• Beatlebone

  • By: Kevin Barry
  • Narrated by: Kevin Barry
  • Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 10-29-15
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.0 (2 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

WInner of the Goldsmiths Prize
Prize shortlisted for the Irish Book Awards 2015
He will spend three days alone on his island. That is all that he asks...John is so many miles from love now and home. This is the story of his strangest trip.
John owns a tiny island off the west coast of Ireland. Maybe it is there that he can at last outrun the shadows of his past.
The tale of a wild journey into the world and a wild journey within, Beatlebone is a mystery box of a novel. It's a portrait of an artist at a time of creative strife. It is most of all a sad and beautiful comedy from one of the most gifted stylists now at work.
©2015 Canongate Books; 2015 Canongate Books Ltd
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4 out of 5 stars
By Ricci on 02-28-16

Sort of Great

I love the conceit: the fictionalised account of real events in which John Lennon tries to lose the press & find himself, in Western Ireland. I liked the unconventional structure: the author wrote his little article about how he conceived, researched & wrote the book, in the middle, not at the end. I enjoyed reading the book. But there are really only two characters & I failed to engage with either of them. The whole book strains under the weight oftoo much worn out, broken down psychedelia. There's a weird musing, or a spook, or a hallucination in almost every paragraph. Eventually I was listening to it because I enjoyed the sounds, like a piece of music. When it finished (at the end of the middle, because there seems to be no ending) I was surprised buts lightly relieved.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Michael Dullaghan on 12-07-15

Unique, engaging, leaves you wanting more.

Kevin Barry reads with the same authentic tone with which he writes. He creates atmosphere with ease, allows for fun, cheek and raw truth to coexist in the same sentance. Pretentions are exposed and honesty delivered. A well told yarn.

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5 out of 5 stars
By ELIZABETH on 05-06-16


Where does Beatlebone rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the best

What other book might you compare Beatlebone to, and why?

"The Narrow Road to the Deep North" has the same poetic quality that relies a lot on repetition of words, phrases and names

Have you listened to any of Kevin Barry’s other performances? How does this one compare?


Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It was very poignant

Any additional comments?

Gets to the heart of what it must have been like to be John Lennon, particularly in the 1970s when he struggled to find some meaning to his life. Wonderfully read by the author.

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