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Broken Harbor Audiobook

Broken Harbor: Dublin Murder Squad, Book 4

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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author and Edgar Award winner Tana French grabs listeners with her chilling Dublin murder squad novels. In Broken Harbor, all but one member of the Spain family lies dead, and it’s up to Mick “Scorcher” Kennedy to find out why. Mick must piece together why their house is full of cameras pointed at holes in the walls and how a nighttime intruder bypassed all the locks. Meanwhile, the town of Broken Harbor holds something else for Mick: disturbing memories of a childhood summer gone terribly wrong.

©2012 Tana French (P)2012 Recorded Books

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    Weary Copyeditor New York, NY 02-14-13
    Weary Copyeditor New York, NY 02-14-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Excellent reading of an superbly crafted story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Broken Harbor to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read the print version.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Aside from the amazingly talented narrator, the brilliance of the story itself comes through his performance. He had a lot to work with here, because the author appears to have done her homework on all the intricacies of criminal law and, in particular, interrogation techniques. I usually listen to audiobooks to help me fall asleep at night, but this one has kept me awake, it is so top notch. In fact, I was compelled to write this review (only my second for Audible) even though I'm not yet done with the book. The reading is THAT good.


    What about Stephen Hogan’s performance did you like?

    His uncanny ability to switch in a millisecond from one character's voice to the next, from posh to working class, to a different KIND of working class accent, between women and men. I never found it difficult to tell who was speaking. I'm going to look for more books narrated by Stephen Hogan. He has definitely chosen the right career!


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

    I'm simply overwhelmed by the talents of the author and the narrator.


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    Stephanie Richmond, CA, United States 02-11-13
    Stephanie Richmond, CA, United States 02-11-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Just when you thought you knew what was going on.."

    Tana French has delivered another meaty police procedural with plenty of twists and turns and surprises. Her characters--as usual--are oh-so human and vulnerable, just like all of us. I found the story highly addictive and listened to the last section all in one uninterrupted gulp. Good, gripping story and excellent narration.

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    Robert Austin, TX, USA 02-11-13
    Robert Austin, TX, USA 02-11-13
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    "Huge step down from the first three"
    What disappointed you about Broken Harbor?

    My standards for Tana French are high, and this just doesn't cut it. Development is very slow, and the end result is not worth the wait. I don't have to like her characters, though in all three of the other books I have in fact liked one or more of them. I do have to understand and be at least a bit sympathetic to one or two of her main characters. Not in this book!<br/><br/>There was too much telling and not enough showing in this one. And the telling was quite repetitive.<br/><br/>I do highly recommend any and all of her other three books.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Tana French again?

    Yes.


    What about Stephen Hogan’s performance did you like?

    Good character separation. Not perfect -- he sometimes took a few extra seconds to transition from one speaker to another -- but quite good.


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

    The whole approach to getting us to know these characters just doesn't work. It's not about cutting scenes, it's about changing the approach. What goes on in Richie's head is important, but we can't get at that very well because he's not the narrator, and it's critical that the narrator be ignorant of what's going on in Richie's head. Not enough was done to let the reader figure things out that the narrator couldn't.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope the fifth book returns to the previous quality! I'll certainly give it a try.

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    Sandyjean Wilton, CA, United States 02-09-13
    Sandyjean Wilton, CA, United States 02-09-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Beautiful, poetic writing, fascinating story"

    These are people with all the flaws and goodness that we see all the time but perhaps we dont feel compasson or take the time to understand. The crime is horrific. The motivation ....well read and decide.

    I read audiobooks everyday as I work outside and some of my work allows this. Stephen Hogan is the best reader I have heard. The beauty of Tana French's writing style makes just listening a pleasure for the words alone.

    This is the first book I have read from this author but absolutely not the last.

    I have given only a few books a 4 star rating but there was no question about this one.

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    Patricia Las Vegas, NV, United States 02-06-13
    Patricia Las Vegas, NV, United States 02-06-13 Member Since 2017

    Mother of 3, grandmother of 6, retired nurse and substance abuse counselor. Thrilled to have the time to read or listen to books again.

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    "very good series"

    tana french has written a good series that has kept me interested through all 4 books. the subject matter is really tough to deal with especially in this last book at least it was for me as i'm more of an historical romance kind of reader but i'm glad i hung in there and completed the series. I always judge a book by what it continues to do after i have stopped reading/listening for the day. if i find my mind going back over what iv'e read and thinking about the characters and their lives and the plot of the book then for me its a really good book and i did that repeatedly with all 4 of these books. i'm sorry to see the series end.
    the narrator was excellent as with all her books.

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    Robert E. Orlando Long Beach, CA USA 01-31-13
    Robert E. Orlando Long Beach, CA USA 01-31-13 Member Since 2017
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    "Well..."

    I hated this book; but not as much as I hated the characters.
    If Kennedy is the Murder Squad's top cop, it's a wonder any murders ever get solved by these clowns. Mick is a jerk - a buffoon - a self-possessed, arrogant, unpleasant, fool who thinks his "clever" little methods of interrogation could result in anything more than amusement from anyone other than a suspect with an IQ higher than that of a stone. If there was any character worth saving and developing in this over-indulgent book, it was Richie, who got thrown under the bus by his wannabe teacher. I cringed every time this joker offered his sage advice. I've never read a book where I disliked so many of the characters. I kept thinking it might have been better for everyone if Mick's had dragged both he and his sister into the water with her way back when in Broken Harbor. Tana French is a much overrated writer. This was my 2nd and last of her books I'll ever read.

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    Frank Higgins Wayne, NJ USA 01-30-13
    Frank Higgins Wayne, NJ USA 01-30-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Brava! Hear a noise in the night? Be afraid!"

    Wow, certainly not an elegant comment or review, but it clearly expresses how I felt as I came to the end of this book. I have read a fair number of crime/mystery/police procedural novels. This book ranks among the best. Not because of the twists and turns, though Ms. French surprises at nearly every turn. What struck me was the evocation of raw emotion these characters built up to. Loyalty to a friend, to a partner, to a family member is a character trait of high value to me and I think to many. Ms. French tests your assumptions about personal loyalty using what comes naturally in a mystery novel - our presumptions and assumptions. My need to solve the mystery of whodunit, led to my own presumptions and guesses. These were led to a crescendo of feeling in the climax.

    Along the way, character development through terrific dialogue was delivered superbly by the narrator, Stephen Hogan. He slipped fluidly from male to female voice and back again. From upper, middle-class to hard-scrabble working class and to those on the dole. I can't wait to pick up on the rest of the series. My only hesitation is that I see that Stephen Hogan does not narrate any others in the series. I can only hope the other readers bring as much style to the ear as he does.

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    Pamela 01-30-13
    Pamela 01-30-13
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    "Not my favorite from Tana French"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Broken Harbor to be better than the print version?

    I would imagine so, given that I like the reader better than the actual story.


    If you’ve listened to books by Tana French before, how does this one compare?

    Have not listened to previous books, just read them.


    Have you listened to any of Stephen Hogan’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This was my first time. I was impressed by his mastery of various voices, accents and his ability to convey emotional impact.


    Any additional comments?

    This was not a traditional "mystery", more of a psychological autopsy of the crimes committed. I have loved all the previous French books but by the end of this one, I just wanted it to be over since it seemed to drag on. Was put off the excessive emphasis on the main character's mentally ill sister. She was endlessly annoying. Having said that, I kept on listening!

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    Benoibe New Orleans, LA, United States 01-24-13
    Benoibe New Orleans, LA, United States 01-24-13 Member Since 2010

    audio addict! Mostly interested in history and some historical fiction. Will Durant is my all time favorite. Loving the Great Courses too.

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    ""Scorcher" Kennedy is a keeper!!"

    Highly Recommended! I finished this book in one sitting. Could not stop listening. Truly this is an exciting and engrossing mystery that I personally did not solve until it was completely revealed.
    Tana French set this story up perfectly; she wrote characters I cared about; and she gave us true closure in the end. Though I had minor issues as the story unfolded, the timing and pace was excellent. I guarantee no one will be bored while listening to this!

    Narrator Stephen Hogan is great and completely authentic, except with his female voices. He needs work on his feminine characters. But I still enjoyed every personality in the book!

    In general, better than Faithful Place. Much better pace. I felt FP dragged in places, where this book DOES NOT DRAG!! :) I adore "Scorcher" Kennedy and his crazy sister!



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    Linda Likes to Learn 01-21-13 Member Since 2014
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    "ANOTHER PAGETURNER! TWISTS YOU DON'T EXPECT!"
    What did you love best about Broken Harbor?

    The story spirals around an unsuspected, strange love story that, totally unintentional, unleashes a hellish conclusion. This is NOT your typical murder mystery cop case. It roils with 'under-stories', about all the characters, that keep you interested - and wondering - until the end.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Oddly, after I gave it considerable thought, I thought the detective's final decision was absolutely correct - and absolutely disappointing. It showed a knowledge of one's self, and a moral decision that most would shirk.


    What about Stephen Hogan’s performance did you like?

    As usual, Hogan's performance was 'right on' - telling the story through the author's words, without intruding his own personality.


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