This is a decent story, not great. It seems to have a simple premise - guy must make amends for the wrongs he has done. It has some interesting twists. If you are not familiar with Northern Ireland the the struggles there, you might not enjoy this story. If your Irish you will enjoy it.
This is a riveting book brilliantly narrated. However, it is not a book for the faint hearted, The violence is horrific and terrifyingly real. If you don't like horror don't get this book. But if you can enjoy blood and guts then certainly you won't be disappointed. This has more bodies than Hamlet and is more bloodthirsty than No Country for Old Men. Enjoy.
If you like Adrian McKinty and Stieg Larsson, you'll love this book. Gerard Doyle is one of the best narrators out there - he really helps make the story great.
Gripping, real, intense. And the narration only enhances the experience. I rarely write reviews but this book took my breath away. This is not just another horror tale. This is storytelling at its finest. It is an accomplished exploration of one man's journey through a very real hell. The story enlightened my understanding of the conflict endured by generations of Irish men and women. Very powerful.
I agree with most of the reviews here, i.e. that this novel is an amazing debut by Stuart Neville. This author is going to be one of the greats. What I really want to say is that from an audible book point of view Gerard Doyle is a fantastic narrator. It can not be overstated how much a good narrator brings to the experience of an audio book. I enjoy Michael Connelly's books but half of the Audible narrators used for Connellys's books are terrible. *PLEASE* Audible, use more narrators like Gerard Doyle and Peter Giles.
I wasn't expecting what I got from listening to this book. I guess with 12 ghosts following him around, I expected a spooky piece of light-weight literature. Boy, was I pleasantly surprised. This book provoked a real discussion in my head of the moral dilemmas Fegan faced nearly on an hourly basis. It is tightly written, imaginative,and very entertaining. It was nice to see what seemed to be a sure jump into a love story evolve into something that would be more likely to happen.
Strong and likeable characters, gritty with a moderate dose of grisly violence, and top notch writing. It will be read in one fell swoop, I promise you.
A new and real talent.
I can't wait to read more from this author.
This story starts off a bit slowly but picks up around mid way. I didn't find find the subject matter as hard to listen to as some of the other reviewers did, but I guess that's a personal thing.
The narrator also took some getting used to, but overall I think he did a good job.
If you like thrillers with a good dose of blood and politics, this is the book for you.
This is a superb debut novel, featuring an original and gripping story, vivid prose, and finely crafted characters. The atmosphere is much like that in Adrian McKinty's remarkable "Dead" trilogy. Gerard Doyle's nuanced narration is perfectly matched to the book. His rich Irish brogue and his unique rendering of each character make for a truly pleasurable listening experience.
I rarely read fiction, but read the reviews and gave Neville's The Ghosts of Belfast a turn. I was not disappointed. This book takes you to Belfast and the IRA from the perspective of one who carries the "ghosts" of his involvement in the Troubles. If you want to get a feel for what those dark days may have been like - this might be the listen for you. If you enjoy crime fiction this might be of interest as well. The writing is good and the reading is great. Remember the content is "fiction" and not history, per se, and you'll be fine.
Great narration, the accents are perfect even switching from the rolling Dublin speech to the hard Belfast accent. Characters are spot on, totally real. Edge of your seat plot. Overall a must hear.