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In the Woods Audiobook

In the Woods

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As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home. But on this warm evening, three children do not return from the dark and silent woods. When the police arrive, they find only one of the children. He is gripping a tree trunk in terror, wearing blood-filled sneakers and unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours.

Twenty years later, the found boy, Rob Ryan, is a detective on the Dublin Murder Squad and keeps his past a secret. But when a 12-year-old girl is found murdered in the same woods, he and Detective Cassie Maddox (his partner and closest friend) find themselves investigating a case chillingly similar to the previous unsolved mystery. Now, with only snippets of long-buried memories to guide him, Ryan has the chance to uncover both the mystery of the case before him and that of his own shadowy past.

©2007 Tana French; (P)2007 Penguin Audio, a member of Penguin Group (USA), Inc.

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    Carmen C 12-10-14
    Carmen C 12-10-14

    I'm addicted to audiobooks, particularly thrillers and erotic reads. I'd love for you to follow my reviews!

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    "Amazingly Narrated Mystery"

    I loved the narrator of this book almost as much as I loved the author's writing. Even though I guessed the perpetrator of the crime in the book, I still loved it (and that is rare). The story was good, but I could listen to this author's enchanting style and this narrator's voice for another twenty hours. I recommend this audiobook to people with an appreciation for literary mysteries.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lynn 05-17-12
    Lynn 05-17-12 Member Since 2010
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    "too much heart pounding too little action"
    What did you like best about In the Woods? What did you like least?

    The book was very descriptive. The author developed scenes and characters so fully that you could place yourself into the scene. I felt it was overworked. Too much Dylan Thomas over and over again.
    The mail character starts out rather likeable but by the end becomes someone to avoid. I was disappointed int the long drawn out ending.


    What could Tana French have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    edit. edit. edit.


    Which character – as performed by Steven Crossley – was your favorite?

    He was very good with all of the voices, even the women's voices.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No.


    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Jan Galax, VA, United States 03-14-12
    Jan Galax, VA, United States 03-14-12 Member Since 2002
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    "Looking for the Next Lee Child?"

    I'm always on the lookout for multiple book authors like Child, John Sanford, Crais and even Clancy and Grisham. Judging from this first book, Ms. French could be next.

    This book was a nice break from the American, everything ties up neatly in the end approach. The characters are intriguing and flawed, and ultimately pay the price (and that's the good guy), but oh so compelling, the realpolitik is (gasp) realistic, the story complex and engaging.

    The reader was awesome, crafting words and accents with care, precision and art. Definitely a pleasure and a lovely change of pace to listen to an English accent.

    As other reviewers have said, I cleaned the kitchen much longer, took the long way home day after day and stayed up late multiple times to get to the end of this one.

    First novels by great authors are one of the rarest and greatest pleasures in reading/listening. Don't miss this one.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    RaLee Smithfield, UT, United States 09-15-10
    RaLee Smithfield, UT, United States 09-15-10 Member Since 2008
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    "What a wimpy ending!"

    As this book was wrapping up the end of plot #2, I was eagerly anticipating the wrap-up of plot #1. Sorry, too bad for me. I was just left hanging. After spending hours and hours developing plot #1, the author doesn't resolve it? What a huge disappointment. I give 1 star because I did enjoy the character development (as I pictured Jude Law as the protagonist!), and 1 star because I thoroughly enjoyed the narrator. Minus 1 star due to way too much unnecessary vulgarity, and minus 2 stars for the gaping hole of an ending.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Snoodely Santa Barbara, CA United States 08-04-09
    Snoodely Santa Barbara, CA United States 08-04-09 Member Since 2016
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    "Slow, quiet, cerebral, sad"

    I prefer more action, humor, and excitement in the books I listen to; but I had to give "In the Woods" five stars, because Tana French wrote it so beautifully. It proceeds slowly and quietly, without thrills and chills, to the ultimate solution of the murder mystery. The solution does not provide the happy ending that I wanted, but probably more accurately depicts real detective work in the real world. I like the reader, Steven Crossley, but it puzzled me that he never used an Irish accent, since the story takes place in Ireland. Also, it disappointed me that the protagonist -- the detective solving the murder -- never solved his own twenty-year-old mystery that had propelled him into police work in the first place. I recommend this book to people who value exquisite character development and lyrical writing, but maybe not so much to fans of the mystery-thriller genre.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Monica Gig Harbor, WA, United States 11-17-07
    Monica Gig Harbor, WA, United States 11-17-07 Member Since 2017
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    "Will it ever end"

    A great thriller, well read and acted, but the book should have been abridged. I could/would have skimmed through parts if I were reading the book, but this isn't easy to do when you are listening.
    My husband and I listened to this on a road trip, and the first half was great. My husband gave up after 16 hours.
    I give it 4 stars because the story and reader were good, but would recommend it only to those that like lots of description and words, not those who like suspense and get eager to know how it will end!

    23 of 28 people found this review helpful
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    Randall D. Raymond Evans, GA USA 09-23-07
    Randall D. Raymond Evans, GA USA 09-23-07 Member Since 2009

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    "Great"

    This is undoubtedly the best detective novel I have ever read. The resolution of the "whodunnit" part is a complete surprise, but totally consistent with the evidence and built right into the plot from the beginning. You end up thinking, "Yes, that was obvious. Why didn't I see it?" The only reason I did not give it five stars is for one major shortcoming and a minor one. The major shortcoming is that it just moves too slowly. I think the plot could have been wrapped up in about half the length of this book, add a another quarter for the excellent character development, and you still have a book that is 1/4 longer than it needs to be. The minor shortcoming is that at the end there are still unanswered questions and loose threads to the story. It is probably appropriate that there should be, but it bothered me.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    CodenGolf 08-28-07
    CodenGolf 08-28-07 Member Since 2012
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    "A GREAT Book"

    This is a great book. A very talented writer and very well narrated.

    I don't understand a lot of the reviews here. It seemed like most people loved the book but were disappointed because the ending didn't wrap everything up neatly like a Mission Impossible episode. I thought that just made the book more realistic and intriguing.

    This is an excellent book that I highly recommend. I look forward to Tana's next book!

    14 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 10-07-13
    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 10-07-13 Member Since 2010

    Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.

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    "What's a Real Delusion?"

    Tanya French has chosen to show rather than tell how it seems when an understanding of the normal abruptly shifts. Perception is reality. Change the former and reality changes for the perceiver. We are the sum of our ideas. Should they shift from a manic trauma, reality will change. Like a rider in a windowless train’s car we depart into a reality that’s seemed to have moved while in fact we were the ones who travelled.

    Tanya French shows rather than tells the psychological horror of someone trying to balance upon a shuddering reality which threatens to blur like the view from a careening vehicle’s window. And she does it with a mastery of detailed research that's hidden from us like the Disney folks hide their critical infrastructure in tunnels and behind soothing facades. The clues are here from the first pages, but not until well into the end do we realize how important those dark tunnels and backrooms of psychosis are.

    I have a mega quibble. This book promised an Irish tale. Yes, there’s good reason to explain why the narrator Steven Crossley’s accent for the protagonist is British. Pity though that Crossley was unable or unwilling to find a trace of Ireland in the voices of the rest of the Irish cast of French’s characters. I wish that perhaps Gerard Doyle, the masterful Irish voice of Adrain McKinty’s powerful novels had told us this story. Even though I easily recommend the challenge and imagination of “Into The Wood”, Crossley is miscast as this novel’s reader.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Tracey Danville, AR, United States 02-02-13
    Tracey Danville, AR, United States 02-02-13 Member Since 2017

    I am a voracious reader (average about 4-5 Audible books a week, in addition to those I "eyeball".) I have been hooked on recorded books since the time of cassettes/CDs and was thrilled when I became an Audible member in 2007. I find reader reviews good guides to spending my credits, so have finally decided to write a few (although, I would rather be reading!)

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    "Just sorry I waited so long to read this!"

    This book sat in my library over a year before I decided to read it. I was put off by some of the very negative reviews, especially since I typically like a strict police procedural OR a cozy type mystery and rarely like "psychologically-probing" books. This novel is such a breath of fresh air, though. The characters are complex, especially the protagonist. I also like that the author didn't tie everything up at the end with a pretty little bow -- made it seem more realistic. Also, without getting into spoiler territory, it would have been difficult to resolve all the mysteries without stepping over the line from realistic fiction to surprise fantasy twist (given the number of Mulder/Scully references early on, I was a bit worried that was the direction she was taking.)

    To my taste, I feel the book could have used a bit more editing (especially the latter third), but perhaps I am just ticked because I couldn't stop listening and had a sleepiness night. Not the type of book you put on sleep mode if you don't want to spend the night hitting the button for 90 more minutes (the reverse snooze.)

    I actually would love to see more of Rob Ryan, even in episodic sidebars, in French's future novels. Meanwhile, though, she has introduced us to a number of characters I shall look forward to reading more about. I also love in the end when one date tells Rob he should date younger women because they are don't know the difference between intriguing and "f'd" up. This is an author I will stick with for a while.

    Overall, amazing debut novel for French.

    The narrator delivers well as the protagonist and does a good job with the other characters as well.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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