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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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a mourir d'ennui!!!!

je me suis fait séduire par des critiques positives de cet auteur. quelle deception! l'histoire traîne, alourdie par des détails inutiles. je n'aime pas lâcher un livre, mais ici j'etais tentee a nombreuses reprises....

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  • Dottie B.
  • 14/02/2013

Very mixed feelings (semi-spoilers included)

First, the narration was very good. I would listen to him again.

Second, the first half of the book was also very good even with the overwritten parts. I wanted to know very much what happened in both crimes. I also liked the main characters, and I loved the relationship between the main characters.

Third, the second half of the book really changed my pleasure in listening to the book. The anger and animosity coming from our main character, Rob, was so incongruous with how he had been I was thrown. A very large part of the book that I had been enjoying was the friendship between Cassie and Rob, and once that was taken away, I did not enjoy the book as much.

Fourth, so much of the book was unnecessary and irrelevant that I found myself drifting for long moments (especially during the second half of the book).

Fifth, the conclusion was ridiculous and unresolved and frustrating.

It was almost like two people wrote this book.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lesley
  • 18/07/2007

Detection with a Difference

In the Woods is a police procedural on the surface. A girl is murdered, and the protagonist and his partner try to find the killer. Underneath, however, it's the story of that protagonist, Detective Rob Ryan, and his attempts to know and overcome his own buried memories.

On the procedural front, there's everything a reader would expect from a modern detective novel: squad-room characters, a grumpy supervisor, the working relationship of Rob Ryan and his partner, Cassie Maddox. There is also suspense, some red herrings, some authentic leads, and an investigation that gives readers a look into the political and personal worlds of the suburb where the murder takes place.

By itself, this would have been satisfying enough, but In the Woods goes a step further. Rob Ryan, like many other modern detectives, has an ongoing problem. Inspector Morse had alcohol, Barbara Havers has her weight and shyness, but Rob Ryan's in a worse spot: he knows he escaped a horrible situation that presumably killed two of his childhood friends.

But unlike other detectives' problems, this one doesn't just get in Rob's way as he tries to solve the crime: his psychological state is the major part of the story. Parts of In the Woods are therefore quite depressing. Sometimes you want to strangle the guy--why did he DO that? What the heck is wrong with him? And then you remember: after what happened to him, he can't be all there.

In the Woods doesn't offer easy answers to this major story arc. For that, I applaud the author, because trauma that deep can't be solved with a sudden, triggered breakthrough. There's a start toward normality for Rob, but it's only a start.

I wouldn't mind seeing Rob again, but I don't expect him to be more normal next time. If anything, he might be in worse shape. The narrator did a fine job, with the exception of some female voices being a bit forced. Highly recommended if you're looking for a fresh, different detective novel.

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  • Global
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  • Wild Wise Woman
  • 04/01/2011

A near-flawless audiobook (but for one thing...)

One of the best-written and best read combinations around. I put off reading Tana French for a long time because I've been suckered too often, but when I was barely 1/4 way through Part One (of 3), I sat down and ordered the next two books she has written. The writing is THAT good. The story is elegant and moving and convincing, and the characters are more-real than most of the people in your own life. Steven Crossley has an amazing, rich and varied voice, an almost-beautiful thing to hear.

Here comes the flaw. This is a book which takes place in Ireland, in small town Ireland, amongst working class Irish people. ALL of them are Irish, but NONE of their accents are. The first-person narrator explains away his English accent by conveniently spending his teen years in English boarding school, but what of everyone else? It might be a sin for an English actor to attempt an Irish accent and do it badly, and I do love Crossley's voice, but surely there are Irish narrators looking for work? I've enjoyed many other Irish novels read by Irish readers -- in fact it is one reason I choose an audiobook over the print version sometimes. So, the English reader loses a star for this otherwise brilliant book.

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  • Global
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  • fadednotebook67
  • 07/06/2007

Cannot Recommend Highly Enough

Never have I given, to my friends or in the few reviews I have done here, a 5 star review. I cannot say enough about this book, and I really can't say much without it being a spoiler. I was amazed at the quality of the writing; tight, suspensful, well-rounded characters that you really cared about as well as vivid detailed descriptions of the countryside. I suspect that the "first novel" appellation may turn out to be false, and that this is written under a psuedonom (the writer is Tana French). Whatever, the book is a sitting in the car in the driveway, taking the Mp3 player into the house and listening during dinner book. I was unable to put it down. The author foreswears cliches and even the most jaded mystery reader will enjoy the twists and turns as our Detective protagonist trys to explore the depths of his boyhood memory to solve this modern day case. A fantastic book. If this author is really a newcomer, I await breathlessly the next book from Tana French.

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  • E. Chen
  • 16/03/2013

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.

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  • Global
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  • Tamara
  • 18/02/2010

Brilliant!

After listening to 75+ Audible books over the past 2 years, I can honestly say "In the Woods" ranks right up there among my top favorites. (It is also the only book I have bothered to write a review for.) The reader is fantastic and the story is gripping. Some Audible reviewers have complained about an unsatisfying ending. I totally disagree. I thought the ending was tight and all major conflicts were resolved at the end of the story. You won't be able to stop listening to this one. I can't recommend it enough!

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  • Global
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  • Amalia
  • 30/07/2007

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.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Ted
  • 07/10/2013

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.

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  • Global
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  • Lynn
  • 17/05/2012

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.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Jan
  • 14/03/2012

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.

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  • vintervis
  • 01/10/2011

Geht unter die Haut

Man sollte keine Handlung erwarten, in der die Ereignisse einander jagen, auch dürfte es vielen leicht fallen, schon früh zu erkennen, wer den Mord beging. Dennoch, die Einblicke, Hintergründe, Schauplätze, die Atmosphäre - mich hat die Geschichte früh gepackt und bis zum Ende gefesselt. Für einen ersten Roman trotz kleinerer Schwächen überaus gelungen, besonders sprachlich und psychologisch. Ich werde definitv die nachfolgenden Bücher lesen - anhören kann man sie ja leider hier nicht.
Viele Leser waren offenbar enttäuscht, weil das alte Verbrechen nicht aufgeklärt wird. Mir blieb die resultierende Frustration erspart, da ich darüber vorgewarnt war, darum erwähne ich es hier. Ich fand dieses offene Ende keineswegs störend, sondern realistisch und sehr interessant, denn der alte Fall reizt zu Spekulationen.
Die englische Aussprache des Sprechers macht Sinn, weil zwar die Handlung in Irland spielt, der Ich-Erzähler aber seit seiner Schulzeit in einem englischen Internat den irischen Dialekt/Akzent abgelegt und die englische Sprechweise angenommen hat - so vollständig, daß er, zurück in Irland, häufig für einen Engländer gehalten wird.

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  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
  • henrietta2204
  • 11/04/2011

Why not an Irish Reader?

Although Steven Crossley does a good job in narrating the story, I cannot understand why a story that is located in Ireland is not read by an Irish Reader. Some pronunciations made me cringe, others were merely annoying.
The story itself is interesting, the fact that not all mysteries from the past are solved, didn't bother me. However what I did find annoying was the whingy protagonist. That said, I wouldn't mind listening to the sequel of the story (The Likeness), but unfortunately audible only offers the abridged German version of it (Totengleich).

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  • Global
    3 out of 5 stars
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  • Jennifer
  • 19/06/2015

mit Längen

einen Achtion-Triller darf man hier nicht erwarten. Die Geschichte ist gut gelesen aber sie hat ihre Längen und da habe ich oft überlegt, ob ich weiterhören soll oder nicht.
Das Ende ist überzeugend und kommt nicht so ganz überraschend daher, Aber bis man da mal ankommt.......

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  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • fioballa
  • 06/12/2017

Mut zur Lücke

Der alte Fall, der mit in die Geschichte hineinspielt ist in meinen Augen wesentlich, um den Protagonisten besser verstehen zu können und seine Verhaltensweisen nachzuvollziehen.
Ein großes Lob für die Zeichnung der Charaktere, die interessant, authentisch und äußerst vielschichtig sind.
Der Sprecher ist einfach nur grandios! Sein britischer Akzent ist kohärent mit der Geschichte, so wie sie erzählt wird.
Einen Stern Abzug gibt es für die eine oder andere Länge, die man als Hörer überstehen muss.
Alles in allem aber absolut empfehlenswert!

  • Global
    3 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Vanessa
  • 22/09/2017

Zum Sprecher ...

Ich habe in Rezensionen gelesen, dass Einige den Leser nicht gut finden, weil er keinen irischen Dialekt liest. Andere sagen, der Ich-Erzähler des Buchs sei aber ja auf einem englischen Internat gewesen und daher sei das schon ok so.

Für mich liegt die Wahrheit in der Mitte: Ja, für den Ich-Erzähler macht es Sinn, 'britisch' zu klingen. Aber für alle anderen Charaktere leider nicht!

Der Roman erzählt eine dunkle Geschichte, deren Atmosphäre für mich nicht aufkam, weil jeder Charakter (der nicht gerade motzt, schnäuzt oder schreit) leicht ironisch klingt. Und ich meine tatsächlich leicht und ironisch. Eine düstere Geschichte über Kindesmord und schwere Psychotraumata klingt dadurch in großen Teilen wie ein Dinnerempfang auf Downton Abbey!

Ich hätte mich über irisches Lokalkolorit in Form von Akzenten gefreut und finde es ein Defizit des Lesers, dass er das nicht bietet.

Die Geschichte selbst ist gut, ein cleverer Kriminalfall, interessante Figuren. Blieb für mich aber durch den Leser leider nur an der Oberfläche und ohne Atmosphäre war mir die Story zu lang.

  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Isis die Jägerin
  • 02/11/2016

teileweise etwas zu umfangreich beschriebene Szene

Würden Sie In the Woods noch mal anhören? Warum?

Ein sehr spannendes Hörbuch mit interessanten Wendungen. Mir persönlich sind manche Sachen einfach zu umfangreich beschrieben.

Welche Figur hat Steven Crossley Ihrer Meinung nach am besten interpretiert?

Der Sprecher ist einfach genial.

Hat dieses Hörbuch Sie emotional stark bewegt? Mussten Sie laut z.B. lachen, weinen, zweifeln, etc.?

Manche Szenen sind einfach nur lustig, auch wenn es sich um einen Krimi handelt.