Whilst in Ireland for an International Song Competition, Tony Hawks was amazed to see a hitch-hiker, trying to thumb a lift, but with a fridge. This seemed amazingly optimistic - his Irish friends, however thought nothing of it at all. 'I had clearly arrived in a country', writes Tony, 'where the qualifications for 'eccentric' involved a great deal more than that to which I had become used'. Two years pass but the fridge incident haunts our author. Until one night, heavy with drink, he finds himself arguing about Ireland with a friend. It is, he insists, a 'magical place', so magical in fact, that a man could even get a lift with a fridge. The next morning there is a note by the bed. 'I hereby bet Tony Hawks the sum of One Hundred Pounds that he cannot hitch-hike around the circumference of Ireland with a fridge within one calendar month'. The document was signed. The bet was made. This book is the story of Tony's adventures through that incredible month. The people he meets, the difficulties, the triumphs. The fridge.
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This is a great listen and really enjoyable. The book was good but the author reading it to you is even better. You can hear the characters spring to life from Tony's own perspective. Get the unabridged version the 7 hours will fly by.
Having been a fan of Tony's for years yet not knowing about this book it was a coincidence that, as I joined Audible and was searching for my first book, a Twitter friend recommended Round Ireland With a Fridge.
I have to say what a great recommendation it was! This book is delightful and I savoured it over many evenings listening. I use the android Audible app to listen with and set a 15 munute timer each night before sleep to listen to this book.
For an involving read that doesn't tax the brain, but leaves a comfortable smile I recommend this book highly.
I remember Tony Hawks from the Stutter Rap and from 'Whose line is it anyway', so when I had a couple of credit from Audible I hadn't used I decided to try two of his audio books. 'A Piano in the Pyrenees' and 'Round Ireland with a Fridge'.
To this book though, Tony is a good narrator and the journey he has following a drunken bet with a friend in a pub that he would go around the whole of Ireland with a fridge is well read. Tony is funny and tells a good tale, but though this is done well overall I didn't enjoy this book as much as 'A Piano in the Pyrenees'.
I suppose this is down to the fact that there are only so many anecdotes and stories that can be told about someone who is standing a lot of time by the side of a road waiting to be picked up by a car, or stories about the people who picked him up.
I got to the end of the book mainly as it was an audiobook ad I enjoyed him reading it. I think though if it had been a paperback I may have given up earlier.
But don't give up on Tony, the book on the Piano is much better
A very enjoyable book, but I did find myself fast-forwarding through the passages where Tony describes how he tried to get his end away at several points in the journey. Can't remember Michael Palin resorting to this.
Its not my usual style but it is a thoroughly enjoyable listen.
Saiorse without a doubt, quite the character and certainly opened some doors for Tony along the way.
Ahh aside from himself? It's a toss up between Patsy Dan and the Drunk in Residence.
A foolhardy attempt to win a drunken bet led to Hawks having one of the most unforgettable experiences of his life.
If like me you've loved Tony's appearances on radio 4, you'll enjoy this book. It is a wonderful adventure featuring some remarkable people (and appliances). More often leaving our hero rather grumpy hunting for a lift and a pint.
A very good book and most enjoyable. Lots of funny episodes and it shows how kind and helpful the Irish people are. Must go there some time.
Listened to it as we drove around Ireland on a holiday. Heard it. Saw it. Enjoyed it.
I will now give all my kitchen appliances the respect they deserve.
And maybe take a toaster or blender out with the dog.
First of all we'd like to say we bought and listened to the abridged version first. This wasn't available at the time and I have to say we enjoyed the abridged version very much. When we came across the unabridged version we bought it too as we loved the other so much we thought it would be nice to hear more of the story.
We enjoyed hearing the whole story, its always a shame what the abridged have to cut out but at the same time we really liked the abridged. I think both are a good read/listen but if we had to pick the abridged made the better audio book. We still enjoyed this one though and continue to listen to both versions. If your a fan of this book most likely you'll want to own both and both are excellent. When you have less time the shorter version is great and when you want longer and more of the story this one is perfect.
Just to add, as husband and wife we both came into this story from different situations. One had heard of this story and Tony before and one had not. We both enjoyed it thoroughly and as the one who had never heard of the book or Tony I thoroughly enjoyed it. I'd say its a great for first timers as well as those that already know of the story or author.
Its a funny great true story, very enjoyable and a great audio book no matter what version you have. If your on the fence give this audio book a chance. I'm sure you'll enjoy it. I'm so glad my husband made us get it, I love it just as much as him and I always look forward to hearing it again. Once you know the story its even better in a way because you can dip in and out if it knowing exactly what's happening.
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