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Jack Taylor
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(4.0 based on 227 ratings)
  • 1

    The Guards

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Ken Bruen
    • Narrated By Gerry O'Brien
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (74)

    Still stinging from his unceremonious ouster from the Garda Siochana, and staring at the world through the smoky bottom of his beer mug, Jack Taylor is stuck in Galway with nothing to look forward to. He is teetering on the brink of his life's sharpest edges, his memories of the past cutting deep into his soul and his prospects for the future non-existent.

    John says: "This is literature, not just crime fiction"
    This is literature, not just crime fiction

    A friend told me I should check out this book.
    I did.
    I was afraid I'd get hooked.
    I am.
    Friends tell me I now talk like Jack Taylor a..Show More »

    Reviewed on August 09 2013 by John (Raynham, MA, United States)
  • 2

    The Killing of the Tinkers

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Ken Bruen
    • Narrated By Gerry O'Brien
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (28)

    Jack Taylor, a disgraced ex-cop in Galway, has slid further down the slope of despair. After a year in London he returns to his home town of Galway with a leather coat and a coke habit. Someone is systematically slaughtering young travellers and dumping their bodies in the city centre. Even in the state he's in, Jack Taylor has an uncanny ability to know where to look, what questions to ask, and with the aid of an English policeman, apparently solves the case.

    John says: "Not sure how he does it..."
    Not sure how he does it...

    This is crime fiction where the crimes are incidental. In other words, this is literature loosely based around some wrongdoing. The fact that these bo..Show More »

    Reviewed on August 26 2013 by John (Raynham, MA, United States)
  • 3

    The Magdalen Martyrs

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Ken Bruen
    • Narrated By Gerry O'Brien
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    Jack Taylor, traumatised, bitter and hurting from his last case, has resolved to give up the finding business. However, he owes the local hard man a debt of honour and it appears easy enough: find “the Angel of the Magdalen” – a woman who helped the unfortunates incarcerated in the infamous laundry. He is also hired by a whizz kid to prove that his father’s death was no accident. Jack treats both cases as relatively simple affairs.

    Cameron says: "Bruen does it again"
    Bruen does it again

    In this latest Jack Taylor novel, Jack is back in Galway, back living at Baily's he's sober but just hanging by his fingernails. In the midst of thi..Show More »

    Reviewed on April 18 2012 by Cameron (Anchorage, AK, United States)
  • 4

    The Dramatist: A Jack Taylor Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Ken Bruen
    • Narrated By Michael Deehy
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Seems impossible, but Jack Taylor is sober - off booze and pills, and nearly off cigarettes. One reason: his dealer's in jail. When that dealer calls him to Dublin and asks a favor in the sordid visiting room of Mountjoy Prison, Jack wants to tell him to take a flying leap. But he doesn't - can't - because the man's sister is dead and the guards have called it "death by misadventure." But the dealer says that can't be true and begs Jack to see what he can find.

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    The Dramatist

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Ken Bruen
    • Narrated By Gerry O'Brien
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    The accidental deaths of two students appear random, tragic events, except that in each case a copy of a book by John Millington Synge is found beneath the body. Jack begins to believe that "The Dramatist", a calculating killer, is out there, enticing him to play. As the case twists and turns Jack's refuge, the city of Galway, now demands he sacrifice the only love he's maintained, and while Iraq burns, he seems a step away from the abyss.

    G.R. says: "Standard Bruen fare full of J and Guards"
    Standard Bruen fare full of J and Guards

    Best was the sober Jack Taylor, worst was the portrayal of the Gardaí in ignoring obvious clues found with bodies and the non realistic ease that Jac..Show More »

    Reviewed on January 30 2012 by G.R. (KIRWAN, Australia)
  • 5

    Priest

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Ken Bruen
    • Narrated By Gerry O'Brien
    Overall
    (1)
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    (1)
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    (1)

    Ireland is no longer the land of saints and scholars. Now, in an era of prosperity, the sexual scandals surrounding the church have caused its people to lose faith in the one institution that seemed invulnerable. But the decapitation of Father Joyce in a Galway church brings a gasp to the most hardened cynics. Not to Jack Taylor. Emotionally bruised, battered, and still struggling with the demon drink, he’s back in town, trying to get his life on course after the traumatic trauma of personal loss.

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  • 6

    Cross

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Ken Bruen
    • Narrated By Gerry O'Brien
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    (1)
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    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Jack Taylor brings death and pain to everyone he loves. His only hope of redemption - his surrogate son, Cody - is lying in hospital in a coma. At least he still has Ridge, his old friend from the Guards, though theirs is an unorthodox relationship. When she tells him that a boy has been crucified in Galway city, he agrees to help her search for the killer.

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  • 7

    Sanctuary

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Ken Bruen
    • Narrated By Gerry O'Brien
    Overall
    (1)
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    (1)
    Story
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    Two guards; one nun; one judge. When a letter containing a list of victims arrives in the post, PI Jack Taylor is sickened, but tells himself the list has nothing to do with him. He has enough to do just staying sane. His close friend Ridge is recovering from surgery and alcohol's siren song is calling to him ever more insistently. A guard and then a judge die in mysterious circumstances. But it is not until a child is added to the list that Taylor determines to find the identity of the killer, and stop them at any cost.

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  • 8

    The Devil

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Ken Bruen
    • Narrated By Gerry O'Brien
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (18)

    America - the land of opportunity, a place where economic prosperity beckons: - but not for PI Jack Taylor, who's just been refused entry.Disappointed and bitter, he thinks that an encounter with an over-friendly stranger in an airport bar is the least of his problems. Except that this stranger seems to know rather more than he should about Jack.Jack thinks no more of their meeting and resumes his old life in Galway.

    Ellen says: "If Stephen King were Irish, he'd have written this"
    If Stephen King were Irish, he'd have written this

    Author Ken Bruen's crime noir novels featuring Jack Taylor are wickedly funny -- Irish wit at its absolute darkest. His protagonist is an antihero dis..Show More »

    Reviewed on September 05 2013 by Ellen (Littleton, NH, United States)
  • 9

    Headstone: A Jack Taylor Novel of Terror

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Ken Bruen
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    Evil has many guises and Jack Taylor has encountered most of them, and has the scars to prove it. But nothing before has ever truly terrified him until he confronts an evil coterie named Headstone, who have committed a series of random, insane, violent crimes in Galway, Ireland that leave even the national police shaken. And Jack is especially vulnerable now that he has finally found love and happiness.

    Alton says: "Bruen at his best.."
    Bruen at his best..

    In the latest of the Jack Taylor series Bruen brings back one of his vilest villains for final resolution. Quick witted ascerbic dialogue, reliance ..Show More »

    Reviewed on October 28 2011 by Alton (Leesburg, FL)
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    Headstone

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ken Bruen
    • Narrated By Gerry O'Brien
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Some people help the less fortunate. Others kill them.

    Evil has many guises. Jack Taylor has encountered most of them but nothing before has ever truly terrified him until a group called Headstone rears its ugly head. An elderly priest is viciously beaten until nearly dead. A special-needs boy is brutally attacked. A series of seemingly random, insane, violent events even has the Guards shaken. This coterie of evil intends to act as a death knell to every aspect of Jack's life as an act of appalling violence alerts him to the horror enveloping Galway.

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  • 10

    Purgatory: Jack Taylor, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ken Bruen
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Jack Taylor thinks he has a chance at last to rest and heal from the myriad mental and physical traumas that beset him. However, after a skateboarder long suspected of dealing drugs to children is shot dead in mid-air during a public performance, Jack receives a cryptic message with a picture of the skateboarder, a clipping about a rapist gone free through procedural error, and a chilling invitation: "Your turn." The note is signed simply "C 33."

    Alex says: "Another Great read from Ken Bruin"
    Another Great read from Ken Bruin

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    Reviewed on November 13 2013 by Alex (United States)