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    • 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 805
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 713
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 701

    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
    • Didn't want it to end!

    • By robert roebuck on 17-10-14

    Regular price: £24.99

    • The Commitments

    • By: Roddy Doyle
    • Narrated by: Laurence Kinlan
    • Length: 3 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 17
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17

    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?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great book spoiled by narrator.

    • By L. Reeves on 20-02-17

    Regular price: £17.99

    • The Snapper

    • By: Roddy Doyle
    • Narrated by: Ger Ryan
    • Length: 2 hrs and 59 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13

    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?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • great

    • By JuliaS on 04-11-17

    Regular price: £11.99

    • 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 57
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 41
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 41

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent story and narration

    • By galacticcamper on 11-06-16

    Regular price: £11.99

    • The Van

    • By: Roddy Doyle
    • Narrated by: Brendan Gleeson
    • Length: 2 hrs and 52 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • last part of the trilogy, farewell to the Rabbits

    • By Nicholas P. on 09-01-17

    Regular price: £11.99

    • Paula Spencer

    • By: Roddy Doyle
    • Narrated by: Ger Ryan
    • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Doyle at his best

    • By Kirsten on 03-01-07

    Regular price: £20.00

    • Smile

    • By: Roddy Doyle
    • Narrated by: Roddy Doyle
    • Length: 5 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 73
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 64
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 64

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Brilliant but disturbing

    • By Ms. Caroline A. Wilde on 17-09-17

    Regular price: £17.99

    • 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 49
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 40
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 39

    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
    • Superb - Roddy Doyle is a genius

    • By Gary B. on 25-06-19

    Regular price: £19.99

    • The Woman Who Walked into Doors

    • By: Roddy Doyle
    • Narrated by: Caroline Lennon
    • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 35
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23

    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
    • Such insight!

    • By Steven on 26-11-09

    Regular price: £29.59

    • Charlie Savage

    • By: Roddy Doyle
    • Narrated by: Roddy Doyle
    • Length: 3 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 9

    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)

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good but short

    • By Steve on 01-04-19

    Regular price: £17.99

    • The Commitments

    • By: Roddy Doyle
    • Narrated by: Aidan Gillen
    • Length: 3 hrs and 2 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 14

    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?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • What a performance!!

    • By Paul on 10-01-18

    Regular price: £12.00

    • The Guts

    • By: Roddy Doyle
    • Narrated by: Laurence Kinlan
    • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 62
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 56
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 55

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • plods along

    • By james on 21-02-19

    Regular price: £21.99

    • Oh, Play That Thing

    • By: Roddy Doyle
    • Narrated by: Christian Conn
    • Length: 14 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 7

    The sequel to A Star Called Henry, sees our hero, Henry Smart, arrive in New York in 1924. This being Prohibition, Henry ends up bootlegging hooch for the speak-easies of the Lower East Side. But when this catches the attention of the mobsters who run the district, Henry realises it's time to leave. In Chicago, Henry discovers music. Furious, happy music played by a man with a trumpet and bleeding lips called Louis Armstrong.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • confusing

    • By Anonymous User on 12-11-18

    Regular price: £24.09

    • Brilliant

    • By: Roddy Doyle
    • Narrated by: Stephen Hogan
    • Length: 3 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7

    When Uncle Ben’s Dublin business fails, Gloria and Raymond realise something is wrong. So when the children overhear their granny saying the Black Dog has settled on Ben’s back, and he won’t be OK until it’s gone, they decide they’re going to get rid of it, and they set out on a midnight quest to hunt it down and chase it away. But loads of other children are searching for it too, because the Black Dog is hounding lots of Dublin’s adults.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Brilliant!

    • By LucyJ on 17-07-19

    Regular price: £14.79

    • 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 9
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2

    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.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Awful!

    • By David on 20-03-11

    Regular price: £12.00

    • Paddy Clarke Ha-Ha-Ha

    • By: Roddy Doyle
    • Narrated by: Aiden Gillen
    • Length: 2 hrs and 50 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      0 out of 5 stars 0
    • Performance
      0 out of 5 stars 0
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      0 out of 5 stars 0

    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.

    Regular price: £11.59

    • The Deportees

    • By: Roddy Doyle
    • Narrated by: Hugh Lee
    • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2

    For the past few years Roddy Doyle has been writing stories for Metro Eireann, a newspaper started by, and aimed at, immigrants to Ireland. Each of the stories took a new slant on the immigrant experience, something of increasing relevance and importance in today’s Ireland.

    Regular price: £19.99

    • Bullfighting

    • By: Roddy Doyle
    • Narrated by: Lorcan Cranitch
    • Length: 5 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3

    The men in Bullfighting are each concerned with loss in different ways - of their place in their world, of power, virility, love - of the boom days and the Celtic Tiger. ‘The stories, his memories, were wearing out’ the narrator of the title story thinks, ‘and there was nothing new replacing them.’The stories move from classrooms to graveyards, local pubs to bullrings; featuring an array of men at their working day and at rest, taking stock and reliving past glories.

    Regular price: £18.00

    • Oh, Play That Thing

    • By: Roddy Doyle
    • Narrated by: Niall Buggy
    • Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      2.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      2.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      2.5 out of 5 stars 3

    It is time to leave, for another America: Chicago is wild and new, and newest of all is the music. Furious, wild, happy music played by a man with a trumpet and bleeding lips called Louis Armstrong. His music is everywhere, coming from every open door, every phonograph. But Armstrong is a prisoner of his colour; there are places a black man cannot go, things he cannot do. Armstrong needs a man, a white man, and the man he chooses is Henry Smart.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Horrendous

    • By Cameron on 26-01-12

    Regular price: £11.99

    • Rory and Ita

    • By: Roddy Doyle
    • Narrated by: John Kavanaugh, Kate Binchy
    • Length: 3 hrs and 25 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 1

    Rory and Ita, Roddy Doyle's first nonfiction book, tells, largely in their own words, the story of his parents' lives from their first memories to the present. Born in 1923 and 1925 respectively, they met at a New Year's Eve dance in 1947 and married in 1951. They remember every detail of their Dublin childhoods, the people, the politics, idyllic times in the Wexford countryside for Ita, for Rory, his apprenticeship as a printer.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Rory and Ita

    • By Susan Campbell on 27-06-09

    Regular price: £11.99

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