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I don't usually write reviews, but I just could not get away from this book! Great story, great reader. You really feel like you get to know the characters, but this one also had a great surprise ending. Loved it.
THE LIKENESS was my third audio book, and yet I rank it as the best one I've listened to so far.
Cassie Maddox was my favorite, seeing as the entire story was formulated from her conscious and subconscious mind.
I have to state that all the characters were quite satisfactory, and I easily settled into each distinct vocalization nicely. Heather O'Neill was definitely the perfect person to read Cassie, and I give a great deal of kuddos for her tackling so many parts, and pulling them off so well. It couldn't have been easy for a woman to manipulate several men characters, each one of them having such a memorable and distance way of speaking!
I grimace at the thought of this becoming a film.
Memorable. I sometimes hear Heather O'Neill's voice in my mind, echoes of the story...her audible words have become Cassie's story.
Good story but not as captivating as some, but very different. Good enough for me to just have purchased the first book in the series, "In the Woods". I really got into the characters and felt like I was right there with them. I adored the narrator's accent and will be searching for more books where she is the reader. She could polish up on making the male voices more masculine but overall did a satisfying job.
I gave it four stars since the descriptive narrative had me thinking the story was going to have something to do with the dead girl's looking like the female detective and that issue kind of fades out as does the issue regarding a journal. Those two aspects in the story kind of lost me after thinking more could have done with them after the build up.
If your looking for a long book, with a very different type of story,and well developed characters, give this one a try. To me, it's definetly one you can listen to a second time. There are some books I listen to once, and decide they couldn't be a future re-read, but not this one.
After listening to Into the Woods, I quickly purchased all four of French's Dublin Murder Squad books, and each gets better. I generally listen to audiobooks in the car or when I'm on a long walk, but this time, I couldn't stop listening when I got out of the car, and continued to listen to this book into the evening.
I'm currently listening to Faithful Place, and it's another great listen!
I am a college professor and professional actor, director and playwright. The peformance of the book is as important to me as the writing.
If you have read my other reviews you know I am a Tana French fan, big time. This book, while probably the least plausible of her Dublin Murder Series, is still incredibly good.
The thing French does best is to show the philosophical dilemma of her protagnoist while maintaining the character's humanity- warts and all.
What French has to say about human nature and the state of the world today coupled with original and compelling plot twists and turns makes her a number one in my book!
After listening to three of her books, I am a solid Tana French fan, but this book was way past amazing. For a mystery to captivate all the way and then leave you completely satisfied even though you are left to make your own decision about the whole story, showcases a fantastic talent and that is Tana French.
Nothing small about Heather O'Neill's performance either.
Both talented people have contributed to what in my opinion is one of the all time best books in my library.
I really liked this story. It was a bit improbable, but then I read all sorts of improbable and impossible stories, so it was pretty much right up my alley. I really liked the narrator. She didn't try to make everyone's voice different; she narrated it - told the story as one would do in one's head if they were reading it. I really, really appreciate this. So the performance was first-rate, plus she has such a wonderful lilt! The story was quite intriguing and kept me guessing until the end. A good mystery.
This is a very engaging book. I read it out of order. I learned Into the Woods is the first book. It reads well as a stand alone as well. It's engaging and kept me guessing all the way through for a number of reasons.
The story is about a cop who used to work under cover and goes under cover again after a murder has taken place and the victim has a remarkable likeness to our main character.
Our main character is likable and due to issues from a previous investigation is dealing with a large amount of stress and was not ready to go under cover. You go through her attachment to her new housemates and essentially goes native. A large part of the drama is how she deals with the attachments and her assignment.
Heather O'Neill has a fantastic narrator and does the accents really well.
Life is great!
This book ranks in my top few favorite listens so far. Tana French is an artist that deserves high praise. The imagination required to dream up this very different murder mystery is second to none. The characters are portrayed with depth and forethought. I never guessed what was next and had a time putting this story down while never wanting it to end! The narration by Heather O'Neill was excellent and I look forward to hearing from her more.
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