I enjoy fiction including Sci Fi and fantasy (lots of epic fantasy.) I'm also a big fan of some of the spy genre like the Bourne series and some Tom Clancy.
Certainly! I want to give this book the recognition it deserves as a unique and compelling story set during a time that far too few people know anything about. Let me say this, it is not a bad book and the narrator is not a bad reader!
Understand this book is enjoyable. It's interesting, has a strong plot and decent character development. It doesn't excel in any specific area though. The narrator is good, but not great. The plot is good, but not great. It stands on its own merits as worthy. I would have looked to deepen the characters... cut back some of the police procedural elements because in the end a lot of that goes to the wayside anyway. I definitely liked how the plot unfolded, don't get me wrong but the ending came a bit rushed. The plot twists were good but not knock you off your seat. Maybe enhanced them. But again... the story is written and it is a good story. Take it for what it is.
Afraid not. It was right to pick an Irishman for the role! He's a good reader and did not detract from the story but sometimes it was hard to tell the difference between who was talking. He does a decent job with accents though. Again, not bad. Not great. But good.
I could but the script would have to be the book that should have been. :P
Seriously, if you like police procedurals... historical fiction... Northern Irish... give this book a try.
A great listen. Well done. The Cold Cold Ground kept me going right to the end. It is great read and gives some insight into The Troubles. Read it, you won't be disappointed.
Though the narrator was excellent, half way through the story I found myself frustrated, annoyed at the apparent effort to imply all men may have a homosexual tendency, and wondering what baggage and preconceived notions led the author to choose the homosexual subplot and then to pursue it to the degree the story does. I was also frustrated at the subvert attempt to disparage religions which don't agree with the lifestyle by only pointing out the crazy zealots, and with the author's choice of distasteful language, particularly when unnecessarily describing the main charcter's sexual encounters in the detail he does (I didn't think this was an erotic novel!).
I've read dozens of novels by Grisham, Clancy, Thor, Baldacci, and many others. These authors operate at a higher level of creativity and artful control of the language, such that they rarely find it necessary to stoop to the gutter (and stay there) to bring home a point. As a reader, and especially as a listener, I don't need F bombs and other explitives every other word. When an author relies on these constantly, it tells me he or she lacks creativity and is simply trying to fill space.
Wow! This was quite a leap from the historical romances I've been listening to but I was looking for something different and it was wonderful. A true page-turner that I hated to put down.
Knowing more than just a bit about the Troubles, I enjoyed "seeing" it from the police side of things. Sean isn't perfect by a long shot but he figures things out. I liked the weaving in of historical events and the descriptions of locations were excellent. Gerard Doyle is a fabulous narrator.
I have already downloaded the next book in the series.
The reading was terrific... listened and then listened again. Got a very long walk in over a week's time.
Adrian McKinty told a chilling,believable story, set in the time of the hunger strikes in Ireland. Duffy is a likeable character, flaws and all. Lots of twists in an intriguing story, very well narrated by Gerard Doyle. I'll be reading more of McKinty's books.
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Adrian McKinty's superior writing entertainment combined with the entrancing voice of Gerard Doyle (I could listen to him all day/all night) - this duo is unbeatable. I'm on my third McKinty book listen, and I now know what a treasure these books are. Readers - don't even worry about what this book is about, it doesn't matter, it is SO well written, and the narrator is the perfect complement. Get ready to be hooked.
Gerard Doyle was a joy to listen to, I'll be looking for more stories he narrates.
Adrian McKinty's tale had me coming back for more, his mix of current events of the time, the politics of Northern Ireland in 1981 made this crime novel even more interesting. Looking forward to more Sean Duffy novels, I think I'm going to like him as much as Harry Bosch and Dave Robicheaux!