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Falling Glass Audiobook

Falling Glass

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By now, Adrian McKinty’s reputation for solidly crafted Irish crime novels is well-established. Equally familiar is the context into which this latest narrative is dropped. McKinty spent his childhood in Belfast at the height of paramilitary conflict there, and Falling Glass centers around a minor character from his Michael Forsythe trilogy that is steeped in precisely those historical influences. Killian, a legendary IRA heavy, emerges from retirement for what appears to be an easy money job of rescuing some rich businessman’s kids from their drug-addled mother. Naturally, complications abound and Killian soon finds himself in fierce competition with an apparently invincible Russian hit man on a case that evolves into something much uglier than a straightforward kidnapping scheme.

Throughout this debacle, Killian’s Pavee senses of humor and realism never abandon him. He has the dry wit and keen improvisational reflexes of a man raised among the Irish gypsies, which gets him into and out of trouble in equal measure. McKinty has a discerning ear for Killian’s banter, colorfully supported by Gerard Doyle’s authentic brogue. Doyle has won numerous audio awards, but perhaps more importantly, has also been with McKinty every step of the way. As narrator for the entire Michael Forsythe trilogy, Doyle is not only aware of this new novel’s background, but has also already established a clear sense of voice for many of this novel’s chief characters.

Although Forsythe takes a back seat in this story, fans of the previous trilogy will be gratified by the return of Doyle’s vision for the voice work, and find a credible set of new developments among beloved characters. But this novel is also quite capable of standing alone, and listeners who are coming fresh to Adrian McKinty’s work will not have any trouble picking up the story’s thread, thanks in part to Gerard Doyle’s confident hold on the reins of the narration. McKinty and Doyle obviously have a good chemistry going, and the conclusion of Falling Glass satisfyingly leaves plenty of room for the development of a Killian trilogy. —Megan Volpert

Publisher's Summary

Richard Coulter is a man who has everything. His beautiful new wife is pregnant, his upstart airline is undercutting the competition and moving from strength to strength, his diversification into the casino business in Macau has been successful, and his fabulous Art Deco house on an Irish cliff top has just been featured in Architectural Digest.

But then, for some reason, his ex-wife Rachel doesn’t keep her side of the custody agreement and vanishes off the face of the earth with Richard’s two daughters. Richard hires Killian, a formidable ex-enforcer for the IRA, to track her down before Rachel, a recovering drug addict, harms herself or the girls.

As Killian follows Rachel’s trail, he begins to see that there is a lot more to this case than first meets the eye and that a 30-year-old secret is going to put all of them in terrible danger.

Falling Glass is an Audible.com Best Thriller of 2011.

©2011 Adrian McKinty (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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    Peggy Sue Richards 01-01-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Words win in this stunner"

    Gerard Doyle delivers a first class performance of a first class story. Adrian McKinty reaches into the dust of creation, shaping with poetic abandon themes of life and death. The Falling in the title drags the ugly perpetrators down from the Glass houses they have inhabited for forty years. And the ending of this story is like a man-comet wheeling across the stage of the heavens performing perhaps its final show. I was totally captivated by the language and the reading.

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    Loree Harrell The beautiful Columbia Gorge, Oregon 11-06-14
    Loree Harrell The beautiful Columbia Gorge, Oregon 11-06-14 Member Since 2010

    The Mirror Project, The Environs, Woodstain and Ink, jewelry from all of the above... and I run a hotel in my spare time.

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    "Write faster!"

    Having slogged through two mediocre (I'm being kind) and one okay book recently, it was a breath of pristine autumn air to be in McKinty's lush and highly competent storytelling again. I had listened to the three Sean McDuffy books in a row, and was so thoroughly delighted that I was attempting to ration his other books. I'm over that - I'll be enjoying a McKinty marathon for the next couple weeks, and then I'll be coming back for reruns.

    Excellent story, excellent writing, and Gerard Doyle is a superb narrator. My only puzzle is how Dermott McCann had dinner with President Obama in this book after being pretty thoroughly deaded at the hand of Sean McDuffy in the 80s. However, my suspicion is that's a McKinty wink and nod to see if we're paying attention, or just to mess with us. He is good enough for me to be absolutely certain it's fully intentional.

    Can't recommend the four McKinty's I've read highly enough. Off to "Dead I Well May Be"...

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    Parola138 Czech Republic 10-04-14
    Parola138 Czech Republic 10-04-14 Member Since 2017

    We bite

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    "An Average McKinty book"

    McKinty's series books are great. Some of the best you can read. I was hugely disappointed with this and gave up on it with about 40 minutes left to go. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't compelling. Couldn't get attached to any of the characters. It wasn't fun. I do, however, recommend Hidden River which blew me away and is in my opinion his best book.

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    Brenda Bass 10-04-14
    Brenda Bass 10-04-14
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    "falling glass is..."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes I would, it has a good storyline, as well as some mystery, some surprises, and will keep interest up.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Falling Glass?

    meeting a couple of the "travelers, and tinkerers" of old Ireland, and how, at least in this story, some of them are still keeping the traditional ways


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

    Killian, because even though he seems tough and hard through and through and he makes mistakes--making him more human, but also because he is a good, honorable man inside.


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

    I'm not Irish, and have never been to Ireland, so as far as I know, he did the different dialogues very well. I appreciate a narrator who has definite character voice changes, and whose voice is never too low to catch what is being said.


    Any additional comments?

    This story is very good, but beware that there is some graphic descriptions in the story, and at first that's all I thought it was going to be, and I almost quit reading it, but am very glad I didn't because the gore did end, and there was even some romance and tenderness in it between the two leading characters.

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    J Stephens Phoenix, AZ 09-09-14
    J Stephens Phoenix, AZ 09-09-14
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    "Awful"
    What would have made Falling Glass better?

    Different narrator and more cohesive storyline.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Adrian McKinty again?

    No. His accent was fine but the tone of his voice was an issue.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Gerard Doyle’s performances?

    Not based on this book.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Nothing at all.


    Any additional comments?

    I got what I paid for. Purchased via deal of the day for $3.95. Wish it was refundable so I could get my money back.

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    barbara Chiswick, Australia 07-30-14
    barbara Chiswick, Australia 07-30-14 Member Since 2015
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    "McKinty and Doyle are an amazing pair"

    It must say something about an author when you start to see the bad guys as heros. To be able to place you on the other side of the fence and see the world through the eyes of very bad people is quite an experience. There is some very graphic violence in this novel and I must admit that I had to fast forward so I did not hear it - the bits i heard were very graphic although correctly in context - there is enough violence of a tolerable level for me to get the idea. I loved the detail Adrian went into describing the 'tinkers' and their beliefs and history - made me do a bit of research on the side to see if Adrian was accurate - he was! Gerard Doyle is amazing, changing his voice and accents for so many people. Some books should never change their narrator and thank goodness Gerard appears to narrate all of Adrian's books.

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    E.D. California 06-17-14
    E.D. California 06-17-14 Member Since 2008

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    "Ick, especially if you're not fond of Joyce."

    The story sounded intriguing. Plots do begin to boil down to elements, if not handled properly. A well written book is one that contains these elements, but the story is told with such talent and grace that one doesn't notice and doesn't care. It's the TELLING that makes the difference. This isn't one of those. Like music, where there are only so many notes, but look what the talented can do with them! This is not one of those.
    Unfortunately the narrator was part of the problem. The lilt of an Irish accent can only enthrall for a page of two, then you've got to read for the STORY. This one only rose to the occasion a few times. Perhaps it's inexperience. If you have nothing in the story and the narrator can't add anything to it, it gets worse!
    By the end of the book, I didn't care. When it was over, my comment was "whatever." Mostly I was glad it was OVER.

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    a 05-10-14
    a 05-10-14

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Buckle in!"

    To be honest, I'd listen to Gerard Doyle read the phone directory, so to get to listen to him read something interesting is merely a happy bonus. (Yeah... I have a serious voice-crush!)

    As for the book... fantastic, engaging story. I love books that keep me guessing. If I've figured out the entire plot and ending by page ten, I get bored. I was not bored at all the whole book. Just when I thought I had it figured out, some new bit of intrigue was tossed in the mix. I love being surprised and Adrian McKinty does a great job crafting the story with surprises and mystery to keep the reader engaged.

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    Laurel 03-22-14
    Laurel 03-22-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Dismal"
    Would you try another book from Adrian McKinty and/or Gerard Doyle?

    Not at this point.


    Has Falling Glass turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    The story began so dismally I did not want to read it in its entirety.

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    Cheryl Douglasville, GA, United States 03-11-14
    Cheryl Douglasville, GA, United States 03-11-14 Member Since 2014
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    "I like McKinty’s writing!!"

    “Falling Glass” was excellent. I liked the character Killian, and was very invested in his fate. I liked all of the action and all of the places that Killian visited in the novel. I especially enjoyed learning about the Pavee which is a gypsy-like group in Ireland that Killian was from.

    Gerard Doyle’s narration was right on target.

    This is a great crime fiction, and if you are already an Adrian McKinty fan, you will enjoy this story too.

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