Favorite author: Alexander McCall Smith Favorite narrator: Gerard Doyle Favorite listen : Burton and Swinburne Trilogy
I did not read the print version but I can imagine the audio is much better. Gerard Doyle can read the phone book and it will keep me on the edge of my seat and break my heart at the same time. Don't get me wrong Adrian Mckinty tells a good story of espionage and police procedural. Add the backdrop 1980's Ireland, a couple of terrorist factions, some political drama, a liitle romance, secret love affairs, a priest, some forensic science; what else can you ask for in a story. Oh right, you can have Gerard Doyle read it.
There were a lot of twists and turns in the plot. Mckinty made good use of the place and time and politics of the era, use of that backdrop really enhanced the story.
There was a scene when he had it figured out but could not get proof and you can feel frustration and excitement and a little bit of his obsession. This is in large part because of the reading by Gerard Doyle. This narrator really make you feel what is going on with all of your senses.
This particular moment ( the one mentioned in previous questiion) made me feel frustrated excited and broke my heart all at one time. Everyone was encouraging him, his boss even ordered him, to put this case to rest and he just had an intuition that it was wrapped up in too neat of a package. I won't spoil here. The emotions were raw because he is a new cop, a bit of an outsider, beginning to fall in love, and he really could lose everything (including his mind). i don't think that would be as edgy if not for the narration by Gerard Doyle.
Once again thank you audible. I bought this book on sale because the subject seemed intriguing and did I mention I liked the narrator Gerard Doyle.. If not for my audible membership I would have missed out on a lot of great writers and stories that I have so much enjoyed.
plot-line and narration
yes, selective disclosure, putting together the pieces one at a time and combining them all at the end much like the main character did and arriving at satisfying conclusion.
everything, Mckinty and Doyle go together like salt and pepper. It might be hard for me to imagine one without the other.
yes, and I did
Having Ireland's troubles as a backdrop to Mckinty's tales is a really good touch, it's like history and great fiction bound together in a well thought out tight package that informs entertains and excites all at the same time, no small feat in the 21st-century. A great detective work. All ready listening to Mckinty and Doyle in another listen. If you like the art of detection this is for you. Talone
If I had listened to this woeful story before The Dead Yard, I would have scratiched McKinty off my list. The Dead Yard is somewhat better, but will not win any literary prize.Doyle does OK with what he has to work with.
Most of them.
I don't usually listen/read books more than once, but I would give this one another go. Although I now know what happens, the narrator's accent was just lovely and it is a great story.
I haven't listened to him before but plan to look up his other performances.
I enjoyed the dry humour, the crime mystery and the personal story of the main character. It's a great read
The Cold, Cold Ground is a novel set during "the Troubles" in N. Ireland. McKinty paints a vivid picture of the time and place, populating it with characters who are real, flawed and likable. Gerard Doyle's narration is a treat.
This book held my attention from start to finish, I highly recommend it. Gerard Doyle was great, his Irish and british accents were great, but unlike some narrators, were not difficult to understand.
I don't know about you, but why are there so so so many 5 star reviews. I LOVE books, but so few are 5 star.
I usually don't like to listen to books like this, preferring to read them myself. I don't know if it was the unobstrusive narration or just that it was well written. Truly enjoyed every spoken word.
Yes, I think since the book is written in the first person, and the narrater has a very convincing voice and accent for the part, the audio is better than the print
My favorite genre is historical fiction and my second favorite genre is crime thrillers. This has both and I couldn't get enough. I definitely am not an expert on the "Troubles" in Ireland during the late 60s to early 90s and have enjoyed learning more about it through various books. This has been my favorite so far. I really enjoyed Sgt. Duffy's character--intelligent, down-to-earth, and witty. Very cool book.
I don't know if this is the only novel with Sgt. Duffy's character or if there are others as I would love to read more with him. But I will certainly be listening to other McKinty novels.
This is the second time hearing Gerard Doyle. He's great and cannot imagine anyone else narrating these stories about Ireland.
Great read by a good narrator, good character development, interesting plot and deals with a subject I know little about.
Felt justified in buying this title by a new author that entranced me!