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Falling Glass Audiobook

Falling Glass

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Audible Editor Reviews

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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    Kathy (Barker) Cullings Lake Stevens, WA, United States 02-24-12
    Kathy (Barker) Cullings Lake Stevens, WA, United States 02-24-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Explicitly Gory"
    What would have made Falling Glass better?

    MUCH less graphic description of killing.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Something by Diana Gabledon


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Narrator was very good


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

    Yes the plot was very grabbing.....


    Any additional comments?

    I quit the book after the episode in Mexico where the torturing and beheading was going on. The plot was intriguing, but when there is that much graphic brutality in the beginning....you gotta believe you are going to get more of it as the story progresses. I may try to finish it, but this really turned me off.

    21 of 27 people found this review helpful
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    Dan Fayetteville, AR, United States 01-16-12
    Dan Fayetteville, AR, United States 01-16-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Must listen if only for the narration"

    Adrian McKinty again proves he can tell a story. In Falling Glass, he takes a minor character from the Dead Trilogy, Killian, and give him a staring role. Killian is a great character on his own but gives the author a chance to fill in the back story on the Irish Travelers (also Pavee but not gypsy). The Travelers are easily seen in Ireland but the average tourist won't hear much about them. McKinty's writing style in Falling Glass is closer to the first of the Dead Trilogy, Dead I well Might Be, and at times he was a little too lyrical for my tastes but there is enough action to make up for the author's verbal wanderings. And he has a tendency to give the reader a little more gore than might be necessary. But the real bonus comes from connecting a good story with excellent narration. Gerald Doyle could read the Prague phone book and keep most listeners sitting in their driveways for hours. Whatever the few shortcomings, McKinty and Doyle can't be passed up.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Bob Walnut Creek, CA, United States 03-31-11
    Bob Walnut Creek, CA, United States 03-31-11 Member Since 2001
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    "Fantastic yarn"

    I've listened to all McKinty's stuff. It just keeps getting better. Gerard Doyle is in the top three best readers.
    It's prose meets the murder mystery. Too good!

    14 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Glenna red oak, TX, United States 03-09-11
    Glenna red oak, TX, United States 03-09-11
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    "McKinty at his best"

    Adrian McKinty has an incredible way with words, and it certainly shows in his new offering Falling Glass, which I think is his best novel yet. His prose gives you a sure sense of where the characters are, what they feel along with what they see. And, if you get the novel in the form of an audio book, Gerald Doyle does an equally incredible job of enhancing that sense of feeling. These two make a great pair.

    12 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Lia Sutton, Australia 02-26-14
    Lia Sutton, Australia 02-26-14 Member Since 2009

    I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!

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    "A DARK MYSTERY SUPERBLY NARRATED BY GERALD DOLYE"

    We're told that Gerard Doyle was understudying a role on Broadway when he received call from his agent saying that an Irish voice was needed to narrate an audio book. Doyle readily admits that he knew little about audio books, but thought, "No matter. I can do that. I'm an Irishman." Do it he did, so well that he won an AudioFile Earphones Award for his debut That was five years ago and since then he has garnered enough voice performance awards to cover several mantels.

    Doyle is not only an Irishman but also a trained actor, which has given added veracity and dramatic effect to each of his narrations. This is especially true with his reading of an arresting dark tale by Adrian McKinty, FALLING GLASS.

    Ever notice how frequently life seems to be playing a trick on us? Just when we think we have it all together, when we're happy, content, suddenly things seem to fall apart. That seems to be the case with Richard Coulter. He's a mega rich Irish business man whose budget airline is outdoing any competition; he's married to a gorgeous woman who is pregnant; has a growing casino interest in Macau, and a home to die for recently featured in Architectural Digest. What could Coulter possibly want? For starters, he wants to find his former wife and two children, and calls on Killian to accomplish this.

    A 40-year-old enforcer, a debt collector, Killian is weary. He's a one-of-a-kind enforcer because he had learned to use his wits to get the desired results. While he could use force his preference was to convince by verbal persuasion - he did have a silver tongue. Unfortunately the recession affects him just as it has everyone else, so he accepts the job with Coulter. After all a half million isn't easy to come by and that was Coulter's offer.

    It looked like an easy case - just find the woman and children. However, when Killian does locate them he discovers much more than he bargained for in the form of danger and a Russian hitman.

    Once again McKinty has crafted a non-stop action thriller that will simply leave readers/listeners wanting more from this master of the darkly mysterious.

    17 of 23 people found this review helpful
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    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 09-30-13
    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 09-30-13 Member Since 2010

    Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.

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    "Like Elmore Leonard? Huh? Huh? Try This McKinty."

    Set in today's Northern Ireland Gerard Doyle's lilt snaps you into the place. Adrain McKinty's one of my new favorite authors. This is the third of his I've heard each narrated by Doyle. They project the feel of Elmore Leonard gone to the old sod. And like Leonard's plot engines, McKinty has the bad guys picking on definitely the wrong guy. The dialogue crackles, the story line's gritty and loaded with McGuffins, strong characters and this time a trip into Tinker/Traveller/Olde-Ones culture. Lookit the stars I've given... it's good stuff.

    BTW, again like Leonard, this book's not based on a series character so there's no need to travel back along a chronology to earlier books before enjoying "Falling Glass".

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    J. Green Atlanta, GA 09-22-12
    J. Green Atlanta, GA 09-22-12 Member Since 2009

    LibraryJill

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    "Good thriller well written"

    Falling Glass is a very brutal, fast paced thriller. Killian Pavee is an interesting protagonist. He is an aging (all things being relative) enforcer for an Irish kingpin in America but is trying to get out of the business. However, fate intervenes in the guise of a payday he cannot refuse. All he has to do is find an Irish airline magnate's wayward ex-wife who has disappeared with the couple's children. Of course all is not as it seems. There are some graphic scenes of violence which I found disturbing but the need to know what happened superseded any queasiness I felt while reading them. Adrian McKinty is a very good writer.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 05-08-13
    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 05-08-13 Member Since 2015

    Dept Q, Harry Hole... where are you?

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    "Great, original story."

    I'm writing this on my iPhone with one eye dilated, so forgive me if I don't make sense.
    This is an Irish story read by an Irishman. Perhaps it's just my ear, but I find the reading bland and morose, rather than engaging. That said, it's a fascinating story of a hunter who begins to find himself.

    I still give it 4 star for originality and suspense.

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    M. Pennell Norton, OH, US 03-22-11
    M. Pennell Norton, OH, US 03-22-11

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    "An Adrian McKinty Fan, Anyway"

    I've only listened to McKinty's books, never "read" them and it makes me wonder - would I enjoy them as much without Gerard Doyle's reading and interpretation? I don't know but they are all one helluva good listen, oops, including "Fifty Grand" which was definitely not read by Doyle!

    Good storytelling, great character development and fast pace make this a credit worthy listen. Best quote from a younger thug before beating the crap out of older thug - "You are Jay Leno and I am Conan O'Brian". I laughed like hell over that line though it will date the novel terribly in about 5 more years. Highly recommend any of this author's books.

    11 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Bartonville, TX 04-14-14
    Susan Bartonville, TX 04-14-14 Member Since 2012

    I don't usually rush out for all the "best sellers", but give each intriguing book/author a look. I have found many diamonds in the rough.

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    "Falling down"

    A woman on the run with her children to keep from losing them to a tyrannical ex-husband who has unlimited recourses. Somewhat predictable with a slow plot that finally moves along towards the last third of the book. The characters were likable but here again predictable.

    The narrator for me was fairly monotone but others thoroughly enjoyed.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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