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In the Woods Audiobook

In the Woods

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Ann United States 03-31-15
    Ann United States 03-31-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Engrossing plot"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it is fairly well written with some things I see as flawed, but still, highly engrossing and entertaining.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of In the Woods?

    When Det. Ryan explains about his apt. & roommate, mostly because I found it improbable & annoying. Why didn't he just move?


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Good voice; nicely modulated, but I was put off by the fellow's interpretation of the voices and the emphasis placed on words & phrases. He was a bit over the top at times, and did not seem to understand female voices at all.


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

    No, it is not a "moving" sort of plot.


    Any additional comments?

    Good book and worth the listen in spite of the somewhat annoying narrator.

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    Christine 03-25-15
    Christine 03-25-15
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    "Well written it predictable"

    A few chapters in a guessed who did it and at the end of the book they say I shouldn't have seen it coming... But I did... So It was just a little predictable in my opinion. Although the inconclusive ending makes me want to read the next book. Overall a good read.

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    Amy 03-22-15
    Amy 03-22-15
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    "Loved it."

    Very well written book. It kept me captivated and excited. Unexpected outcome. I'm a little disappointed with the outcome for Ryan.

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    Jeff A. Caynon 03-19-15 Member Since 2008
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    "I have a new favorite series"

    I'm going to be brief and offer no spoilers. This is a really good audio book. It is a masterful story which the reader performs well. That is a much more difficult combination than is readily apparent. It seems like all of the negative reviews I have read are negative because the story wasn't predictable. I don't want or need a predictable story. I couldn't put this one down.

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    Kathy M. Miller newport news, va 03-15-15
    Kathy M. Miller newport news, va 03-15-15 Member Since 2010

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    "Slow moving story"

    This was the slowest crime story I've ever listened too. It was painfully slow and had a horrible ending. Don't waste your time.

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    Lily 03-09-15
    Lily 03-09-15 Member Since 2013

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    "I Should Have Read More Reviews"
    What would have made In the Woods better?

    Perhaps if the synopsis writer had also authored the book it might have been as interesting as I thought it might be.


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

    So many things, but leaving out at least 1/3 of the verbiage would have been a good start. Making her lead character the least little bit sympathetic or interesting would be my next suggestion.


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

    He's a good narrator, barring the fact that a book set in Ireland has no Irish accents, and I will look for other books he has narrated.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from In the Woods?

    Too many to number.


    Any additional comments?

    Try as I might, I just couldn't get through this book. More than halfway in, I still didn't care about Rob or what the conclusion might be. I gave up.

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    mere2442 03-05-15
    mere2442 03-05-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Beautifully done"

    This book was so well done! I read a book recommendation site where someone wrote 'I envy people who have not yet read French's novels' saying that they get to experience them for the first time. I have to agree. In The Woods was gripping- Ryan, the narrator, was so incredibly human, that I even found myself justifying his faults. I finished it... Sobbing (but in all fairness, I am too emotional) and got online to immediately order 'Likeness.'

    I think that the performance was done very well. There were several points where I became confused on dialogue- who was speaking, but I thoroughly enjoyed it!

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    RNT Memphis, TN USA 03-02-15
    RNT Memphis, TN USA 03-02-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Mrs. Doubtfire"

    I haven't been listening to audible books for very long, although I have always been a voracious reader. When I travel I find listening is a wonderful way to spend the time. it is easy to tell if a story is a good one by whether I have to fight off sleep on a long drive. This story is good enough that I have continued listening even when I got home.

    Mysteries are very engaging, but this one is a story about people, not just action. The personalities are well drawn and sympathetic. The plot, aside from the murder mystery, is a good story on its own.

    The thing about audible books is the narrator being so important. I am finding that certain things bother me and also, what I like about a certain reader. This reader has a lovely voice from somewhere in the British Isles. He speaks with a low melodic voice that is wonderful for story telling. What I do not like is the way he does female voices. He makes the women sound "prissy." It must be easier for woman to do a man's voice than the other way around. It is a bit difficult to take a female character seriously when the voice sounds like Mrs. Doubtfire.

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    Mary C. Horvath Reno, NV USA 02-19-15
    Mary C. Horvath Reno, NV USA 02-19-15 Member Since 2011

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    "Good first half"

    The performance was good and the book had a compelling story but it got frustrating mid way through. The narrator is a bit of a jerk, there are main plot points that depend on people completely misunderstanding each other, and the conclusion to the main crime was frustrating. There seems to be a major flaw in the way the case proceeds (semi-spoiler)- if the body of a murdered child is found at an archeological dig- wouldn't the police do a thorough investigation of all the supporting buildings straight-away?

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    Joan Akron, OH, United States 02-18-15
    Joan Akron, OH, United States 02-18-15 Member Since 2013
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    "British accent for Irish voices?"

    Hearing obviously Irish slang in a British accent was jarring. Otherwise a really terrific read.

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