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The Cold, Cold Ground Audiobook

The Cold, Cold Ground

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Publisher's Summary

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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    P. White 06-19-14
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    "Great listen!"

    Interesting, unique and well written. The plot and the back ground tie together well. The details are important to pay attention to as the murder investigation plays out. The descriptions of the scenes in Ireland are nicely done and I thought I could even smell the salty sea as I listened!

    I had a little trouble with the recording as there are blank spots where the audio cuts out and zips by in a garble. I think this was created from a taped recording and never checked.

    I recommend this book highly, but would read it on Kindle or other book reader and not get this audio edition.

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    John 06-13-14
    John 06-13-14

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    "A beauty all of it's own."
    Where does The Cold, Cold Ground rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is, by far, the best audiobook I have listened to.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Cold, Cold Ground?

    So many to choose from. The scene where Sean is out for drinks with the female RUC reservist and the pathologist he has been seeing comes over to them. Uncomfortable and brilliant.


    What about Gerard Doyle’s performance did you like?

    His accents were very good. His pace and portrayal of droll, norn' irish black humour came over very well. The banter between the RUC men was wonderful, especially between Sean and Crabby.


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

    Not so much extreme, rather a strong evocative reaction. The opening line - 'The riot had a beauty all of it's own.' It had echoes of W.B. Yeats 'Easter 1916'. - 'A terrible beauty is born'. As soon as I heard it I instantly thought back to learning Yeats in my O level English literature class in Belfast in 1984. From the opening sentence I was captivated.


    Any additional comments?

    This was my first exposure to McKinty's novels. It was an ear-opener.

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    Heather L. Koranteng Jersey City, NJ 06-05-14
    Heather L. Koranteng Jersey City, NJ 06-05-14 Member Since 2012

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    "Like the Dublin Murder Squad - but a bit less dark"
    If you could sum up The Cold, Cold Ground in three words, what would they be?

    good characters and plot


    What other book might you compare The Cold, Cold Ground to and why?

    Anything from the Dublin Murder Squad. It's a little lighter in mood, but still a good sense of the time and the people involved.


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

    This is a first- but he is excellent- there were a lot of male characters with different accents- and you could always tell what character was talking. He is really excellent with the accents. He also does not make all the female voices high whispers- something that I think ruins a narration. He does the wry humor of the main character perfectly and it really adds to the story.


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

    Not exactly- but the humor of the main character kept it interesting all around.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm glad I started with the first in the series. I'm definitly going to listen to the rest of the set.

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    Hagatha Houston, TX 05-26-14
    Hagatha Houston, TX 05-26-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Enjoyable listen with a terrific narrator"

    Nice little story, great narrator but at the end, I wasn't interested enough in the lead character to make me read Book 2

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    Harry Little Rock, AR, United States 04-02-14
    Harry Little Rock, AR, United States 04-02-14 Member Since 2003
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    "Makes You Want to Be Irish"
    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    It was slow in parts but the narrator held my interest


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

    Sean Duffy


    Any additional comments?

    Adrian McKinty is a good story teller and his books come alive with Gerard Doyle as the narrator. I kept reaching for a pint while I was listening.

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    Carmen Mulvane, KS, United States 03-31-14
    Carmen Mulvane, KS, United States 03-31-14

    I'm a lifelong book lover.

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    "1981 in Ireland and Murder is Afoot"

    This gritty police detective novel starts out with a murder in near Belfast, Ireland in 1981 and leads you through the life of one detective as he desperately tries to put the pieces together and solve the murder. He is foiled over and over and the closer he gets to the killer, the more danger he is in. There are twists and turns in this novel that keep you guessing about how connected two deaths might actually be or whether they are connected at all. The author explores the effects of the violence of Northern Ireland in the early 1980's on the police and people who live there where justice isn't always guaranteed and sometimes a policeman will have to go to great lengths to solve a crime.

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    Amy W 03-19-14
    Amy W 03-19-14 Member Since 2013

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    "Main Character Immature and Ending Unbelievable"

    I thought the writing was good, but the main character was immature and not at all likeable. The ending was not believable but might appeal to those individuals who like vigilante justice. I will not be reading any more books in this series.

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    Lester Hoffman Estates, IL, United States 03-14-14
    Lester Hoffman Estates, IL, United States 03-14-14 Member Since 2015
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    Would you listen to The Cold, Cold Ground again? Why?

    Yes. I’ve listened to this book each time a new entry was released so that makes three times now. As to why this book has everything I come for in a good crime fiction novel as takes the listener on a journey full of humor, action scenes, suspense, mystery, witty dialogue, murder, violence, romance, character arcs and most importantly larger than life characters.


    What other book might you compare The Cold, Cold Ground to and why?

    McKinty’s writing is poetry disguised as crime fiction. The only other work I can compare it to would be Ken Bruen’s workout the fatalism. Don’t get me wrong this is Northern Ireland that can accurately be called a Warzone and all the characters are young enough to have it shaped their world views but there is always something to laugh at even if it’s the disparate existence of Shawn being a Catholic working for a Protestant police force and all that entails in the way people view him and how he views the world.


    What does Gerard Doyle bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Gerald Doyle is able to bring each character to life and read their lines pitch perfect. The only to have gotten a better performance is to higher individual actors for each role with each actor being extremely talented and in their profession for decades.


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

    Yes but I'm a strong believer in not spoiling anything. This might lead some of you to think that I haven’t listened to the novel, or have an agenda or am simply a paid reviewer and the fact that this is my first review isn’t helping matters. My only defense is that I’m posting under my real name and if I were on someone’s payroll I would have a legion of indefinites to best maximize my earning potential. Plus my writing would be a lot more professional. I really don’t like this question, but that’s a tangent not relevant here.


    Any additional comments?

    Book 1 and 2 of this series are stand alone novels and can be read out of order. Book 3 wraps everything up so I highly suggest you read the books in order.

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    Cheri 03-12-14
    Cheri 03-12-14
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    "Each book gets better and better"
    Would you listen to The Cold, Cold Ground again? Why?

    Yes, I am re listening to it right now. Just too good to read once.


    What about Gerard Doyle’s performance did you like?

    Doyle is an excellent narrator. I believe he really brought the story to life.


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

    Do not want to give away spoilers but I did nearly cry when one of the men is killed in and IRA attack. It is easy to get attached to McKinty"s characters.


    Any additional comments?

    I have read the entire series and each book is better than the previous one.

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    Tim Poulsbo, WA, United States 03-07-14
    Tim Poulsbo, WA, United States 03-07-14 Member Since 2016
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    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this book. A great Irish reader and a mystery that the author has placed so realistically into the 1980's strife of northern Ireland that I had to research to assure that it was written very recently. Not for the squeamish or homophobic it lays out the conditions under which people in Northern Ireland lived during the 60's throught 90's. I was a little familiar with the IRA but this gives a deeper view of the poitical landscape while weaving an interesting mystery and an equally interesting detective.

    Several of the action sequences are drawn out too long, a relatively minor issue, but I found myself losing attention even while in what should be an exciting moment.

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    12/23/12
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    "Lord knows the Troubles I've seen"

    Enjoyable story, well narrated. Gives a great snapshot of a time and a place. Who'd have been in the RUC? Grim business and an unusual perspective

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    WRAY NR LANCASTER, United Kingdom
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    "What a book"

    A cracking book with a really good story. Really enjoyed it and next two downloaded.

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  • GORDON
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    1/16/15
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    "Unexpectedly good..."
    What made the experience of listening to The Cold, Cold Ground the most enjoyable?

    The primary character: a catholic working in the RUC - an Irishman who isn't the usual drunken caricature (thankfully)...


    What other book might you compare The Cold, Cold Ground to, and why?

    Difficult to say, really - this is a murder mystery under the shadow of the horrendous Troubles and all of the associated violence and political issues.


    What does Gerard Doyle bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Calm, cool, engaging reading


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A catholic policeman hunts a serial killer who's stalking the troubled streets of Northern Ireland


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  • david
    weymouth, United Kingdom
    2/22/13
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    "great book"

    all i can say is cant wait for more of his books. read them all they are great, also like gerard doyle.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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