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The Van

Narrated by: Brendan Gleeson
Length: 2 hrs and 52 mins
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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.
© Roddy Doyle; (P) Random House

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last part of the trilogy, farewell to the Rabbits

the final part of the Barrytown trilogy. You grow to love the Rabbits laugh and worry with them and enjoy their triumphs. All three parts brilliantly read. Thank you

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Brilliant! My all-time favourite novel

Roddy Doyle never fails to deliver the goods and The Van is possibly my favourite book ever.

This a great version but my only regret is that it's been abridged and consequently (for me) loses a little of the layering and complexity of the full text. That said it's a fantastic exploration of the relationships between grown men, their companionship, tensions and petty niggles so often suppressed until they reach a tipping point.

Brendan Gleeson does a 'grand job' narrating and the story is hilarious and poignant in turns.

As a standalone listen for anyone never having read the book it's still superb and very well worth buying as indeed.