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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
4 out of 5 stars (11 ratings)

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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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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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  • Shane Fuder
  • University Place, Washington
  • 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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  • MagicalMusings
  • New England, USA
  • 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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  • 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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  • Michael Houle
  • BERTRAM, TX
  • 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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  • Justin the hermit
  • 2018-03-08

excellent starter collection

I like how easy going this title is good for beginners and those just starting

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  • Donna
  • 2019-01-29

Loved these tales

Very pleasant listening to the reader. Fascinating insights into the old tales of Ireland and Wales. Some are mournful and some are quite funny. All in all, a very enjoyable collection of stories.

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  • cpatch
  • Georgia
  • 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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  • 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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  • Skrokorn
  • 2019-02-20

very good.

very well done, the narrator has a great Irish accent. but he just reads the stories and nothing is explained in lamens terms.

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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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