©2008 Tana French; (P)2008 Recorded Books
I love listening to the Irish Murder Mysteries; the lyrical quality to the foreign accent is entertaining and fresh, and this reader does a great job with it. The book is very well-written with likable characters. It was great to see Frank again (hero in Faithful Place). I felt the dialogue and soliloquizing drags at times, could be edited tighter, but that's what the fast-forward on my I-pod is for. I also would have liked a tidier finish to explain the absolute identical nature of her unknown twin -- a philandering father, twins separated a birth, witness protection? -- I thought that thread petered out, a missed opportunity, but all in all, I love this series.
I doubt I would listen to The Likeness again if it weren't for Heather O'Neill's narration which added another dimension to the story.
I kept trying to guess the ending, but took a wrong turn down the maize of possibilities Tana French created.
If I had the time available I would have listened to it in three or four sittings.
I would if enough time had passed that I didn't remember all the details.
The very vivid characters and the absorbing plot.
Her accent was perfect and she created a different voice for each character. She conveyed all the emotions of each moment perfectly.
The reader's Irish accent made this book so engaging and interesting! And improbable story line was written so well that you really believed it could happen! I liked this one even more than the first book - In the Woods.
I listened to French's "In the Woods" and found it mesmeric, but frustrating. The plot kept getting lost in all the atmosphere, the tone of the book was too unremittingly gloomy, and the unresolved elements at the ending annoyed me.
But when I noticed this book, I couldn't resist, because French is such a fine writer, even if the pace of her work--like all literary fiction--is pretty slow. Now that I've heard "The Likeness," I must say I think there's a noticeable improvement between this book and its predecessor. Like "In the Woods," "The Likeness" is very slow and thoughtful and long on atmosphere, but this time French doesn't lose track of her plot, and manages to maintain dramatic tension. And there are some lighthearted moments to balance out all the angst.
I'm really hooked by these characters. And the narrator's voice is absolutely perfect.
The complex and very compelling story-line keep you riveted. The narration is very well done.
The heroine, Cassie Maddox, starts out with an almost unbelievable job undercover that she pulls off. You wait and wait for her to be found out and disaster to strike but root for her the whole time. This is a very human character who makes you think, could I be that brave?
The unraveling of the secrets of the housemates...
A great read/listen!!!
Always listen to books in the regional accent!
I listened to the last chapter 3 times. It was a very moving closing. And I needed closure after being brought so deep into the story.
I had purchased the book in print, then decided I wanted to hear the story in the Irish accent. An excellent decision.
Really good story with great characters. I am usually not a fan of female readers however, Heather O'Neill transported me to a far off land dropped right in the middle of the characters' lives! Captivating!
My husband hated the narration. I have to say it was the accent. The story took place around Dublin and the narrator used the Irish accent to read the story which I didn't mind after about an hour of listening but it drove my husband Nuts!
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