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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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    JRM 01-26-13
    JRM 01-26-13 Member Since 2012

    Who needs the mall?

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    "Better, but...."
    What did you like best about The Likeness? What did you like least?

    This was a very intricate plot, and a superb story. The only caveat - the author asked us to take a giant leap in believing a girl who happened to look exactly like Cassie just happened to stumble into one of her old undercover identities. I struggled with this and the fact that once again, the book was just too long.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The most interesting thing about the story was the house, it's occupants, and all their combined secrets. The least interesting was all the time spent at college. I just didn't care.


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

    Heather has a brilliant accent and as always, a narrator brings you into a story in a way that reading it on your own just can't match.


    Was The Likeness worth the listening time?

    I think so. I'm looking forward to seeing what unfolds in the next book.


    Any additional comments?

    I was confused when, near the end of the book, Cassie mentioned her trip to England. It caught me off guard and took me a few minutes to recognize exactly what she was talking about. Just another subject I'd like to see hashed out in the next book.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra 10-22-09
    Sandra 10-22-09 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent"

    The Likeness is great, it kept me guessing and captured chapter after chapter just like "In the Woods". I hope Audible's customer service comes up with a way to warning me if Tana French comes up with another sequel. O'Neil is an great too. A must have.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra L. Jacob US 08-08-09
    Sandra L. Jacob US 08-08-09 Member Since 2015

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    "Mesmerizing, complex, real"

    I loved this book, the narrator, the plot, the writing, the characters. It was as good as the first one,In The Woods. I highly recommend it. The plot complexity, the imagery, the characters all combine to make a fascinating story that I had to finish. I wonder if Tana French will write another. I hope so.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Marc Peterson 12-27-08
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    "Fun Listen"

    OK, admittedly, the story isn't very believable, but I liked this story. I loved the narrator's accent, and Ms. French paints a lovely world with words. I liked this story enough to recommend it. Cheers!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 03-01-12
    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 03-01-12 Member Since 2015

    Dept Q, Harry Hole... where are you?

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    "Trivial story hardly worth the effort."
    Would you try another book from Tana French and/or Heather O'Neill?

    I am done.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    The Informant


    Have you listened to any of Heather O'Neill???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, she does well.


    You didn???t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I like the detectives, but the story is so trivial I cannot understand why such an undertaking by the police would ever take place.


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    Amazon Customer 10-18-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Definitely must suspend disbelief..."

    The author is a master of words, dialogue and scene setting. The reader is the best I've heard (and I listen to many Audible books on my very long commutes), but this is my 2nd book by Tana French and it may be the last. She needs a plot coach and needs to bring her stories back into the realm of plausibility. Too many times the listener is required to overlook ridiculous premises and character behavior in order for the story to work. The author is too good with language to be wasted on bad story construction.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Camille ODENTON, MD, United States 12-04-15
    Camille ODENTON, MD, United States 12-04-15 Member Since 2013

    Social sci-fi, vampires, and modern detective thrillers, oh my!

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    "Dialouge City"

    This book had a great and almost unbelievable plot but it was long, too long with dialogue. I expect a little more action from my detective/thriller novels. I do like that the end had more resolution than The Woods but The Woods kept me more engaged.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Voracious Reader NY 11-25-15
    Voracious Reader NY 11-25-15 Member Since 2012

    Retired tech writer/editor. Mensa. Pgh Steelers/ Penguins fan. Lib Dem/feminist. Grew up reading lit--M.A. English--now read mys/thrillers.

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    "Love, love, LOVED this book!"
    What did you love best about The Likeness?

    I loved the characters. I loved Cassie in the earlier book where I met her: In the Woods. Then The Likeness was on sale & I didn't buy it because reviews said the coincidence was too great that Cassie was a look-alike for the dead girl. When it came around again, I bought it and SO glad I did. I LOVED the soi-disant family to which Lexie belonged; she is the smart-mouthed percocious baby girl amid: Daniel, dark and paternal, the provider; Abby, the "mom"; Rafe the rake; Justin the young kid struggling with his sexual identity. When Lexie is murdered, Cassie, her double, trained in undercover, is enlisted to go back to the communal house, pretending to be Cassie with amnesia. I loved the house and the family. The book is talk, talk, talk, and I loved every word. Frank is also a great character.


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

    There's a book called The Scapegoat by Daphne Du Maurier. But The Likeness is SOOOOOOOOOOO much better.


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

    It took a while to get used to the (lovely) Irish accent. By the end of the book I think I had an Irish accent. It became my native tongue!


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

    When the three were telling Cassie what happened the night she was stabbed. My heart went out to Justin. Also, when Cassie first saw them & says she can remember how they looked that day - the foreshadowing was there & you knew this recollection was bittersweet.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm just so glad I bought this book after reviews complained about coincidence being too much. Shakespeare did quite well with doubles and a lot more coincidence than in this book and nobody complains about inability to suspend disbelief for his work!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mark 07-15-15
    Mark 07-15-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Beautifully written"

    A deeply moving, beautiful portrait of complicated, interesting people. The mystery was so secondary it didn't matter at all. Each of the lives mattered, as did the way they twined together and came apart.

    A magnificent meditation on friendship, desire, need, and sacrifice. Very moving.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Phoebe J. Epstein Kent, CT 07-09-15
    Phoebe J. Epstein Kent, CT 07-09-15

    PhoebeJ

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    "Good story, could have been shorter"

    In general this is a good story of an odd uncover assignment. But a little judicious editing could have made it even better. The narrator was excellent.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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