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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 62
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 55
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 55

    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 Guts

    • By: Roddy Doyle
    • Narrated by: Laurence Kinlan
    • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 46
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 44
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 44

    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

    • Paddy Clarke Ha-Ha-Ha

    • By: Roddy Doyle
    • Narrated by: Aiden Gillen
    • Length: 2 hrs and 49 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 40
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 34
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 34

    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

    • 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 31
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 27
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 28

    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 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

    • Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha

    • By: Roddy Doyle
    • Narrated by: Aidan Gillen
    • Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 11
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 10

    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

    • Smile

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

    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

    • 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 16
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 15

    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

    • 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

    • Bullfighting

    • Stories
    • By: Roddy Doyle
    • Narrated by: Lorcan Cranitch
    • Length: 5 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13

    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

    • La gita di mezzanotte

    • By: Roddy Doyle
    • Narrated by: Dario Penne
    • Length: 3 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      2 out of 5 stars 1

    La nonna è all'ospedale. Mary, sua nipote, le vuole molto bene, ma è dura per lei andarla a trovare. Durante le visite la nonna dorme quasi sempre e Mary sa che la sua vita è prossima alla fine. Un giorno, tornando da scuola, Mary incontra una donna misteriosa, dall'immagine sfuggente. Si chiama Tansey e aiuterà Mary ad accettare l'inevitabile, accompagnando lei, la madre e la nonna in un'ultima, gloriosa, avventura di mezzanotte.

    Regular price: $9.17

    • Yeats Is Dead!

    • By: Roddy Doyle, Conor McPherson, Gene Kerrigan, and others
    • Narrated by: Ciaran O'Reilly
    • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 83
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 20

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Worth a listen but overlong

    • By Gavin on 09-18-03

    Regular price: $21.27

    • The Woman Who Walked into Doors

    • By: Roddy Doyle
    • Narrated by: Caroline Lennon
    • Length: 7 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 11
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 6

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • More Roddy Doyle Titles Please!!

    • By Linda on 05-29-13

    Regular price: $30.53

    • A Star Called Henry

    • By: Roddy Doyle
    • Narrated by: Roddy Doyle
    • Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6

    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.

    Regular price: $12.39

    • 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

    • 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
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7

    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

    • 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

    • Smile

    • By: Roddy Doyle
    • Narrated by: Roddy Doyle
    • Length: 5 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      1 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      1 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 1

    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.

    Regular price: $25.13

    • The Van

    • By: Roddy Doyle
    • Narrated by: Brendan Gleeson
    • Length: 2 hrs and 52 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1

    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

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