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?
Hearing obviously Irish slang in a British accent was jarring. Otherwise a really terrific read.
I'm open to any book as long as it is true to itself.
I liked all aspects of this book: characters, procedure, relationships. The main character is not really likeable, but I found that to be realistic and added to the story. Very well done and surprisingly enjoyable to listen to.