A more complex plot with characters who didn't make catastrophic mistakes.
She didn't write about a place I wanted to 'be at' or people I wanted 'to know'. The characters were too fallible which is NOT why I read fiction - there is real life for that!
It dragged on and on....
Too much dialogue. Secrets left up the imagination at the end. The murderer recounted the murder in PERFECT detail.... unbelievable and disappointing.
Yes I would, because I really like Tana French as an author. I have been looking forward to reading this book as if being in withdrawal from her terrific stories and characters. I love the Dublinese which is probably easier to listen too for a foreigner than it would be to read. The narration forces me to really work at listening to unfamiliar idioms and the slang. But this story was so very disturbing to me as someone who is in the business of comforting people trying to help them sort through the devastation being wrought by the current economic climate, that I have been haunted since I finished it.
The author has written a story that was meant to be a window and a mirror at the same time. I kept longing for some kind of logical thread to weave through the story, but the author's intention is discomfort. The story is not enjoyable, it is a tragedy as poignant as, Hamlet, Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet. I kept hoping for there to be a demon, some toxic poison lurking in the air, carbon monoxide, poisonous fumes from the tainted brown harbor. I wanted a reasonable explanation for the tragedy, but the expectation of the reader/listener, in the end, is to share everyone's burden of pain and terrible grief.
Riveting. Commanding. Balanced.
Yes, probably because I want to meet Mick Kennedy.
This is a story that may well be true for too many people whose lives are being devastated everyday more and more by the greed and cowardice of a few. My hope and prayer is that the "banksters" who seduce and dupe the inexperienced dreamers will one day be forced to invest in the world's economic recovery.
Ms. French's command of character and the building of a story are excellent. Wonderful building of basic moral questions about justice.
Great plot, original, entertaining, would make a good movie or episode of Cold Case. I felt the remembrances and philosophizing rambled at times, could have been crisper, although it did flesh out the characters wonderfully. This was a dark, dramatic look into the minds of ordinary people with ordinary, modern-day troubles that got out of hand. Wonderful glimpse of life in Ireland.
The characters in this book were so complicated and interesting. Not at all what you'd expect from a murder mystery. Tana French did a great job with this one and the listening experience was perfect, transporting - so very complimentary to the lovely writing.
Stephen Hogan presented so many different facets to his character - the emotional swings he created were so compelling. He did a really wonderful job.
I practically devoured this one. Left me thinking for a long time after I was done.
Yes. I don't usually read this type of crime/mystery novel but based on reviews I decided to try it.
The plot was very intriguing. Definitely put me in an Ireland I never experienced.
I thought accents and performance were excellent -- very real -- not over the top.
It was hard to put it down.
I have listened to all of Tana French's books. I absolutely loved The Likeness and Faithful Place. and In the Woods was very good. This title is more in line with In the Woods. I enjoyed it, but I didn't feel complete at the end. In the Woods and Broken Harbor both left me wanting a little more from the story.
If you listened to and liked her other books; give this one a shot, but don't expect this to be as good. If you haven't listened to her books, I would start with The Likeness.
I read for pleasure and enjoyment, and do the same for my listening. I am in higher education, and I by the time I am done with my job, I don't want to be educated anymore...I just want to enjoy a good read. Nevertheless, this book was not JUST your average murder mystery. It conveys a social message, and one very pertinent to our time. It really got me thinking about how one's circumstances can have large rippling effects. It was also a good mystery. I was left guessing til the end. There were several plausible solutions, and no way to determine which one was correct. It's been awhile since I've left my earphones in after a run because the book was too good to put down, but that's what I did with this one.
Tana French moves the murder mystery far beyond "whodunit" into literature in three key elements: beautiful, poetic language, plot development, and character. Her powers of description are so engaging that, despite the sometimes harrowing scenes she sketches, a reader must fall a little in love with Ireland and the Irish. "In the Woods" called back the memory of childhood summers, you'll want to live in a noisy nosy Irish neighborhood after "Faithful Place," and "The Likeness" made me long for the special friendships that grow nowhere but graduate school. Odd comments on gruesome murder mysteries, wouldn't you agree? You decide which nostalgia or desire "Broken Harbor" wakes in you.
In "Broken Harbor," French, as usual, weaves love and delight expertly with disgust and despair. Stephen Hogan's narration brings a new dimension to mental illness. Neither writer nor narrator will allow you to dismiss or hate a character without seeing that character as a whole person.
"Broken Harbor" is not an easy listen; it is challenging. But it is also rewarding and well worthwhile.