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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This was so slow . I found it very hard going and almost gave up part way through then I found out I could speed it up by listening twice as fast so I did eventually get through it but only because I played it on double speed.I hated the strong Irish accent that half the time sounded like the worst Scouse accent and the story wasn't strong enough for me to stay interested. Not for me at all I'm afraid and I wouldn't buy another from this author again.
"Brilliant story and narration!"
I simply cannot recommend this book enough. The story is contemporary, shocking and spellbinding. The narration is probably the best I've ever heard - and I'm a very prolific Audible consumer! Hugh Lee brings the characters to life, particularly the 2 detectives. I really enjoyed their conversations and building relationship and the narrator's skill with their different accents really brought home the differences in their age, background and experience. I found listening to Dina (spelling?) really uncomfortable - in a good way! I could certainly see this story being brought to life on screen, it would make an enthralling TV drama series or film.
I've had a look around at the author's other works available on Audible and have discovered this book is number 4 or 5 in a series of Dublin detectives, so I've just purchased some extra credits so that I can start at the beginning! I'm just sad that Hugh Lee hasn't narrated any more of her work.
"A Good Listen"
Yes, it was an easy listen, interesting
The sister - enigmatic
He made it believable
Quite sad at times
Worth a listen
"Keeps you hooked"
A good detective story that kept me guessing. Some moments of very elegant descriptive prose. Nicely complex characters in the main
"Authentic Irish crime thriller"
It was so refreshing to hear an audiobook voiced by Irish voice artists, whose accents were just right. The story lent itself perfectly to the audio format, being mainly a series of conversations and lead character inner monologues. I was hooked!
I appreciated the range of emotions and thoughts that he could convey, he made the lead character very real and believable.
Well worth the price, an easy to relate to story, wonderfully narrated. Parts of the story are a bit weird, and it's not all tied up in a nice easy ending, which makes it even more interesting. Buy it, I hope it won't disappoint!
Like a lot of the other reviewers, I did really enjoy this audio book, with a couple of minor reservations. It's a clever idea, weaving social and psychological issues into a detective thriller with some ease. The narrator is very skilled at both male and female voices, differentiating the characters very well. One minor issue I had was the length of time the central character spent with his dysfunctional sister. I found myself becoming a little irritated by the sister to the point where I wanted that part of the story to end. All in all though, an exceptional story.
Narrator took away some of the pleasure as some of his voices were very irritating. Great story though you sort of know who did it but it leads you there well
"Superb narrator. Great story"
The narrator really brought the story to life. His voices for the different characters were believable and didn't sound false or forced as sometimes happens especially when voicing a character of the opposite sex.
"A bit long winded"
I struggled with this one. Whilst the storyline was good I felt there was too much unnecessary filling! Did Dina and Kennedy's mum really need to be referred to at all? I don't think Tana French novels are for me. The narrator was superb and I shall definately be in search of more books narrated by him.
This book was engrossing and superbly read by the narrator
Recommend it totally to anyone who enjoys a good story
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