I listen to and have recently started to write reviews. I've found the reviews have helped me to select books.
Paul Copeland is the acting DA who is prosecuting two young boy's who belong to a fraternity at a nearby college, for the rape of an eighteen year old girl, who has a 15 month old child, taken money for sex and performs as a stripper. Both boy's parents are rich and have offered the DA a settlement, if the accuser will drop the charges. The girl would not concede to consensual sex, reiterating that she had been raped, even when cross examined by the defense attorney and they were brutal, she did not break. Copeland doesn't make her aware of the monetary offer because he wants the boy's to pay for their crime. Copeland believes his client, even with her history. She didn't lie to him nor the prosecutor. She was not proud of her behavior but told them she knew the difference between consensual sex and rape. And she had been raped.
This rape trial begins to unravel crimes that occurred 20 year's ago at a summer camp and this is why Paul Copeland, who attended this same camp when these crimes occurred, doesn't want to accept a monetary settlement. Copeland became a DA due to the crimes that had happened those twenty odd year's ago.
The belief was that two girl's and two boy's had been killed. One boy and one girl had been found buried in shallow graves. The other boy and girl, the girl was Copeland's sister, had never been found. A counselor had been questioned but was not arrested. The murderer had never been caught and prosecuted. Copeland's mother had left his father and son shortly after the occurrence because she could not deal with the loss of her daughter. Copeland grew up thinking that his mother didn't love him as much as his sister because he was left behind.
The defense begins to delve into the past of Paul Copeland and other people involved with the DA. The parent's hope is that this will create problems for the DA and Copeland will encourage his client to accept the money. The parent's continue to tell Copeland that the boy's are good and they don't want them to have a record. The DA put his investigator, Muse, to start searching for information that involved members of the defense and those affiliated with the defense. His client was truthful and had already admitted to her own incriminating evidence.
The Woods, was a great mystery. There was intrigue, suspense and it kept me very interested as to what would happen next. When I noticed that the narrator was Scott Brick, I was sure that with his narration and the reviews, the book would be a good one. I wasn't disappointed. I've listened to Harlan Coban before and liked his previous novels which added a bit more confidence that, The Woods, would be a good choice. The character's were well developed and I was given information that proved relevant to his/her actions. I didn't waste my credit when I purchased this book and I don't think that you will either. Your interest will be initiated from the beginning. You won't have to wade through chapter's before enjoying the book. I hope that you enjoy this book as much as I did.
I didn't have a lot of expectations for this book because it was just a random pickup. I got sucked in right away. the performance was also a huge positive. I highly recommend
I like Coben's stories, and I liked Jonathon Marosz' narrations, but there is apparently a new narrator for Coben's stories, Scott Brick. Brick's style just doesn't suit me.
It is really hard to articulate why - Something about the phrasing and emphases. I just want to alert potential listeners to be sure they like the narrator before committing.
I did not finish listening to this book, and returned a second Coben book narrated by Brick that I had purchased without listening to it.
People say I resemble my dog (and vice-versa). He can hear sounds I can't hear, but I'm the one who listens to audiobooks.
When a mystery man turns up murdered in Manhattan, a decades old serial killing is brought back under microscope by Essex County prosecutor Paul Copeland, personally linked to both events, and in the midst of trying a pair of alleged rapists. These and other secrets converge in a page-turner of a tale that examines how far one would go to stand up for one's family, how far is too far, how the consequences may not be at all expected or intended.
This is a rare example of plot, character and theme coming together to tell a complete story, one that works at face value, and one that opens up several lines of thought. The one other Coben novel I've listened to (Six Years) was good, but did not click on all cylinders like The Woods. Scott Brick can be a brick, but with the tempo increased as I always do for one of his readings, he is not a distraction or a detraction.
I'm ready for more Coben.
I love to read and listen now too.
It was a good story that was easy to listen to at work and still keep focus on my tasks at hand. I liked everything about being at the camp, no matter the time frame. The narration was really good as well. I always knew which character was speaking or thinking at any given time.
Sorry, nothing to compare to. This was my first. Not in a hurry for more right now though.
Lead Investigator "MUSE", then maybe the TA for Lucy.
Yes, a couple of them. Spoilers though.Sorry. Best if I stay quiet.
This would have been a better listen if it were shortened up a bit, and a little more real time action described in the woods, as that is what it was called after all! The Russian flavor was interesting and unexpected as well.Getting to the final 5 minutes became anti climatic however; I just wanted to say >>> " REALLY ? ! " when it was finally finished.......
My reviews are my personal feelings-just the need to rant or ooze after listening & to remind me what I felt if I want to listen again.
Narration - Scott Brick - Kick Ass
This was a good book. I had no idea where all the pieces fit until the very end.
This isn't a romance (really) although there is a bit of a romantic relationship in the storyline. It really is just a great story and a real mystery.
The narration is killer. Not entirely certain I like the way it ended. Almost like there could be a sequel but you know there won't be - or maybe I just didn't care for the way it ended, but it was a really good book! Very well written!
It was just OK...no where near great. I found myself not really caring anymore but just wanting the end to come.