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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I haven't read the printed version so I cannot say. However this book is so worth the listen for Hugh Lee anyway.
This book is a study in human nature with many sub plots. I like this type of plot and so enjoyed it immensely.
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.
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.
The end of the book needs abridging a little- which felt like it was a little spoilt by that.
"Not quite what I expected"
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.
I certainly won't be reading any Tana French books again.
Absoutely superb narration and acting from Hugh Lee. Right out of the top drawer.
I would have cut out everything to do with the central character's sister. It didn't add anything to the plot at all.
This book badly needs editing properly. Much too long for what it is.
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.
When you found out what the mother of the children did among many others.
The detective without a doubt. He was intriguing and there was just something about you loved.
Oh yes absolutely both.
Brilliant can't wait to listen to more from the author and the narrator. Loved it and has me hooked.
"Brilliant and compelling"
It keeps you guessing to the end
it was good from the start
If you like a detective novels this is the one for you
"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.
"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.
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.
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 .
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.
The story in it self was good but I feel it could have been shortened without loosing anything.
"Great listen and superb narration"
gripping listen right from the off. Loved the narrator
Narrator was first class.
He's fantastic. Really nailed it. Great range of voices, it's hard to believe that there is only one narrator.
"Slow start but utterly gripping"
I was initially disappointed by the slow pace of both the story and the narration. Nothing much seemed to be happening and the descriptions seemed too detailed. But before long I was totally gripped by the story. The details brought it to life and Hugh Lee did a great job of telling the story. By half way through I couldn't stop listening.
"Extremely well narrated very enjoyable listen"
I purchased this on offer based on the reviews and I am so glad I did so thank you to the reviewers!
What a fab job narrating - you have to check it's only one person, the characters really come to life and that makes all the difference.
A great listen I couldn't put down and I've already searched and found another book narrated by Hugh Lee which I am also deep into and thoroughly enjoying.
Highly recommended! Not my normal listens but I am converted!
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