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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (8,291 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Roddy Doyle Narrator: Aidan Gillen Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Patrick Clarke is a ten-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 trouble-making detours of an Irish childhood.

Written with warmth and wit by the author of The Commitments, Paddy Clarke Ha-Ha-Ha is the most moving story about the humor and challenge of growing up since Catcher in the Rye.

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  • “Roddy Doyle’s novel offers a ten-year-old boy’s impressions of friends, parents, and school through colorful sketches and vivid images of Ireland in 1968. Recounting Paddy’s adventures in the first person, the multifaceted Aidan Gillen captures both the author’s literary voice and the eagerness of the boy telling the story. Wonder, curiosity, and disbelief come through beautifully thanks to Gillen’s rhythmic, fast-paced, clear Irish lilt. He is consistently successful with characters of both genders and several generations. This book is superb in audio because the experience of hearing Paddy’s accent, enthusiasm, and boyishness brings his character to life. Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • Winner of the 1993 Man Booker Prize
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by nobody | 2/20/2014

    " A well captured story of an Irish young fella. Roddy Doyle doing what he does best. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Mr Twee | 2/15/2014

    " I enjoyed this..... not as much as I'd hoped though. Written in the style of a young 8-9 year old boy, was initially interesting... soon waned.... and I hate to say became a little irritating. I finished it and felt a little flat... meh. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Anders | 2/11/2014

    " Utterly charming, sad and true "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kristen | 2/7/2014

    " Oh excellent. Violent and striking and gripping and sad and funny. It's about a boy whose parents fight a lot, who gets all violent and adventurous with his friends, and who bullies his younger brother. "

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