You will give this book 20 hours.
For the first two you will be pleased.
For he next two you will be excited.
For the next two you will be engrossed.
For the next two you will be enthralled.
Then you'll start to wonder.
Then you'll start to doubt.
Then you'll start to dread.
Then you'll be outraged you gave this book 20 hours.
Yes, it is fairly well written with some things I see as flawed, but still, highly engrossing and entertaining.
When Det. Ryan explains about his apt. & roommate, mostly because I found it improbable & annoying. Why didn't he just move?
Good voice; nicely modulated, but I was put off by the fellow's interpretation of the voices and the emphasis placed on words & phrases. He was a bit over the top at times, and did not seem to understand female voices at all.
No, it is not a "moving" sort of plot.
Good book and worth the listen in spite of the somewhat annoying narrator.
A few chapters in a guessed who did it and at the end of the book they say I shouldn't have seen it coming... But I did... So It was just a little predictable in my opinion. Although the inconclusive ending makes me want to read the next book. Overall a good read.
I'm going to be brief and offer no spoilers. This is a really good audio book. It is a masterful story which the reader performs well. That is a much more difficult combination than is readily apparent. It seems like all of the negative reviews I have read are negative because the story wasn't predictable. I don't want or need a predictable story. I couldn't put this one down.
This was the slowest crime story I've ever listened too. It was painfully slow and had a horrible ending. Don't waste your time.
Perhaps if the synopsis writer had also authored the book it might have been as interesting as I thought it might be.
So many things, but leaving out at least 1/3 of the verbiage would have been a good start. Making her lead character the least little bit sympathetic or interesting would be my next suggestion.
He's a good narrator, barring the fact that a book set in Ireland has no Irish accents, and I will look for other books he has narrated.
Too many to number.
Try as I might, I just couldn't get through this book. More than halfway in, I still didn't care about Rob or what the conclusion might be. I gave up.
This book was so well done! I read a book recommendation site where someone wrote 'I envy people who have not yet read French's novels' saying that they get to experience them for the first time. I have to agree. In The Woods was gripping- Ryan, the narrator, was so incredibly human, that I even found myself justifying his faults. I finished it... Sobbing (but in all fairness, I am too emotional) and got online to immediately order 'Likeness.'
I think that the performance was done very well. There were several points where I became confused on dialogue- who was speaking, but I thoroughly enjoyed it!
I haven't been listening to audible books for very long, although I have always been a voracious reader. When I travel I find listening is a wonderful way to spend the time. it is easy to tell if a story is a good one by whether I have to fight off sleep on a long drive. This story is good enough that I have continued listening even when I got home.
Mysteries are very engaging, but this one is a story about people, not just action. The personalities are well drawn and sympathetic. The plot, aside from the murder mystery, is a good story on its own.
The thing about audible books is the narrator being so important. I am finding that certain things bother me and also, what I like about a certain reader. This reader has a lovely voice from somewhere in the British Isles. He speaks with a low melodic voice that is wonderful for story telling. What I do not like is the way he does female voices. He makes the women sound "prissy." It must be easier for woman to do a man's voice than the other way around. It is a bit difficult to take a female character seriously when the voice sounds like Mrs. Doubtfire.
The performance was good and the book had a compelling story but it got frustrating mid way through. The narrator is a bit of a jerk, there are main plot points that depend on people completely misunderstanding each other, and the conclusion to the main crime was frustrating. There seems to be a major flaw in the way the case proceeds (semi-spoiler)- if the body of a murdered child is found at an archeological dig- wouldn't the police do a thorough investigation of all the supporting buildings straight-away?