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Broken Harbour Audiobook

Broken Harbour

In Broken Harbour, a ghost estate outside Dublin - half-built, half-inhabited, half-abandoned - two children and their father are dead. The mother is on her way to intensive care. Scorcher Kennedy is given the case because he is the Murder squad's star detective. At first he and his rookie partner, Richie, think this is a simple one: Pat Spain was a casualty of the recession, so he killed his children, tried to kill his wife Jenny, and finished off with himself.
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Publisher's Summary

In Broken Harbour, a ghost estate outside Dublin - half-built, half-inhabited, half-abandoned - two children and their father are dead. The mother is on her way to intensive care. Scorcher Kennedy is given the case because he is the Murder squad's star detective. At first he and his rookie partner, Richie, think this is a simple one: Pat Spain was a casualty of the recession, so he killed his children, tried to kill his wife Jenny, and finished off with himself. But there are too many inexplicable details and the evidence is pointing in two directions at once. Scorcher's personal life is tugging for his attention. Seeing the case on the news has sent his sister Dina off the rails again, and she's resurrecting something that Scorcher thought he had tightly under control: what happened to their family, one summer at Broken Harbour, back when they were children. The neat compartments of his life are breaking down, and the sudden tangle of work and family is putting both at risk.

©2012 Tana French (P)2012 Hodder & Stoughton

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  • Bee
    12/18/14
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    "Fantastic narrator"
    If you could sum up Broken Harbour in three words, what would they be?

    Gripping, sad and funny at the same time.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ritchie Curran, because he's such a puppy still, floppy ears and all, but brave. And human.


    Which character – as performed by Hugh Lee – was your favourite?

    Ritchie Curran, with his thick Dublin accent. The way Hugh Lee portrayed him made him very loveable.


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

    I got very angry at times with Dina. I could not stand the bloody cow.


    Any additional comments?

    What a great narrator. Very good with voices, and the accents are great. I know he's Irish but still, there's Irish, and then there's Irish. He did a marvellous job, and I did not want to stop listening. Which is unusual, I usually prefer female narrators.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Suki
    11/22/14
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    "Different"
    Would you try another book written by Tana French or narrated by Hugh Lee?

    probably


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The most gripping part of the story was you wanted to find out why the murders took pla


    Would you be willing to try another one of Hugh Lee’s performances?

    No he had very annoying voices, they all sounded the same between the women and the men.


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    It was a bit slow, but fundamentally a good story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Helen
    11/19/14
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    "Long book but keeps you intrigued"
    Would you listen to Broken Harbour again? Why?

    Yes as hadn't guessed the ending so would be nice to listen knowing how it all ends


    What other book might you compare Broken Harbour to, and why?

    Maybe Michael Robotham's Watching You as has the same pyschological undertones


    What does Hugh Lee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    If I only read the book I would have skipped a lot of the descriptive narrative which you need to build the atmosphere and suspense


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, I mostly listen to audio books whilst walking the dog. I had a very tired dog by the end of the book!


    Any additional comments?

    Was nice to have a book that didn't have lots of grisly murders but really drew you into the story of the murdered family

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lola
    Ashbourne, United Kingdom
    10/20/14
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    "Fascinating book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Broken Harbour to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the printed version so I cannot say. However this book is so worth the listen for Hugh Lee anyway.


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

    This book is a study in human nature with many sub plots. I like this type of plot and so enjoyed it immensely.


    What does Hugh Lee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Tana's insight into the characters is almost uncany and rings true almost always. I found some conversations too long and repetitive towards the end of the book and found they could have been editied. hence the 4 stars instead of 5.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    This original question was - how would you do to improve Hugh Lee's performance?
    So-NOTHING!. I would give Hugh Lee 25 stars if I could not just 5. I listen to a lot of books on Audible and I never found any narrator coming close to his outstanding performance. He moves seamlessly between the characters; from man to woman to child each with a different accent. One has to keep reminding oneself that there is just one person narrating. When I first listened I had to go back and check that they hadn't used a woman narrator too!! He is truly amazing.


    Any additional comments?

    The end of the book needs abridging a little- which felt like it was a little spoilt by that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • richiesan
    10/12/14
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    "Not quite what I expected"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A better plot. The plot was literally unbelievable. I thought this book was going to be a thriller or a police detective novel, but was neither. Just a sad story that didn't ring true.


    Has Broken Harbour put you off other books in this genre?

    I certainly won't be reading any Tana French books again.


    Have you listened to any of Hugh Lee’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Absoutely superb narration and acting from Hugh Lee. Right out of the top drawer.


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

    I would have cut out everything to do with the central character's sister. It didn't add anything to the plot at all.


    Any additional comments?

    This book badly needs editing properly. Much too long for what it is.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • laatkins
    WOKINGHAM, United Kingdom
    10/10/14
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    "Brilliant."
    Would you listen to Broken Harbour again? Why?

    Absolutely yes. I loved it from start to finish, it was just a great story, the characters and the police investigation side of it was so true to life.


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

    When you found out what the mother of the children did among many others.


    Which character – as performed by Hugh Lee – was your favourite?

    The detective without a doubt. He was intriguing and there was just something about you loved.


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

    Oh yes absolutely both.


    Any additional comments?

    Brilliant can't wait to listen to more from the author and the narrator. Loved it and has me hooked.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • pamela
    9/20/14
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    "Brilliant and compelling"
    If you could sum up Broken Harbour in three words, what would they be?

    Really gripping


    What did you like best about this story?

    It keeps you guessing to the end


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    it was good from the start


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

    no


    Any additional comments?

    If you like a detective novels this is the one for you

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • R. J. Gladden
    Liverpool, UK
    9/19/14
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    "Enjoyable Read but overlong"

    I truly enjoyed this book which was not just a crime novel but also touched on issues of mental health but perhaps more importantly conscience and the moral right of detectives to judge a case purely on their view of the facts as they know them. It seemed to me that we, the reader, were also asked to choose the correct path and solve the moral dilemma.

    What did drive me demented however, were the overlong passages of red herrings where whole chapters were devoted to searching for "the animal". I'll not spoil it any further but I also felt the book left too many loose ends. Some may say it's up to the reader to decide what happens next, but if I wanted to do that I'd have written the book myself.

    Brilliantly narrated by Hugh Lee, it was overall a great read but I was left a little frustrated.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Judith
    Dursley, United Kingdom
    9/14/14
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    "7 hours too long!"

    Full of Irish anx which prolonged the story for far too long. It kept hinting of black serious under plots which never materialised. Feel cross that I wasted a lang car journey to Scotland listening to it in the hope that the promise of the first half of the story would materialise.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pia O'Brien
    9/10/14
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    "Too long."
    Would you try another book written by Tana French or narrated by Hugh Lee?

    I have read her books before and liked them. I will give her another chance. This book was far too long. Nearly gave up 2/3 of the way. Should have been edited better. Will be looking out for Hugh Lee again.


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

    Since the story was dragged out I was looking for any ending! I suppose the ending was not the most surprising but it did keep me guessing .


    What does Hugh Lee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Hugh Lee's different accents were very good. He was consistent so you knew who the characters were by the accent he used for them.


    Was Broken Harbour worth the listening time?

    The story in it self was good but I feel it could have been shortened without loosing anything.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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