Himself: A Novel

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Jess Kidd

Narrated By: Aiden Kelly

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Date: March 2017

Duration: 9 hours 48 minutes


“A highly unusual tale set in a highly unusual Irish village full of dark secrets…Lushly imagined, delightfully original, and very, very funny, it hurtles along from the very first page” (M.L. Stedman, author of The Light Between Oceans).

Having been abandoned on the steps of an orphanage as an infant, lovable car thief and Dublin charmer Mahony assumed all his life that his mother had simply given him up. But when he receives an anonymous note suggesting that foul play may have led to his mother’s disappearance, he sees only one option: to return to the rural Irish village where he was born and find out what really happened twenty-six years ago.

From the moment he sets foot in Mulderrig, Mahony’s presence turns the village upside down. His uncannily familiar face and outsider ways cause a stir among the locals, who receive him with a mixture of excitement (the women), curiosity (the men), and suspicion (the pious).

Determined to uncover the truth about what happened to his mother, Mahony solicits the help of brash anarchist and retired theater actress Mrs. Cauley. This improbable duo concocts an ingenious plan to get the town talking about the day Mahony's mother disappeared and are aided and abetted by a cast of eccentric characters, both living and dead.

Himself is a simmering mixture—a blend of the natural everyday and the supernatural, folklore and mystery, and a healthy dose of quintessentially Irish humor. The result is a darkly comic crime story in the tradition of a classic Irish trickster tale, complete with a twisting and turning plot, a small-town rife with secrets, and an infectious love of language and storytelling that is a hallmark of the finest Irish writers.


  • Kim B.

    This book has great characters, including the village itself. The narrator is Irish and so you feel as if you are in the village with all of the characters. The plot is a “whodunit” and is quite enjoyable. Mix in a little occult, the main character can see the dead, and you have a great Irish yarn.

  • Casi P

    I would listen to this book again (and not just to hear the narrator’s fabulous accent). The story had humor, darkness, and depth. I miss the feel of it now that it’s over.

  • Sheila M

    Hurtle is correct. Weird book, hard to follow storyline.

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