Tagged: Tana French

Book 8: The Likeness

Another Good One in the Dublin Murder Series

♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ They say that everybody has a double, but how often do people ever see their spittin’ image? How often do people investigate the murder of their unrelated twin? Better yet, how bout go under cover as that person? Well, of course, this whole scenario is completely ridiculous when it comes to real possibility, but this is fiction! So, with that out of the way, what if?

I’ve so enjoyed the Dublin Murder Series of books, and this was no exception. I enjoy Tana French’s writing wholeheartedly, and Heather O’Neill’s narration on this audio book was great. Her Irish accent makes me happy, and makes it feel authentic. I’ve read the first 4 in this series, and I’ve loved all of them. I keep trying to convince my friends to read them, but so far as I know, nobody has.

Anyone out there in the blog-sphere read Tana French? Am I all alone?

Week 36: In The Woods

Another 2013 Fave

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ I like this Dublin Murder Series by Tana French. They aren’t really consecutive or have the same characters, but I like the stories. I think more than anything it’s because they remind me of the BBC series called Murphey’s Law. (Go rent the series… it’s worth a watch). I say that because the Brits seem to have a handle on “real.” Things aren’t tied up with pretty bows and happy endings every danged time. Life is not either; it is complicated. People aren’t all beautiful, they’re real and life gets icky occasionally. That’s what keeps me reading these books. The narrators have been great too which adds tons to my enjoyment. The Irish accent in my head is pretty good, but my British one isn’t. It’s fun to hear them done well, and out loud.

I think this one is worth a read, especially if you like raw, real and characters who aren’t necessarily perfect, except for their teeth… I do like Hollywood teeth.

Week 36: In The Woods

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ I like this Dublin Murder Series by Tana French. They aren’t really consecutive or have the same characters, but I like the stories. I think more than anything it’s because they remind me of the BBC series called Murphey’s Law. (Go rent the series… it’s worth a watch). I say that because the Brits seem to have a handle on “real.” Things aren’t tied up with pretty bows and happy endings every danged time. Life is not either; it is complicated. People aren’t all beautiful, they’re real and life gets icky occasionally. That’s what keeps me reading these books. The narrators have been great too which adds tons to my enjoyment. The Irish accent in my head is pretty good, but my British one isn’t. It’s fun to hear them done well, and out loud.

I think this one is worth a read, especially if you like raw, real and characters who aren’t necessarily perfect, except for their teeth… I do like Hollywood teeth.

Week 32: Faithful Place

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ + Just finished the book, and I LOVED it. You must listen to this one.  Tim Gerard Reynolds who narrates did a fabulous job. Irish accent with the perfect rhythm and cadence was dead on. Because I’m married to a man from the Belfast area, I enjoyed listening and hearing the plenitude of  “Irishisms” that filled this book and gave it a personality of it’s own. I found my inner thoughts bouncing around in my head with the Irish accent — great fun. In the past, this has only happened when we’ve been hanging ’round his family, or returned from a trip to Ireland. So, it was an extra Irish treat.

Great story with enough real life, tough stuff to keep you interested in the story and not just in the language and the lovely accent. I wish I could pull up all the little sayings I wanted to remember to use on my hubby. The language, especially the cursing, was so colorful that it sometimes made me grin out loud, even when it was probably not appropriate to the story-line to do so. So, this was number 3 in the Dublin Murder Squad series, but I just figured that out. Now, I’ll have to check out the others! I can’t wait! I definitely recommend this murder mystery, but especially as an Audible book. I will definitely be looking for more books by Tana French and also those performed by Tim Reynolds.