This is not only a great story of its own accord, but Gerard Doyle is the most amazing narrator. His irish accent is perfect for this story set in Ireland but not only that, he is very clever with different voices. You never have to wonder who is talking! I hope Audible add more McKinty books to their list, but they must be read by Doyle.
A definite credit worthy purchase.
I've listened to all McKinty's stuff. It just keeps getting better. Gerard Doyle is in the top three best readers.
It's prose meets the murder mystery. Too good!
I listen to audio books in the shower, in the car, during excercise, but I just couldn't finish this book. It didn't hold my attention. I'm not sure if it was the narrator or the story. Sorry, I don't like to give negative reviews, but if I didn't finish the book because I was bored, I'm not going to give it positive reviews.
Adrian McKinty has an incredible way with words, and it certainly shows in his new offering Falling Glass, which I think is his best novel yet. His prose gives you a sure sense of where the characters are, what they feel along with what they see. And, if you get the novel in the form of an audio book, Gerald Doyle does an equally incredible job of enhancing that sense of feeling. These two make a great pair.
MUCH less graphic description of killing.
Something by Diana Gabledon
Narrator was very good
Yes the plot was very grabbing.....
I quit the book after the episode in Mexico where the torturing and beheading was going on. The plot was intriguing, but when there is that much graphic brutality in the beginning....you gotta believe you are going to get more of it as the story progresses. I may try to finish it, but this really turned me off.
I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!
We're told that Gerard Doyle was understudying a role on Broadway when he received call from his agent saying that an Irish voice was needed to narrate an audio book. Doyle readily admits that he knew little about audio books, but thought, "No matter. I can do that. I'm an Irishman." Do it he did, so well that he won an AudioFile Earphones Award for his debut That was five years ago and since then he has garnered enough voice performance awards to cover several mantels.
Doyle is not only an Irishman but also a trained actor, which has given added veracity and dramatic effect to each of his narrations. This is especially true with his reading of an arresting dark tale by Adrian McKinty, FALLING GLASS.
Ever notice how frequently life seems to be playing a trick on us? Just when we think we have it all together, when we're happy, content, suddenly things seem to fall apart. That seems to be the case with Richard Coulter. He's a mega rich Irish business man whose budget airline is outdoing any competition; he's married to a gorgeous woman who is pregnant; has a growing casino interest in Macau, and a home to die for recently featured in Architectural Digest. What could Coulter possibly want? For starters, he wants to find his former wife and two children, and calls on Killian to accomplish this.
A 40-year-old enforcer, a debt collector, Killian is weary. He's a one-of-a-kind enforcer because he had learned to use his wits to get the desired results. While he could use force his preference was to convince by verbal persuasion - he did have a silver tongue. Unfortunately the recession affects him just as it has everyone else, so he accepts the job with Coulter. After all a half million isn't easy to come by and that was Coulter's offer.
It looked like an easy case - just find the woman and children. However, when Killian does locate them he discovers much more than he bargained for in the form of danger and a Russian hitman.
Once again McKinty has crafted a non-stop action thriller that will simply leave readers/listeners wanting more from this master of the darkly mysterious.
Falling Glass is a very brutal, fast paced thriller. Killian Pavee is an interesting protagonist. He is an aging (all things being relative) enforcer for an Irish kingpin in America but is trying to get out of the business. However, fate intervenes in the guise of a payday he cannot refuse. All he has to do is find an Irish airline magnate's wayward ex-wife who has disappeared with the couple's children. Of course all is not as it seems. There are some graphic scenes of violence which I found disturbing but the need to know what happened superseded any queasiness I felt while reading them. Adrian McKinty is a very good writer.
Dept Q, Harry Hole... where are you?
I'm writing this on my iPhone with one eye dilated, so forgive me if I don't make sense.
This is an Irish story read by an Irishman. Perhaps it's just my ear, but I find the reading bland and morose, rather than engaging. That said, it's a fascinating story of a hunter who begins to find himself.
I still give it 4 star for originality and suspense.
I've only listened to McKinty's books, never "read" them and it makes me wonder - would I enjoy them as much without Gerard Doyle's reading and interpretation? I don't know but they are all one helluva good listen, oops, including "Fifty Grand" which was definitely not read by Doyle!
Good storytelling, great character development and fast pace make this a credit worthy listen. Best quote from a younger thug before beating the crap out of older thug - "You are Jay Leno and I am Conan O'Brian". I laughed like hell over that line though it will date the novel terribly in about 5 more years. Highly recommend any of this author's books.
The primary character in this book is someone readers met in passing in one of the Sean Duffy novels. I didn't realize this before I got the book, but I loved the connection. Additionally, Michael Forsythe makes an appearance in this book so if you haven't read the Michael Forsythe series, you may want to read them before reading this book, though it's not necessary.
This book is classic McKinty. It's fast paced, exciting, rich in character development, with witty and relatable dialogue. The narration is excellent and I thoroughly enjoyed the story and all the characters. I strongly recommend it.