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Broken Harbor: Dublin Murder Squad, Book 4 | [Tana French]

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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Publisher's Summary

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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    Michelle Watters Shelburne,vt united States 08-23-12
    Michelle Watters Shelburne,vt united States 08-23-12
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    "Love all Tana French's novels"
    What did you love best about Broken Harbor?

    The characters


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes, by sympathizing with every character it was difficult to guess who was capable of what.


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

    I liked all of them. Richie and his outfits were funny.


    Any additional comments?

    All of Tana French's books are great reads my favorite is The likeness.

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    Ingrid New Jersey 08-22-12
    Ingrid New Jersey 08-22-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Another Excellent Story From Tana French"
    If you could sum up Broken Harbor in three words, what would they be?

    Dublin Murder Squad


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Broken Harbor?

    I don't want to give away anything!


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

    Scorcher


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

    No - nothing extreme, but I thought the portrayal of characters with mental illnesses, and the effect that has on their families, was very well done.


    Any additional comments?

    I appreciate the fact that, from what I can tell, the writing has not been modified for American audiences. I gather the language is authentic, and I find it really interesting to learn what expressions we have in common ("24/7"), and to figure out some of the Irish expressions mean ("Fair play to ya")

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    Cynthia Abilene, KS, United States 08-22-12
    Cynthia Abilene, KS, United States 08-22-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Wow! Not Your Typical Murder Mystery"

    The author really gets into the heads of all the characters. The narration was excellent, even the female characters were believable, which some male narrators don't do well. One part of the story was particularly disturbing. I want to read more by this author.

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    Larry Montara, CA, United States 08-21-12
    Larry Montara, CA, United States 08-21-12 Member Since 2010
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    "One of the Best Audio Books I have ever read!"
    What made the experience of listening to Broken Harbor the most enjoyable?

    A Tour de Force by both the author and the narrator. The author does an incredible job of presenting a hideous crime and a completely believable mystery. There are enough clues for the reader to solve the crime, but enough realistic surprises so that you are completely absorbed right to the end.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story is well crafted and lyrically written.


    What about Stephen Hogan’s performance did you like?

    If this had been a movie, Stephen Hogan would be nominated for both best actor and best supporting actress.


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

    The book is haunting.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Diane J. Ritter 08-20-12
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    "Terrific Story and Performance"
    Where does Broken Harbor rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best stories I've heard in a long time. Excellent plot twists and turns keep the story moving. Exposes a sad tale of broken people who succumb to their broken existence.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Broken Harbor?

    One of the most memorable moments occurs when the main detective realizes who the real killer is.


    What does Stephen Hogan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He brings the characters alive with all the tones and inflections. Very memorable.


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

    I loved it!


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    Ivan 08-20-12
    Ivan 08-20-12 Member Since 2011
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    "A Great Psychological Thriller!"
    If you could sum up Broken Harbor in three words, what would they be?

    A thrilling, psychological, murder mystery with a twist!


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    This fascinating crime novel is filled with interesting characters and several viable suspects. So many possible scenarios were presented that I just had to keep listening to find out what had really happened to Spaine family.

    There were so many questions:
    How had the Spaine children come to be found "peacefully" dead in their beds? Why were Patrick and Jenny Spaine so viciously attacked and found curled together downstairs? What was with all of the holes in the walls of the family home? Was there some wild animal living inside the walls? Was someone watching the family?

    Veteran detective- Mick "Scorcher" Kennedy and his partner, rookie detective, Richie, form an interesting partnership as they attempt to unravel all the threads of this tangled web of unanswered questions. A tragic crime that, at first, seems straightforward and simple becomes more complex and frustrating, as they come closer and closer to finding out what really happened to the Spaine family.


    What does Stephen Hogan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Irish-born Stephen Hogan's rich and naturally warm voice adds an authentic feel to the entire story. He personifies the character of Detective- Mick "Scorcher" Kennedy in a way that allows the reader to better feel the detective's excitement, his doubts and his frustration. I would definitely listen to more audio books narrated by Stephen Hogan.


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    Rachel Tucson, AZ, United States 08-20-12
    Rachel Tucson, AZ, United States 08-20-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Disappointing"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A more complex plot with characters who didn't make catastrophic mistakes.


    What was most disappointing about Tana French’s story?

    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!


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    It dragged on and on....


    Any additional comments?

    Too much dialogue. Secrets left up the imagination at the end. The murderer recounted the murder in PERFECT detail.... unbelievable and disappointing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    CatManda Cathedral City, CA United States 08-20-12
    CatManda Cathedral City, CA United States 08-20-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Discomfort ALL OVER"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    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.


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

    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.


    What three words best describe Stephen Hogan’s performance?

    Riveting. Commanding. Balanced.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes, probably because I want to meet Mick Kennedy.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Jesse 08-20-12
    Jesse 08-20-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Classic Tana French - a must read for fans."
    What did you like best about this story?

    Ms. French's command of character and the building of a story are excellent. Wonderful building of basic moral questions about justice.


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    Holly kankakee, IL, United States 08-20-12
    Holly kankakee, IL, United States 08-20-12 Member Since 2010
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    "wonderful book...wonderful narrator!"

    I love this author! Couldn't put the book down once I started! Narrator was excellent!

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