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Marc

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  • I Hear the Sirens in the Street: A Detective Sean Duffy Novel - The Troubles Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (737)
    Performance
    (659)
    Story
    (654)

    A torso in a suitcase looks like an impossible case, but Sean Duffy isn’t easily deterred, especially when his floundering love life leaves him in need of a distraction. So with detective constables McCrabban and McBride, he goes to work identifying the victim. The torso turns out to be all that’s left of an American tourist who once served in the U.S. military. What was he doing in Northern Ireland in the midst of the 1982 Troubles?

    Dave says: "Utterly brilliant"
    "It doesn't get much better than this"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of I Hear the Sirens in the Street to be better than the print version?

    There's no doubt.

    Gerard Doyle's reading takes you straight into Ireland, engulfs you and doesn't let go. McKinty seriously knows how to paint an environment even with the sparse language he uses but Doyle interprets his writing in a way that elevates it well beyond the words.

    If there's a better writer/reader combination on Audible I have yet to find it.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    On the edge. That is a such dumb question.

    This is not one of those Shots fired, dumb joke, flat remark, shots fired type of books. There is an interesting main plot, yes, but many others things are happening and if you weren't present during the "troubles" in Northern Ireland during that time (I certainly wasn't) this is your chance of getting a hint of what it could have felt like.


    Which character – as performed by Gerard Doyle – was your favorite?

    Someone desperately needs to edit these questions.

    I liked the milk man a lot.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but I mainly listen during commuting and so my daily listening time is limited. That's why I augmented by reading the print (ebook) version.


    Any additional comments?

    I you haven't come across Adrian McKinty before and can deal with tough violence go and read the Michael Forsythe trilogy (starts with "Dead I Well May Be"). Gerard Doyle reads these as well. It's unfortunate that McKinty is struggling to sell his books but this may relate to the fact that he doesn't follow the shoot-smug remark-shoot formula.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Bourne Identity

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Robert Ludlum
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1176)
    Performance
    (809)
    Story
    (805)

    His memory is blank. He only knows that he was flushed out of the Mediterranean Sea, his body riddled with bullets. There are a few clues. A frame of microfilm surgically implanted beneath the flesh of his hip. Evidence that plastic surgery has altered his face. Strange things that he says in his delirium -- maybe code words. Initials: "J.B." And a number on the film negative that leads to a Swiss bank account, a fortune of four million dollars, and, at last, a name: Jason Bourne.

    P. Shuart says: "Robert Ludlum's Attention to Detail A++"
    "Horrific reading of a great book!"
    Overall

    I liked Scott Brick's reading of "The Lion Game" but how he butchers "Bourne Identity" is simply beyond belief. He reads in a voice as if reading an emporer's decree after running a 100m dash, never really finding any ground in any sentence he utters.

    I find it impossible to listen to for longer periods of time. Ah well, $23 completely down the drain... I did notice my fellow reviewers giving it 4-5 stars. Long story short: the sample you can listen to is exactly what you get. I thought it was more of a joke (my fault). If you like the sample then by all means go for it!

    If, on the other hand, you find the sample as ridiculous as I did do not buy - this is exactly what you're going to get!

    8 of 16 people found this review helpful

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