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The sequel to A Star Called Henry, sees our hero, Henry Smart, arrive in New York in 1924. This being Prohibition, Henry ends up bootlegging hooch for the speak-easies of the Lower East Side. But when this catches the attention of the mobsters who run the district, Henry realises it's time to leave. In Chicago, Henry discovers music. Furious, happy music played by a man with a trumpet and bleeding lips called Louis Armstrong. But Armstrong is a prisoner of his colour; there are places a black man cannot go, things he cannot do. Armstrong needs a white man, and the man he chooses is Henry Smart.

©2004 Roddy Doyle (P)2010 Random House AUDIO GO

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  • Martin
  • 09-27-21

Accent ruined the audio book!

I had previously read the trilogy so revisiting the trilogy in audio book. the first book is perfect with Roddy narrating, the accent is this is absolutely terrible, it's like a cross between Tom Cruises irish accent in Far and Away and Jamaican. I couldn't listen to anymore of it!!

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  • Carla Abba
  • 11-12-18


really confusing story, couldn't follow it at all. possibly would have been easier if I'd read it rather than listened to it.
the narrator had the worse Irish accent I've ever heard!
I loved A star called Henry but I wish I hadn't bothered with this one!

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