Didn't know what to expect. I had been looking for a book to spark my interest in audio again, and this was it. Very tight writing. Intriguing story intermingled with a background of newspaper rivalries. Narration was perfect.
I think the narrator does a pretty good job with this book. For the first hour, I thought it was kind of dry and boring or that it wasn't any different from listening to the radio show. then it picked up and to tell you the truth, it's scarier than anything Stephen King can write. The radio show is kind of a freestyle that bounces off callers, but this is more like a log of a lot of things going wrong in this country that you either forgot about or didn't know the depth of. It's not a perfect book. There are some things I disagree with, but it is worth reading so that you might cherry-pick your own ideas out of it. Overall, I felt it was a pretty sober-minded account if you want to grasp how and why our country has become so neutered. Lets all hope there truly is never another civil war.
I know nothing about the TV show, but this was on sale and I thought I'd give it an open-minded try. Within the first half hour, I could tell this was chick lit through and through by the tone and content of it. A bored chick with nothing else going on in her life, so she starts hustling drug money internationally. I endured for 4 chapters, then deleted it. I think a female audience might be able to suspend disbelief and handle the tone of the book better, but I wouldn't recommend it to men to read.
McKinty's series books are great. Some of the best you can read. I was hugely disappointed with this and gave up on it with about 40 minutes left to go. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't compelling. Couldn't get attached to any of the characters. It wasn't fun. I do, however, recommend Hidden River which blew me away and is in my opinion his best book.
I read all of McKinty's series books. Then I started in on the stand-alone books (50 Grand, Hidden River, Falling Glass and The Sun is God). Really, really felt like Falling Glass was forced and boring. Didn't like Sun is God. Same thing- it didn't have that kick to it like the other books. Well, I decided to give Hidden River a shot and I'm glad I did. This one has all the good moves like the Duffy and Forsythe books. You can burn right through this book because of how well it flows. And for fun, you must pay attention at the 2 hour, 43 minute mark to hear Gerard Doyle royally muck up a black taxi driver's voice. Sounds like a big fat cookie monster. Hilarious. Otherwise, Doyle is perfect. I almost feel that Gerard Doyle is Robin to McKinty's Batman.
This story is masterful in the way its written. I recently finished reading a few other 'mystery' type books where you hit pockets when the author sort of loses you in the suspension of disbelief and you know its a fictional book. Not with Tana French. You get pulled in and its all very real. I don't know why, but the recording on this book sounds slightly muffled. But you get over it after a few minutes and, other than that, its narrated pretty well especially with all the Irish slang and accents. I really thought the plot of this one was brilliant compared to other books not only in this series but in this genre as a whole.
I was introduced to McKinty through the Duffy trilogy, which is still his best work so far. I really found the subject of this book a bit of an odd direction for him, but also I was curious to see how he would handle it as an author. Overall, I found this to be an interesting book. Not as compelling as other books he has penned, but interesting. McKinty's style is there and it dances with wanting to be a Duffy or Forsythe book, but manages to hold its own identity despite being a crime investigation story. Gerard Doyle did an amazing job of narrating. This book had just the right length too, as one more hour would have killed it. Overall, it's a brief, interesting read.
First off, I hate Naked Lunch. Maybe the worst book I've ever read. Burroughs is one of those writers you feel like you're supposed to like, then you read Naked Lunch and decide for yourself its all academic snob hype and nothing more. Junky is a different beast altogether. Junky is very blunt, very well-written. It transports you back in time very easily to the 1950's. It falls into line with On the Road, but to me is the darker, brooding kid brother. Narration on this is great. If you hated Naked Lunch, give this a shot (in the arm).
Opinions on these books range. I liked the second book the best. This one didn't suck me in, but around the middle I started to like it more. Then it grew on me and I was satisfied. I burn through this author's audiobooks so easily. They read (or play, I should say) so easily. The writing is top-notch. Then, on top of that, you have Gerard Doyle's impeccable delivery on the narration. If I listen to more than three hours in one day, I start speaking in an irish accent the next day at work. No joke.
Here's my short story. I read all Sean Duffy 3-book series by this author first. Took a break. Read the first of the Michael Forsythe books (Dead I may well be), and thought it was just ok. I didn't think I was going to continue with the series. But, I decided to give this second book in the forsythe series a go and I'm glad I did. This is the best book I've read by this author yet. I really thought this was a superb book and superb narration. If there were a hundred books by this author and narrator combo, I'd buy every single one of them!
I feel like this book would fare better with Italian readers who might appreciate a more existential way of writing. I am all for existentialism, but not when it applies to a crime novel. You literally go half way into this book before you even understand what is going on with the man convicted of the crime, so its hard to care about the crime part of it. The rest is the narrator's marriage and random things about his life. I just don't feel like its a good mix. A crime novel succeeds for me when it is more plot driven, with the characters secondary. I'm an American though. I just felt like he wanted to write like Camus and Raymond Chandler at the same time. Before attempting this author, search Mediterranean Noir on Wikipedia to get a grasp for what this book is like. Aside from my qualms with the book itself, narration was great.
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