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The Woods Audiobook

The Woods

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Publisher's Summary

Twenty years ago, four teenagers at summer camp walked into the woods at night. Two were found murdered, and the others were never seen again. Four families had their lives changed forever. Now, two decades later, they are about to change again.

For Paul Copeland, the county prosecutor of Essex, New Jersey, mourning the loss of his sister has only recently begun to subside. Cope, as he is known, is now dealing with raising his six-year-old daughter as a single father after his wife has died of cancer. Balancing family life and a rapidly ascending career as a prosecutor distracts him from his past traumas, but only for so long. When a homicide victim is found with evidence linking him to Cope, the well-buried secrets of the prosecutor's family are threatened.

Is this homicide victim one of the campers who disappeared with his sister? Could his sister be alive? Cope has to confront so much he left behind that summer 20 years ago: his first love, Lucy; his mother, who abandoned the family; and the secrets that his Russian parents might have been hiding even from their own children. Cope must decide what is better left hidden in the dark and what truths can be brought to the light.

©2007 Harlan Coben; (P)2007 Brilliance Audio

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    Norma Dieppa 08-29-16
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    "Could be better"
    Would you listen to The Woods again? Why?

    I would not listen to the same story again, but may listen to other stories by Coben.


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

    Not many, but I would compare it to the Duke University Rape Trial.


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

    Scott Brick just has that type of voice that brings all of the necessary emotion to the subject. When he yells, you want to yell, when he suffers, you do too.


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

    I was put off a little by the old "poverty or race card" attitude embedded in the story. Justice works for some and not for others. It is just a crap shoot.


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed the book, but it does have a tired aspect to the trial story. The rest was really convoluted but interesting and unique. I mean the author threw in everything including the kitchen sink.

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    Carol Belle river, ON, Canada 08-29-16
    Carol Belle river, ON, Canada 08-29-16 Member Since 2015

    Love books, listen to 3-4 books a week, thriller and true crimes favorite.

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    "Not Good, even on sale I'm struggling"

    I'm a quarter the way through this book and I've spent more time hitting the 30 sec forward button. Coben does over explain or goes into side thoughts often but most times I can stomach it, this book, I can't. if he goes into any more side thoughts I'm going to lose it.
    narrator gets a bit dramatic at times, if he lighten up on mean voice or desperate parts, it be easier to enjoy, most times I like Scott Brick.
    one star, wait for big sale on this

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    Joel D. Webb Tampa, FL USA 08-28-16
    Joel D. Webb Tampa, FL USA 08-28-16 Member Since 2014

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    "great title"

    great story. not as predictable as many others. I am glad to add an other author to my list of favorites.

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    Watus Prosperity, SC, United States 08-22-16
    Watus Prosperity, SC, United States 08-22-16 Member Since 2013
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    "This book was confusing"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Not buy it!


    Would you recommend The Woods to your friends? Why or why not?

    It is a confusing tale that is hard to keep up with.


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    Scott Brick was the only good thing about this book.


    Could you see The Woods being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I hope not. That didn't work well for Lee Child.


    Any additional comments?

    I couldn't find anything else I liked at the time because my library was pretty full, so I took a chance on this book. Bad mistake. Some of you may be able to follow it better. I only listen when I am in the car driving so it gets a little dis-jointed.

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    BarbT 08-16-16
    BarbT 08-16-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Plausible, believable excellent read"

    A lifetime of multiple coverup's threaded together into a story that is both sad and redeeming. Sad because of the choices made by so many that lead to stunted lives, and redeeming in that there are still persistent truthseekers among us. Keeps you thinking about choices and consequences long after you've finished the last page.

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    jackie 08-16-16
    jackie 08-16-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Brilliant twist and turns all the way."

    Really worth the read. Have already brought my book by same author. Hope I'm not disappointed.

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    Amazon Customer 08-12-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Implausible"

    Did not like main character. Used his power for personal reasons, like so many politicians today. Didn't get all the way through the book because I found the story to be implausible. The narrator also had odd halting voice.

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    Amazon Customer USA 08-05-16
    Amazon Customer USA 08-05-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Unlistenable"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. I am a fan of Harlan Coben and the narrator Scott Brick. My poor review has nothing to do with either of them but instead the audio quality. Its as if it was recorded using a tin can and a string making it hard to listen to. I quit after 3 minutes and plan on using audibles return policy.


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    Marci 08-04-16
    Marci 08-04-16 Member Since 2011

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    "Good plot line but difficult to follow."

    Interesting and complex plot. Book is too long. Much of the excess is the narrator talking to himself trying to figure out his feelings. Boring and over dramatic. Author also spends time developing concepts of wisdom concerning Russian Jewish mob culture. Which might be worth something to think about until you see it is the advice of some of the story's worst liars and murderers.

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    R. Williams Overland Park, Ks United States 08-01-16
    R. Williams Overland Park, Ks United States 08-01-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Good story, bad sound quality"
    What made the experience of listening to The Woods the most enjoyable?

    Harlan Coben and a good story with a many twists and turns. I was casually listening, so didn't really see the end twist coming in this one. Scott Brick's narration is his usual. If you like him (and I do) you will like this one. The glaring negative is the sound quality. Did you guys record this on a 1970 portable cassette tape machine?


    Any additional comments?

    Sound engineers, you might want to test the quality of your capture early on. Any teen with an iPhone could have made a better quality recording than this. That aside, it is a good tale that is generally believable. Scott Brick does his usual good job.

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