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The Wild Laughter

Narrated by: Chris O'Dowd
Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
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Named a most anticipated title for 2020 by the Financial Times, The Irish Times and Rté.

Hilarious, poignant and utterly fresh, The Wild Laughter cements Caoilinn Hughes' position as one of Ireland's most audacious, nuanced and insightful young writers.

It’s 2008, and the Celtic Tiger has left devastation in its wake. Brothers Hart and Cormac Black are waking up to a very different Ireland - one that widens the chasm between them and brings their beloved father to his knees. Facing a devastating choice that will put their livelihoods - and even their lives - on the line, the brothers soon learn that the biggest danger comes when there is nothing to lose.

A sharp snapshot of a family and a nation suddenly unmoored, this epic-in-miniature explores cowardice and sacrifice, faith rewarded and abandoned, the stories we tell ourselves and the ones we resist. Hilarious, poignant and utterly fresh, The Wild Laughter cements Caoilinn Hughes’ position as one of Ireland’s most audacious, nuanced and insightful young writers.

©2020 Caoilinn Hughes (P)2020 Bolinda Publishing

Critic reviews

"Caoilinn Hughes is a writer of immense ability and vitality - she’s a true natural, with the talent to match her ambition." (Kevin Barry, author of Night Boat to Tangier)

"So funny and bleak. I loved the madness, the tone, the ending, the realisation, The Third Policeman charge of the whole thing." (Roddy Doyle, Booker prize-winning author of Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha)

"Extraordinary.... A book of wicked intelligence and tender heart." (Max Porter, author of Lanny)

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audiofile is not good

several chapters are missing at the start and then added at the very end...very confusing, tempted to return this...

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Confusing because the chapters where out of sync. Glad I didnt buy this for that reason. Example: Display was about three chapters ahead saying I was on chapter 5 when it was only 2 throughout the whole book.

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  • ElAel
  • 27-07-20

The Wild Laughter

There is a weird doubling back repeat ending to this recording that I do not understand. Otherwise a great story! Chris O'Dowd's narration style of this first-person perspective story was superb in its roughness and imperfection. Highly recommend!