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Harbor | [John Ajvide Lindqvist]

Harbor

One ordinary winter afternoon on a snowy island, Anders and Cecilia take their sixyearold daughter Maja across the ice to visit the lighthouse in the middle of the frozen channel. While the couple explore the lighthouse, Maja disappears - either into thin air or under thin ice - leaving not even a footprint in the snow. Two years later, alone and more or less permanently drunk, Anders returns to the island to regroup. He slowly realizes that people are not telling him all they know....
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Publisher's Summary

From the author of the international and New York Times best seller Let the Right One In (Let Me In) comes this stunning and terrifying book which begins when a man's six-year-old daughter vanishes.

One ordinary winter afternoon on a snowy island, Anders and Cecilia take their six-year-old daughter, Maja, across the ice to visit the lighthouse in the middle of the frozen channel. While the couple explore the lighthouse, Maja disappears - either into thin air or under thin ice - leaving not even a footprint in the snow. Two years later, alone and more or less permanently drunk, Anders returns to the island to regroup. He slowly realizes that people are not telling him all they know; even his own mother, it seems, is keeping secrets. What is happening in Domaro, and what power does the sea have over the town's inhabitants?

As he did with Let the Right One In and Handling the Undead, John Ajvide Lindqvist serves up a blockbuster cocktail of suspense in a narrative that barely pauses for breath.

©2008 John Ajvide Lindqvist and ©2010 Marlaine Delargy (Translation) (P)2011 Macmillan Audio

What the Critics Say

“John Ajvide Lindqvist is rightly seen as one of the most exciting writers working in the horror genre at the moment - a rival, indeed, to Stephen King.” (TheScotsman.com )

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    Michael MADISON, WI, United States 06-09-13
    Michael MADISON, WI, United States 06-09-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Didn't meet Expectations. Bummer:=("

    After listening to the incredible book "Let the Right One in" I had high hopes for "Harbor." Unfortunately the book was very slow and brooding; like a book on benzodiazepines under water (maybe that was the idea). Even the suspenseful moments were flat. The idea behind the story is a good one, but this one of the few times I felt a book could have used some pruning (usually I feel just the opposite). Toward the end of the story I found myself waiting for it to be over. Never the less I will still read or listen to more books written by John Ajvide Lindqvist.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gerald Jackson, NJ, United States 05-08-13
    Gerald Jackson, NJ, United States 05-08-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Excellent Listen"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Harbor to be better than the print version?

    I rarely if ever write reviews since most of what I read or listen to is not worth the time. This story was however, a wonderful surprise. In addition to having quite a unique and intriguing concept, the execution was excellent as well as the narration.


    What did you like best about this story?

    An old idea was given a new perspective and that concept was developed very well. Additionally, it provided me with a very interesting view of life in Sweden.


    What does Julian Rhind-Tutt bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    This narrator is by far the best I've heard out of the dozens of audiobooks I've listened to over the years. He had the ability to very naturally transition from character-to-character without "overdoing" any of them. He was also one of the most accurate readers I've heard. I could not identify even one word mis-spoken or mis-read.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I listen to audiobooks during my sometimes long commutes to and from work everyday. There were many days I found myself losing track of how I made it into work or home going on "autopilot" for the drive while paying in-depth attention to the book. There were also many-a-evening where I sat in my garage for a time listening until my wife popped-in to let me know dinner was ready.


    Any additional comments?

    All-in-all, an excellent listen. I'm certain that in the not too distant future I will be listening to this story again which I've never done with any other audiobook.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ellen Morgan Hill, CA, United States 04-14-13
    Ellen Morgan Hill, CA, United States 04-14-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Reminiscient of the Magus"
    If you could sum up Harbor in three words, what would they be?

    This book draws you in to a very strange and "other-wordly" place, much like John Fowles in the Magus. Very good read.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Each character is very well developed. This is the type of book that makes you miss it when you are done.


    Which character – as performed by Julian Rhind-Tutt – was your favorite?

    All three lead characters were great.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Hope the movie can live up to the book!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    LeeAnn Fry Conroe, Texas 02-21-13
    LeeAnn Fry Conroe, Texas 02-21-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Terrible listen"
    What disappointed you about Harbor?

    Could not follow story line. Started the book over 3 times! Story seemed out of sequence


    What was most disappointing about John Ajvide Lindqvist’s story?

    Everything


    How could the performance have been better?

    Don't know


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Couldn't find any


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Larry Woodson MESA, AZ, US 01-26-13
    Larry Woodson MESA, AZ, US 01-26-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Considering ambiguity well written enigma."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you can follow a question that never gets answered then yes I would recommend this dream.


    Would you ever listen to anything by John Ajvide Lindqvist again?

    Yes a lovely voice to hear


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The disappearance in the first chapter, left me confused and angry for more!


    Who was the most memorable character of Harbor and why?

    The town of freaks.that inhibit this world


    Any additional comments?

    I wish the stories were either tighter or looser but as written they never have a chance to either totally connect or live on their own I would have preferred less obvious connections and more mystical relevations, there is no need to wrap an enigma in reality!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tracy 01-12-13
    Tracy 01-12-13 Member Since 2008

    Love a great book that stays with you long after you've finished it.

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    "Harbor goes down the drain"

    Boring and slow, a huge disappointment. Let Me In is written by this author as well and I Ioved it. This book brings none of the excitement, intrigue or interest I was sure would be there. Not worth taking a chance on this one.

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