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The Ghosts of Belfast Audiobook
The Ghosts of Belfast
Written by: 
Stuart Neville
Narrated by: 
Gerard Doyle
The Ghosts of Belfast Audiobook

The Ghosts of Belfast

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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)

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    susan 09-06-14
    susan 09-06-14

    I like to weed and read at the same time.

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    "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.

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    Cassie Perris, CA, United States 06-04-14
    Cassie Perris, CA, United States 06-04-14
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    "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.

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    Thomas Allen 03-29-14 Member Since 2011
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    "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
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    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.

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    "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
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    Denise 02-21-14
    Denise 02-21-14 Member Since 2010
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    "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
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    Jane West Gosford, Australia 12-20-13
    Jane West Gosford, Australia 12-20-13 Member Since 2013
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    "scary but riveting"

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

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    Amazon Customer 11-19-13
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    "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
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    lynda GRAYSON, GA, United States 11-06-13
    lynda GRAYSON, GA, United States 11-06-13 Member Since 2011
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    "I could see his ghosts!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I picked it by chance but hung on every word.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The reality around which it is written. I really appreciate historical-based fiction.


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

    Jerry.


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

    Yes, it was hard to get out of my car, good thing I was on a long trip.


    Any additional comments?

    A great read, with an unusual twist.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Court Stal Texas 08-20-13
    Court Stal Texas 08-20-13 Member Since 2011

    Court

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    "Ghouling and Haunting"
    If you could sum up The Ghosts of Belfast in three words, what would they be?

    Ghouling and Haunting


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The Belfast Redemer


    Any additional comments?

    Thought it was written and preformed. The Irish accent got a little hard to follow and some characters blended together. Some of that might just be me being a dumb American, but all in all very solid performance and story line.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Mississauga, ON, Canada 06-25-13
    Robert Mississauga, ON, Canada 06-25-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Brilliant"

    Violence, loads of it. A story about a former enforcer who's victims haunt him and demand justice. As this is extracted we are introduced to a world where the motivations behind a lot of the violence and the characters running things is brilliantly fleshed out. The same goes for the main character, Gerry Fegan, The story is very powerful, well written and convincingly narrated in a very understated style.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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