Currently listening to this book and am dreading when it ends, it has been a joy to listen to. The narrator makes the book come to life and the story keeps you guessing. Definately recommend this one.
I enjoyed the story presented in this book. It was a good read about an old murder, a new murder and a very dysfunctional family. The narrator did a fine job. It kept my interest all the way through, but I have rarely heard so many cuss words spoken in conversations in my life. There were many new British cuss words and I would have worn out a counter keeping track of the F- bomb. While it may be true that the lower class Irish family in the story was lacking in vocabulary and education, I find it hard to believe that anyone would actually talk this way. When the plot was moving along there were few cuss words, but every time it slowed and the family was back in the story it was a vulgar language assualt once again. Would have given it 4 stars if it were cleaned up a bit.
This may be the most emotionally charged book I have ever heard, as the main characters are all pissed off with one another at some point, and the strength of the love that drives the novel is so powerful that it supercharges those emotions further. Then too, the emotions are all suppressed...you know that whatever you're hearing there's much more under the surface. French does a great job of maintaining the energy and gives us a good mystery, to boot.
The reader is as good as the readers get, and you will feel that you are in Dublin, and that every one of those voices he has belongs to a distinct individual.
My wife hadn't listened to it, and I was glad to listen to it again with her on a long car ride...it was as good the second time through!
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I've enjoyed her books but this is the best one so far. It helps to really get a feel for the main character. Tana French is most successful in this book.
The narrator,Tim Gerard Reynolds, was the best! Every character was so very real - and his rendition of "Ma" will simply crack you up (most of the time). He led me into Faithful Place and I felt like I knew every single character personally. Tana French is an excellent writer. Her perspectives are unparalled and she made me fall in love with Frank. Can't every man be like that?
I have read Tana French's two prevous books and thoroughly enjoyed them. After listening to "Faithful Place," I wish that I had listened to them, too. The reader is an absolute delight. His Irish accent is spot-on (at least to my ears)--lyrical but not so much so that I can't understand him. My husband and I are both listening to this book--separately--and we both think it is wonderful. Tana French captures the male voice very well, and her writing is excellent.
This was well worth the download, a interesting story that kept me guessing to fairly near the end.
There are a handful of writers that I always purchase their books first, and then read the descriptions after cause it's a given that a). I'm going to buy it. And B) that'll it'll be well done.Tana French is fast becoming one of those authors on my list. I can't say that I liked this story better than The Likeness cause I really enjoyed The Likeness but I definitely didn't like this book any less.
Great character development, great story. I felt like I was with Frank's family in faithful place, like I was a fly on the wall. I will say I kinda guessed the outcome about 2/3 of the way through but that did not diminish how much I enjoyed it.. Worth the time, worth the credit. Worth your money!
An intertwined story of love lost, family relationships (painful and rewarding) and police detectives doing their work set in Ireland in current day with flashback scenes to 1980s. I found it very character driven, intelligent and very entertaining. Looked forward to listening to it everyday! I think others agree since there are so many positive reviews for this book. I have two additional comments to pass along.
Listening to this book proved again, to me, that even good fiction can be made more entertaining with a great narrator's performance. Especially in this case with the Irish accent and the peculiar way (to Americans) they say some words at end of sentences, like sure,yeah. Loved this narrator!
Secondly, I have to say that I was greatly disappointed with the ending - that is why 4 stars. I don't want to give anything away, but I was expecting much more. Maybe it was to set up a sequel, but to me, the ending did not measure up to the rest of the book. But even with the ending, I'm glad I used a credit on this book.
this story was enhanced by the narrator...when he speaks as the mother, you can see the woman in your mind. The words of the author and narration made this audible book very enjoyable and I listened whenever I could. I highly recommend the book.