The Guts

  • by Roddy Doyle
  • Narrated by Laurence Kinlan
  • 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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. He is reunited with his long-lost brother and learns to play the trumpet....
This warm, funny novel is about friendship and family, about facing death and opting for life. It climaxes in one of the great passages in Roddy Doyle's fiction: four middle-aged men at Ireland's hottest rock festival watching Jimmy's son Marvin's band Moanin' at Midnight pretending to be Bulgarian and playing a song called 'I'm Going to Hell' that apparently hasn't been heard since 1932.... Why? You'll have to listen to The Guts to find out.

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A rollercoaster ride

Roddy Doyle brings together characters to create a thoroughly enjoyable, funny yet serious, emotional but not sentimental, journey through male mid-life and all that life brings with it. Wonderfully read by Laurence Kinlan. Recommended
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- D Roche

Great Audiobook...Dublin in yer ear!

Great Audiobook...few niggles regarding the dads voice, the overuse of 'Grand" at times, and the theme of infidelity could have been explored more..maybe if the dad had of found out and offered an opinion... but overall best audiobook I've listened to yet possibly.
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- Barry

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-08-2013
  • Publisher: Random House Audiobooks