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Broken Harbor Audiobook

Broken Harbor: Dublin Murder Squad, Book 4

In Broken Harbor, all but one member of the Spain family lies dead, and it’s up to Mick “Scorcher” Kennedy to find out why. Mick must piece together why their house is full of cameras pointed at holes in the walls and how a nighttime intruder bypassed all the locks. Meanwhile, the town of Broken Harbor holds something else for Mick: disturbing memories of a childhood summer gone terribly wrong.
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New York Times best-selling author and Edgar Award winner Tana French grabs listeners with her chilling Dublin murder squad novels. In Broken Harbor, all but one member of the Spain family lies dead, and it’s up to Mick “Scorcher” Kennedy to find out why. Mick must piece together why their house is full of cameras pointed at holes in the walls and how a nighttime intruder bypassed all the locks. Meanwhile, the town of Broken Harbor holds something else for Mick: disturbing memories of a childhood summer gone terribly wrong.

©2012 Tana French (P)2012 Recorded Books

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    Beth Anne Philadelphia, PA, United States 06-25-13
    Beth Anne Philadelphia, PA, United States 06-25-13 Member Since 2012

    i like to read. i like to listen.

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    "My Least Favorite of the Dublin Series."

    I was really disappointed in this book. I think that it was the weakest of the Dublin Murder Squad series. True it had Tana French's perfect dialogue writing...but everything else was just OK.

    The mystery wasn't great.
    The main character, Scorcher, was just OK.
    The narrator was just ok.

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    kalista jupiter, FL, United States 06-19-13
    kalista jupiter, FL, United States 06-19-13 Member Since 2012

    bibliophile

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    "" An ABSORBING LISTEN""

    What a great introduction to the Dublin Murder Squad.,I felt as if as if I was getting to" Know"
    the characters I liked the development of Scorcher and Richie ,Richie comes through with great interviewing techniques , he seems to be a natural. He grows into becoming a detective. The setting was eerie, sort of a depressing place to live. Nothing is what the home owners thought they were buying. Then a horrific murder occurs. This book reveals Scorchers devotion to his disturbed sister Dina. Scorcher is The Job and this is a big case and perhaps he can redeem himself, due to a botched investigation, he hasn't had a high profile case in a while. A voyeur has a nest where he can watch the family and tries to insert himself, He obsesses over times gone by. He enters the house
    hangs out when the family is away just to feel her again. Broken Harbor, haunts Scorcher, due to his mothers death (suicide) during a family vacation. the story has layers of relationships, angst, dread, anguish. It haunted me!. The imagery created a movie in my head not many listens effect me this way. If you like police procedurals and want a walk into the dark side, this is for you, I must add the narration and accents seemed real.

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    jack lichtenstein 06-13-13 Member Since 2009
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    "perfection"

    This is the fourth book in the Dublin detective series. I have listened to all 4 books and after each book I have thought she can't do better than this and with each book Ms. French does better.
    Listening to this book is like watching Michael Jordan shoot hoops. There is an innate beauty and perfection. To begin with the narrator Stephen Hogan is flawless. He uses an Irish brogue to perfection. He has a different inflection for each character and brings each character to life.
    The plot here is a scaffolding with which Ms French can build the rich character interactions and descriptive landscapes, in the same way that the plot of Macbeth is a scaffolding for the magnificent language used by Shakespeare. In all of Ms. French books she uses the English language in a unique way. Using words in ways with which I am unaccustomed but which seem natural and an improvement on the existing usage. In her previous 3 books Ms French went of on long steam of consciousness descriptions which left me breathless and in awe, but frequently confused. In this book the language and descriptions are much more brief and precise but no less beautiful. Ms French has honed her descriptions and story development to be razor sharp.
    The story itself is everyday. A beautiful family of four is found knifed in a house on a Broken Harbor estate.Three of the members die, The fourth, the mother of the two dead children is alive, but mutilated and in a coma. The case is assigned to a senior detective Michael "Scorcher " Kennedy who is seeking redemption after a previously botched case. He is paired with a rookie Richie and the two of them start off well, but eventually run into road blocks. Detective Kennedy has a psychotic sister who weaves in and out of the story causing havoc and mayhem.
    His family has a history at Broken Harbor where the murders occur ( his mother committed suicide there). The estates themselves are abandoned and in disarray-like the people who occupy the houses there. Unraveling the murder and how it occurred is a thing of beauty.
    To say more would spoil the book, which I can not do. If you start this book you will not be able to stop and will rue the moment it ends.

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    Phil Johnson Walnut Creek, CA USA 06-01-13
    Phil Johnson Walnut Creek, CA USA 06-01-13 Member Since 2016

    #1 Aud Bks: T Help,T Darling, All D Sedaris,Prayer for Owen M.All G Flynn ,Secrt Lang of Bees, Bel Canto, 11/22/63 H2O fr Elephants Dog Star

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    "Couldn't finish it."

    #1 Aud Bks: T Help, T Darling, All D Sedaris A Prayer for O Meany All G Flynn Lang. of Bees Bel Canto 11/22/63 H2O fr Elephants Dog Stars Pi

    The list above notes my favorite audio books, limited to 140 characters. I would like to add more, and also add a short list of what I did not like (particularly Ken Follett) so that fellow scanners of reviews would have a quick sense of whether to follow a particular reviewers myriad thoughts.

    I liked Tanya French's first book even though it had a poor resolution to the mystery at the end. Somehow this book never caught on with me. I did not feel much empathy for the lead character.

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    Jean Montgomery, TX, United States 04-28-13
    Jean Montgomery, TX, United States 04-28-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Boken is a good definition for this story!"
    What would have made Broken Harbor better?

    First half was great! Then branched off into final, boring, solve of complete mental breakdowns all around. Characters were all broken and uninteresting and miserable in the end. You just can't have this many broken characters in a mystery book and enjoy it. This was completely unbelievable.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Tana French again?

    Might listen to another one but some reviews praise her bent to make childhood memories a big part of story. If that's going to be most of the content, I'm out.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    A good part was when detectives were on a night watch to catch the killer.


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

    I would cut all of the stylings about the actions of the unemployed. Who wants to live through that type of downer? Character's reactions were completely unbelievable. Could have been half the length if all scenes talking about everyones childhood were removed.


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    Anna 04-22-13
    Anna 04-22-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Liked it least of all Dublin Murder Squad books"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I am a huge fan of all 3 prior Dublin Murder Squad books - this one I did not like much. All detectives are deeply flawed and not even necessarily "good" people, and that is actually something I enjoy about these books. But Detective Kennedy was just so... blah. Yes, there's a back story, and yes, there's a reason why he is the way he is, but to me it was not a satisfying character at all. I prefer Cassie Maddox and even cocky, annoying Frank Mackery over Mick Kennedy.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    While I think the book was the least gripping of the series, the ending was satisfying and tied up neatly and crisply.


    Was Broken Harbor worth the listening time?

    Eeeeh. No.


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    mary WESTFIELD, MA, United States 04-18-13
    mary WESTFIELD, MA, United States 04-18-13 Member Since 2014
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    "New favorite!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Anybody who likes mysteries would love this book.


    What other book might you compare Broken Harbor to and why?

    All of Tana French's books address not only the murder mystery at hand but does a spectacular job of describing Ireland, it's characters and you feel as if you know them both very well


    Have you listened to any of Stephen Hogan’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


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

    Get your fix!


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    Paula Overland Park, KS USA 04-02-13
    Paula Overland Park, KS USA 04-02-13 Member Since 2012

    Enjoying one good listen after the next!

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    "Another Awesome Tana French Book!"

    I have now read (aka listened to) four Tana French novels and must admit that I may be slightly addicted to her exquisite story-telling abilities. I try to listen to my Audible purchases in the same order I purchased them, so when Broken Harbor was next in line, I caught myself wondering if I really wanted another Dublin-detective Scorcher-murder squad experience. It took less than five minutes for me to engage with this one and if I could have, would have listened practically nonstop until it was completed.

    Stephen Hogan is a wonderful narrator and the storyline is amazingly complex -- though one a listener can follow easily.

    This is a book worth your time and credits if you enjoy great detective stories.

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    brenda hubbard 03-26-13 Member Since 2012

    I am a college professor and professional actor, director and playwright. The peformance of the book is as important to me as the writing.

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    "Captivating, a must read!"

    Tana French writes with wry humor, lyrical insight and a command of language and character that makes it impossible to put down. The narrator, Stephen Hogan is fabulous and gets all the nuances of each character beautifully in a trained voice that is amazing to listen to. I highly, highly recommend this book. I have just purchased her other books and can't wait to hear them.

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    Emily Landon Chicago, IL 03-24-13
    Emily Landon Chicago, IL 03-24-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Exciting & Intense"
    Where does Broken Harbor rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of my favorite audiobooks but I have loved all of Tana French's series. I think this one might be the best.


    Which character – as performed by Stephen Hogan – was your favorite?

    Hogan was an excellent Scorcher Kennedy and I liked his interpretation of the character much more than the one in faithful place.


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

    This book just sucks you in and that is what I am looking for in an audiobook. I can't wait for the next one.


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