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The Likeness Audiobook

The Likeness

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Publisher's Summary

Tana French's debut, In the Woods, hit the New York Times best-seller list and drew rave reviews from the Times (London) and Booklist. Picking up six months later, this riveting sequel finds Detective Cassie Maddox still scarred by her last case. When her boyfriend calls her to a chilling murder scene, Cassie is forced to face her inner demons. A young woman has been found stabbed to death outside Dublin, and the victim looks just like Cassie.

©2008 Tana French; (P)2008 Recorded Books

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    Marcus SHOEMAKERSVILLE, PA, United States 02-13-13
    Marcus SHOEMAKERSVILLE, PA, United States 02-13-13 Member Since 2010

    Willy Wonka of it

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    "A lovely tale, that killed my love of a character"
    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters were so well-developed that you felt you were part of their lives.


    What does Heather O'Neill bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    An awesome narrator that nailed the accents and voices of both male and female characters.


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

    Indeed I did. There were very few dull moments.


    Any additional comments?

    This tale was very well done. It stood alone, yet wove bits and pieces of the first novel in. You can enjoy it as a standalone tale or as a sequel. I felt a connection to all the characters as well.

    Tana did a good job of showing enough of the character's daily life to flesh them out and make a connection while still moving the story along and keeping the developments flowing. The pace was excellent, and to be honest, I would have been fine seeing a bit more mundane day-to-day activities.

    I left the first novel really liking (and feeling sorry for Cassie). Towards the end of this tale though, I felt much less of a connection and began to care less for her than for her dead persona. Still, that speaks more to how well Tana developed the character and made you feel the emotions.

    Well done all around!

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    Holdt Garver 02-13-13 Member Since 2013
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    "A complex and fascinating story"
    What made the experience of listening to The Likeness the most enjoyable?

    The protagonist, Cassie and the people with whom she "lives" are multi-faceted, flawed people. The story was very unusual.


    What other book might you compare The Likeness to and why?

    All Ms. French's novels are complex and full of real characters with contradictions and flaws.


    What about Heather O'Neill’s performance did you like?

    It is the best performance of all the audible editions of Ms. French's novels. It took me right into the scenes and I appreciated the accents and different voices. I hope Ms. O'Neill will be used as a narrator in future books.


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

    Yes, most definitely. I stayed up late several times listening to it.


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    Jeanette Manhattan Beach, CA, United States 02-13-13
    Jeanette Manhattan Beach, CA, United States 02-13-13 Member Since 2010
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    "A New Favorite Author"

    The premise of this book should not have been believable, but Ms French got me to suspend my belief because she does such a wonderful job of developing her characters and their relationships,I could not stop listening. This book is a mystery with several intrigues running along side. Heather O'Neill's narration is entertaining and her characterisations felt spot on.

    I love a good mystery which includes sub-plots to keep the story moving, creating suspense and surprise in the little moments. Fun book, entertaining series.

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    Carol Bailey, CO, United States 02-10-13
    Carol Bailey, CO, United States 02-10-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Slow listening"
    Would you try another book from Tana French and/or Heather O'Neill?

    No, I don't think so. I like the accents, but the story didn't hold my attention.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    C. J. Box


    Would you be willing to try another one of Heather O'Neill’s performances?

    no thank you


    What character would you cut from The Likeness?

    Didn't listen long enough.


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    Robert Long Beach, CA, United States 02-01-13
    Robert Long Beach, CA, United States 02-01-13
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    "OK, I guess..."

    This book was a more than a little over-the-top. I don't believe for one minute that any police agency would go to such lengths to solve a simple case of murder. The under cover thing was just not believable on many levels. In fact the entire book (plot and characters) made it difficult to suspend any sort of disbelief. I really didn't like or care about any of the characters in this book. It wasn't horrible, though. That's why I tried a second Tana French book - "Broken Harbor". I got it because of the stellar reviews and found it to be one of the worst mystery/crime novels I've ever read. What a mistake and waste of money.If "Likeness" was over-the-top, Harbor was in outer space. And... all but one, or maybe two of the characters were absolutely detestable - especially the protagonist. I'm through with Tana French - I think she's overrated and not really that skilled as a writer. As dark as she tries to be, her stories and introspective characters end up being laughable at best.

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    Bob Norcross, GA, United States 01-30-13
    Bob Norcross, GA, United States 01-30-13 Member Since 2016
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    "A great story"

    At first, I wasn't sure I would like this story, but after the first chapter I was hooked. Couldn't stop listening till the end. I would highly recommend this book.

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    A. Thompson Pittsburgh, PA 01-30-13
    A. Thompson Pittsburgh, PA 01-30-13 Member Since 2016

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    "Haunting and Exciting"

    I loved getting to know Cassie Maddox from her own perspective. I already had a sense of her because she was a prominent part of In The Woods, the first Dublin Murder Squad book. I highly recommend downloading that first, since Cassie’s background information and relationship status is a continuation of what happened there.

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and the improbable doppelgänger aspect did not hinder it in the least. I think what made that vital plot point less of a stumbling block was that the author does not try to explain how it happened. There’s no shared parentage or ancestry, no twin separation at birth, or anything like that. There’s a potential regional connection, but that gets pretty much shut down as well. Once I accepted that the similarity simply existed and the author was not going to waste time explaining it into the ground, it stopped mattering.

    Do not be worried that a plot centered on a motley crew of enigmatic college students will resemble a CW or Fox teenage TV show. Nothing could be farther from the reality here. Each character is finely drawn and original. The dialogue is quippy, natural, intelligent, and focused. Each person is believable and not at all a stereotype. Truly, the author did not take shortcuts when developing these characters.

    As I mentioned in my In The Woods review, this series departs from typical crime drama. Like In the Woods, The Likeness is a psychological thriller more than a traditional who-done-it. Figuring out who perpetrated the crime is secondary to becoming intimately involved in the psychology of the tightly-knit group of characters. Understanding the motive behind the crime is more important than concealing who committed it. The fact that this is an undercover op for Cassie is much more a focus than if this were Cassie acting solely as a murder detective. That is important to recognize, since yet again, the resolution of the investigation is not nearly as complete and air tight as you might expect from the crime genre in general. I like this. It is refreshing, and much more realistic.

    Tana French is truly a master in regards to her characters. I’ve read piles upon piles of books, the serious, down-to-the-grit-and-grime-of-humanity types. Not one comes close to her character development, in my opinion. Cassie Maddox is interesting, exciting, unpredictable, unexplainable, hard-headed, confusing (could I squeeze any more adjectives in there?), yet still very likeable. Her other characters are just as flushed-out and well-rounded. Everyone is multi-dimensional, possessing a realistic mix of personal ethics, irrational behavior, personal issues, goals, desires, and stress that results in a very realistic portrayal of people. There are no purely good characters, which I find refreshing. Cowboy antics are met with real consequences, unlike in most crime novels where maverick behavior is acceptable because the ends tend to justify the means. Not so for the Dublin Murder Squad.

    Heather O’Neill is the ideal narrator. She is perfection as Cassie. I would love to hear more of her readings. The minute she started narrating, she was Cassie. I did not have to adjust to her at all.

    With each new book, Tana French cements her place as my favorite author. The Likeness is no exception. It is truly masterful and haunting, and I cannot wait for the next book. I highly recommend this book.

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    PickyPicky 01-30-13
    PickyPicky 01-30-13

    I adore really well-written fiction, mystery series, and historical fiction, and delight in finding well-narrated translations.

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    "A bit hair-raising at times, but in a good way"

    Tana French is a new favorite author for me. I've now read all of the Dublin decective mysteries, and really like the way she focuses each book on one of the dectectives featured in the earlier stories. Can't wait for the next one! The narrator is good, too!

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    Joyce Eriksen 01-26-13

    History addict

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    Almost unbelievable premise, turns into a really gripping story of murder and psychology. Heroine detective is really a delight. Great depth of plot and great character readings.

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    Mary C. Garrison ny, ny usa 01-24-13
    Mary C. Garrison ny, ny usa 01-24-13 Member Since 2016
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    "oh man, this narrarator...."
    What did you love best about The Likeness?

    this is the second tana french book i've listened to and i like the characters and really liked this story in particular--but this narrarator is just *killing* me. i think its her accent (irish) which normally i feel like i'd enjoy or be fine with but it--and she--is driving me absolutely bananas. its totally not fair of me because its the Dublin Murder Squad for crying out loud! but i keep fighting the urge to turn it off. i'm sticking with it because the story is a good one but thankfully the narrarators are different for the other two tana french books. its just that my ears hurt :(


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