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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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    E. Chen nj 03-16-13
    E. Chen nj 03-16-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Boring and Long"

    I thought the narrater did a good job. In the end I just found the story to be very slow moving and boring. I thought it was obvious who was guilty and the ending was not satisfying. I can't say much more because I don't want to spoil it for anyone. I don't recommend this book unless you need something to help you fall asleep.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ann Denver, CO, United States 11-23-10
    Ann Denver, CO, United States 11-23-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Good writing but a lot of dead air"

    Tana French wrote a good novel, but Steven Crossley, normally a proficient narrator, narrates this audiobook way...too...slow. While the audiobook is about 20 hours long, Crossley could have easily cut down the time by at least two hours by merely reading in a consistent conversational pace. There are inexplicably many, many long pauses, leaving the listener with a lot of dead air, and painfully slow-paced reading as if the narrator thinks he is reading to an audience who doesn't understand English very well. Nevertheless, Steven Crossley is blessed with a great vocal quality, and Tana French knows how to write a good story. If Crossley had had a speed-up button I could have pushed, this might have been a great audiobook.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Mathis Plainview, TX, USA 01-29-09
    Mathis Plainview, TX, USA 01-29-09 Member Since 2007
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    "I didn't care for "In the Woods""

    There was a lot of potential with this story. I was excited when I saw the synopsis of it, but after I got to listening to it, it got longer and longer and we weren't going forward in the story. Without trying to give anything away, the "In The Woods" part of the story is never solved. I was hoping that the author would bring them together and tie up all the loose ends. After the story finished, I still feel like I'm "In the Woods".
    It was a waste of time and money to listen to this one.

    7 of 8 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!

    15 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Amalia KorinthiasGreece 07-30-07
    Amalia KorinthiasGreece 07-30-07
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    "Disappointed!"

    I thought I was buying a thriller not a self pitying, frustrating rumbling of the main character. I got bored, mad and felt really stupid at the end which was the worst ending I've ever read. What on earth was the point of all the flashbacks and the whinning if we were not going to be satisfied with an explanation about what happened. I totally agree with the fellow listener about the irish accents and I would give the narrator in total a 5/10. In total, I'm sorry I bought it and wasted so many hours of my time.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    John Neely Savannah, Georgia United States 02-01-11
    John Neely Savannah, Georgia United States 02-01-11 Member Since 2013
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    "Not worth listening for 20 hours"

    This book starts with a great idea but it never really develops. There are two mysteries, one in the past, one in the present. The reader is led to believe that they are connected, but after lots and lots of dialogue, memories, etc we find that the first cannot ever be explained (due to "amnesia" on the part of the narrator) and the second could have been solved right away if the right technology had been applied sooner rather than later. The middle third of the book can be dispensed with- it doesn't have anything to do with either plot. Disappointing.

    31 of 38 people found this review helpful
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    Larry Hodgson 06-22-07 Member Since 2016
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    "Fascinating Read, Unsatisfying Conclusion"

    I intially found this book very interesting and certainly well written. In fact, its strength is in the narrative, rather than in the story. I was very disappointed by the drawn-out, unsatisfying conclusion. It was as if the author got bored and decided to conclude the book too quickly. You see, there are two main story lines, one concerning a recent murder which is concluded fairly reasonably, although not quite believably. I find it hard to believe that the police would not have looked more deeply into the victim's family, especially considering a family member does turn out to be involved in the murder.

    The second is a disappearance that happened 20 years ago, with overtones of some sort of strange creature having possibly been the cause. This is never solved, but rather left hanging, making me wonder why then it was even brought up in the first place. Of course, the disappearance is part of the explanation for the twisted character of the main protagonist, but it would have been easy enough to create another reason for his actions.

    Therefore, I was very interested at least 3/4s of the way through the book, then ultimately disappointed when it started to become apparent that the second story line was never going to be concluded satisfactorily.

    41 of 51 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
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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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