Whiskey and Wry : Sinners (Ford)

  • by Rhys Ford
  • Narrated by Tristan James
  • Series: Sinners (Ford)
  • 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Sequel to Sinner's Gin
Sinners Series: Book Two
He was dead. And it was murder most foul. If erasing a man's existence could even be called murder.
When Damien Mitchell wakes, he finds himself without a life or a name. The Montana asylum's doctors tell him he's delusional and his memories are all lies: he's really Stephen Thompson, and he'd gone over the edge, obsessing about a rock star who died in a fiery crash. His chance to escape back to his own life comes when his prison burns, but a gunman is waiting for him, determined that neither Stephen Thompson nor Damien Mitchell will escape.
With the assassin on his tail, Damien flees to the City by the Bay, but keeping a low profile is the only way he'll survive as he searches San Francisco for his best friend, Miki St. John. Falling back on what kept him fed before he made it big, Damien sings for his supper outside Finnegan's, an Irish pub on the pier, and he soon falls in with the owner, Sionn Murphy. Damien doesn't need a complication like Sionn, and to make matters worse, the gunman-who doesn't mind going through Sionn or anyone else if that's what it takes to kill Damien - shows up to finish what he started.

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Another good tale from Rhys Ford

Yet another book I read in pixels before getting the audio and I'm glad I did as the characters came through beautifully and there were some real laugh out loud moments despite the seriousness of what Damien was going through.
The narration was good although there was some fluctuation on the accents but overall I think that Tristan James did a good job of bringing the characters to life. This is definitely one I will listen to again. (Although my favourite character is Miki I do like Damien & hus story was a good one)
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- JillB

Good narration, dark and suspenseful story

This book is not for the faint-hearted. There are some VERY grisly descriptions of murders and murder scenes that really took the edge off the romance aspects in this story. The story arc in general was really engaging, but sadly formulaic - just like the first book, a skinny musician who has childhood abuse trauma is helped through current trauma by another big Irishman with a heart made from marshmallow ... These Morgan men... there's not a bad egg among them!

Don't get me wrong I did like the character of Damien and how he found his way back to his best friend/band mate Miki St John while trying to hide from a murderer, its just that there were issues...

My biggest issue with this book was the writing style. Rhys Ford really does stretch out what could be said in a sentence to a whole paragraph or page. It gets frustrating when the simplest thing is dragged out or repeated. Some may say this is just the authors style of writing, and yes, that could be correct, but cutting all the unnecessary stuff it would leave a wonderfully tight story. I saw what this story could have been and felt sorry that i had all of the distractions of repetitions and over description.

The Irishism's were starting to get to me in this story too. Sionn was pronounced as "Shoon" by the narrator, where as Sionn is Gaelic for 'Sean or Shaun'. Sionn kept calling Damien 'Boyo' as if it was an Irish thing to say, but 'Boyo' is culturally attributed to the Welsh, not Irish. I also still don't understand how the whole Morgan family came to be in San Francisco with Irish accents when the parents moved over from Ireland to the US and all 8 kids were US born, so should have US accents. Playing off the sentimentality of the large, loving, perfect family and Irishness got to be a bit too much for me (as an Irish woman)

I did enjoy the narrators range of accents, and the pacing was much better in this recording. I like Miki and Damien and am invested enough in them to want to know what happens next, but as i go forward to the next book I can already see where this is going. Lets see if i am correct.
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- Redbird

Book Details

  • Release Date: 21-01-2014
  • Publisher: Dreamspinner Press LLC