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The Cold, Cold Ground Audiobook

The Cold, Cold Ground

Adrian McKinty was born in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland. He studied politics and philosophy at Oxford before moving to America in the early 1990s. Living first in Harlem, he found employment as a construction worker, barman, and bookstore clerk. In 2000 he moved to Denver to become a high school English teacher and it was there that he began writing fiction.
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Adrian McKinty was born in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland. He studied politics and philosophy at Oxford before moving to America in the early 1990s. Living first in Harlem, he found employment as a construction worker, barman, and bookstore clerk. In 2000 he moved to Denver to become a high school English teacher and it was there that he began writing fiction.

In 2009 he moved to Melbourne, Australia, with his wife and two children. His first full-length novel, Dead I Well May Be, was short-listed for the 2004 Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award and its sequel, The Dead Yard, was selected as one of the twelve best novels of the year by Publishers Weekly.

In 2008 his debut young adult novel, The Lighthouse Land, was short-listed for the 2008 Young Hoosier Award and the 2008 Beehive Award. The final novel in the Dead trilogy, The Bloomsday Dead, was long-listed for the 2009 World Book Day Award.

In 2011 Falling Glass was an Audible.com Best Thriller.

©2012 Adrian McKinty (P)2012 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“McKinty is a streetwise, energetic gunslinger of a writer, firing off volleys of sassy dialogue and explosive action that always delivers what it has promised.” (Irish Times)

“What makes McKinty a cut above the rest is the quality of his prose. His driven, spat-out sentences are more accessible than James Ellroy's edge-of-reason staccato, and he can be lyric.” (The Guardian)

“If Raymond Chandler had grown up in Northern Ireland, The Cold Cold Ground is what he would have written.” (The Times, London)

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    carmen OFallon, MO, United States 12-04-12
    carmen OFallon, MO, United States 12-04-12 Member Since 2011

    Favorite author: Alexander McCall Smith Favorite narrator: Gerard Doyle Favorite listen : Burton and Swinburne Trilogy

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    "Gerard Doyle read me a story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Cold, Cold Ground to be better than the print version?

    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.


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

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    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.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Clark 12-01-12
    Clark 12-01-12
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    What made the experience of listening to The Cold, Cold Ground the most enjoyable?

    plot-line and narration


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

    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.


    What about Gerard Doyle’s performance did you like?

    everything, Mckinty and Doyle go together like salt and pepper. It might be hard for me to imagine one without the other.


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

    yes, and I did


    Any additional comments?

    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

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    Donald 11-12-12
    Donald 11-12-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Juvenile & Dreary Writing"
    Would you try another book from Adrian McKinty and/or Gerard Doyle?

    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.


    What was most disappointing about Adrian McKinty’s story?

    Basically crap.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Cold, Cold Ground?

    Most of them.


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    Heather 10-26-12
    Heather 10-26-12
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    "sucker for an Irish accent"
    Would you listen to The Cold, Cold Ground again? Why?

    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.


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

    I haven't listened to him before but plan to look up his other performances.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed the dry humour, the crime mystery and the personal story of the main character. It's a great read

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    Flavius Morro Bay, CA, United States 09-30-12
    Flavius Morro Bay, CA, United States 09-30-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Historical and Gripping"

    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.

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    aussieGeorge68 Sydney Australia 08-26-12
    aussieGeorge68 Sydney Australia 08-26-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Captivating."

    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.

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    Amazon Customer East Hartford, CT, United States 08-21-12
    Amazon Customer East Hartford, CT, United States 08-21-12 Member Since 2012

    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.

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    "Great listen"

    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.

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    "Excellent story and excellent narration"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Cold, Cold Ground to be better than the print version?

    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


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    Sharee Sorenson 07-25-12 Member Since 2011
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    "First listen of Adrian McKinty--instant fan!!!"

    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.

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    Derek LOUISVILLE, KY, United States 07-20-12
    Derek LOUISVILLE, KY, United States 07-20-12 Member Since 2006
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    "The Cold Cold Ground is HOT"

    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!

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