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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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    "interesting story, excellent production."

    Glad that Audible is producing titles. This is a good one. It is layered and atmospheric. The narrator is perfect for this story.

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    Angie Jimenez 04-10-16 Member Since 2015

    Books are for dreaming with eyes wide open.

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    Brutal, suspenseful, dark, original, violent, twisted are all words that come to mind about this book! I'm glad it's book one of a series, although I may need something a bit lighter before starting the next one. Listened for 2 straight days it was so good! Gerald Doyle is simply amazing! I've listened to several Irish thrillers now just to listen to him speak for hours!

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    "Delivers exactly what is promised"

    Having been to Belfast in the last year, I found that this novel evoked the tension of the past and the simmering anger that maybe still underlies the peace. Fagen is haunted by twelve ghosts who demand that he kills those who made Fegan kill them during the troubles. The pointless deaths of innocents become a haunting angry crew who demand that Fegan become their agent for justice. The machinations of the political front and behind the scenes operators of the IRA get shrewdly and brutally evoked in a solid crime thriller. The narration by Gerald Doyle is excellent capturing different voices, different classes, and balancing the hard edge with the tender.

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    The story is incredibly well written and excellently narrated, it holds the listeners attention from start to finish.

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    Would you listen to The Ghosts of Belfast again? Why?

    I don't know I very rarely listen to any book twice


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Ghosts of Belfast?

    the dog fights


    Which scene was your favorite?

    the wake


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

    The entire book is very moving.
    While set in Northern Ireland I wonder if the what to do with guys who have been trained and live to kill might be true of any place.?


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    "Amazing narration. Great story."

    The narrator is pheromonal with not only the accents but the characters as well. The story built some great momentum to a great resolution.

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    I tried several times and finally got to ch.9, but still hated it. The story is dark and slow, but might be tolerable to read on paper. The narrator made it unbearable.

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    Keenan Anchorage Alaska 12-03-15
    Keenan Anchorage Alaska 12-03-15 Member Since 2014

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    Loved it. The narrator made Neville's words sing. I'm glad I grew up in America.

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    Starts a little strange, but once the book finds its feet, it is very entertaining.

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