Funny, dark, complex
That's a tough one. There are a lot of gritty detective stories with dark humor, but I loved that this one had such a complex male character in a new take on the male/female partnership angle.
No, but he is a great reader, never distracting. I was involved in the story and never "popped" out of it with unrealistic or affected inflections, even for female characters.
Many, as the narrator is both deeply self-aware, loving and mindful and also stupid as hell, as we all are. Very believable in all his contradictions and the reactions of other characters. The big confrontation he has with his partner was fascinating as French never loses sight of the motives of each character as individuals and dialogue stays true.
Funny and sweet and sad. The plot is compelling and believable but does not take precedence over the main characters and their interactions. Great story and great narration. I'm listening to The Likeness next.
Many have enjoyed this book, so I was a bit surprised that I did not enjoy it. The story was too slow and it really did not keep me interested. There were certainly parts of the book where it did pick up and hold my interest, but this is the first audio book that I have listened to that I did not have to force myself to get back to work, I actually had to remember to listen to it. Not a great book for me. Not horrible, but not a top shelf book at all for my money.
This book starts out great. Marvelous writing style, good characters, two interesting crimes. Unfortunately, the characters don't develop and worse, they exhibit the relationship skills of high school sophomores. The investigation drags on and on and on, with an ending that is entirely predictable. For one of the crimes, that is. The other one is never resolved. To top it all off, the main character/narrator is an annoying twit.
But beautifully written.
It was maybe a little heavy on character development. The author could have tied the two events together more succinctly.
Excellent job with narration. I loved listening to his portrayal of females voices and inflections. He did a wonderful job with the narration and I would put him up with Jim Dale.
Yes, because there were loose ends that seemed to have been dropped and I would have given it 5 stars if she had done that.
I enjoyed the story quite a bit. I just felt that the ends could have been at least addressed.
I am a college professor and professional actor, director and playwright. The peformance of the book is as important to me as the writing.
Ok, I have to admit, I am now addicted to Tana French and her Dublin Murder Squad series. I was heart broken to see that I have now heard all of them. The actors- narrators on this series have all been excellent. Stephen Crossley is superb. The Irish dialects are wonderful, evocative and imagistic.
Superior, spell binding, intriguing- I could go on and on but you get the idea.
I don't think so. It just went on...and on...and on. Then it ended and continued on and on. I found it hard to listen to and frankly, everytime I listened, when not driving, I soon found myself asleep.
Yes, the plot is very good.. There are numerous surprise and shocking events along the way as well.
He stopped me from skipping ahead.
No....I couldnt stop yawning. Not as good FOR ME as it was for others.
A family worst fear fot their kids.. I started to listen and finally got into this book it is well worth the listen.
This book smashes the detective story mold to smithereens. In addition to a fascinating murder mystery that will have you guessing until the final part of the book, In the Woods provides remarkably rich insights into the backgrounds and psyches, including heartbreaking flaws, of members of the fictional Dublin Murder Squad. I found the book to be brilliantly written, a brilliance enhanced by one of the best narrators I've ever had the pleasure of listening to. Steven Crossley's performance is breathtaking. Highly highly recommended.
After reading all the positive reviews about this book, I was excited to get started and after listening for hours and hours couldn't wait for it to end! The storyline had all the makings of a great novel, but the author chose to add so much detail to every nook and cranny that I got very bored with all the adjectives! Details that just were not necessary. Couple that with the narrator reading so slow that it just felt like we were going no-where fast! Enough intrigue that I really wanted to finish the book, and disappointed that not all my questions were answered!