• Walking with Ghosts

  • A Memoir
  • By: Gabriel Byrne
  • Narrated by: Gabriel Byrne
  • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (276 ratings)

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By: Gabriel Byrne
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Publisher's Summary

When award-winning actor, producer, and international icon Gabriel Byrne was a young boy, his grandmother brought him to the cinema for the first time. There, Byrne fell in love with the transporting power of the big screen. Growing up in 1950s and 60s Dublin within a family of eight, Byrne's formative childhood years were both carefree and challenging, spent between home, the church, school, and the streets of his ever-changing city where he observed that some of the greatest actors and entertainers could be found in the lives of those around him. 

In captivating, funny, and sensual prose that brings to life the myriad voices of his youth, Byrne recounts his first formative 12 years - morning routines with his father, a barrel-maker at the Guinness factory; his debut role in a nativity play; his relationship with his dynamic mother; and his years at a seminary where he studied to be a priest. Interspersed throughout this engrossing childhood story we see Byrne's ascent to global stardom, from his days acting in amateur drama groups in London, to his first big role opposite Richard Burton, his arrival at the Cannes stage for his breakout hit movie, The Usual Suspects, to the HBO show In Treatment for which he won a Golden Globe.    

Combining the cinematic power of Fellini's Amarcord with the poignance of John McGahern's writing, Walking with Ghosts is both a moving exploration of the pathos in what it means to be famous and a singular account of Irish boyhood.

©2021 Gabriel Byrne (P)2021 Recorded Books

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Very good

His insight and perspective is wonderful. His innate search for truth is as extraordinary as it is uncommon.

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Poetry

This man writes like a poet. Delicious language. This book is a transport. I walked with his ghosts

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Sad

I thought it would have more about his career but instead it was predominately Bout his youth. Surely with his popularity he would have some happy stories.

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Superb storytelling!

Byrne manages to engage the readers five senses so you are walking with him through his memories. By the end of this book It is evident that there are ghosts you want to leave behind and ghosts that you never want to forget.

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Remarkable insight into the human soul

Oh boy....what a memoir! Every minute of it! Gabriel explores his identity through his memories, in the most poetic, emotional, unapologetic way. He asks for forgiveness from the ghosts through a series of snapshots from his childhood and beyond. And his voice....loved it so very much, can you tell?

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Deeply affecting.

Beautiful prose and imagery. Just as real life, this book has some of every emotion.

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Fascinating, heart-breaking and true.

Gabriel Byrne has an incredible memory for detail.
Great read from a wonderful actor.
It's tremendously honest, touching and sad.

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Another great book by Gabriel Byrne!

This is a wonderful memoir which takes us on a wandering journey through the author's memories, full of emotion with the wise and often wistful perspective birthed from going through the tragedies and hurts that living bestows on us all.

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A beautiful haunting memoir...

What a treat to be read to by Gabriel Byrne as he tells with such beauty the tales of his life - early days, drunken days, working days and the love he has known. Didn’t want it to end.

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Very interesting but..

I enjoyed hearing the stories, especially in his own voice. But it made me wish I could invite him over for coffee and cheer him up! He seems like a bit of a depressed lost soul.