We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
The Ghosts of Belfast Audiobook

The Ghosts of Belfast

Regular Price:$24.99
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Publisher's Summary

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. Now he has given Fate - and his quarry - a hostage. Is this Fegan's ultimate mistake?

©2009 Stuart Neville; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

  • Los Angeles Times Book Prize, Mystery / Thriller, 2010
  • Notable Crime Books of 2009 (Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times)
  • The Year’s Most Mesmerizing Mysteries (Maureen Corrigan, NPR)

"Stuart Neville's debut novel about the 'Troubles' in Northern Ireland is harsh, brutal, and unrelentingly grim. With spare, crisp dialogue, and a gift for turning an Irish phrase, Neville plants himself firmly in Adrian McKinty territory. And who better to narrate than Gerard Doyle? Doyle gets it—and so do we. His whine; his growl; his rough yet sensitive, always-passionate performance gives everything a listener could want from an audiobook." (AudioFile)

"With this stunning debut, Neville joins a select group of Irish writers, including Ken Bruen, Declan Hughes, and Adrian McKinty, who have reinvigorated the noir tradition with a Celtic edge." (Publishers Weekly)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.0 (1751 )
5 star
 (625)
4 star
 (663)
3 star
 (315)
2 star
 (105)
1 star
 (43)
Overall
4.0 (1081 )
5 star
 (400)
4 star
 (409)
3 star
 (190)
2 star
 (58)
1 star
 (24)
Story
4.3 (1076 )
5 star
 (584)
4 star
 (327)
3 star
 (117)
2 star
 (31)
1 star
 (17)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Cheryl Douglasville, GA, United States 02-11-15
    Cheryl Douglasville, GA, United States 02-11-15 Member Since 2014
    HELPFUL VOTES
    125
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    204
    198
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    9
    8
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "12 Ghosts following the main Charater . . . hmmm"

    There was definitely a lot of action in this story and it was well written by Stuart Neville. What began to annoy me, however, were the ghosts that kept appearing. The ghosts lead the way for Gerry Fegan's revenge and, even though he and others stated Fegan was crazy, I found the ghosts hovering around and guiding him a bit stupid.

    I doubt I will get the next book in the series because I really don't care whether Fegan gets over his guilt of killing innocent people or not. I could also care less whether the ghosts are still hanging out with him!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Azalea Phoenix, AZ United States 12-15-14
    Azalea Phoenix, AZ United States 12-15-14 Member Since 2014
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    26
    7
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great story"
    Where does The Ghosts of Belfast rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I've got to say that Stuart Neville is the only mystery writer I've ever read that can hold a candle to Adrian McGinty. Both writers are GREAT.


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

    I love to listen to his books. Love it!!!


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

    I hated it when it was over. I really empathized with everyone in the story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Goran 12-10-14
    Goran 12-10-14 Member Since 2009
    HELPFUL VOTES
    9
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    162
    15
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Neville is no McKinty"

    I got this hoping it would resemble the Adrian McKinty novels. While the setting is more or less the same, fast forward a couple decades, the plot and the prose in general just don't come anywhere near McKinty's level. Rather disappointing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    susan 09-06-14
    susan 09-06-14

    I like to weed and read at the same time.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    37
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    55
    34
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Total surprise"

    I bought this as part of a two for one. I thought it would be a break from the rather serious biography,history that I usually listen to.It was riveting; the premise and construction worked well. I read until I fell asleep on several nights and had to re-wind. I lived in London near Kentish town (IRA stronghold) throughout the early IRA bombings and the narrator's voices were spot on and chilling. Have bought the next one for a train trip.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Cassie Perris, CA, United States 06-04-14
    Cassie Perris, CA, United States 06-04-14
    HELPFUL VOTES
    6
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    9
    4
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "WONDERFUL"

    What a different book! Highly recommend! you really feel for Fegan. This would make a great movie if done well. LOVE LOVE LOVE Gerard Doyle. Looking forward to Collusion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Thomas Allen 03-29-14 Member Since 2011
    HELPFUL VOTES
    364
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    111
    68
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    10
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Backstabbing and straightforward killing... Great!"
    What did you love best about The Ghosts of Belfast?

    I loved pretty much everything about the book. The development of all of the characters that needed a backstory was excellent. The story arc was enjoyable. And the historic premise worked well. This book was over before I knew it.


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

    No extreme reaction. This isn't really that kind of book. I just had a really good time being carried by the story


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Brian Chelmsford, MA, United States 03-04-14
    Brian Chelmsford, MA, United States 03-04-14

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

    HELPFUL VOTES
    3
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    15
    8
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Grabbed me"
    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
  •  
    Denise 02-21-14
    Denise 02-21-14 Member Since 2010
    HELPFUL VOTES
    17
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    139
    17
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Too much profanity"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No, never finished it, because I found the excessive profanity rather distasteful.


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

    I enjoyed the beginning of the book, and the idea of guilt manifesting in the ghosts of the victims, but I could not continue after the cursing began.


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

    Nope.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Jane West Gosford, Australia 12-20-13
    Jane West Gosford, Australia 12-20-13 Member Since 2013
    HELPFUL VOTES
    2
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    25
    11
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "scary but riveting"

    opened my eyes to another world, I really enjoyed it though very violent at times

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Amazon Customer 11-19-13
    HELPFUL VOTES
    9
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    106
    29
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "What a great find!"
    Would you listen to The Ghosts of Belfast again? Why?

    I will listen to this story again. It was fast paced and I don't want to miss any of the story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Ghosts of Belfast?

    The ghost woman's decision near the very end of the book.


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

    Yes. I listen to the Duncan Kincade/Gemma James series by Deborah Crombie. I really like his voice and the accents seem very smooth.


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

    No, I did not have an extreme reaction, but it was sad. Such a terrible time in history...unthinkable, really. It is hard to believe what the Irish had to live with. This book shares memories of those times. My husband and I took a vacation trip to England in 1984. Three days before our trip the IRA set off a bomb in one of the Heathrow terminal walkways...we walked right by the scorch marks. I think that reality made this book more "real" to me.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.