Myths. Narration is beautiful, accent brings me back home

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Interesting story hard to listen to

I really like learning about Celtic mythology but the thick Irish accent of the narrator sometime make what he is saying hard to understand.

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  • Maestro F
  • 2020-01-04

Scholarly yet fancifully told

Be warned that this is a collection of ancient legends from imaginative yet martial tribal peoples. Three times 50 beautiful maidens and warriors who kill 100 men at a pass are a regular feature of such fare - but shape changing and passage to the world of the fakery folk feature as well. Gerard Doyle brings these ancient tales to life, such that you’d think a hedge school master or some bard from the past were the one telling it. Yet it’s all based on sound scholarship - giving as much verity to myth as may be possible. It’s a comprehensive work as well, starting with the earliest Roman references to the Celts and ending with Celtic influenced stories of Saints Patrick, Brigid and Brenden.

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  • Michael Houle
  • 2019-06-10

Can be a bit dry

I really struggled to finish this one. Not as engaging as I would have liked.

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  • Shane Fuder
  • 2018-11-21

Meh

It turns very pro christian at the end. It begins with a noah and the ark flood story then quickly goes into celtic myths, but when catholicism enters the picture the autor begins aggressively calling druids evil.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-04-28

good narrative, couldn't hold attention

found it hard to follow and dragging at times, but the last chapter sums it up nicely. preformed well too. Not a book I'll read again or really recommend but not upset I listened either.

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  • Ardent Andrea
  • 2020-01-11

History is written by the winners

The winners in this case are male and Christen. It’s no shock the tales have many weak and faithless or evil women. I really wouldn’t have minded the tales but the monotone of the author often killed the excitement or wit of the stories.

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  • MagicalMusings
  • 2018-03-06

Mesmerising

The reader has a soothing, calming voice. Even my 2 year old son will sit and listen with me!

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  • cpatch
  • 2018-03-10

Irish history

entertaining, comparative Christian history. Humorous. A mythical journey of Irish history. if you are interested please read.

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  • A. Davies
  • 2018-01-16

Not very in depth

The book was well researched, it just didn't feel as thorough as I would have preferred. Very Irish centric, ignoring Brittany altogether and just barely touching on the Welsh.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-09-24

Absolutely wonderful!

Both content and narrator were excellent. The narrators native accent lends to the storytelling, which kept me wondering what would come next. Fantastic listen!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-04-10

Artfully translated and retold.

I thoroughly enjoyed the telling of each tale. Entertaining history that should not be lost to time.

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