A Star Called Henry

Author(s): Roddy Doyle
Series: Last Roundup Series No: 1
CD - unabridged
Audio (11 discs)
Product Number: C1357
Released: Jan 18, 2001
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780788752001
Narrator/s: Gerard Doyle
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Roddy Doyle is a best-selling author, screenwriter, and winner of the Booker Prize. In his novels, including The Woman Who Walked Into Doors, Doyle creates unforgettable characters who meet life head on, grappling with it on their own terms. A Star Called Henry follows the first 20 years in the life of Henry Smart. Born in the Dublin slums in 1901, he survives by grabbing what he needs-bread, love, weapons-whenever he can get them. By the time he is 14, he is a soldier in the Irish Rebellion. Driven by an unquenchable thirst for life, he embodies the raw energy of his country. Henry's path crosses Collins, Connolly, and other people whose names form a history of modern Ireland. But the star of this world is Henry himself. Narrator Gerard Doyle, a native Irishman, voices the Dublin accents, Gaelic phrases, and the lilt of Doyle's lines to create a man and an Ireland you will not soon forget.

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Author(s): Roddy Doyle
Product Number EB00385521
Released: Jun 05, 2014
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Penguin Books
ISBN: #9781440677960

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"Roddy Doyle's new work covers the first twenty years in the life of Henry Smart, born and raised in abject poverty in the slums of Dublin. On his own by age 8, he is a full-fledged revolutionary by age 13, a combatant in the Easter Rebellion of 1919, and a self-commissioned "captain" in the IRA at age 15. Narrator Gerard Doyle has a lovely Irish voice (in both speech and song) and makes the listener feel totally embedded in the Ireland of the early twentieth century. He manages the voice of the city and the countryside, the educated and the illiterate, the young and the old, the men and the women with confident mastery. This is an outstanding narration. R.E.K. Winner of AUDIOFILE Earphones Award. (c) AudioFile 2000, Portland, Maine"