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In the Woods Audiobook

In the Woods

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Publisher's Summary

As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home. But on this warm evening, three children do not return from the dark and silent woods. When the police arrive, they find only one of the children. He is gripping a tree trunk in terror, wearing blood-filled sneakers and unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours.

Twenty years later, the found boy, Rob Ryan, is a detective on the Dublin Murder Squad and keeps his past a secret. But when a 12-year-old girl is found murdered in the same woods, he and Detective Cassie Maddox (his partner and closest friend) find themselves investigating a case chillingly similar to the previous unsolved mystery. Now, with only snippets of long-buried memories to guide him, Ryan has the chance to uncover both the mystery of the case before him and that of his own shadowy past.

©2007 Tana French; (P)2007 Penguin Audio, a member of Penguin Group (USA), Inc.

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    Eden Shapiro AUSTIN, TEXAS, US 02-12-13
    Eden Shapiro AUSTIN, TEXAS, US 02-12-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved it"

    If you are looking for an engrossing read that will keep you hooked until the end, this is the book for you. Great narration and great story.

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    Kathy Biloxi, MS, United States 02-11-13
    Kathy Biloxi, MS, United States 02-11-13 Member Since 2011
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    "My 2nd Tana French book"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Probably. The story was good, although a little predictable.


    If you’ve listened to books by Tana French before, how does this one compare?

    I've only listened to one other Tana French. The first one took me awhile to get into but enjoyed it once I did.


    What about Steven Crossley’s performance did you like?

    I really liked the reader on this one. You were able to distinguish the voices well and he was easy to understand.


    Did In the Woods inspire you to do anything?

    no


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    Tracy Columbia, MD, United States 02-11-13
    Tracy Columbia, MD, United States 02-11-13
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    "Slow moving, but an ok read"
    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The main character goes off on long tangents that make you lose interest, so I would have left them out as they are not necessary to the story. The ending was terrible, so be prepared for feeling like you wanted something more.


    Do you think In the Woods needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I would like to know how the other plot ends, but I don't think there is enough to warrant a whole other book. I wouldn't purchase it if there was.


    Any additional comments?

    overall, it was an ok read, but it left me feeling angry with the lack of resolution.

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    Jane Foster Lodi, NJ 02-08-13
    Jane Foster Lodi, NJ 02-08-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Boring!!!!"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No I would not recommend this book. The reader is awful. The book is dull


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    no


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Steven Crossley?

    Jim Dale


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    Ian 02-04-13
    Ian 02-04-13
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    "One of the best!"

    One of the best mystery/police thrillers I have ever read. A unique story with well developed characters who keep you guessing. I cant wait to read the rest of the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nicole Seattle, WA, United States 01-22-13
    Nicole Seattle, WA, United States 01-22-13 Member Since 2005

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    "Such a strong start, until..."
    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed this book right up to the point that the main character started acting irredeemably stupidly and obnoxiously. Unfortunately, I wasn't nearly as fooled or shocked at the big reveal as the main character and that really brought the book to an unsatisfactory conclusion for me. That said, I very much enjoyed the trip almost all the way to the end and if not for the feeling of frustration at not being able to follow the main character all the way through, I would have given this book 4 stars or more.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tina LONGVIEW, TX, United States 01-20-13
    Tina LONGVIEW, TX, United States 01-20-13 Member Since 2012

    Moved to Tyler, Tx

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    "Hated the ending!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If there had been closure about the disappearance of the main characters two friends. I started this book with anticipation of discovering the truth behind his amnesia and his friends disappearance and neither one was answered, soooo disappointing !


    Would you ever listen to anything by Tana French again?

    Probably not I was very disappointed. I don't like to be left hanging at the end.


    Have you listened to any of Steven Crossley’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No but I thought he was very good and would definitely listen to him again.


    Any additional comments?

    I just felt like the whole thing was a waste of my time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    A. Thompson Pittsburgh, PA 01-16-13
    A. Thompson Pittsburgh, PA 01-16-13 Member Since 2016

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    "Riveting, Highly Recommend"

    I feel compelled to write a review, despite the fact that the novel is several years old. I really want more people to experience this author, so here we go!

    I won't give a plot synopsis since many other reviewers have. Instead, I'll focus on why I enjoyed this book. One caveat: I have only recently become an avid suspense/thriller/mystery reader. I'm relatively new to the genre, and so far I have yet to find another author in this genre that keeps me hooked past the first few books. So, maybe this is a major reason why the whole "lack of formula following" or "deviating from traditional formats" did not phase me at all. In fact, it was a welcome change.

    It's true what they've been saying. The plot is most certainly secondary to character development, setting the scene, and adhering to a realistic story. I swear, I honestly believed this story could have happened. Unlike other books in the genre that end spectacularly well for the protagonist and bring the antagonist to full justice in a blazing final moment of intense action, this book simply ended with an almost anticlimactic finale. Some characters had to pay for their actions, and good did not necessarily triumph over evil. An important issue is left unresolved, which probably should have gotten me all worked up, but surprisingly it did not. I loved the way it wrapped up. I found it satisfying. I was so invested in the characters and the Dublin Murder Squad, which were the true focus of the novel.

    Tana French is a master at her craft. She is my favorite author. That feels bizarre to write, since I am a voracious reader and have never been able to say with certainty that any one author is my favorite (I'm much more of the list of favorites by genre types). Her writing is extraordinary. It is vidid, thorough, descriptive, and slow-paced. I mean that in a positive way. I never felt she was hurrying through anything in order to get to something more important. Every sentence was clearly very important to her. Her dialogue was the most authentic I've ever encountered in any book. Yes, there is language and sexual references and all that. However, it did not seem sensationalized to me, or worse, inserted for no good reason other than to make a character seem more hard-core. One especially suspenseful tool she uses is to write as if Rob were telling you the story after the fact. There is a lot of foreboding resulting from Rob peppering his narration with hints along the lines of "She was trying to tell me something important," and "I should have known..." and "This was an important..." And, as the listener, I could not figure out why a seemingly innocuous moment was so vital until the conclusion.

    Steven Crossley was a perfect choice as the narrator. I thought he nailed the persona of Rob Ryan. He has a lovely, rich, expressive voice. It did take me a few moments to get used to the cadence of his voice, especially when reading female characters. That is in no way a criticism, however, just an observation. Sometimes a narrator grabs me right away and I fall right into the book. Sometimes, it takes me a little longer. He's in the latter category.His narration, though, is definitely a success in my opinion.

    If you have passed over the book in the past, or are on the fence about it, and it's in your typical genre choice, I recommend downloading this book right now.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sherry Oceanside, CA. United States 01-15-13
    Sherry Oceanside, CA. United States 01-15-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Intense, detailed detective novel"

    This author is so talented- if you love a realistic story with human characters and a truly interesting setting, you will love all of her novels. Don't miss them all.

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    Timo 01-14-13
    Timo 01-14-13
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    "Not bad, not great"

    I really liked how the book started out, the two mysteries (one in the past, one in the present) and particularly how the characters of the two detectives and their relationship to each other was developed. However, towards the middle of the book, the story just turns depressing. Not thrilling or scary, but depressing and that is not the kind of thing I'm looking for in this kind of book. In addition there are some lose ends which are never picked up so that you are left wondering: "What was the point of that whole strand?"

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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