I love Tana French and this is a great story - one of the top two in my opinion. I could hardly put it down!
This author is fairly new to me and the talent of the author makes Woods one of the higher ranked books among those I have listened to thus far.
I liked the plot plus the interaction of the characters.
The dialects in the book are fantastic. This would not come through if I just read the book.
Aside from a very few hours' sleep I listened to this book straight through, determining my activities by my ability to listen and work at the same time. This is more than just a mystery and I wish I could find the words to describe the powerful pull of this book. I'm just sorry I didnt read Tana French earlier. The moment I finished this book I ordered the next two books in the Dublin Murder squad series.
The narrator is terrific...his narration of the interrogation of one particular suspect is so spot on that I was just stunned! I should add that his vocal inflections for one particular character did confirm for me "whodunit". I don't know that everyone would have that response and I certainly won't let it keep me from listening to him again.... with this one book he's already found a place on my list of favorite readers.
This is a great performance of a great story. Gripping plot with a flawed and complex and likable character. A mystery within a mystery.
Rob and Cassie.
I like books that make me think.
ITW ranks in my top 15 listens. The brogue was amazing.
I loved the way Ryan was able to resolve his childhood travesty.
I truly enjoyed the Irish brogue. It made me think of my Grandmother. She was a first generation Irish immigrant.
No matter what you change, your past will always find you.
The writer took so very long to say anything and to move the story along.
She could have moved the story along faster and that would have helped a lot.
His voice was okay, the right accent for the location of the story, but he could have been more animated with his voice.
Ths book sparked disappointment for me. Have read other Tana French books and they were better.
The author foreshadowed heavily who the killer was about 1/4 of the way in - it was obvious. She spent too much time and focus on a particular family member interacting w/the detectives while leaving the other family members as two dimensional sketches and gave it away. About 2/3 of the way through you just get stuck in Rob Ryan's immature emotional morass and never get out.
Not a Tana French book =\
The narrator was fine and gave the characters their own voice. He was not the problem with the book.
About 1/3 of the book should have been cut - entirely too much of Rob's personal drama was a time-waster.
I was disappointed in the ending. The story overall was very compelling and made me want to keep listening. The performace was great. I would certainly listen to another book from this author.
Yes. This book was amazing. The characters and the plot can absolutely function independently from each other. The characters are so deeply flawed and as the reader you completely feel their pain. Tana French finds metaphors and similes that remind you that you felt that way before yourself, you just didn't know how to describe it. Extremely insightful into human psychology and failure, very acute observation.
Yes - this did not feel like a classical whodunit. I originally selected this book because I was looking for an escapist thriller and bought it because of the many good reviews. But I did not expect it to be THIS good. This is as much a study of human behavior, flaws, strengths, mistakes and attempts to get it right as it is a murder mystery. I found myself almost not minding so much about who the murderer was anymore.
Steven Crossley did a marvelous job reading "In the Woods". I usually prefer women performers (so far the only exception is Jim Dale), and this reading reminded me why - men speaking women's voices usually just don't do it right. However, Steven Crossley's male characters were great. Considering that this plays in Ireland and all the detectives are Irish, I did miss the Irish lilt.
I first read this book a few years ago. I couldn't put it down. When I wasn't reading it I was trying to figure out what happened in the woods all those years ago... When I finished the book I was wiped out by the ending. I had never been so angry with an author before. I felt betrayed and tricked.
So why would I purchase this book on Audible? Well, one thing is for certain, very few books have ever haunted me like this one. The audible version was on sale and I had never read the sequel, so I decided to purchase The Woods and listen to it before the sequel, this time with more insight and without the emotional response I had the first time. Wrong! Tana French is an incredible writer. Although I remembered the book and knew what to expect I was again drawn into the life of these characters. Her attention to detail is incredible. This time I was able to look more objectively at the tortured character of Rob. Everything he did, every relationship in his life was colored by what happened to him as a 12 year-old boy...in the woods.
I even went online after listening to the book to see if other readers had opinions on the book. I found many forums dedicated to discussion about it. I also read that the movie rights have recently been purchased. If the movie is well done, it could be great. But I wouldn't want to see it without having first read and/or listened to the book.
I can't give the book a five star because I still feel a bit betrayed by the author. However, if a book has such a profound effect on me then she must have touched a very deep nerve in my psyche. The narrator does an outstanding job. I would have enjoyed it more if they had had a woman perform the female voices. This narrator is all guy and he captured the essence of Rob. His female voices grated a bit but it wasn't for lack of inflection or emotion. He just sounded all male.
I recommend the book. It truly is one of the best books I've ever been held captive by.