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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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    Andy - Colorado Springs Colorado Springs 11-15-09
    Andy - Colorado Springs Colorado Springs 11-15-09 Member Since 2015

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    "Engaging. Gritty. Tough."

    If you like Adrian McKinty and Stieg Larsson, you'll love this book. Gerard Doyle is one of the best narrators out there - he really helps make the story great.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    D. WARD Midlothian, Virginia United States 11-15-09
    D. WARD Midlothian, Virginia United States 11-15-09 Member Since 2009

    Diana bookworm

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    "Gritty, real, disturbing."

    You could feel the dull grey skies and the damp mood throughout the book. The characters were raw to me, sometimes I had to turn my head away from my own visualizations. A strong piece of work..a different kind of look at the struggle Ireland went through. The intertwining pain,guilt and absolute evil in the small cast of characters. The realities are not romanced here. Its worth the read.

    17 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Dylan 12-06-09
    Dylan 12-06-09
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    "A great "read""

    Gripping, real, intense. And the narration only enhances the experience. I rarely write reviews but this book took my breath away. This is not just another horror tale. This is storytelling at its finest. It is an accomplished exploration of one man's journey through a very real hell. The story enlightened my understanding of the conflict endured by generations of Irish men and women. Very powerful.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Dave Houston, TX, United States 11-08-09
    Dave Houston, TX, United States 11-08-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Amazing narration"

    I agree with most of the reviews here, i.e. that this novel is an amazing debut by Stuart Neville. This author is going to be one of the greats. What I really want to say is that from an audible book point of view Gerard Doyle is a fantastic narrator. It can not be overstated how much a good narrator brings to the experience of an audio book. I enjoy Michael Connelly's books but half of the Audible narrators used for Connellys's books are terrible. *PLEASE* Audible, use more narrators like Gerard Doyle and Peter Giles.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah shallotte, NC, United States 10-30-09
    Deborah shallotte, NC, United States 10-30-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Are they in his head or are they not?"

    I wasn't expecting what I got from listening to this book. I guess with 12 ghosts following him around, I expected a spooky piece of light-weight literature. Boy, was I pleasantly surprised. This book provoked a real discussion in my head of the moral dilemmas Fegan faced nearly on an hourly basis. It is tightly written, imaginative,and very entertaining. It was nice to see what seemed to be a sure jump into a love story evolve into something that would be more likely to happen.

    Strong and likeable characters, gritty with a moderate dose of grisly violence, and top notch writing. It will be read in one fell swoop, I promise you.

    A new and real talent.

    I can't wait to read more from this author.

    19 of 23 people found this review helpful
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    Taryn Suffern, NY, United States 04-06-12
    Taryn Suffern, NY, United States 04-06-12 Member Since 2006

    Addicted to Audible!

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    "Depressing and violent"

    A friend loves this author and recommended him so I figured I would try this audio based on the positive reviews. I could only listen to the first few hours and then had to stop. It was easy to tell where the story was going, and after all the violence in the beginning I didnt want to listen to many more hours of the same. If you are in a deep dark mood perhaps you might enjoy this book. I'll just listen to some Irish music instead!

    14 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Oz 10-01-12
    Oz 10-01-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Good story, slow start"
    Any additional comments?

    This story starts off a bit slowly but picks up around mid way. I didn't find find the subject matter as hard to listen to as some of the other reviewers did, but I guess that's a personal thing.
    The narrator also took some getting used to, but overall I think he did a good job.

    If you like thrillers with a good dose of blood and politics, this is the book for you.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Moku 12-30-09
    Moku 12-30-09 Member Since 2015
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    "Irish noir at its best"

    This is a superb debut novel, featuring an original and gripping story, vivid prose, and finely crafted characters. The atmosphere is much like that in Adrian McKinty's remarkable "Dead" trilogy. Gerard Doyle's nuanced narration is perfectly matched to the book. His rich Irish brogue and his unique rendering of each character make for a truly pleasurable listening experience.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Roy Beaumont, TX, United States 12-14-09
    Roy Beaumont, TX, United States 12-14-09 Member Since 2015
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    "Dark Brilliance"

    I rarely read fiction, but read the reviews and gave Neville's The Ghosts of Belfast a turn. I was not disappointed. This book takes you to Belfast and the IRA from the perspective of one who carries the "ghosts" of his involvement in the Troubles. If you want to get a feel for what those dark days may have been like - this might be the listen for you. If you enjoy crime fiction this might be of interest as well. The writing is good and the reading is great. Remember the content is "fiction" and not history, per se, and you'll be fine.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jerry florissant, MO, USA 12-14-09
    Jerry florissant, MO, USA 12-14-09
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    "Top Shelf"

    Great narration, the accents are perfect even switching from the rolling Dublin speech to the hard Belfast accent. Characters are spot on, totally real. Edge of your seat plot. Overall a must hear.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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