I didn't like the story, some of the content is irresponsible and unnecessary. Wow, the lead is superman, can't be killed even when he is being fired at by 3 men with assault rifles. So farfetched it was not entertaining. The narrator is easy to listen to, but the story is junk.
Wow! Completely original and unexpected. These characters will stay with me for a long time. Outstanding narrator. Kudos all around.
Loved all three books of this author's book. And my 85-year old father loved them, as well. The reader is fantastic. And the books really take you into another world. They hold your attention the whole time. And the stories are exciting and moving.
It’s not crucial, but I would read “Dead I well may be” before “The Dead Yard,” as you are following the same charter. Hidden River is a totally independent book.
Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.
Alex Lawson ain't Michael Forsyth or Sean Duffy.Those dark denizens of McKinty's greater epics know about story telling as opposed to drug levered mystical introspection. The 70s are over Adrian. Magical mystery tours are dead'er than Lennon... Both of them. The drug addled Irish author is a cliché that smears my ancestry. Worse yet, endless hours of self examination pissed through a heroin filter are tedious. If this was the point, hell, just tell us that in the first sentences and get on with a story.
As for challenge, this one's obvious to every listener about half an hour in (which seems like ten times as long). Even Gerard Doyle can't toss the druggie embellishments over the side to let a plot emerge. And then all the good stuff's crammed into an epilogue? If by good stuff, one means plot and story line. Otherwise Hidden River's about a jerk endlessly acting like... a jerk.
Increasingly McKinty sounds like an English-Lit major who needed a job. Apparently I'm through giving Adrian McKinty books 12 to 15 stars. This one deserves a black hole.
If you are a McKinty fan you will likely enjoy this book. It's got the same fast paced excitement as most of his other books and is of course filled with colorful characters and snappy dialogue. However, it wasn't as good as his other books. I'm not sure if it's because I found the main character rather slow (in terms of recognizing what was happening right in front of him) or if because I found his particular blind spots so predictable. Either way, I don't think it's in the same league as the Michael Forsythe books, but it's still fairly good.
As always, the narration by Gerard Doyle is excellent.
I mostly listen to books while exercising, which pretty much explains all of the action/thrillers on my list.
I really liked the three books in the series about the RUC cop in Carrickfergus. In part because it made me feel really glad my ancestors had the sense to leave northern Ireland in the 1870's. But, seriously, it gave a real feel for what it was like to live through all the troubles just trying to do your job. And the character was pretty likeable.
I didn't really feel that kinship with the main character in this one. I read it because someone else said it was their favorite by this author. They must have seen something I didn't.
I really enjoyed the Michael Forsythe series, and Gerard Doyle is a great narrator, but this book was boring and slow. Waste of a credit
While not as good as the "Dead" trilogy, I really like this author. This is a definite "must listen" and I highly recommend it!
I would love to see more McKinty in the Audible library. I would definitely order them!
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I've read (in paper form) several of McKinty's novels but this was my first of his audio books. I was pulled in to the story by the writing and narration.
Sadly one jarring note was Doyles narrative interpretation of North American voices-everyone, including the women, sound like 1940's mobsters. It was discerning and became a slight irritation. I know that the various US accents don't make much sense to Europeans but as a woman raised in the west, the same accent Doyle gave everyone took away from what was a very dramatic novel. Having a hearty booming midwest voice form the words of a weak man dying from AIDS was, to me, the most annoying of these accent malaprops.
Of course his Irish voices were spot on, as one might imagine and carried the book for the most part.
The plot is slightly convoluted but very McKinty in feeling. I could easily identify with Alex and even with John.The story arc was full of side ways sub plots yet everything came together.
If you don't mind having young western characters sound like Chandleresque mobsters this is a great listen and recommended.
I enjoy actually reading McKinty books myself so much that I'm not sure if I'll audio another one but this was well worth my credit.