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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?
64 of 65 people found this review helpful
Belfast in the 1980s defines.... (get ready to look it up..) dystopian. There, I finally worked that word into a conversation, but it fits like a mercury-switched bomb beneath an Ulster cop's car. The Troubles are rumbling all about with the caprice of Northern Irish weather when a psycho-sexual serial killer challenges the police. Adrian McKinty's ear is laser aimed at the moment, and he hears for us the way average people struggled to create a sense of normalcy, even if normal meant solving a kinky murder mystery during the heat of a civil war.
I wish that Gerard Doyle, whose own wonderful accent delivers us believably into this space, was just a tad broader at capturing the various Irish dialects which the author assigns to certain of this ensemble cast. But, that's a piddling complaint. Sure n'-I'm-thinkin' that this is both a cultural and procedural investigation which takes the reader on a trip to what's, thankfully, history now: For at least as long as the truce that Clinton and Mitchell so powerfully negotiated between Irish and Brits some fifteen years ago.
I'm off to find me a bit more from Adrian McKinty.
23 of 23 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
For is in us other countries it is interesting to understand what life was like for families during Margaret Thatcher and the IRA