• Round Ireland with a Fridge

  • By: Tony Hawks
  • Narrated by: Tony Hawks
  • Length: 3 hrs and 3 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (30 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Have you ever made a drunken bet? Worse, still, have you ever tried to win one? In attempting to hitchhike round Ireland with a fridge, Tony Hawks did both, and his foolhardiness led him to one of the best experiences of his life. Joined by his trusty travelling companion-cum-domestic appliance, he found himself in the midst of a remarkable adventure, at times emotional, at times inspirational, but more often than not, downright silly.

Only in the magical land of Ireland could such a notion lead to such fruitful adventure. Here is his record of the unlikely pair's fortunes as they made their way from Dublin to Donegal, from Sligo through Mayo, Galway, Clare, Kerry, Cork, Wexford, Wicklow, and back again to Dublin.

In their month of madness, Tony and his fridge met a real prince and a bogus one; they surfed together and entered a bachelor festival; the fridge was christened; and one of the pair had sex without the other knowing. And unexpectedly, the fridge itself became a momentary focus for the people of Ireland. As the days rolled by, the fridge grew into a personality in its own right, developing its own identity and bringing people together wherever it went.

©1999 Tony Hawks (P)1999 Random House Audiobooks

Critic Reviews

"A lively celebration of contemporary Irish society and the goodwill of its people." (Publishers Weekly)
"Not just brilliantly written, but far too hilarious to read alone in a public place." (The Independent)
"Round Ireland with a Fridge...is a sort of alternative Michael Palin tome and a far better read than you would expect. It is part autobiography, part travelogue, and part Guinness-addled ramblings." (Irish Times)

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I just came back from Ireland

This is exactly how my trip was! I love the Irish. I did something very similar, minus the drive.

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  • Paul
  • 04-12-06

Stunning but beware

This book is fantastic, as it says on the cover - you shouldn't read it alone on a bus. I listened to it on a plane to Italy and laughed so hard the guy next to me asked to move!!!
This book inspired numerous stupid challenges at work, including having your picture taken by a sign with the name Shennington on it and being photographed by a soap star holding a kitchen utensil. Paddy from Emmerdale thought I was really weird when I presented him a frying pan.
Beware what this book can do to you.

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  • Harper
  • 01-05-19

Buy the unabridged version!

I very much enjoyed this book, however the abridged version is very broken up and I really didn’t feel that I’d had a complete story.
I would recommend purchasing the unabridged copy and had wished I’d done so myself.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 12-03-09

Great but too short

I really enjoyed it but I only wish Audible would bring out the unabridged version.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-13-08

sureal tale with no distractions

We listened to this while driving round Ireland on our honeymoon. The story is quite surreal but entertaining and moves at a decent speed. The narration is good and there are no distractions in the way of unrequired sound effects or music.

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  • Dónal O'Flynn
  • 08-02-20

Don't buy this version, find the unabridged one.

I made the mistake of buying this version and was glad of Audible's return policy. About 45 mins in I realised that the story seemed to be moving very fast. Then I looked at the reviews and discovered that this is the abridged version. The unabridged version isn't available from Audible and is difficult to find elsewhere, particularly because this one isn't labelled as abridged. The listings for audiobooks on many sites are so lacking in detail that they don't even list the duration, so it took me ages to find a site with the unabridged version. Then it turned out that the site I'd found it on was no longer actually selling it! From what I can ascertain, I think it's a rights issue and this isn't a popular enough title for vendors to seek out the currently valid rights. I'm lucky that one vendor did so. Audible may remove this comment if I name that vendor, so instead here's what to search for. This abridged version is 3 hrs 3 mins in duration and was published by Cornerstone Digital in February 2006. The one you want is 9 hrs 46 mins long and was published in 2010 by Random House UK.

I've just begun the unabridged version and it's wonderful. It makes a lot more sense than the abridged version! As to the reading performance, as an Irishman Tony's "oirish" accent is annoying, but I'm a big fan of his so I don't mind it too much. It's an insult to the late great 2fm broadcaster Gerry Ryan though as he had a wonderful voice, there are many clips on YouTube if you want to judge for yourself.

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  • John
  • 06-10-06

It does make you laugh out loud

A funny listen. Tony Hawkes has an easy manner and tells a good story - the characters are believable and funny - worth a listen.

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  • Stewart Webb
  • 03-22-22

Great - But Abridged

Love this book. Got it when it was originally published. But it did not dawn on me until chunks were missing. lt is only a short book anyway, so why it even more shortened I have no idea. listen to this it has some good bits. But I'd wait and read or listen to the original.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-30-21

Returned title

I just can't read any more. Comes across a bit snobby and portrays the people he meets as very backward. Maybe it just doesn't read well twenty years later but I struggled to even get past the start, where he visits my own home town in Donegal. Sounded a good idea but just not interesting nor funny. And whats with that accent he puts on when quoting the people he meets?

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  • Joanna Montana
  • 07-28-20

Love the story, hilarious, abridged so too short

The story was brilliant and hilarious, narrator, the author was fabulous. I was disappointed that it was so short, I only realised that it was abridged version after I had downloaded it, I guess I should have read the small print or Audible should have made it more obvious or better still put the unabridged version up. I think I will buy the paperback book and enjoy it more fully

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  • Karin
  • 10-18-18

Cute and funny!

I'm glad I listened to it. Been wanting to for a long time. Heartwarming story and the people he meet on the journey are very well portrayed 😊 Think he captured the spirit of the Irish very well 🇮🇪