Regular price: $34.01

Free with 30-day trial
Membership details Membership details
  • A 30-day trial plus your first audiobook, free
  • 1 credit/month after trial – good for any book, any price
  • Easy exchanges – swap any book you don’t love
  • Keep your audiobooks, even if you cancel
  • After your trial, Audible is just $14.95/month
OR
In Cart

Publisher's Summary

From the author of the international and New York Times best seller Let the Right One In (Let Me In) comes this stunning and terrifying book which begins when a man's six-year-old daughter vanishes.

One ordinary winter afternoon on a snowy island, Anders and Cecilia take their six-year-old daughter, Maja, across the ice to visit the lighthouse in the middle of the frozen channel. While the couple explore the lighthouse, Maja disappears - either into thin air or under thin ice - leaving not even a footprint in the snow. Two years later, alone and more or less permanently drunk, Anders returns to the island to regroup. He slowly realizes that people are not telling him all they know; even his own mother, it seems, is keeping secrets. What is happening in Domaro, and what power does the sea have over the town's inhabitants?

As he did with Let the Right One In and Handling the Undead, John Ajvide Lindqvist serves up a blockbuster cocktail of suspense in a narrative that barely pauses for breath.

©2008 John Ajvide Lindqvist and ©2010 Marlaine Delargy (Translation) (P)2011 Macmillan Audio

Critic Reviews

“John Ajvide Lindqvist is rightly seen as one of the most exciting writers working in the horror genre at the moment - a rival, indeed, to Stephen King.” (TheScotsman.com )

What members say

Average Customer Ratings

Overall

  • 3.5 out of 5.0
  • 5 Stars
    41
  • 4 Stars
    49
  • 3 Stars
    45
  • 2 Stars
    18
  • 1 Stars
    16

Performance

  • 4.0 out of 5.0
  • 5 Stars
    65
  • 4 Stars
    41
  • 3 Stars
    28
  • 2 Stars
    7
  • 1 Stars
    7

Story

  • 3.4 out of 5.0
  • 5 Stars
    36
  • 4 Stars
    43
  • 3 Stars
    43
  • 2 Stars
    14
  • 1 Stars
    18
Sort by:
  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Delightfully Creepy

This is a delightfully creepy Scandanavian tale. But unlike many of the other Scandanavian writers who write thrillers or mysteries, John Ajvide Lindqvist writes supernatural stories.

Harbour starts out with a family going for a little mid-winter picnic to the lighthouse, and the 8 year old daughter disappears into thin air. Several years later, her parents have divorced, and her father (who has hit rock bottom and spends his time drinking and despairing) returns to the island where they formerly lived and were happy.

But the island has its secrets, and the residents want to keep things that way. The book is suffused with magic and bits of creepiness. The ending is a little overblown, but the journey along the way is perfectly delicious.

The narration is well done, and the writing is very solid. This is a great escapist read. It's a little less bleak than Let Me In, but is equally well done. This is definitely credit-worthy.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Really loved this book!

Lindqvist's prose is wonderful and his storytelling is meticulous -- it unfolds so gradually that one may not notice a turn in the story until it's well underway. What a crafty writer! Great book!

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

difficult to follow

What would have made Harbor better?

this is not a book to listen to if you have to divide your attention. The author jumps back a fourth between past tense and present. It was difficult for me to keep track when I was doing something as simple as driving. I never, EVER just sit and listen to a book so I had to keep rewinding to figure out what was going on!!

What other book might you compare Harbor to and why?

I wouldn't

Have you listened to any of Julian Rhind-Tutt’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This is the first performance of Julian Rhind-Tutt I have heard

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

I would make the time jumps more easy to follow

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story
  • Cathryn
  • Los Angeles, California
  • 10-13-12

Great Writing Lame Story

Where does Harbor rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Low middle

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

Make the lines between magical realism and the real clearer. Don't apply rational ideas to magical realism and don't lend magic to the moments of reality.<br/>

Which scene was your favorite?

Finding Maia

If you could take any character from Harbor out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Andres

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story
  • Julie
  • Fremont, CA, United States
  • 11-17-11

Long Book, Slow in many places

I liked the book enough to listen to the end. I probably would not actually recommend it to the first time reader.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Absolutely no story in this book. 7

What disappointed you about Harbor?

I tried three times to start this book. It's reviews were OK and I thought I was just missing something. It starts really good. Then it gets bogged down in something, I don't know what because the story could not hold my interest. I forced myself to listen to the first download this time and again - I can't even begin to tell you what the story is about.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Harbor goes down the drain

Boring and slow, a huge disappointment. Let Me In is written by this author as well and I Ioved it. This book brings none of the excitement, intrigue or interest I was sure would be there. Not worth taking a chance on this one.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Narrator is fantastic, story not so much

I'm on the second half of the book, and I believe I may quit at this point. The pacing of the book is very slow, which would not have bothered me if, when the action did finally begin, it had not been so offensive. But praise goes to Julian Rhind-Tutt for a great narration, at least.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Pointless

I only kept listening because the narrator was good. The story is silly. Please don't waste your time or money on this one as I did.

5 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Was so disappointed.

Loved the story by the author"let me in" so I thought this would be great, but it dragged on and on and didn't make sense. Got no real idea even in the end of the reason for everything. Just stupid. Hated it. Thought it would get better but it didn't. Sorry I wasted so much time on it.