♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ Adrian McKinty does not disappoint me. Gerard Doyle as a narrator is just so natural! I loved this Sean Duffy series. Because my in laws live in Northern Ireland, I’m privy to know sources directly, and some of the geographical references are a wee bit off sometimes and there’s been license taken with historical facts in some cases, but we all agree that it’s great (and mostly accurate) historical fiction. Being a Texan, I eat these novels up. I find that they transport me into the history of Ireland that my husband lived. I know that they all loved the “Dallas” series back in the 80s and I know personally that a lot of that was total crap! It’s fun to know that the Troubles series is fairly accurate. I highly recommend this series! Start with The Cold, Cold Ground. You are welcome!
♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ 1/2 Any book that has an army regiment called “Madigan’s Malcontents” wins my vote. I really love the word malcontent and it was quite the fitting name for Madigan’s motley crew. They were an assortment of criminals, lowlifes and bad-asses who ended up, of course, coming together under the leadership of an outcast knight and turning into a group of real soldiers. This book had all kinds of action, fights, gambling, drinking, evil genius’, magic-ish people and huge war robots. My hubby and I listened to the book while we cooked, rode in the car and did chores around the house. We burned right through this one and both agreed on the 4.5 rating. I pretty much love most of what Larry Correia writes. We’ve enjoyed the Monster Hunter Series as well as the Dead Six series. We’ll just keep listening. Keep writing, Larry!
♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ Audible gets a prize for this one. This was one of their books of the week, or some such promotion, and I got it free. Yep. It’s been in my library for some time, but I just never thought to listen to it. I mean, how good could a “freebie” be? The ratings were good, but I just sort of ignored it, until last week. We were on a big, long road trip and finished our book. So, I was flipping through what I had in my library, looking specifically for something my husband might enjoy (that means it has to have some action!) and decided we should give it a go.
Good move! We both enjoyed this book about a renowned assassin who goes from hunter to hunted in a weird twist of fate. It becomes a story of survival, almost in a Jason Bourne sense, and kept us entertained the whole way through. We both agreed on the 4 star rating and plan to read the other Gray Man books. The author, Mark Greany, has written several books with Tom Clancy, which I find very interesting. Give it a try.
♦ ♦ ♦.5 I’ll admit it right now, something must be wrong with me. My husband and I listened to The Way Of Kings, the first in the series, it seems like years ago! We loved it! I would give that one 5 stars for sure. The ratings for this second book on Audible are a solid 5 stars (well 4.8), with over 6500 people rating it. Why didn’t I get it? I mean, I got it, I listened to the full 48 hours and 15 minutes of this book! That’s 4 days of my life I gave this book. I found myself getting bored and checking out for a few minutes, then asking my husband what just happened? I definitely didn’t do that in the first book. I felt like too much time was given to description and characters that didn’t interest me that much. That being said, I did, truly, like the story. Maybe it was the narration that let me down? It’s almost a 4 star rating, but not quite. I’d like to know what you think.
♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ This one hits close to home for me because my inlaws live in Northern Ireland. I’ve heard stories, but as an American, it’s really hard to understand the conflict, The Troubles as they call it. I’ve always loved books based in Ireland, always, even before I married an Irishman. We read about a “Peeler” (a cop) who is Irish Catholic, which traditionally, is left to the Prods and the English. Because he’s a Catholic, he’s a legitimate target for the IRA and other groups. In fact, he’s everybody’s target, but that won’t stop him from solving his cases. From what I understand, the scenes seem pretty real, like how it really was in those dark days.
If you’re interested in Ireland, The Troubles and enjoy a good cop book, pick this one. Or, better yet, listen to it via the Audio version. The Irish born narrator Gerrard Doyle brings this one to life. The good news is that there are at least two more books to read in The Troubles series. Thanks Adrian McKinty!
♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ Wow. I just grabbed this one because of its ratings, and it did not disappoint. Since I finished this, I’ve been thinking, even having vivid dreams, about it. Slavery, a terrible blight on our National History, was brutal and to me, unthinkable. I often imagine what it would have been like to have been alive and a part of it — on either side. Of course, one side is obviously worse than the other, but is it? What if you were born into a family of slave holders? What if you knew, even as a small child, that it was absolutely wrong, but could do nothing to change it then? In this tale, we see two sides of one coin. I love the characters, bold and strong, even the ones I despised. I loved listening to the author’s note at the end about how she came to write about these people, and which parts were fictionalized and which were told as close to the history as possible. Fascinating and well worth a read or listen. No wonder it was an Oprah’s book club pick.
You may have figured out by now that I love audio books! One of my kids is dyslexic and he loves them too. This little nugget makes me happy that we love to listen to our “reads.”
How about you?