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  • The Second Half | Roy Keane,Roddy Doyle

    The Second Half

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Roy Keane, Roddy Doyle
    • Narrated By Roy Keane, Stephen Hogan
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    Narrated by Stephen Hogan and introduced by Roy Keane. In an 18-year playing career for Cobh Ramblers, Nottingham Forest, and Manchester United (under Sir Alex Ferguson) and Celtic, Roy Keane dominated every midfield he led to glory. Aggressive and highly competitive, his attitude helped him to excel as captain of Manchester United from 1997 until his departure in 2005.

    Darragh Boyle says: "keano!"
  • Paddy Clarke Ha-Ha-Ha | Roddy Doyle

    Paddy Clarke Ha-Ha-Ha

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Roddy Doyle
    • Narrated By Aiden Gillen
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    Patrick Clarke is a 10-year-old boy trying to make sense of his world. He is confused. His Ma and Da fight too much. School seems like a joke. And love, though it has a good reputation, seems pretty cruel. Paddy sees everything, but has trouble understanding it all. His story is an exuberant romp through the triumphs, indignities, and troublemaking detours of an Irish childhood.

    Yuliya Melnyk says: "wrong order"
  • The Woman Who Walked into Doors | Roddy Doyle

    The Woman Who Walked into Doors

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Roddy Doyle
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck
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    (22)
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    Paula Spencer is a 39-year-old working-class woman struggling to reclaim her dignity after marriage to an abusive husband and a worsening drinking problem. Paula recalls her contented childhood, the audacity she learned as a teenager, the exhilaration of her romance with Charlo, and the marriage to him that left her feeling powerless.

    Cariola says: "Very Interesting"
  • The Guts | Roddy Doyle

    The Guts

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Roddy Doyle
    • Narrated By Laurence Kinlan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    In the 1980s Jimmy Rabbitte formed the Commitments, a ragtag, blue-collar collective of Irish youths determined to bring the soul music stylings of James Brown and Percy Sledge to Dublin. Time proves a great equalizer for Jimmy as he’s now approaching 50 with a loving wife, four kids, and a recent cancer diagnosis that leaves him feeling shattered and frightened. 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 for their resurrected albums.

    Madeleine Sann says: "Best audiobook since Wolf Hall"
  • Yeats Is Dead! | Roddy Doyle,Conor McPherson,Gene Kerrigan, more

    Yeats Is Dead!

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Roddy Doyle, Conor McPherson, Gene Kerrigan, and others
    • Narrated By Ciaran O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Fifteen of Ireland's finest writers collaborated on this murder mystery that involves searching for the only manuscript of an unpublished novel by James Joyce. Raucous, raunchy, and completely hilarious, Yeats Is Dead! is a diabolically entertaining mulligan stew of a novel. James Joyce would be proud.

    Gavin says: "Worth a listen but overlong"
  • Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha | Roddy Doyle

    Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Roddy Doyle
    • Narrated By Aidan Gillen
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    (9)
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    Paddy Clarke is ten years old. Paddy Clarke lights fires. Paddy Clarke's name is written in wet cement all over Barrytown, north Dublin. Paddy Clarke's heroes are Father Damien (and the lepers), Geronimo and George Best. Paddy Clarke has a brother called Francis, but Paddy calls him Sinbad and hates him because that's the rule. Paddy Clarke knows the exact moment to knock a dead scab from his knee.

    Linda says: "A Fly On the Wall!"
  • The Dead Republic: A Novel | Roddy Doyle

    The Dead Republic: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Roddy Doyle
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Booker Prize winner Roddy Doyle shines with this epic conclusion to the saga of his indomitable Irish rebel Henry Smart. Chronicling nearly 25 years of history, The Dead Republic finds Smart working closely with, then violently severing ties to, legendary Hollywood director John Ford and eventually returning to Ireland in the 1950s. Desiring a quiet retired life in a small village north of Dublin, his life is further thrown into tumult by IRA uprisings and a surprising reunion with a woman who may just be his long-lost wife.

    Dave says: "Good story made better by a great performance"
  • Bullfighting: Stories | Roddy Doyle

    Bullfighting: Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Roddy Doyle
    • Narrated By Lorcan Cranitch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Roddy Doyle has earned a devoted following for his wry wit, his uncanny ear, and his ability to fully capture the hearts of his characters. Bullfighting, his second collection of stories, offers a series of bittersweet takes on men and middle age, revealing a panorama of Ireland today. Moving from classrooms to local pubs to bullrings, these tales feature an array of men taking stock and reliving past glories, each concerned with loss in different ways.

  • Brilliant | Roddy Doyle

    Brilliant

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Roddy Doyle
    • Narrated By Stephen Hogan
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    When Uncle Ben’s Dublin business fails, Gloria and Raymond realise something is wrong. So when the children overhear their granny saying the Black Dog has settled on Ben’s back, and he won’t be OK until it’s gone, they decide they’re going to get rid of it, and they set out on a midnight quest to hunt it down and chase it away. But loads of other children are searching for it too, because the Black Dog is hounding lots of Dublin’s adults.

  • The Commitments | Roddy Doyle

    The Commitments

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Roddy Doyle
    • Narrated By Laurence Kinlan
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    Barrytown, Dublin, has something to sing about. The Commitments are spreading the gospel of the soul. Ably managed by Jimmy Rabitte, brilliantly coached by Joel 'The Lips' Fagan, their twin assault on Motown and Barrytown takes them by leaps and bounds from Paris Hall to immortality on vinyl. But can The Commitments live up to their name?

  • The Guts | Roddy Doyle

    The Guts

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Roddy Doyle
    • Narrated By Laurence Kinlan
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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.

    RedLady says: "LOVED IT! The best take on cancer story"
  • The Deportees and Other Stories | Roddy Doyle

    The Deportees and Other Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Roddy Doyle
    • Narrated By Hugh Lee
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    (13)
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    The eight tales in Roddy Doyle's first-ever collection of stories have one thing in common: someone born in Ireland meets someone who has come to live there. "New Boy" describes the first day of school for a nine-year-old boy from Africa; while in "The Pram", a terrifying ghost story, a Polish nanny grows impatient with her charge's older sisters and decides - in a new phrase she has learned - to "scare them shitless".

    Cariola says: "Absolutely Wonderful"
  • The Snapper | Roddy Doyle

    The Snapper

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Roddy Doyle
    • Narrated By Ger Ryan
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    Meet the Rabbitte family, a motley bunch of loveable ne'er-do-wells whose everyday purgatory is rich with hangovers, dogshit, and dirty dishes. When the older sister announces her pregnancy, the family are forced to rally together and discover the strangeness of intimacy. But the question remains: which friend of the family is the father of Sharon's child?

  • Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha | Roddy Doyle

    Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Roddy Doyle
    • Narrated By Aiden Gillen
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (10)

    Paddy Clarke, a 10-year-old Dubliner, describes his world, a place full of warmth, cruelty, love, sardines, and slaps across the face. He's confused; he sees everything but he understands less and less.

    Dorothea says: "just love it"
  • A Star Called Henry | Roddy Doyle

    A Star Called Henry

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Roddy Doyle
    • Narrated By Roddy Doyle
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    (5)
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    Born in the slums of Dublin in 1901, his father a one-legged whore-house bouncer and settler of scores, Henry Smart has to grow up fast. By the time he can walk he's out robbing, begging, often cold, always hungry, but a prince of the streets. At 14, already six-foot-two, Henry's in the General Post Office on Easter Monday 1916, a soldier in the Irish Citizen Army, fighting for freedom.

  • The Van | Roddy Doyle

    The Van

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Roddy Doyle
    • Narrated By Brendan Gleeson
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    The final book in Roddy Doyle's highly acclaimed Barrytown Trilogy focuses on Jimmy Rabbitte Sr, who is facing the vicissitudes of unemployment when his friend Bimbo invites him to become his partner in a new venture: a fish and chip van.

  • The Commitments | Roddy Doyle

    The Commitments

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Roddy Doyle
    • Narrated By Aidan Gillen
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (4)

    Barrytown, Dublin, has something to sing about. The Commitments are spreading the gospel of the soul. Ably managed by Jimmy Rabitte, brilliantly coached by Joel "The Lips" Fagan, their twin assault on Motown and Barrytown takes them by leaps and bounds from paris hall to immortality on vinyl. But can The Commitments live up to their name?

    Christopher says: "If you liked the movie, you'll like the book!"
  • The New Yorker (November 5, 2007) | Roger Angell,Dana Goodyear,Jesse Lichtenstein,Anthony Grafton,Roddy Doyle,Elizabeth Kolbert,Peter Schjeldahl,Alex Ross,David Denby

    The New Yorker (November 5, 2007)

    • Abridged/Unabridged (2 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Roger Angell, Dana Goodyear, Jesse Lichtenstein, and others
    • Narrated By Christine Marshall, Dan Bernard
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    This issue contains nine articles: "So Long Joe", by Roger Angell; "The Fires", by Dana Goodyear; "Condi's Party Starter", by Jesse Lichtenstein; "Future Reading", by Anthony Grafton; "The Dog", by Roddy Doyle; "Running on Fumes", by Elizabeth Kolbert; "All Souls", by Peter Schjeldahl; "The Endless Scroll", by Alex Ross; and "Drug Warriors", by David Denby.

  • The Woman Who Walked into Doors | Roddy Doyle

    The Woman Who Walked into Doors

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Roddy Doyle
    • Narrated By Caroline Lennon
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    Paula O'Leary is hugely popular with the boys from her working-class Dublin neighbourhood. But it is the charming Charlo Spencer who finally gets her. Yet after their honeymoon, everything changes. When Charlo first strikes her, she is stunned. But as his violent outbursts develop from slaps and bruises to broken fingers and knocked-out teeth, she gradually loses all self-respect, denying how bleak things are and drinking heavily.

    Linda says: "More Roddy Doyle Titles Please!!"
  • Oh, Play That Thing | Roddy Doyle

    Oh, Play That Thing

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Roddy Doyle
    • Narrated By Christian Conn
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    The sequel to A Star Called Henry, sees our hero, Henry Smart, arrive in New York in 1924. This being Prohibition, Henry ends up bootlegging hooch for the speak-easies of the Lower East Side. But when this catches the attention of the mobsters who run the district, Henry realises it's time to leave. In Chicago, Henry discovers music. Furious, happy music played by a man with a trumpet and bleeding lips called Louis Armstrong.

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