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Harbor Audiobook
Harbor
Written by: 
John Ajvide Lindqvist
Narrated by: 
Julian Rhind-Tutt
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Harbor Audiobook

Harbor

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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 )

What Members Say

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    Jennifer Halifax, NS, Canada 03-28-12
    Jennifer Halifax, NS, Canada 03-28-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Delightfully Creepy"

    This is a delightfully creepy Scandanavian tale. But unlike many of the other Scandanavian writers who write thrillers or mysteries, John Ajvide Lindqvist writes supernatural stories.

    Harbour starts out with a family going for a little mid-winter picnic to the lighthouse, and the 8 year old daughter disappears into thin air. Several years later, her parents have divorced, and her father (who has hit rock bottom and spends his time drinking and despairing) returns to the island where they formerly lived and were happy.

    But the island has its secrets, and the residents want to keep things that way. The book is suffused with magic and bits of creepiness. The ending is a little overblown, but the journey along the way is perfectly delicious.

    The narration is well done, and the writing is very solid. This is a great escapist read. It's a little less bleak than Let Me In, but is equally well done. This is definitely credit-worthy.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Kathryn 01-19-13
    Kathryn 01-19-13
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    "difficult to follow"
    What would have made Harbor better?

    this is not a book to listen to if you have to divide your attention. The author jumps back a fourth between past tense and present. It was difficult for me to keep track when I was doing something as simple as driving. I never, EVER just sit and listen to a book so I had to keep rewinding to figure out what was going on!!


    What other book might you compare Harbor to and why?

    I wouldn't


    Have you listened to any of Julian Rhind-Tutt’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is the first performance of Julian Rhind-Tutt I have heard


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Harbor?

    I would make the time jumps more easy to follow


    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Gaither 09-16-12
    Gaither 09-16-12
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    "Really loved this book!"

    Lindqvist's prose is wonderful and his storytelling is meticulous -- it unfolds so gradually that one may not notice a turn in the story until it's well underway. What a crafty writer! Great book!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Cathryn Los Angeles, California 10-13-12
    Cathryn Los Angeles, California 10-13-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Writing Lame Story"
    Where does Harbor rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Low middle


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Make the lines between magical realism and the real clearer. Don't apply rational ideas to magical realism and don't lend magic to the moments of reality.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Finding Maia


    If you could take any character from Harbor out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Andres


    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Julie Fremont, CA, United States 11-17-11
    Julie Fremont, CA, United States 11-17-11
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    "Long Book, Slow in many places"

    I liked the book enough to listen to the end. I probably would not actually recommend it to the first time reader.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    R. S. Griffith 09-29-12
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    "Absolutely no story in this book. 7"
    What disappointed you about Harbor?

    I tried three times to start this book. It's reviews were OK and I thought I was just missing something. It starts really good. Then it gets bogged down in something, I don't know what because the story could not hold my interest. I forced myself to listen to the first download this time and again - I can't even begin to tell you what the story is about.


    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    D. E. Bond Antioch, CA USA 11-15-11
    D. E. Bond Antioch, CA USA 11-15-11 Member Since 2013
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    "Narrator is fantastic, story not so much"

    I'm on the second half of the book, and I believe I may quit at this point. The pacing of the book is very slow, which would not have bothered me if, when the action did finally begin, it had not been so offensive. But praise goes to Julian Rhind-Tutt for a great narration, at least.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Anita mallick United states 12-01-11
    Anita mallick United states 12-01-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Pointless"

    I only kept listening because the narrator was good. The story is silly. Please don't waste your time or money on this one as I did.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Brenda Nathan 03-27-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Was so disappointed."

    Loved the story by the author"let me in" so I thought this would be great, but it dragged on and on and didn't make sense. Got no real idea even in the end of the reason for everything. Just stupid. Hated it. Thought it would get better but it didn't. Sorry I wasted so much time on it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Spencer Media, PA, United States 04-24-15
    Spencer Media, PA, United States 04-24-15 Member Since 2013
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    "An uninspired tale well told?"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Ultimately, the pacing of this book was too slow for me, and the core premise isn't interesting enough to merit my investment. Other people might enjoy this book, but to me it's just another Creepy Isolated Locals with Occult Secret tale stretched out very thin with a dash of pretentiousness.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I think I'll go into more science fiction. I've had several runs with disapointing horror recently.


    What about Julian Rhind-Tutt’s performance did you like?

    He is good at bringing regional flavor and low-minded malice to characters.


    Was Harbor worth the listening time?

    On the whole it didn't satisfy me. It's not necessarily a bad book, but it took too long for me to reach an unsurprising turn of events.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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