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    • Smile

    • A Novel
    • By: Roddy Doyle
    • Narrated by: Roddy Doyle
    • Length: 5 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 69
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 61
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 61

    Just moved into a new apartment, alone for the first time in years, Victor Forde goes every evening to Donnelly's for a pint, a slow one. One evening his drink is interrupted. A man in shorts and a pink shirt comes over and sits down. He seems to know Victor's name and to remember him from secondary school. His name is Fitzpatrick. Victor dislikes him on sight, dislikes, too, the memories that Fitzpatrick stirs up of five years being taught by the Christian Brothers.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The conclusion will take your breath away.

    • By Laurie A. Bobskill on 11-02-17

    Regular price: $21.00

    • The Second Half

    • By: Roy Keane, Roddy Doyle
    • Narrated by: Roy Keane, Stephen Hogan
    • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 42
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 35
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 36

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Magnificent reflections on a great career

    • By Vintila Bogdan on 03-15-18

    Regular price: $26.64

    • The Woman Who Walked Into Doors

    • A Novel
    • By: Roddy Doyle
    • Narrated by: Jennifer Van Dyck
    • Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      0 out of 5 stars 0
    • Performance
      0 out of 5 stars 0
    • Story
      0 out of 5 stars 0

    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. Capturing both her vulnerability and her strength, Roddy Doyle gives Paula a voice that is real and unforgettable.

    Regular price: $21.00

    • Paddy Clarke Ha-Ha-Ha

    • By: Roddy Doyle
    • Narrated by: Aiden Gillen
    • Length: 2 hrs and 50 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 42
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 36
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 36

    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.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Disappointing Listen

    • By William on 01-06-13

    Regular price: $12.60

    • Paula Spencer

    • By: Roddy Doyle
    • Narrated by: Ger Ryan
    • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2

    Paula Spencer begins on the eve of Paula's 48th birthday. She hasn't had a drink for four months and five days. Her youngest children, Jack and Leanne, are still living with her. They're grand kids, but she worries about Leanne.

    Regular price: $20.66

    • The Deportees and Other Stories

    • By: Roddy Doyle
    • Narrated by: Hugh Lee
    • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 24
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 15

    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".

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Absolutely Wonderful

    • By Cariola on 06-11-08

    Regular price: $15.37

    • The Snapper

    • By: Roddy Doyle
    • Narrated by: Ger Ryan
    • Length: 2 hrs and 59 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 4

    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?

    Regular price: $12.39

    • The Guts

    • By: Roddy Doyle
    • Narrated by: Laurence Kinlan
    • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 51
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 48
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 47

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Best audiobook since Wolf Hall

    • By Madeleine Sann on 02-14-15

    Regular price: $24.50

    • The Commitments

    • By: Roddy Doyle
    • Narrated by: Laurence Kinlan
    • Length: 3 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7

    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?

    Regular price: $19.18

    • The Dead Republic

    • A Novel
    • By: Roddy Doyle
    • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
    • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 16
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 16

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good story made better by a great performance

    • By Dave on 06-24-15

    Regular price: $27.99

    • The Van

    • By: Roddy Doyle
    • Narrated by: Brendan Gleeson
    • Length: 2 hrs and 52 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 2

    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.

    Regular price: $12.39

    • Bullfighting

    • Stories
    • By: Roddy Doyle
    • Narrated by: Lorcan Cranitch
    • Length: 5 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Amusing simple straightforward stories.

    • By Jeff Lacy on 04-14-18

    Regular price: $15.36

    • Charlie Savage

    • By: Roddy Doyle
    • Length: Not Yet Known
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      0 out of 5 stars 0
    • Performance
      0 out of 5 stars 0
    • Story
      0 out of 5 stars 0

    Meet Charlie Savage: a middle-aged Dubliner with an indefatigable wife, an exasperated daughter, a drinking buddy who’s realized that he’s been a woman all along.... Compiled here for the first time is a whole year’s worth of Roddy Doyle’s hilariousseries for the Irish Independent. Giving a unique voice to the everyday, he draws a portrait of a man – funny, loyal, somewhat bewildered – trying to keep pace with the modern world (if his knees don’t give out first)

    Regular price: $19.62

    • Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha

    • By: Roddy Doyle
    • Narrated by: Aiden Gillen
    • Length: 2 hrs and 59 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 22
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • just love it

    • By Dorothea on 11-03-08

    Regular price: $15.49

    • Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha

    • By: Roddy Doyle
    • Narrated by: Aidan Gillen
    • Length: 7 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 11

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Fly On the Wall!

    • By Linda on 05-29-13

    Regular price: $20.65

    • The New Yorker (Oct. 16, 2006)

    • By: George Packer, Ben McGrath, Robert Stone, and others
    • Narrated by: uncredited
    • Length: 2 hrs and 2 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      2.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      0 out of 5 stars 0
    • Story
      0 out of 5 stars 0

    "Keep Out" by George Packer; "It Should Happen to You" by Ben McGrath: Fame, the YouTube way; "Tabloid Days" by Robert Stone; "The Photograph" by Roddy Doyle; "Lost Generation" by Tad Friend; and "Small Worlds" by David Denby.

    Regular price: $5.95

    • Il trattamento Ridarelli

    • By: Roddy Doyle
    • Narrated by: Neri Marcorè
    • Length: 1 hr and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1

    "Il signor Mack stava andando alla stazione. Era una bella giornata di sole. Gli uccellini sui rami cantavano la loro canzone preferita, e spirava un'arietta piena dei profumi della prima colazione: pancetta, uova, zampe di rana e cavolo verzo". Il signor Mack fa un lavoro davvero interessante: l'assaggiatore di biscotti. Ma una mattina, sulla strada per la fabbrica di biscotti, lo aspetta un destino davvero ingrato (e puzzolente): è sul punto di sperimentare... il trattamento Ridarelli.

    Regular price: $7.12

    • Smile

    • By: Roddy Doyle
    • Narrated by: Roddy Doyle
    • Length: 5 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 4

    Just moved into a new apartment, alone for the first time in years, Victor Forde goes every evening to Donnelly's pub for a pint, a slow one. One evening his drink is interrupted. A man in shorts and pink shirt brings over his pint and sits down. He seems to know Victor's name and to remember him from school. Says his name is Fitzpatrick. Victor dislikes him on sight, dislikes too the memories that Fitzpatrick stirs up.

    Regular price: $23.02

    • Paula Spencer

    • By: Roddy Doyle
    • Narrated by: Ger Ryan
    • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      0 out of 5 stars 0
    • Performance
      0 out of 5 stars 0
    • Story
      0 out of 5 stars 0

    Paula Spencer begins on the eve of Paula's 48th birthday. She hasn't had a drink for four months and five days. Having outlived an abusive husband and father, Paula and her four children are now struggling to live their adult lives, with two of the kids balancing their own addictions. Paula rebuilds her life slowly. As she goes about her daily routine working as a cleaning woman, and cooking for her two children at home, she re-establishes connections with her two sisters, her mother, and grandchildren, expanding her world.

    Regular price: $16.95

    • The Guts

    • By: Roddy Doyle
    • Narrated by: Laurence Kinlan
    • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • LOVED IT! The best take on cancer story

    • By RedLady on 07-14-14

    Regular price: $23.44

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