Well written, as perfect a narrator as could be imagined, interesting storyline.
The ending kept me hooked until the last sentence. I will certainly now be buying other books by Adrian McKinty.
I am/was unfamiliar with Irish brogue and therefore found many words that were new to me. It took a few minutes to get into the story due to the unfamiliar words but I soon settled in for the ride. And what a fascinating story it was.
I can only think of three of four narrators who can be said to be the perfect voice for a character and I now consider Gerard Doyle to be one of them. Only he can be the voice of Killian.
I have listened to many hundreds of books over the years as a truck driver and this is my first review. I felt obliged to make a comment because I got so much out of this book.
Adrian McKinty is an excellent story teller. I was afraid for Killian when he was in danger and I laughed at his dry wit. Good story. This was my first experience with this author but I definitely will be listening to more of his books.
Having said that this is my first AM novel, I also admit this is a genre I listen to only rarely. But, I used to be a big Nelson DeMille fan, and after reading the summary of this book my interest may peaked again. It wasn't, but I admit there were strains of extremely good writing throughout the book.
I enjoyed Killian's story telling and would have like to hear more. All of the characters have flaws, but in truth the flaws are in areas most Baby Boomers have had atleast a brush with. I suspect that these characters are more true to life then the "great guy" characters we love in Clancy's and DeMilles books.
The narrator is great, and the fact that I finished the book and was engaged throughout the reading demands that I give it 4 points.
I am a big fan of Adrian McKinty's books and of Irish crime fiction in general. His Dead trilogy produced one of my all-time favorite characters, Michael Forsythe. In Falling Glass McKinty has introduced another cool character, Killian. Killian is a reluctant Irish gangster, like Forsythe. But where Forsythe is all action, Killian is a talker. His best weapon is persuasion. There is still pleanty of action, and the ending is a very cool scene. It was also cool to see a little more of Forsythe, who makes an extended cameo. I read that McKinty isn't going to write anymore about either character, which I think is a shame. But this stand alone novel, as well as the whole Dead trilogy, are great reads. Gerard Doyle does a fantastic job narrating.
As an aside, I never new much about Irish Travellers, or Pavee, but I have read at least 3 or 4 Irish crime novels in which they figure prominently. Very interesting stuff.
As always, McKinty's gritty story of Northern Irish mobsters gets the ideal voice in Gerard Doyle. I've both read and listened to McKinty's books, and there is no question that it is a richer experience when you get to hear it in Doyle's lilting Irish brogue. The story has lots of twists and turns and the main character is a worthy successor to Michael Forsythe of the earlier trilogy, who makes a couple of cameo appearances. Really fun to listen to.
I've listened to McKinty???s ???Dead??? trillogy (???Dead I Well May Be??? is my favorite), and ???Fifty Grand.??? ???Falling Glass??? is another winner. All McKinty???s books have multidimensional characters and intelligent plots. ???Falling Glass,??? like the others, pulls you along with a fast-paced story, all-too-human characters, and???a key ingredient missing from many thrillers???wit. This book is the first of a series with a new protagonist, Killian, a former enforcer for the IRA, and I can???t wait to listen to the next book in the series. I hope it will be read by Gerard Doyle, who is the reader for all the other McKinty books I???ve listened to. Doyle is a terrific reader, perfect in every way.
I needed a lot of mental effort and constant reminders to ignore the narration and continue listening to the story
Sorry, I was not able to hear the entire book. The story did not catch me at the beginning, and was too slow.
After 6 chapters, I was not in the story.... I have abandon.
It is a different style of what I'm use too, The accent is strong.
The book was suggested to me, ... I have try, and yes I have to say .. disappointment.
Not by this narrator
I just don't seem to be able to follow a Scottish, Irish, or British-English narrator. There is something about the tone of their voice that gets lost in the hum of the road or the sound of the shower. I had to constantly rewind to try and figure out what he was saying and eventually I just gave up and deleted it.
I'd read another book of his but this one won't be one I'll go back to a 2nd time. the characters are great but I'm not sure I like the ending. it was just sort over boring. I love the history of the Pavie people.
The narrator had a strong accent. It fit the story and once I got used to it I wouldn't have it any other way. The story is fun despite being a bit predictable.