We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
The Cold, Cold Ground Audiobook

The Cold, Cold Ground: Detective Sean Duffy, Book 1

Regular Price:$20.97
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Publisher's Summary

Adrian McKinty was born in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland. He studied politics and philosophy at Oxford before moving to America in the early 1990s. Living first in Harlem, he found employment as a construction worker, barman, and bookstore clerk. In 2000 he moved to Denver to become a high school English teacher and it was there that he began writing fiction.

In 2009 he moved to Melbourne, Australia, with his wife and two children. His first full-length novel, Dead I Well May Be, was short-listed for the 2004 Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award and its sequel, The Dead Yard, was selected as one of the twelve best novels of the year by Publishers Weekly.

In 2008 his debut young adult novel, The Lighthouse Land, was short-listed for the 2008 Young Hoosier Award and the 2008 Beehive Award. The final novel in the Dead trilogy, The Bloomsday Dead, was long-listed for the 2009 World Book Day Award.

In 2011 Falling Glass was an Audible.com Best Thriller.

©2012 Adrian McKinty (P)2012 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“McKinty is a streetwise, energetic gunslinger of a writer, firing off volleys of sassy dialogue and explosive action that always delivers what it has promised.” (Irish Times)

“What makes McKinty a cut above the rest is the quality of his prose. His driven, spat-out sentences are more accessible than James Ellroy's edge-of-reason staccato, and he can be lyric.” (The Guardian)

“If Raymond Chandler had grown up in Northern Ireland, The Cold Cold Ground is what he would have written.” (The Times, London)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.2 (3172 )
5 star
 (1419)
4 star
 (1223)
3 star
 (391)
2 star
 (82)
1 star
 (57)
Overall
4.2 (2853 )
5 star
 (1249)
4 star
 (1078)
3 star
 (385)
2 star
 (90)
1 star
 (51)
Story
4.5 (2873 )
5 star
 (1836)
4 star
 (757)
3 star
 (196)
2 star
 (48)
1 star
 (36)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Heidi 11-22-16
    Heidi 11-22-16 Member Since 2016
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    5
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great story but villain trope at the end"

    The story was great and simply enhanced by the wonderful narration. Ending was slight letdown.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Allen 11-21-16
    Allen 11-21-16
    HELPFUL VOTES
    3
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    33
    5
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "First time"

    It's my first time with this author, definitely not the last. Engaging story line, superbly read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    charlottegabriele 11-21-16 Member Since 2013
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    33
    3
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Excellent book"

    I really liked the story, along with some insight into the IRA and the 'troubles'. Great narration also.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    J. Lynn 11-21-16
    J. Lynn 11-21-16 Member Since 2017
    HELPFUL VOTES
    5
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    62
    8
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Fast-paced mystery in a historical context"

    Set in the height of The Troubles while the hunger strikes were front-page news, this backdrop adds a complexity to a murder-mystery. The story is fast-paced with a good deal of dark humor scattered throughout. The plot took big leaps at times, and I was a bit disappointed with that. Overall, through, I enjoyed the book very much and will continue with the series at some point.

    The narrator added quite a bit to the book, with many different accents. Since the book is rife with Irish slang, hearing it in an Irish accent made it even more enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Kelly watley Beaumont tx 11-20-16
    Kelly watley Beaumont tx 11-20-16 Member Since 2017
    HELPFUL VOTES
    218
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    417
    405
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Wickedly Suspenseful!!"

    I just loved this book. Recommend it? Oh, you bet I recommend this! And you'll hear about my thoughts on all the other books in this series as I have purchased them all on Amazon and on Audible and plan to jump right into the next book.

    What a GREAT book and EXCELLENT reading experience! YAY!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    J. Bly Minneapolis, MN USA 11-14-16
    J. Bly Minneapolis, MN USA 11-14-16 Member Since 2011
    HELPFUL VOTES
    47
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    102
    18
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    2
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Too brown for a fair praise"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Certainly! I want to give this book the recognition it deserves as a unique and compelling story set during a time that far too few people know anything about. Let me say this, it is not a bad book and the narrator is not a bad reader!


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Understand this book is enjoyable. It's interesting, has a strong plot and decent character development. It doesn't excel in any specific area though. The narrator is good, but not great. The plot is good, but not great. It stands on its own merits as worthy. I would have looked to deepen the characters... cut back some of the police procedural elements because in the end a lot of that goes to the wayside anyway. I definitely liked how the plot unfolded, don't get me wrong but the ending came a bit rushed. The plot twists were good but not knock you off your seat. Maybe enhanced them. But again... the story is written and it is a good story. Take it for what it is.


    Did Gerard Doyle do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Afraid not. It was right to pick an Irishman for the role! He's a good reader and did not detract from the story but sometimes it was hard to tell the difference between who was talking. He does a decent job with accents though. Again, not bad. Not great. But good.


    Could you see The Cold, Cold Ground being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I could but the script would have to be the book that should have been. :P


    Any additional comments?

    Seriously, if you like police procedurals... historical fiction... Northern Irish... give this book a try.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Christine 11-12-16
    Christine 11-12-16 Member Since 2017
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    4
    1
    Overall
    "Great!"

    A great listen. Well done. The Cold Cold Ground kept me going right to the end. It is great read and gives some insight into The Troubles. Read it, you won't be disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    C & A 11-04-16
    C & A 11-04-16
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Worst book I've ever read!"

    Though the narrator was excellent, half way through the story I found myself frustrated, annoyed at the apparent effort to imply all men may have a homosexual tendency, and wondering what baggage and preconceived notions led the author to choose the homosexual subplot and then to pursue it to the degree the story does. I was also frustrated at the subvert attempt to disparage religions which don't agree with the lifestyle by only pointing out the crazy zealots, and with the author's choice of distasteful language, particularly when unnecessarily describing the main charcter's sexual encounters in the detail he does (I didn't think this was an erotic novel!).

    I've read dozens of novels by Grisham, Clancy, Thor, Baldacci, and many others. These authors operate at a higher level of creativity and artful control of the language, such that they rarely find it necessary to stoop to the gutter (and stay there) to bring home a point. As a reader, and especially as a listener, I don't need F bombs and other explitives every other word. When an author relies on these constantly, it tells me he or she lacks creativity and is simply trying to fill space.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Maine Knitter 10-26-16
    HELPFUL VOTES
    683
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    854
    445
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    12
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "I couldn't put this down"

    Wow! This was quite a leap from the historical romances I've been listening to but I was looking for something different and it was wonderful. A true page-turner that I hated to put down.

    Knowing more than just a bit about the Troubles, I enjoyed "seeing" it from the police side of things. Sean isn't perfect by a long shot but he figures things out. I liked the weaving in of historical events and the descriptions of locations were excellent. Gerard Doyle is a fabulous narrator.

    I have already downloaded the next book in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Dorothy C. Schmitendorf rapid city, sd, US 10-17-16
    Dorothy C. Schmitendorf rapid city, sd, US 10-17-16 Member Since 2016
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    2
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Loved this"

    The reading was terrific... listened and then listened again. Got a very long walk in over a week's time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.