I haven't read the print version but the narrator does a very good job in creating unique voices for each character.
Sean Duffy was the central character so you get to know him the most. His character is well developed and has some subtle layers.
There were descriptions of the RUC police waiting in anticipation for rioting to begin. These moments were handled well and showed some understanding and insight into the whole situation of the "Troubles". McKinty gives a balanced view and is not sympathetic to either side.
This is a first novel (from what I can tell) and there are a few things that happen that stretch the believability a little bit. There is one action scene as well that does that too but overall it is a book that's hard to put down. I enjoyed it very much and the narration was great. It seems like a very positive start to a new series.
I am from Northern Ireland and was born in 1969 the year the troubles started, I was born on the shore Road about 10 miles from Carrickfergus.
The story is pretty good, I like how they made Duffy a Catholic to show both sides of the conflict and even show a little of the bigotry he experiences.
Some of the accents are a little off, but not too bad. Nice accurate description of the shite weather and also of the constant helicopter presence in the skies. Also the constant news coverage of the troubles which never ceased. Good portrayal of the gallows humour which is always present in NI
Good listen and I have purchased the second installment already.
Well written--this books encapsulates multiple levels of Ireland. You've got the IRA and others challenging life as well as the 'common criminal' elements. How to sort it out? Well, have the right detective. I enjoyed this--my first read by Adrian McKinty.
Complexity of life in Ireland, layers of violence.
In my audible experience of over 12 years and 300 books, nothing could match James Lee Burke and Will Patton for the perfect audio book experience...until now. I simply could not have enjoyed this book more. It combines a great character, a masterful history, great crime mystery, pop culture connections, and humor with the perfect narrator. This book begs to be LISTENED to, not simply read.
I came to this party late, purchased because the first two installments were on sale and thought I'd take a chance with great reviews, and have since used two credits to get all four installments. The best advice of all...start at the start...with this book, and work through the entire series. I can't say if the Irish accent is authentic, have no real knowledge, but if not then it ought to be.
With so much woven together, and writing style and narration that at times is dazzling, this series is at the top of my list for all time favorites.
I had not heard of this author before and the first ten minutes were a bit tough to get through...strong accent and regional slang. Hang in there..it's worth it!
I could listen to Gerard Doyle read the phone book and this story was engaging with a good plot and good ending. I liked it that it was set in Northern Ireland and I learned a bit of history.
BBC should do these books in complete detail ie 3-4 hr. Segments in movie or film form. Master piece mystery is the ideal format. This series would top all series to date. I hope the series continues past the four books published to date. Read these books. McGinty is a wonderful story teller. Mike
Really tight writing. A story that is part nostalgia trip through the music and news of the 80s, part examination of Irish troubles and part cop story. What's not to like.
I remember the Troubles, came of age in 78, but this story is a revelation. And the mystery is excellent too. I'm a little in love with the accent and the main character. Thanks to Ted for the review that made me choose this wonderful book. Try it, you will like it.