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In the Woods Audiobook

In the Woods

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, 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 find themselves investigating a case chillingly similar to the previous unsolved mystery.

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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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    Elaine 09-18-12
    Elaine 09-18-12
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    "Good listen - but had to listen to it twice"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I might recommend this book to a friend -depending on the friend.


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

    N/A


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

    This is my first perfeormance by Mr. Crossley. I found his accent difficult to understand at times and I had to rewind and re-listen often.


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    Lisa Martin Ohio 09-10-12
    Lisa Martin Ohio 09-10-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Best Tana French Yet"
    What made the experience of listening to In the Woods the most enjoyable?

    Extremely creep and VERY timely- strikes a chord with our world economic situation-I absolutely loved this book and I listened to it twice! I highly recommend it if you like psch thrillers- lots of atmosphere


    What did you like best about this story?

    I can see how the story could happen anywhere
    loved the description of the Spains' relationship


    Which scene was your favorite?

    First entrance into the Spain house


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

    I hated the neighbors


    Any additional comments?

    THIS NARRATOR IS FANTASTIC !!!! Please use him again!

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    gailtrabert syracuse, ny, United States 09-10-12
    gailtrabert syracuse, ny, United States 09-10-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great Police Procedural"
    Where does In the Woods rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the top 5.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Clearly the Chief Investigating officer, but his colleague, Cassie, is an intriguing second.


    What about Steven Crossley’s performance did you like?

    I loved his accent, of course, but it is more than that. He seemed to 'breathe' himself into the characters.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    If you like Henning Mankell, I think you will like this author as well.

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    Like_It_Is Lansdowne, PA, United States 09-10-12
    Like_It_Is Lansdowne, PA, United States 09-10-12 Member Since 2011

    Jane

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    "Engrossing story, compelling character development"
    Where does In the Woods rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book is right up there among my favorite audiobooks. I read it a few years back, recalled that I enjoyed it, and found that it was just as good if not better in audio format.


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

    As one of Tana French's Dublin Murder Squad series, I have to compare it to the others in the series. I'd say that the story in this one is near the top of the list, whereas the character development in this one, while certainly engaging, ranks behind The Likeness.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I enjoyed the interactions between Cassie and Rob. There were several scones that conveyed a lively sense of trust and easy friendship. These were really enjoyable and drew me right into the aspect of the plot having to do with their relationship.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No, but it's a rare book that will elicit that strong of a reaction in me.


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    Keagan San Antonio, TX, United States 09-04-12
    Keagan San Antonio, TX, United States 09-04-12
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    "Yes... Just, yes."
    Would you consider the audio edition of In the Woods to be better than the print version?

    Yes definitely. It's purely captivating.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters are so relatable. I loved everything about this novel.


    What does Steven Crossley bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Steven Crossley is absolutely amazing. Riveting performance. I couldn't stop listening, partly in due to Steven. I want him to read all of my books to me. I'm not kidding.


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

    As I previously stated before, most definitely yes!


    Any additional comments?

    I'm still thinking about this wonderful book long after I've finished it. Can't wait to get the next novel and hear more of Cassie's side.

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    Fredrica 09-04-12
    Fredrica 09-04-12
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    "Complex taught story - great read!"
    What did you love best about In the Woods?

    I liked how the old and new mysteries played off of each other.


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

    This was my second time reading the book, and I was fascinated to see how the various twists and turns led to (or didn't lead to) the conclusion. Hard to put down.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carole Dixon 09-03-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Fascinating and riveting"
    If you could sum up In the Woods in three words, what would they be?

    Fascinating, refreshing, engrossing


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

    Complex murder mystery, exploring multiple facets of the police psyche as well as the criminal. Well worth the listen, the story pulls you in and keeps you waiting for the next revelation. It has a good narrator, making for a good listen even in complicated areas of the story. The end was a trifle weak and yet it was a skillfully drawn ending, matching the degradation of a character.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Irish murder mystery minus the pubs


    Any additional comments?

    I will be listening to the rest of French's novels. Her writing is worth dipping back into. She is quite the storyteller.

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    Charles Farmingdale 08-28-12
    Charles Farmingdale 08-28-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Real good listen"
    What made the experience of listening to In the Woods the most enjoyable?

    I judge a book by how I feel about the characters. I came to like a nd understand Cassie and Ryan. I will be listening to the next book in the series. The story line was believable and well drawn out. The performance was quite good.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The development of the main characters. I felt like they were people that I knew.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Cassie and Ryan slept togethtper and he realized the mistake and it cost them their friendship.


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

    No but those are very rare


    Any additional comments?

    None

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Wendy St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada 08-27-12
    Wendy St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada 08-27-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Good story line with interesting characters."
    Would you listen to In the Woods again? Why?

    no, I don't listen to books twice


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

    The beginning, the event that caused it all.


    What about Steven Crossley’s performance did you like?

    Very easy listening


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

    no


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    Amazon Customer Illinois 08-25-12
    Amazon Customer Illinois 08-25-12

    Zephy

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    "Well developed characters and plot"
    Would you listen to In the Woods again? Why?

    I have had this book in my library for 2 years and have not had the time to read it. I recently downloaded the book on audible to listen to on a long road trip. I am so glad I did. I really like the characters in the book and the plot was well thought out. I have begun listening to the 2nd book in the series that continues with the same characters of the murder squad. I wish I had another road trip so I could invest the time to hear it all at once.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The two main characters, Rob Ryan and Cassie Maddox. Rob is interesting, likable and intelligent. Cassie is also intelligent, savvy, witty, attractive and no nonsense.


    What about Steven Crossley’s performance did you like?

    He was able to perform the different characters so that you knew who they were from his tone and manner of speaking. Even when performing the women's characters he was believable and didn't sound ridiculous. He did a very nice job of it.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I did cry a few times as well as laugh. The best part was that it held my attention. The authors use of imagery was well done.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't wait to see what happens in the next book!

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