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The Guts | [Roddy Doyle]

The Guts

Jimmy Rabbitte is back. The man who invented the Commitments back in the eighties is now forty-seven, with a loving wife, four kids...and bowel cancer. He isn't dying, he thinks, but he might be. Jimmy still loves his music, and he still loves to hustle - his new thing is finding old bands and then finding the people who loved them enough to pay money for their resurrected singles and albums. On his path through Dublin he meets two of the Commitments - Outspan, whose own illness is probably terminal, and Imelda Quirk, still as gorgeous as ever.
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Jimmy Rabbitte is back. The man who invented the Commitments back in the eighties is now forty-seven, with a loving wife, four kids...and bowel cancer. He isn't dying, he thinks, but he might be. Jimmy still loves his music, and he still loves to hustle - his new thing is finding old bands and then finding the people who loved them enough to pay money for their resurrected singles and albums.

On his path through Dublin he meets two of the Commitments - Outspan, whose own illness is probably terminal, and Imelda Quirk, still as gorgeous as ever. He is reunited with his long-lost brother and learns to play the trumpet....

This warm, funny novel is about friendship and family, about facing death and opting for life. It climaxes in one of the great passages in Roddy Doyle’s fiction: four middle-aged men at Ireland's hottest rock festival watching Jimmy’s son Marvin’s band Moanin' at Midnight pretending to be Bulgarian and playing a song called 'I'm Going to Hell' that apparently hasn't been heard since 1932.... Why? You’ll have to listen to The Guts to find out.

©2013 Roddy Doyle (P)2013 Random House AudioGo

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    RedLady 07-14-14
    RedLady 07-14-14 Member Since 2014
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    "LOVED IT! The best take on cancer story"

    Roddy Doyle had me crying with laughter and teary from emotion.

    I loved this read, the narrator was great. I could picture this like a movie in my mind.

    Some parts where so funny I wouldn't recommend walking around listening, I think I looked like a mad lady while shopping when I couldn't stop laughing!

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  • Barry
    4/10/15
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    "Great Audiobook...Dublin in yer ear!"

    Great Audiobook...few niggles regarding the dads voice, the overuse of 'Grand" at times, and the theme of infidelity could have been explored more..maybe if the dad had of found out and offered an opinion... but overall best audiobook I've listened to yet possibly.

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  • BillyBlackBear
    South Wales
    7/31/14
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    "Brilliant!"

    This is a really funny tale on what is still something of a taboo subject. Although a little slow at times the banter is hilarious and brought to life by the excellent narration.

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  • Steve
    Reading,, United Kingdom
    12/10/13
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    "another Classic from Roddy Doyle"
    Would you listen to The Guts again? Why?

    I am certainly going to listen to this wonderful book again, Doyle's capture of the Irish speak is masterful, he could tell you any story, but if it had the Roddy Doyle spin, it is unmissable. This continuation on from the Commitments, see's the Rabbite family a few years down the line. If you liked any of Roddy Doyle's book's, you'll love this. Utterly fantastic


    What did you like best about this story?

    It continues on from the Commitments


    Which character – as performed by Laurence Kinlan – was your favourite?

    Jimmy Rabbite senior still makes me roar with laughter


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no, but I could easily do


    Any additional comments?

    See comments in the first paragraph

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