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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Roddy Doyle Narrator: Laurence Kinlan Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2014 ISBN: 9780698151758
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Jimmy Rabbitte of The Commitments returns in the triumphant new novel from the Booker Prize–winning author

The distinct wit and lively, authentic dialogue that are the hallmarks of Roddy Doyle’s fiction are on a full display as he reintroduces Jimmy Rabbitte in this follow-up to his beloved debut novel The Commitments.

In the 1980s Jimmy Rabbitte formed the Commitments, a ragtag, blue-collar collective of Irish youths determined to bring the soul music stylings of James Brown and Percy Sledge to Dublin. Time proves a great equalizer for Jimmy as he’s now approaching fifty with a loving wife, four kids, and a recent cancer diagnosis that leaves him feeling shattered and frightened.

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 for their resurrected albums. As he battles his illness on his path through Dublin, Jimmy manages to reconnect with his own past, most notably Commitments guitarist Liam “Outspan” Foster and the still beautiful backup vocalist Imelda Quirk. Jimmy also learns the trumpet, reunites with his long-lost brother, and rediscovers the joys of fatherhood.

An immensely funny and poignant novel, The Guts captures friendship, family, the power of music, the specter of death, and the zeal for life.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Hilarious and tender…Doyle’s witty and lively ninth novel still captures much of the fun of The Commitments, even as the Commitments themselves struggle with a notably more sobering world around them.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “This sequel to Doyle’s The Commitments finds Jimmy Rabbitte approaching fifty and facing all the standard challenges of middle age, with four kids and a wife. However, when Rabbitte is diagnosed with cancer, he is sent down a path of physical and mental recovery as he reconnects with his band members, his family, and himself. Narrator Kinlan’s performance makes this audiobook more enjoyable than the print edition. He reads in a strong Irish accent throughout, especially when characters are speaking, making this audio edition colorful and engaging.”

    Publishers Weekly, audio review

  • “Too good to miss.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Entertainingly chatty.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A 2014 New York Times Editor’s Choice
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About the Author
Author Roddy Doyle

Roddy Doyle is an Irish novelist, dramatist, and screenwriter. He is a recipient of the Irish PEN Award for Literature, and his novel Paddy Clarke Ha-Ha won the Man Booker Prize in 1993. Several of his books have been made into successful films, beginning with The Commitments in 1991. 

About the Narrator

Laurence Kinlan has performed extensively in films, television, and on stage. He is best known for his role as Elmo on the Irish television drama Love/Hate