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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (352 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Roddy Doyle Narrator: Gerard Doyle Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Last Roundup Series Release Date:
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The triumphant conclusion to the trilogy that began with A Star Called Henry.

Henry Smart is back. It is 1946, and Henry has crawled into the desert of Utah’s Monument Valley to die. He’s stumbled onto a film set though, and ends up in Hollywood collaborating with John Ford on a script based on his life. Eventually, Henry finds himself back in Ireland, where he becomes a custodian, and meets up with a woman who may or may not be his long-lost wife. After being injured in a political bombing in Dublin, the secret of his rebel past comes out, and Henry is a national hero. Or are his troubles just beginning? Raucous, colorful, and epic, The Dead Republic is the magnificent final act in the life of one of Doyle’s most unforgettable characters.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “If you don’t already know Henry Smart, The Dead Republic is an excellent place to meet him—because it’s the best of Doyle’s trilogy and because in it Henry reviews his past while serving as Ford’s consultant for a movie about the Irish revolution…A thoughtful book about a sometimes thoughtless political process.”

    New York Times

  • “The story of Henry’s reintegration into a much changed Ireland is thoroughly absorbing.”

    New Yorker

  • “Doyle’s inventive mix of genuine film history and manic storytelling sets up his novel’s powerful central themes: What does it mean to be Irish? Who decides?…It may have taken a while for Henry Smart to get back to Ireland, but in the end it was worth the wait.”

    Toronto Star

  • “In The Dead Republic, Henry’s violent, often comic collisions with history continue…Henry Smart remains one of Roddy Doyle’s great characters. Funny, laconic, profane, he spits back every role history force-feeds him.”

    Globe and Mail (Toronto)

  • “Doyle retains his canny and surprising eye, his gift for the corporeal…Doyle is a master of [dialogue].”

    Guardian (London)

  • The Dead Republic harbors some lovely writing to go with the book’s magnificent theme…A fine…farewell to one of the more memorable protagonists in recent literature.”

    Denver Post

  • “Doyle exhibits a peerless ear for cynicism as he grapples with the violence and farce of Irish history.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Readers will want to tune in to see what fate awaits the irrepressible Irishman.”


  • “A thought-provoking account of the mythology surrounding modern Irish history.”


Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by R.J. | 2/17/2014

    " Maybe because I didn't read the first two I couldn't get into it although it was set in Hollywood and was about the filming of The Quiet Man. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by A. Mary Murphy | 2/7/2014

    " Henry is an old man now. One absolute treat for me is the development of "The Quiet Man" storyline. I've read the story that supposedly was adapted as the movie, and they have almost nothing in common, beyond the title. Doyle fills in the gaping divide with vivid skill. The book is a satisfying conclusion to the star that is Henry. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Tim and Popie Stafford | 2/6/2014

    " The third in the trilogy, beginning with A Star Called Henry and Oh, Play That Thing. I don't like these nearly so much as his earlier works (which I love). It's much more mechanical, and the emotions are hidden deep under the surface. I think Doyle, a wonderful writer, has gone off on the wrong direction. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Larry Scarzfava | 1/14/2014

    " This book was nothing at all like the other two in the trilogy. Doyle should have quit while he was ahead! "

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