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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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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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    maria Handen, Sweden 08-19-12
    maria Handen, Sweden 08-19-12 Member Since 2011

    Love horror, have listened to every zombie book available on audio book. Name one, and I've listened to it!

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    "Boring"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Nobody! I diden't get it at all! First time i listening for two hours, coulden't take it any more. Second time for Three hours, coulden't take it any more AGAIN..Then I haden't anyting to listen to, so I finish...my bad!


    Has In the Woods turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no


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

    He was the only thing that was good whit the book.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from In the Woods?

    Like 10 hours? No wait, this book is so bad that it is a shame to even publish the book.


    Any additional comments?

    Weird and boring action, the big thing was that the protagonist had been kidnapped and suffered from memory loss, what happened to the mysteriumet?

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Derek 08-13-12
    Derek 08-13-12
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    "Difficult"
    Would you try another book from Tana French and/or Steven Crossley?

    I'm having a hard time finishing this book.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Tana French? Why or why not?

    I don't think I will get the other two books in the series.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Probably not.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    janet smiths falls on. k7a-4h7 08-10-12
    janet smiths falls on. k7a-4h7 08-10-12 Member Since 2013
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    "wow!"
    Would you listen to In the Woods again? Why?

    what a gr8 story. welldone. loved it to bits. i will probably read it again. what more can i say?


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kimberly 08-10-12
    Kimberly 08-10-12
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    "Author Mistakes Misery for Meaning"
    What disappointed you about In the Woods?

    The first half of the book was well set up, but after that, the main character became a horrible human being. I have a really hard time with books when I can't stand the main character. Also, there are multiple mysteries in the book, and one of them is simply never resolved, with a kind of "well, that's life."


    Has In the Woods turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. Not even the author - I read this book because I do like her newer work.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Not sure of a favorite scene. She does a good job in the first part of the book setting the scene and giving you interesting characters.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment, mostly. The book was way too long. She got really stuck on the melancholy, "gosh his life was really ruined by this event." Wasted a lot of time.


    Any additional comments?

    I really like Tana French's later work, but she does seem to get stuck on "it's miserable and it can't change" sometimes, and I have a hard time with that - don't see much point spending time on it. Although it's still there in her later books, I think she handles it better there. She just doesn't make good choices with this book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Edward 07-17-12
    Edward 07-17-12 Member Since 2011

    CapedKing

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    "Great Read Unlikable character"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    No the characters where unlikable and the solving of the murder came out of left field.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Tana French? Why or why not?

    I like the idea of an Irish Detective but not creepy Ryan.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The Interaction between Cassie and Ryan.


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

    This character made me cringe.


    Any additional comments?

    Detective Ryan was such a creep I do not want to spoil anything but even him getting on the case when he shouldn't have been.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Pab Albuquerque, NM, United States 05-25-12
    Pab Albuquerque, NM, United States 05-25-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Complex Story - Interesting Setting and Characters"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Only to friends that would have the taste for something like this.


    What three words best describe Steven Crossley’s voice?

    Effiminate. Accent didn't sound right.


    Any additional comments?

    Complex and interesting study, not only of the crime, but also the investigators..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tracy Orofino, ID, United States 05-23-12
    Tracy Orofino, ID, United States 05-23-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Not your typical thriller ."
    Where does In the Woods rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the middle . I enjoy a story line that is not predictable .


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

    Not sure .


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

    Sam . Hangs in the back but is charming .


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

    No . Many details to take in .


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rita 05-10-12
    Rita 05-10-12
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    "Never a boring moment in my opinion"
    Where does In the Woods rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Quite far up, could have been on top if it were not for one thing missing in the story.


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

    Chet & Bernie series, which also have a good narrator, great characters and a good storyline.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Cassy tells her partner about her past.


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

    He's back where it all started, only this time all alone in the woods with his terror....


    Any additional comments?

    I was greatly dissappointed over the first case not being solved!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mary 05-02-12
    Mary 05-02-12
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    "Great author, great story"

    I picked this up on the recommendation of a friend. After I finished, I immediately downloaded every other book by this author. Great story. Sucks you right in to the characters' joys and woes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Judy BROWNWOOD, TX, United States 04-23-12
    Judy BROWNWOOD, TX, United States 04-23-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Diappointed in the resolution of both crimes"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It is still suspenseful with interesting characters and well written.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Tana French? Why or why not?

    Yes, I heard her other books are better.


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

    No


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

    Murders decades apart are connected by one man.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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