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Brian

New England born want-to-be Irishman. I love stories set in Boston and Ireland.

Chelmsford, MA, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • Shannon: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Frank Delaney
    • Narrated By Frank Delaney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (33)

    In the summer of 1922, Robert Shannon, a young American hero of the Great War, lands in Ireland. A Marine chaplain, he was present at the frightful Battle of Belleau Wood, and he still suffers from shell shock. His mentor hopes that a journey Robert had always wanted to make - to find his family roots - will restore his equilibrium and his vocation. Unbeknownst to Robert, a safety net has been spread beneath him: All along the banks of the river that bears his family name, a chain of support has been put into place.

    Greg says: "Marvelous Tale"
    "Masterpiece"
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    Where does Shannon rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is near the top and the best of Delaney's books. There is a mystery slowly unfolding on many levels and the author brings us along the twisting river of love, danger, history, politics, religion, psychology, war, and murder. From Boston to Limerick


    What did you like best about this story?

    Frank Delaney and the varied and interesting characters we encounter.


    Have you listened to any of Frank Delaney’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    He is at the top of his game! I could listen to him read the phone book!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Laughed and Cried a number times


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Long Stone's Throw

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Alphie McCourt
    • Narrated By Alphie McCourt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (5)

    This memoir of the youngest McCourt begins between the borders of Canada and the United States. Because of a technical hitch in immigration law, Alphie, in town to play a rugby match with his mates, finds himself shanghaied in no man's land. This was not the first, or the last, time Alphie will be on unsteady ground. Alphie McCourt was born in Limerick, Ireland, where his father's departure left misery behind for the family.

    Brian says: "Not Like Frankie McCourt"
    "Not Like Frankie McCourt"
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    What didn’t you like about Alphie McCourt’s performance?

    Alphie did not tell much of a story or reveal much about himself. It is not Frank McCourt, so don't bother with this one.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • 'Tis

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Frank McCourt
    • Narrated By Frank McCourt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (764)
    Performance
    (374)
    Story
    (371)

    Listen as Frank tells in his own inimitable voice his story of how at the age of 19 he traveled from Limerick to New York in pursuit of the American dream. Despite the abundance of unsolicited advice he gets to "join the cops" and "stick to his own kind", Frank knows that he should educate himself and somehow rise above his circumstances.

    Stanley says: "A second delightful helping"
    "More Interesting Than Angela's Ashes"
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    What made the experience of listening to 'Tis the most enjoyable?

    The class room banter is beautiful!


    What other book might you compare 'Tis to and why?

    It is the continuation of Angela;s Ashes


    Which character – as performed by Frank McCourt – was your favorite?

    "Ach I", his father is very interesting and the Hotel scene in Dublin with his mother and the Kerry man trying to charm her is priceless!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Angela's Ashes

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Frank McCourt
    • Narrated By Frank McCourt
    Overall
    (2650)
    Performance
    (1424)
    Story
    (1427)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: There’s no gentle way to put this – Frank McCourt’s performance of Angela’s Ashes is just better than the Pulitzer Prize-winning book. Frank McCourt shares his sometimes heartwarming, sometimes heartbreaking story of growing up poor, Irish, and Catholic in the Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir Angela's Ashes.

    Karen says: "A classic book *and* a classic audiobook"
    "Must Listen!"
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    Would you listen to Angela's Ashes again? Why?

    I have listened to this story twice already and will probably listen again. Frank McCourt's voice and phrasing makes his words sing. This book must be listened to if you want to understand what he is trying to communicate. His Irish brogue is simply beautiful to hear.


    Which character – as performed by Frank McCourt – was your favorite?

    His class room banter as young child and in his later books are magical!


    Any additional comments?

    I could listen to Frank McCourt read a phone book and enjoy it. He is fantastic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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
    (738)
    Performance
    (660)
    Story
    (655)

    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"
    "McGinty is the BEST!"
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    What does Gerard Doyle bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Doyle brings the tones of Irish speech and phrasing that would be lost on a "Yank" reading the words on paper. He is fantastic


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

    Not quite one sitting, but I did spend a lot of time sitting in my driveway...


    Any additional comments?

    Listen to the Dead Series too!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Collusion

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Stuart Neville
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    Overall
    (308)
    Performance
    (179)
    Story
    (178)

    Jack Lennon is a Detective Inspector trying to track down his former lover, Marie McKenna, and their daughter -- but his superiors tell him to back off. Bull O'Kane is a bitter old man who will stop at nothing for vengeance. The Traveller is an assassin without pity or remorse, who stalks Belfast, tying up loose ends. Forced into the center of it all is former IRA paramilitary Gerry Fegan, who must confront his past -- and The Traveller -- for the fight of his life.

    Moku says: "Gripping Irish noir"
    "Smart Cop Doing Stupid Things"
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    What made the experience of listening to Collusion the most enjoyable?

    The previous book in the series barely mentions Jack, but he needs information from that book to help him out. It was a great way to make this book not over dependent on knowing the past story but does not completely give away the first book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The main Pimp's driver


    Have you listened to any of Gerard Doyle’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Gerard Doyle is AWESOME, AGAIN!


    Any additional comments?

    I predict a third novel...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stolen Souls: A Jack Lennon Investigation

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Stuart Neville
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (147)
    Performance
    (124)
    Story
    (128)

    Galya Petrova travels to Ireland on a promise that she will work for a nice Russian family, teaching their children English. Instead, she is dragged into the world of modern slavery, sold to a Belfast brothel, and held there against her will. She escapes at a terrible cost - the slaying of one of her captors - and takes refuge with a man who offers his help. But her savior is not what he seems....

    Deborah says: "Strong Third Chapter"
    "Dark Characters, Dark Story"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I wish he could lighten it a lit and add some humor.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Stuart Neville? Why or why not?

    I love the characters, setting and stories, but they are so over the top violent and dark. It becomes difficult to continue to listen.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Gerard Doyle?

    He is fast becoming my favorite narrator


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    It could be a great movie, but has so much blood and murder it would come across like Scarface.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall I enjoyed the story but it was not as good as the previous 2 in this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ghosts of Belfast

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Stuart Neville
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1128)
    Performance
    (512)
    Story
    (514)

    Fegan has been a "hard man" - an IRA killer in Northern Ireland. Now that peace has come, he is being haunted day and night by 12 ghosts: a mother and infant, a schoolboy, a butcher, an RUC constable, and seven other of his innocent victims. In order to appease them, he's going to have to kill the men who gave him orders. As he's working his way down the list, he encounters a woman who may offer him redemption; she has borne a child to an RUC officer and is an outsider too.

    Rebecca says: "You've love this Story"
    "Grabbed me"
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    What did you love best about The Ghosts of Belfast?

    The characters were rich and scary. I felt their "madness"


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Gerry was a good and evil in a confused mind.


    What about Gerard Doyle’s performance did you like?

    He is AWESOME


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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