I’m a Ken Bruen convert.
I came across Ken Bruen’s Galway sleuth, Jack Taylor, several times in the past, but he wouldn’t speak to me.
Now his Irish brogue fairly resonates in my ears, head, mind.
One more fan thanks to the faultless narration of Gerry O’Brien.
I found O’Brien’s audio version of The Guards at Amazon/Audible. I think it was about ten bucks for this first in the Jack Taylor series. Ten bucks well spent. Gerry O’Brien, voice rough as an inveterate smoker’s, reads Jack Taylor flawlessly, every growled curse and dark quip reinforcing my image of the troubled ex-Garda. O’Brien never falters, even gives minor characters their own distinctive voices. And Irish expressions? He gives them a beauteous clarity a non-Irish speaker like myself will be ever grateful for.
Kept me enthralled. Very first series I listened to straight through to the last… then started right in again at the beginning. That good.
Jack Taylor’s inclusion on my Moody Sleuth list is confirmed. Take my word on it. And I’ll dispense with enumerating my reasons; we can chat about that at a later date. Not a promise, but likely.
At the moment I’m into Ken Bruen’s tenth Jack Taylor novel, Purgatory, and feeling rather dismayed at having to make do with another narrator. Since Bruen’s openly stated that this is his last Jack Taylor book, I’m doubly dismayed. Should I have waited in hope of a Gerry O’Brien version?