I'm an avid reader/listener who loves a good yarn, a voice full of character, and a little something to think about. I hate it when a great story is ruined by unnecessary or extreme violence/profanity.
The theme of redemption was overwhelmed by a level of brutality that was unnecessary for character of plot development.
A highly entertaining (and informative) novel of intrigue and ghostly revenge in modern Belfast. Very well written by the author and expertly read by the narrator.
living in los angeles I drive a lot, so audio books save me from a lot of frustration!
Although the writing and the narration was good, the story just did not hook me. It seemed too predictable, but I have high hopes for this author.
Big mystery lover here! The picture is of my father who is suffering with dementia and my youngest daughter on her wedding day.
I found myself hating the hero as well the entire cast of characters. Too dark!
OK, I guess. Steady Irish/Scots accent from narrator doesn't differentiate between the characters much, but all the characters are pretty much the same so there's not much to distinguish between anyway. The plot gets started and plows ahead at a steady pace like a bulldozer tearing up the land for a road in a slow steady growl. Constant plot, constant narration, little movement; ghosts and guns...somewhat dull like a steady drone. Maybe worth a credit, certainly a little different. Not a keeper.
Audible is the best thing since sliced bread..
It goes on and on.. hard to stay into the book.. atleast for me. I get what the writer is trying to do. And its a good concept.. but the rattling just goes on and on. It bored me to the point of putting it down. I can't finish, I fall asleep listening.
I read all the time, or nearly. I always have, I guess, since I was very young ... and now, getting older, more audio than any other medium.
This is a very well written and exremely well read book. It is also a very dark book, full of pain. Not the best choice for your light summer reading list .... or, for that matter, for keeping busy during that final week before your double mastectomy (mine, in this case). The author has a dim view of humankind in general, the IRA in particular, thinks politicians are all scum and that ALL politics is evil and is the root of much of what ails the human race. While I cannot fault most of his opinions, I reached a point with this book where I just couldn't read any more, even though I was very close to the end. It isn't that I don't (mostly) agree with the author. I just couldn't handle any more misery. AND there's a SEQUEL. Not, however, for me.
This book was extremely slow to start. So much so, it took me nearly two weeks to push through the first half. It simply would not grab my attention for anything.
As soon as the second half hit though, the book became interesting and intriguing.
I do recommend this book. Though do realize that unless you push through the first half to the second half, you will be bored and frustrated with your purchase.
If I had realized this was narrated by Gerard Doyle, I wouldn't have gotten it. He does great voices but the repetitive rhythm during long narration makes me crazy. The book was interesting but I could barely finish it without snoring.
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This book was "almost good" a good tale but I could never really engage with the characters. I kept thinking what a good movie it would make and trying to cast the characters.