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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (147 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Trevor Byrne Narrator: John Lee Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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An outstanding debut novel set in Dublin from a young Irish novelist that echoes the poignant, comical, and gritty voices of Roddy Doyle, Patrick McCabe, and Irvine Welsh

Set in contemporary Dublin and the surrounding countryside,Ghosts and Lightning is a picaresque account of Denny Cullen’s life after he is called back home to attend his mother’s funeral. Denny—a sweet-natured but disillusioned young man who feels powerless in the face of death, dope, and the dole queue—is the steadiest in a cast of unstable characters. Denny and his lads fill their empty days with hooliganism, raucous parties, violence, and even an exorcism, but their fearlessness and humor make them as irresistible as an expertly pulled pint of Guinness.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Steph | 1/14/2014

    " The writing is unique and wonderful. This novel actually has a voice of it's own. The text is so unbelievably rich, you can hear the dialogue, see the sights of Dublin, and witness the chaos and pain. This novel is intelligent, unpretentious and entertaining. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Emily | 1/4/2014

    " ghosts and lightning was an ok book. byrne is a really great writer and i admire his skills at writing the story completely in dublin dialect. you felt like you were friends with all the characters and knew their personalities and mannerisms like you had grown up with them. however, i never got completely absorbed in the book. i could relate to some of the pro-wrestling descriptions and a couple of the british shows they watched, but the book had one of those "coming to terms with myself" plots that i couldn't relate to. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Andrea | 12/29/2013

    " If you've ever spent time on a less-than-genteel estate in the UK, you'll be able to understand where Denny Cullen and his family (and pals) are coming from. I didn't expect to like or finish this, but I did in the end, because it's very contemporary and real. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by William Thomas | 12/16/2013

    " An irishman's gift for storytelling and a flourish of prose does not save this book from drowning and floundering. It is only a slice of life book- no matter what the dust jacket would have you believe. If the story had woven the Sean e and ghosts in deeper or more often, there would have been a tether, but instead it floats an drifts without a clear focus. Beautiful nonetheless in most places and worth the read. "

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About the Author

Trevor Byrne was born in 1981 and brought up in Clondalkin in south Dublin. He attended Trinity College and the University of Glamorgan, where he is currently a tutor of creative writing.