Great story. Empathetic protagonist. Excellent narration. Fantastic combination. This is what I look for in audio.
I was intrigued at a mystery taking place in Northern Ireland in the 1980's amidst a background of riots and hunger strikes. Neither the story nor the characters were especially engaging. While I enjoyed certain much of the local flavor, they were not enough to keep my interest. I tried to like this but couldn't.
I cannot imagine any narrator better suited to read Adrian McKinty books other than Gerard Doyle. Mr. Doyle has a way of inflecting the tone of the book in the way he reads. Because of that, Gerard wants you to be a part of the book more than just the listener, and if the event calls for the character to "sneak up" or be "stealthy", then he reads to reflect that mood. He reads quieter. If there are action sequences, he reads to reflect anxiety. These moods I feel as I listen and its awesome. I felt during many parts of the read the "suspense was killing me", and it was all how it was read by Mr. Doyle. It was amazing. There are many suspense moments that leave you feeling gratified at the end, and will want you to find out "what happens next". This was another outstanding title by Mr. McKinty, and I am hooked. I have read or listened to almost every book by this great author and I have never been disappointed. I am and will continue to be a dedicated fan. And as far as I'm concerned, Gerard Doyle is one of my most favorite narrators, and he can do no wrong. The way the ending of this book was set up, I cannot wait for another in the series involving this "new" hero. A perfect read. You will not be disappointed. And as with his other books, Mr. McKinty continues to picture Ireland in such a way where you will wonder "did I ever visit, because I feel like I did". Amazing. Outstanding. Perfect.
This may be my favorite of Adrian McKinty's books. It's certainly up there. As far as I know, a police procedural is a departure for McKinty and the form suits him well. The characters are vividly brought to life and the dialog is, as usual, whip-smart and often hilarious. Northern Ireland of the eighties is beautifully brought to life. It's interesting to follow the investigation in the time right before cell phones and the internet changed everything. Sometimes the alphabet soup of paramilitary groups gets a bit confusing but doesn't detract from the experience. I was sorry to reach the end of the book but I am heartened that it will be the first of a trilogy!
The narrative performance was delivered charmingly, however the book was a little too formula. Likewise, the climax took ions to reach.
His lilting Irish voice brought realism to the set.
Perhaps if Michael Fastbender played Sean.
Mom, Trainer, Grad Student.
Although the story dragged a bit at the begging, I was pleasantly surprised about how entertaining and well-performed this book was.
This is a good fun listen. Atmosphereic. Gritty
Many enjoyable moments, except enjoyable is not quite the right word. It's a serious murder mystery with the right touch of cyicism. Great ending - satisfying.
I could listen to Gerard Doyle all day long.
I love Gerard Doyle. He's the perfect narrator for this book.
Story kept me guessing and involved. Date of setting had me looking information about Ireland for this time period
Accent of narrator, description of scenes, historical references. Good tight plot.
My first book, I would read more from this author.
A good man in a bad situation
I am a long time audible member and it is one of the best things I have ever done! I am 50 something woman, married for over 30 years, mom of 3 adult children and grandma to 3, living in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. I split my time between work, family, reading, knitting, cooking, etc. . .
Everything-the story, the sub-plots, the characters, the narator, the suspense.
Yes, and it did so without much blood and guts. The plot made you think hard just like the characters were doing.
The protagonist, Sean Duffey-briallant!
Just like the Dead trilogy, it was really, really enjoyable. I love Adrian McKinty and will read anyting that he writes-and Gerald Doyle-ditto!
Retired from a sales and marketing career. I take a lot of long walks while listening to audible books, mainly mysteries and thrillers.
There are two writers that I always anxiously await and purchase any work they put out. One is James Lee Burke and the other is Adrian McKinty.
The Cold Cold Ground is one of McKinty's best. Gerard Doyle's narration is perfect. They just keep getting better with each story. I give all of Adrian's work 5 stars along with Doyle's delivery.
If you haven't read "Falling Glass" you are missing out on another great listen.
Adrian has a blog that is a fun and educational read also, check it out..