There was a lot of potential with this story. I was excited when I saw the synopsis of it, but after I got to listening to it, it got longer and longer and we weren't going forward in the story. Without trying to give anything away, the "In The Woods" part of the story is never solved. I was hoping that the author would bring them together and tie up all the loose ends. After the story finished, I still feel like I'm "In the Woods".
It was a waste of time and money to listen to this one.
This is a great book. A very talented writer and very well narrated.
I don't understand a lot of the reviews here. It seemed like most people loved the book but were disappointed because the ending didn't wrap everything up neatly like a Mission Impossible episode. I thought that just made the book more realistic and intriguing.
This is an excellent book that I highly recommend. I look forward to Tana's next book!
I was really interested in the book and started to go ahead and give it a rating of 5 until I got about 3/4 through it and everything started to get just too depressing. It could have been a really great story if the writer had finished the second storyline. It had a really great premise but too much was left hanging.
I would have given 3.5 stars if it had been possible as I enjoyed the story but the main character's self wallowing pity got on my nerves. At least 2 hours could have been saved if this had been kept down to the necessary minimum. Shame there weren't any Irish accents as I tended to forget that it was set in Ireland. Worth listening to, but don't tempt it if you're feeling depressed as it'll send you over the edge.
NOt sure how to write this without being overly sexist so...
This is a book written by a female with a male lead that does not seem as if it was written by a female. Hmmm...what does that mean?
Well, to me, I find that female writers have a different sense of male characters than females. Mars and Venus perhaps? Ultimately, I find too often that males are more of a characiture (sp?) than recognizable. Now many would say this is true, and perhaps male writers do the same to females characters.
BUT! I gambled on this book, hoping for something not to obvious and bombastic. I was delighted. Characters are developed by their relationships with others, not simply described. Multiple layers of plot keep you going in circles, although the clues are put out for you to see. This is like a book version of "Usual Suspects." Read it a second time and it is a different book altogether.
Narration is strong. Good pace and inflection.
I'm addicted to audiobooks, particularly thrillers and erotic reads. I'd love for you to follow my reviews!
I loved the narrator of this book almost as much as I loved the author's writing. Even though I guessed the perpetrator of the crime in the book, I still loved it (and that is rare). The story was good, but I could listen to this author's enchanting style and this narrator's voice for another twenty hours. I recommend this audiobook to people with an appreciation for literary mysteries.
Adventure and suspense please!
The narration was great. The story was seriously lacking.
His voice made the book worth finishing.
I had high hopes for this book since it won so many awards. The narration was great. The writing quality itself was pretty good for the most part. The characters were rich and believable. However, I don't think the author had a clue what she was going to do with the story until it was on the page, and it shows. There is far too much pointless prattling and people seem to have taken the authors rambling method of dealing with writer's block for creative twists and turns. Too much detail is given about all sorts of things that matter nothing to the story. Its just mostly filler. Blah blah blah. Ultimately this book is simply a let down. It had great potential that was just squandered. I truly do not understand why this book won the awards it did. The narration and the hope that something interesting was eventually going to happen kept me listening to the end but I now feel like I wasted my time.
Building a premise that goes nowhere will not provide the wow factor that drives a reader. Yes, in the real world, things happen and we might not always know why, but it's no fun spending hours on a novel to end up with the same sentiment.
Did not have a favorite scene, but I would be remiss if I did not say that Crossley's narration was fine. It was probably his performance that kept me listening until the end.
Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson starred in a film adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro's "The Remains of the Day". I saw the movie and am glad I didn't see the book. The performance of the stars were great, the story goes nowhere. Tana French can write, but no one wants to read a story in which nothing happens.
I've had more fun cleaning my lint trap.
I went into this book blind. I found it very slow for most of the book and the narrator has some awkward pauses and mouth noises throughout. I would knock out a few hours, forget about the book for a while. Come back to it a week or two later, get a little further. Then I hit a point where it got very good. The writing is superb. Highly talented. Narration could use improving but overall this is a great audiobook and unfortunately I will probably buying everything else this writer has written as a result.
Plot completely absurd. Too much filler. Cringe-worthy reader.
No. But it certainly has turned me off from both reader and author.
When he read women's and children's voices he was just dreadful.
Annoyance that I had bought it.
I think I've just about said it all.