Last update : 02/25/24
Author : Patrick Radden Keefe
Length : 14h40
Narrated by : Matthew Blaney
Category : True Crime
Possibility of free reading : YES
The kidnapping of Jean McConville was one of the most infamous incidents in the brutal conflict known as The Troubles. Everyone in the vicinity was aware that the I.R.A. was to blame. However, in an atmosphere of dread and suspicion, no one dared to mention it. In 2003, five years after a treaty established a fragile peace in Northern Ireland, a set of human remains was found on a beach. McConville’s children recognized their mother when they were informed that a blue safety pin was fastened to the dress–with so many children, she always had it ready for diapers or torn clothes.
Patrick Radden Keefe’s captivating book on the harsh conflict in Northern Ireland and its aftermath uses the McConville case as a springboard for the story of a society torn apart by a violent guerrilla war, a war whose repercussions have never been addressed. The savage violence scarred not only individuals like the McConville children but also I.R.A. members embittered by a peace that fell significantly short of the objective of a united Ireland, leaving them questioning whether the killings they perpetrated were not justified acts of war, but mere murders.
From radical and reckless I.R.A. terrorists such as Dolours Price, who, when she was barely past her teens, was already planting explosives in London and marking informers for execution, to the ruthless I.R.A. strategist known as The Dark, to the espionage and underhanded tactics of the British Army, to Gerry Adams, who brokered the peace but betrayed his hardcore comrades by denying his I.R.A. history–Say Nothing evokes a world of passion, treachery, revenge, and sorrow.
Unrelated, but I just finished "Say Nothing" by Patrick Radden Keefe that tells the history of The Troubles and also ties the stories of all the main players together in the final part. As a history buff I think you'd enjoy it quite a bit— Nick Palencar (@nickpal27) February 2, 2024
Immerse yourself in "Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland", a critically acclaimed narrative by Patrick Radden Keefe and expertly narrated by Matt Blaney. Spanning 14 hours and 43 minutes, this audiobook dives deep into the heart of The Troubles, offering a vivid portrait of a society torn apart by conflict.
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For those looking to manage their subscription or navigate the cancellation process, a comprehensive guide is readily available at the bottom of this page. "Say Nothing" not only recounts the tragic saga of Jean McConville but also brings to life the complex web of individuals ensnared in the era's violence, making it a must-listen for anyone interested in the truths behind historical conflicts.