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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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    Linda 01-13-13
    Linda 01-13-13 Member Since 2011

    Linda in Omaha

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    "Hated it! Boring! Mizerable story!"

    There were hours of this book when I actually felt angry that I was wasting my time listening to it. Fast-forwarded through much of it in the middle. In the end, I didn't have any feeling of satisfaction in the story, the ending, or the narrator. Narrator didn't keep the voices the same, and it was hard to keep track of which character I was listening to.

    I will remember not to ever purchase another book in any form written by Ms. French.

    I have given the narrator, Steven Crossley, only 1 star for his performance, but considering the material he had to work with, maybe he wasn't really so terrible afterall.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sara 01-13-13
    Sara 01-13-13

    I read equal parts NF + F: (Follet + Tolstoy + Hillenbrand + Monk Kidd + Preston+Child), practical, hands on guides, + KidLit.

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    "Huge disappointment! I feel cheated."

    I am of the mind that there is an unspoken contract between a writer and a reader that the first chapter sets up. I expect the first chapter to set the tone, conflict, and motivation for the hero. In this novel the hero does NOT achieve a single goal set out for him by choice. He's a failure who falls flat on his face and even though the introductory chapters had me hooked, not only does the story not deliver what is promised, but by the end of the book I despised the main character for his weakness and inability to change.

    The author never offers explanation for the very reason why I read this book in the first place - to find out what happened to the MC and his two friends who disappeared one summer night in the woods when they were twelve. As if these were not disappointing enough (having an MC who does not change after more than 20 hours of reading and never discovering the truth about one of the central mysteries of the novel), the central murder mystery of the novel is also a disappointment! The murder case drags on and on in seemingly real time, not fast-paced murder mystery novel time, and lacks a single interesting or unseen twist or turn in the plot. I wanted to like this book, but the bottom line is that the author does not deliver. Where are the red herrings? Why have pages and pages of description that never pan out to hold significance? Why set us up to like the MC only to make him out to be the most bland and cowardly character in the book? Why have an MC who does nothing to change his situation? SPOILER ALERT: The hero of this book does not get the girl, does not solve the mystery of his childhood, does not unlock his repressed childhood memories, does not get the promotion, and does not change his life for the better. Spare yourself the disappointment.

    The narrator for this book, Steven Crossley, was fine and did a great job. I would certainly consider other books narrated by him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mike Putnam CT 01-09-13
    Mike Putnam CT 01-09-13 Member Since 2012

    I drive a truck so I listen to a lot of books.

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    "What a complete waste of time"
    Would you try another book from Tana French and/or Steven Crossley?

    Steven Crossley was the only highlight of this audible book.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Tana French again?

    Not a chance, the summary was misleading, the main character was about as exciting as oatmeal


    Which character – as performed by Steven Crossley – was your favorite?

    Mark, at least he cursed with some sort of conviction. O' Kelly was not that bad, and I could always tell when a woman was speaking. The performance was the best part.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The narrator was excellent. I will look for more Steven Crossley readings


    Any additional comments?

    The summary of this book is misleading, be ready for a truly boring detective story, at 3 different times I actually stopped listening and purchased other Audible tittles. I expected so much more from the summary.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    D. Moon Solgohachia, AR 01-07-13
    D. Moon Solgohachia, AR 01-07-13

    MsWarped

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    "Great book"
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    Most books are predictable but this one was not. Great ending


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    Hasn't


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    Yes he does. He does this by leading you on but not quite giving you all the answers until the end


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Wilton, California, United States 01-03-13
    Chris Wilton, California, United States 01-03-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Never assume."
    What did you love best about In the Woods?

    It keeps the listener interested but later, the main character frustrates you! I am impatient about stupidity. It was necessary for the story but frustrates just the same.


    Would you recommend In the Woods to your friends? Why or why not?

    Probably not.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The actual country side of a country I have never visited.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. You need breaks.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Pauline 01-02-13
    Pauline 01-02-13
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    "Great Listen"
    What made the experience of listening to In the Woods the most enjoyable?

    Good story with double mystery


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

    yes


    Which scene was your favorite?

    not applicable


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoy a good mystery. This fit the bill

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    N. Song 01-01-13
    N. Song 01-01-13

    eclectic eccentric

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    "great until the end"
    What did you love best about In the Woods?

    Good character development of main characters and well read


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Changed the ending


    What about Steven Crossley’s performance did you like?

    Loved it!


    Any additional comments?

    Okay spoiler alert!but the book never resolves or gives answer to the original premise which is what caught my attention in the first place. You finish never knowing the answer to the whole mystery that starts the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Alice 12-27-12
    Alice 12-27-12
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    "A good "who-dun-it""
    If you could sum up In the Woods in three words, what would they be?

    A love story gone wrong and a mystery to solve, an older mystery that never gets solved


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Capturing the perp


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    the end


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica L. Roberts 12-26-12 Member Since 2013

    jofreaka

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    "Worth it."
    Any additional comments?

    I have subsequently listened to all of the series. TF does a great job making you want to punch the "protagonist" in the throat.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    David & Margaret Shelton Vancouver, WA 12-26-12
    David & Margaret Shelton Vancouver, WA 12-26-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Please don't waste your time"
    What disappointed you about In the Woods?

    About half way through the story development turned sour all the way through to the ending which was also sour.


    What was most disappointing about Tana French’s story?

    The lack of resolution of issues that were the some of the main hooks in the story line.


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

    Someone who was capable of delivering both an English and Irish accent.


    Any additional comments?

    An interesting start (plot, story line). She seemed to loose herself along the way.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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