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What made the experience of listening to The Cold, Cold Ground the most enjoyable?
The author of last year's Audible.com's Best Mystery or Thriller strikes again, only this book is even better. There is an enormous degree of sublety and sophistication in this book, both in the plot and the vivid atmosphere created of 1980s Northern Ireland. McKinty always treats the reader as intelligent in his unwillingness to paint a black and white picture of the 'troubles'. He also builds a drum-tight plot which weaves fictional and true characters together. There's a lot of tounge in cheek humor at the expense of some of these character's bloated egos, too.All of these features make this a brilliant book, but the superb narration by Doyle works to make something sublime.
What other book might you compare The Cold, Cold Ground to and why?
Stuart Neville's The Ghosts of Belfast. Detail, sophistication and grittiness
Which character – as performed by Gerard Doyle – was your favorite?
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
68 of 69 people found this review helpful
Just finished The Cold Cold Ground. I've been a big fan of Adrian McKinty for the last few years and I've listened to all of his books. This new one does not disappoint. In fact I think it's his best since Dead I Well May Be. The plot is both intricate and thought provoking. We are given a glimpse of a different time and place (Belfast in the 1980's during the Troubles), and a different culture. One not on an especially healthy path.
We're used to hearing about 3rd world countries at war with themselves. Tribes going at each other for no good reason other than their irrational hatreds, blood feuds, and power grabs. But when it's a country that most of us would consider civilized we often don't think of what life would be like if such horrors occurred in our own countries. The Cold Cold Ground gives us a glimpse of that world along with a great story.
Gerard Doyle , the narrator, is terrific. At first, I considered reading The Cold Cold Ground the old fashioned way, something I haven't done with any of McKinty's other books, but I'm so hooked on having these stories read to me in a think Irish accent (actually multiple accents, not only Irish, but English, American, as well as different variations of Irish) that I decided against it. Doyle's reading brings the novel to life and makes some of the Irish slang more readily understandable.
Don't miss McKinty's earlier novels, especially the Dead Trilogy and Falling Glass (voted Best Mystery or Thriller of 2011 here on Audible). All great stuff.
86 of 89 people found this review helpful
Enjoyable story, well narrated. Gives a great snapshot of a time and a place. Who'd have been in the RUC? Grim business and an unusual perspective
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
I've already listened to the other books in the series, for boring reasons. I think McKinty has created a wonderful cast of characters that is interesting, often witty, and well-drawn. The plot of this book is fine, but really more important are Sean's personality and development. He's a great character and, if you're like me, once introduced you'll become a fan. I highly recommend the whole Sean Duffy series, the entirety of which are narrated flawlessly.
Loved this book... Kept me guessing, the anticipation, the intrigue... Loved it!! Pure escapism, highly recommend :) Now onto book 2 I can't wait!!
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
The book was well written well read and a fantastic story hopefully the next Detective Sean Duffy story is just as good