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  • The Black Dog

  • By: Kevin Bridges
  • Narrated by: Angus King
  • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (96 ratings)

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The Black Dog

By: Kevin Bridges
Narrated by: Angus King
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Summary

The Black Dog is the exciting debut novel from one of Britain's most-loved comedians, Kevin Bridges.

Declan dreams of becoming a writer. It's a dream that helps him escape the realities of his life—going through the motions at college and stacking supermarket shelves part-time, whilst fighting a battle with the ever-darkening thoughts in his head.

He has his pet Labrador for companionship and his best friend-turned-mentor, a pseudo-intellectual who works as a greenskeeper at the local municipal golf course, both of which help keep the worst of his anxieties at bay. But following a drunken row with local gangsters, Declan's worries threaten to spiral out of control.

James Cavani—Declan's idol and his hometown's claim to fame—is a renowned writer, director and actor. But despite his success, his past hasn't relinquished its hold of him, and through his younger sister's battle with drug addiction, he finds himself returning to a world he thought he had escaped.

At face value, their lives couldn't be more different, but perhaps fate has a way of bringing kindred spirits together—and perhaps each holds the other's redemption in their hands.

©2022 Kevin Bridges (P)2022 Headline Publishing Group Ltd

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Excellent. Really great story telling and narrating

Excellent. Really good story telling and narration. Can’t believe it’s a debit novel. We’ll worth a listen

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Dire

Neverending and tedious, chapter 4 almost had me jumping off a *Bridge*

Couldn't wait to put it down so I didn't.

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The Black Dog by Kevin Bridges

Absolutely super, never a dull moment from beginning to end. Amazing first novel! Loved it, can you guess?

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A Wegie Belter!

absolutely brilliant, great storyline and great mix of characters in particular HECTOR!

The stoey passed inno time and I hope there will be more to come @kevin bridges

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A bit disappointing

I love Kevin Bridges' stand up so was excited to learn he'd written a book. I kept waiting for it to get interesting but it didn't happen. I made it halfway before giving up.

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Excellent

Cracking storyline, really well crafted - and as an audiobook, an excellent performance.
In spite of some graphic descriptions I found real warmth in (most of) the characters and - no spoilers - the outcome was just right: for me the sign of good story-telling. This is going to make a great film: think Bill Forsyth/Danny Boyle/Guy Ritchie.

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Not what you might expect.

Kevin Bridges hasn’t written a comedy novel, although there are one or two funny scenes. Credit to him for not taking the easy option. The story evidently draws on some of his own experiences on becoming famous, but still connected to his home town. I’m afraid I just couldn’t get into it, though, despite really wanting to.
And while Angus King is a perfectly able narrator, his accent and pronunciations are too posh for this story.
If it hadn’t been by Kevin Bridges I doubt I would have chosen it and I don’t think I’d have missed anything.

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Unique and engaging storytelling

The highly descriptive style of writing is refreshing and engaging. It's not the most complex story of all time, but a page-turner nevertheless.

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  • 11-09-22

Solid first effort

Good book, bit train spotting, Scottish style. Good like, enjoyable and not a slog

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Great First Novel!

I loved this story. Wasn't sure what to expect from Kevin Bridges, but knowing his comedy, I knew he had a flair for highlighting those little things we all have in common, our quirks and habits etc, and bringing them into (not just comedic)focus, so I was hopeful. I thought the characterisation was really excellent, especially James Keveany...the writing of his inner dialogue was masterfully done. All the main characters were well rounded and believable - loved Doof Doof, and Eddie Reynolds was an awesome character! I enjoyed it so much, and drove around in my car just to listen to more of the audiobook!! So much more I could say but I'll just end by saying thank you for this Kevin, and well done!! (and for writing in 'Scottish') Not forgetting Angus King, the narrator who did an amazing job of reading this novel and really brought it to life!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-09-22

C’mon Kevin

This books reeks of a “wee” bit of Kevin in his past life and him trying to make sense of where he is today. Excessive use of the “C”
Word which is fine, especially when it was an absolute c**t to get to “The End” .. stick to standing in the “Marks n Sparks” socks HH