Really enjoyed the story and reader. I'm planning to listen to more by this author. A lot of Irish terminology that I wasn't familiar with but it wasn't hard to follow.
Gerard Doyle delivers a first class performance of a first class story. Adrian McKinty reaches into the dust of creation, shaping with poetic abandon themes of life and death. The Falling in the title drags the ugly perpetrators down from the Glass houses they have inhabited for forty years. And the ending of this story is like a man-comet wheeling across the stage of the heavens performing perhaps its final show. I was totally captivated by the language and the reading.
I liked the ending. The overall story was compelling if a bit predictable. The characters were well rounded and the descriptions of the settings were nice. My only issue was with the beginning, it was disjointed and easy to get distracted out of the story.
The Mirror Project, The Environs, Woodstain and Ink, jewelry from all of the above... and I run a hotel in my spare time.
Having slogged through two mediocre (I'm being kind) and one okay book recently, it was a breath of pristine autumn air to be in McKinty's lush and highly competent storytelling again. I had listened to the three Sean McDuffy books in a row, and was so thoroughly delighted that I was attempting to ration his other books. I'm over that - I'll be enjoying a McKinty marathon for the next couple weeks, and then I'll be coming back for reruns.
Excellent story, excellent writing, and Gerard Doyle is a superb narrator. My only puzzle is how Dermott McCann had dinner with President Obama in this book after being pretty thoroughly deaded at the hand of Sean McDuffy in the 80s. However, my suspicion is that's a McKinty wink and nod to see if we're paying attention, or just to mess with us. He is good enough for me to be absolutely certain it's fully intentional.
Can't recommend the four McKinty's I've read highly enough. Off to "Dead I Well May Be"...
McKinty's series books are great. Some of the best you can read. I was hugely disappointed with this and gave up on it with about 40 minutes left to go. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't compelling. Couldn't get attached to any of the characters. It wasn't fun. I do, however, recommend Hidden River which blew me away and is in my opinion his best book.
yes I would, it has a good storyline, as well as some mystery, some surprises, and will keep interest up.
meeting a couple of the "travelers, and tinkerers" of old Ireland, and how, at least in this story, some of them are still keeping the traditional ways
Killian, because even though he seems tough and hard through and through and he makes mistakes--making him more human, but also because he is a good, honorable man inside.
I'm not Irish, and have never been to Ireland, so as far as I know, he did the different dialogues very well. I appreciate a narrator who has definite character voice changes, and whose voice is never too low to catch what is being said.
This story is very good, but beware that there is some graphic descriptions in the story, and at first that's all I thought it was going to be, and I almost quit reading it, but am very glad I didn't because the gore did end, and there was even some romance and tenderness in it between the two leading characters.
Different narrator and more cohesive storyline.
No. His accent was fine but the tone of his voice was an issue.
Not based on this book.
Nothing at all.
I got what I paid for. Purchased via deal of the day for $3.95. Wish it was refundable so I could get my money back.
It must say something about an author when you start to see the bad guys as heros. To be able to place you on the other side of the fence and see the world through the eyes of very bad people is quite an experience. There is some very graphic violence in this novel and I must admit that I had to fast forward so I did not hear it - the bits i heard were very graphic although correctly in context - there is enough violence of a tolerable level for me to get the idea. I loved the detail Adrian went into describing the 'tinkers' and their beliefs and history - made me do a bit of research on the side to see if Adrian was accurate - he was! Gerard Doyle is amazing, changing his voice and accents for so many people. Some books should never change their narrator and thank goodness Gerard appears to narrate all of Adrian's books.
The story sounded intriguing. Plots do begin to boil down to elements, if not handled properly. A well written book is one that contains these elements, but the story is told with such talent and grace that one doesn't notice and doesn't care. It's the TELLING that makes the difference. This isn't one of those. Like music, where there are only so many notes, but look what the talented can do with them! This is not one of those.
Unfortunately the narrator was part of the problem. The lilt of an Irish accent can only enthrall for a page of two, then you've got to read for the STORY. This one only rose to the occasion a few times. Perhaps it's inexperience. If you have nothing in the story and the narrator can't add anything to it, it gets worse!
By the end of the book, I didn't care. When it was over, my comment was "whatever." Mostly I was glad it was OVER.
To be honest, I'd listen to Gerard Doyle read the phone directory, so to get to listen to him read something interesting is merely a happy bonus. (Yeah... I have a serious voice-crush!)
As for the book... fantastic, engaging story. I love books that keep me guessing. If I've figured out the entire plot and ending by page ten, I get bored. I was not bored at all the whole book. Just when I thought I had it figured out, some new bit of intrigue was tossed in the mix. I love being surprised and Adrian McKinty does a great job crafting the story with surprises and mystery to keep the reader engaged.