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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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    Patricia Clarksville, TN, United States 12-26-12
    Patricia Clarksville, TN, United States 12-26-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Narration was horrible!"

    The book may be good but the narrator was very hard to understand! I listened for a while hoping it would get better but it did not!! : (

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    ComicGurlGeek 12-24-12

    wheee

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    "Good listen, unsatisfying story"
    Would you try another book from Tana French and/or Steven Crossley?

    Perhaps. The book was well-written and I have no complaints about the narration.


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

    The book just seemed to get away from the author. There was a lot of lead up and suspense built, but the end just kind of fizzled out in a way that was both unexpected and depressingly realistic.


    What three words best describe Steven Crossley’s voice?

    Deep. Strong. Soothing.


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    Vickie LIVERMORE, CA, United States 12-24-12
    Vickie LIVERMORE, CA, United States 12-24-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Really Great StoryTelling!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I highly recommend this book. It takes a few chapters to begin to get into the characters but once you do your hooked! Love the narrators voice.


    What about Steven Crossley’s performance did you like?

    Loved Steven Crossley's performance. You believe that the characters are Irish and English.


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

    Not Really. I like having something to look forward to.


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    Lois Frazee, MN, United States 12-20-12
    Lois Frazee, MN, United States 12-20-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Interesting Listen"
    Would you listen to In the Woods again? Why?

    Yes. It is always good to listen more than once because you always miss something the firt time around.


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

    It did. I was interested to see how the two story lines connected.


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

    No.


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

    When we found out who committed the latest murder.


    Any additional comments?

    I was disappointed with the end. It was as if the author got bored with writing the book and just wanted it to be done.

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    JIMENA LAKEWOOD, CA, United States 12-19-12
    JIMENA LAKEWOOD, CA, United States 12-19-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Absolutely fantastic!"
    Where does In the Woods rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Probably among the best top 3 I ever listened to. Great story, the best narrator so far, in my opinion. Tana French is one of my favorite writers, have bought 3 of her novels from Audible and I am very glad I did. All the Tana French novels in this series are great. The end of In The Woods left me wanting more and while it was not a happy ending, the book is great and it really keeps you interested. This is a masterpiece in my opinion.


    What other book might you compare In the Woods to and why?

    Some of Harlan Coben's novels are similar and the way the plot evolves and disentangled itself. Also, Laura Lipman novels kept me this interested.


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

    He is my favorite narrator and yes I always look for stuff he narrates because I really enjoy his style and performance.


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    Tanya Chantilly, Va, United States 12-19-12
    Tanya Chantilly, Va, United States 12-19-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Enjoyable listening BUT..."

    I really enjoyed listening to the accent and the back and forth between the characters and the suspense of the book. But about half way through the book, I feel like the author added senseless drama for no good reason. The ending was also a bit aggrivating. The biggest suspense/question of the book was never answered which just kinda left the reader hanging.

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    monk Brodheadsville, PA, United States 12-19-12
    monk Brodheadsville, PA, United States 12-19-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Personal & Professional"

    As a clinical psychologist I found the portrayal of sociopathic behavior well done and the response of one of the characters to this captivating. The ending was a bit disappointing because it left some details unresolved, in my opinion.

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    Heather 12-11-12
    Heather 12-11-12
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    "Hard to follow "by ear""
    Would you try another book from Tana French and/or Steven Crossley?

    I've read all of French's book on paper and enjoyed them - but I'm disappointed by this as an audiobook. Read aloud, the descriptive and introspective passages seem wordy and overwritten, and the dialogue is surprisingly flat. The reader doesn't do much with vocal characterization - everyone has the same accent and similar timbres, though he does make the female detective sound a bit "girlish" high and breathy (which doesn't suit her smart, sardonic personality).
    I'll stick to the print editions of French's books.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Better vocal characterization in dialogue, to convey individual personalities and make it easier to follow who's who


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    Beth Anne Philadelphia, PA, United States 12-11-12
    Beth Anne Philadelphia, PA, United States 12-11-12 Member Since 2012

    i like to read. i like to listen.

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    "Exciting, intersting page turner!"
    Where does In the Woods rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's pretty high on the list. I loved the story and the narration.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of In the Woods?

    i was touched by one of the final scenes in the story...when detective ryan is remembering a scene where he and his two friends (who soon after went missing) were sharing a happy picnic in the woods. for some reason, this scene sticks out in my thoughts, because it was so simple, pure and honest. it was exactly as you would expect three kids to act in the wake of hearing some happy news. it was just written so well, read so well, and placed in the perfect moment of this book.


    What about Steven Crossley’s performance did you like?

    honestly, in the beginning I wasn't sure how i felt about his performance...but as i got into the thick of the book, i felt his voice really took off and captivated me. i loved how he voiced the young kids in the book -- for some reason his little whispery voice was perfect.


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

    see above.


    Any additional comments?

    this was a totally thrilling novel. overall, the mystery story was a good one. i agree with detective ryan at the end of the book when he narrates to the reader and tells us that we were "tricked" by one of the other characters in the book, too. that we didn't figure out the mystery until late in the game. that we were in the same boat as he was. tana french did a good job at making this story unfold before my eyes...even as i wanted to guess the ending, and couldn't.

    a solid solid novel with a lot of twists, turns and quite a few questions left unanswered. can't wait to read book #2.

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    David 12-07-12
    David 12-07-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Wow, for an award winner I didn't like this book."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Nothing.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Tana French again?

    No.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Steven Crossley?

    No.


    What character would you cut from In the Woods?

    There are 2 stories in this book and the Rob back story was frustrating and what I would cut which would leave nothing but a Law and Order short story.


    Any additional comments?

    I stole this from a review website but I wish I had seen this review before I bought the book:

    In the Woods is one of those books that you finish feeling bereft – bereft of answers, bereft of joy, bereft of happiness. Suddenly, grief and sorrow and despair are your companions as this is a novel that leaves you feeling so, so sad and heartbroken.

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