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Harbour Street Audiobook

Harbour Street

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Publisher's Summary

As the snow falls thickly, Detective Joe Ashworth and his daughter, Jessie, are swept along in the crowd onto the Metro. But when the train is stopped, Jessie notices that an old lady hasn’t left the train: Margaret Krukowski has been fatally stabbed as she sat on the crowded train.

Arriving at the scene, DI Vera Stanhope is relieved to have an excuse to escape the festivities. Soon Vera and Joe are on their way to the south Northumberland town of Mardle, where Margaret lived. Then a second woman is murdered. Retracing Margaret’s final steps, Vera finds herself searching deep into the hidden past of this seemingly innocent neighbourhood. Why are the residents of Harbour Street so reluctant to speak?

©2014 Ann Cleeves (P)2014 Isis Publishing Ltd

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    lesley 01-11-16
    lesley 01-11-16
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    "Great Story"

    Am loving these wonderful stories by Ann, well thought of plot, kept me interested throughout

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Wendy 05-24-15
    Wendy 05-24-15
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    "Unexpected Ending!"
    If you could sum up Harbour Street in three words, what would they be?

    Extremely well written


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

    There are many twists and turns in the plot.


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

    Janine Birkett's voice changed effectively for each character. She reads extremely well.


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

    I would happily have listened to the entire book in one sitting if it had been possible.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was a great combination of Ann Cleeves writing and Janine Birkett's reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • sally
    southend on sea, United Kingdom
    5/8/14
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    "My first Vera Book"
    If you could sum up Harbour Street in three words, what would they be?

    A great listen,


    What did you like best about this story?

    A detective that does not spend all day arguing with superiors. I sometime wonder how they actually get any work done. A detective that is not and does not seem to have ever been an alcoholic . She does enjoy her food and drink but that story line is not continually harked upon. No Vera gets on with the job in hand, is pleasant to her staff and is aware of her failings. All in all a great story,I am off now to listen to another,


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Trevor Beach
    Hampshire
    8/26/14
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    "Good story but . . ."
    Would you listen to Harbour Street again? Why?

    No. The reading was somewhat disappointing.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Vera because she is so acerbic .


    Did Janine Birkett do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

    This was disappointing. Joe sounded like an elderly grisly bear, but Holly's accent crossed between London cockney, South African and Australian. We found this very distracting and in the end irritating, hoping that Holly would not appear in the story too much. The Northern accents were fine.


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

    No.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Stephen W
    Hamburg
    8/20/14
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    "Saw it coming and the forgot"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The story is original, one could sense who might be responsible but then we are steared away and return with a surprise as to whodunnit


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

    Less mention of the eventual culprit would have made sense


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

    Driving in the car would have been hazardous whilst reading this book, or any other. Her narration was excellent.


    Was Harbour Street worth the listening time?

    Definitely


    Any additional comments?

    No thanks

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Maggie
    4/9/15
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    "Excellent! Hooked from start to finish"
    Any additional comments?

    I'm a fairly recent convert to Ann Cleeves, initially through television, and had only listened to The Glass Room in audio so far. This was even better.

    Yes, there are the odd convenient coincidences, but it is, as Vera would say, 'a story'. It works.

    It has distinctive characters, really strong evocative writing, and enough twists and turns to keep you hooked, and guessing, to the rather bitter end.

    The narration was excellent, it all comes to life as you listen. There was only one false step the whole way - Holly, the young female detective on the team, is described early on as having an 'educated southern accent'. Then she opens her mouth and out comes a flat estuary voice with a slight, bizarre, Aussie overtone at times. Perhaps Geordies find it as hard to do other regional voices as most of us find it to attempt Geordie!

    I'd definitely recommend this one. Vera Stanhope may be odd, but she's addictive.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Annie
    Brentwood, United Kingdom
    4/9/15
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    "Another Vera Story."
    What did you like best about this story?

    I love Vera and hearing her thoughts. I like her relationship with her Joe Ashworth and her other detectives. I felt that the end of the story, on this one, was a little weak.

    I like hearing the thought processes of the actors.


    Any additional comments?

    I felt that the narrator was good when taking on the role of Vera, weaker with the other characters.
    I enjoy Ann's books, I love the way that they have come to our TV screen. I look forward to more!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Annge
    11/22/14
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    "Gripping wonderfully narrated"
    If you could sum up Harbour Street in three words, what would they be?

    Exciting gripping different


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

    N/a


    Any additional comments?

    So very well narrated...one of my best audiobook experiences. The narrator brought the characters in what was a great story to life

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • K.C
    9/9/16
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    "Great performance, ok story..."

    The narrator of this story was great, she really brought the characters to life and made them believable, especially Vera, I could almost imagine that I was watching the actual television series whilst listening to this, however overall I just found the story to be OK.

    Interesting perpetrator in the end as attention was drawn to a few other suspects so I didn't see the true identity of the killer coming until it was revealed right towards the end, which is always a good thing.

    All in all, a decent read, worth a listen, but not phenomenal. Would listen to this series again though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • James
    5/18/16
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    "Clever and believable so I was very satisfied at the end!"

    The narrator was excellent ! Being hard of hearing my only complaints are when the person telling the story speaks 'confidentially and I miss the words but I am always so impressed with the variety of parts played.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs
    Leeds, United Kingdom
    4/14/16
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    "really enjoyed this"

    well narrated. characters are well developed and keeps you guessing right up to the end. I really like the Vera stories I think Charlie Hardwick narrates marginally better but really liked this

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • G P Forde
    4/4/16
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    "Thought I'd Downloaded the Wrong Book!"
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    A child, wanting a bedtime story. I am an adult, listening to a "Crime Novel", yet I get a condescending voice telling me about very weakly-drawn characters.


    What could Ann Cleeves have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Ann was telling me, rather than showing me, and the pace was more suited to a romantic novel.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Annoyance. I had read the reviews twice - once before purchasing, and then after giving up in Chapter 3, after 3 attempts to let it get going. Some had praised the characters. Really? Try Stuart Macbride... those people are real.


    Any additional comments?

    I tried to like it, I really did.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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