I live in Dundee, Oregon, wine country and the most beautiful place on earth...I love detective stories and just discovered John Sandford and his Prey series. Love him! I also love Rosamond Pilcher, anything read by Joe Mantagna or Bobby Cavale. Love Audiobooks more than almost anything!
It was about 1 part too long. There was alot of unimportant details that detracted from the story. Also, it is Irish and the reader was Engish. Really took away from the story as well. I like Tana French and her style, but this story left me wanting, not in a good way
The initial story of three children and the crime involved was great and unfinished in the end and that was very disappointing.
He has a great voice, but this story need the Irish accent to make it real for me.
It was about 1 part too long.
I was not happy with this story and wish it had a better ending and the correct reader.
Another anti-hero from Tana French - this one quite sympathetic for the first half, and after a quite predictable plot twist, an idiot (but realistically in character.) I didn't connect with the protagonist quite as well as with the protagonist in Faithful Place, but he was interesting. French's villain is modern with a modern motivation; the novel does not tidily clean up all the loose plot ends, which is also modern.
The female detective, Cassie, is sharply drawn, strong and fantastic.French does a great job with female characters.
Another great story by Tana French... and Steven Crossley is one of the best narrators I have ever listened to. If this was not an audio book it would definitely be considered a "page turner". At one time I also had the good fortune to download and listen to another of Ms. French's books called "Faithful Place" but notice it is no longer available. Two other of her books, while listed on Audible as being in the series are also not available and I sincerely hope at some point in the near future they will be made available for purchase. She is a superb writer!
Great Twists & Turns
I loved all the different twists and leads that took us in so many directions, but always not very far from the center.
I didn't have a favourite....they were all unusual and interesting
Tana French is a new author for me, but I will read all her books.....she is a very talented story teller.
I read this book several years ago, and thoroughly enjoyed it. There are spots of humour, introspection, mystery... the whole thing was just incredible!
Steven Crossley was a great narrator choice for this book, though the dialogue is probably the biggest drawback to his performance. Another reviewer stated the lack of an Irish accent for many of the other characters takes away from the experience, and he occasionally lapses into low growly monosyllabic passages. Beyond those minor quibbles, his depiction of this book is dark and brooding and tough and tragic.
I wish more of Ms. French's books were available on Audible; this book is a promising beginning to a gripping series.
This is the first review I have written. I loved the way this book keeps you guessing! I can't wait to listen to the rest of the series!
I enjoyed this book and thought the plot was very good, yet frustrating. I don't know about everyone else, but I thought the narrator was simply annoying. It really is too bad because it kind of ruined a good book for me.
Listen mostly to urban fantasy and suspense/thrillers but also enjoy mysteries, sci-fi, fantasy, romance, adventure, classic, modern, spiritual or general literature. And I always like a bit of romance in any of my stories.
I agree with the other reviewers that the writing is well done and the characters are well developed. Unfortunately I thought they were perhaps a little too developed and I often found myself wishing we could get on with the investigation. There are times when a 20+ hour book is done way too soon. There are other times, like in this case, where I wish more editing had been done to trim a few hours and stay more focused on the main story. Steven Crossley has been praised for his work on this book but again it's not to my taste. His narration seems too meticulous and drawn out emphasizing even more all the extra dialog and description in the story. The next book in the series is about one of the other main characters in this book (from the description anyway) and a different narrator. I may try it but I need to listen to something else first.
This was a great story and the narrator was excellent - he really brought the story alive for me. Just a word of warning though the subject matter was a bit dark and could be disturbing because it did relate to children. But it was extremely well written and the writer did give the ending away. Worth the listen for anyone who loves this genre.
I wouldn't. I would heartily recommend they read the book themselves, but I can't really recommend this audiobook. Crossley somehow manages to read every passage of banter between friends, written as a showcase of just how perfect and easy the friendship is, in the manner of a harsh interrogation. In fact, throughout he manages to take French's gorgeous, scintillating prose and somehow turn it into...just words. I bought this audiobook to introduce this wonderful author to my sister on a long road trip we were taking together, and wound up constantly apologizing and saying "it's much better in print, I swear." The sad thing is, my first introduction to this author was hearing her read the prologue to this book on the radio, so I know exactly how good it can sound. The publishers should have simply asked her to read it herself. Skip the audiobook and get this one in print.
Nope. No spoilers.