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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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Tana French is an amazing author!

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

This is one of the better books I have listened to. The performance is fantastic and really pulls you into the story.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Broken Harbor?

The 'critter' part of the investigation. I was so fascinated by what Detective Kennedy was discovering that I told my husband about book because I just needed to talk about it to someone.

Which scene was your favorite?

The final discussion between Detective Kennedy and the victum.

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

If I'd had enough time I would've listened to the book from start to finish without stopping.

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Too annoying; can't believe it's the same author.

Would you try another book from Tana French and/or Stephen Hogan?

I've listened to her other books on Audible, and enjoyed them a good bit. This one makes me wonder about her. The narrator is so dense and attached to his point of view, it makes it hard to continue listening. I'm about half way through, and got online to see if others had similar reactions.

The reader is excellent. Too bad about the material he has to work with.

What do you think your next listen will be?

No idea.

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

Not sure. He's very good, though.

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

Severe impatience for a blown opportunity to write a book worthy of her earlier ones. I kept being shocked by how lame the plot was.

Any additional comments?

Did the author get over-confident after her earlier successes? I can't imagine how else to understand this lapse. Close to disgusted.

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  • Shelley
  • Sarasota, FL, United States
  • 02-26-13

Abrupt Ending

What disappointed you about Broken Harbor?

I enjoyed listening to the book and the narrator. But the book was long and I had made a large time investment, around 18 hours I believe, and when the book ended I felt as if it ended mid book! It had gone on and on and on in great detail and then . . . . In what felt like two minutes . . . it ended. It left me feeling very unsatisfied.

Would you recommend Broken Harbor to your friends? Why or why not?

No. The ending left me hanging.

What about Stephen Hogan’s performance did you like?

I liked his accent and the quality of his voice.

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As good a mystery as I have ever read

Tana French is simply amazing. She's the best in the game right now. Each book in her Dublin Murder Squad series has been better than the last. Each book sheds a new light on a character you think is familiar from the last installment. The books show the reader how little they really know about the people we purport to know so well.

Broken Harbor is an incredible mystery about the unravelling of . . . everything. Failure, collapse, and erosion shadow every plotline in this story.

My jaw was on the floor nearly for the entirety of this book. Everything, from the truly creepy murder scene--horribly bloody, and with holes in the walls throughout the house (the most intriguing part of the story, in my opinion)--to the deeply unsettling explanation of what happened in the house, was wonderfully pieced together.

All in all, Broken Harbor has to be in the top two mysteries I have come across. Highly recommended, especially if you enjoyed the earlier Dublin Murder Squad books.

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  • Maureen
  • Winter Park, FL, United States
  • 02-25-13

Great Book!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Broken Harbor kept my attention and the story built methodically from the beginning.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked the complexity of the characters who were portrayed with flaws and all. As the story went on the strengths and weaknesses of each character became apparent.

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Couldn't stop listening

For those who enjoy a very well-written, intriguing mystery, with top-notch narration, you can't go wrong with "Broken Harbor." I found myself taking every opportunity to listen.

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  • Marie
  • TALLAHASSEE, FL, United States
  • 02-20-13

Broken Harbor

What did you love best about Broken Harbor?

The story held my interest and I wanted to be able to listen just a little bit longer each time.

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

I have equally liked the two Tana French books that I have listened to.

Which scene was your favorite?

When you first became aware that things were not what they seemed to be.

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  • Greg
  • Corinth, TX, United States
  • 02-20-13

Very good listen, great plot development

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Although I am not much of a novel reader, I needed a story to give me a break from the psychology books (e.g., Everything is Obvious, Denialism) that I like to read. Murder mysteries do the trick for me.

The fun part of this book for this Texan is that the investigator develops a relationship with his new partner who, in the end, drops the ball big-time. The murder of a family in a new, yet abandoned (due to economic times) sub-division on the coast of Ireland, is horror enough. As the plot unfolds, the suspects are not the only piece of this mystery, although they are an integral part in the development of the final conclusion that the prime investigator comes to. He learns a lot about himself, his partner, and his precinct -- specifically his bosses' outlooks on the case.

And then there's the voyeur who has been watching the family -- how does he all fit into the puzzle? It all becomes clear, but this guy watching this entire family from a near, yet abandoned house, would become a prime suspect. Does he ultimately become the culprit, or is he just an "innocent" bystander?

The reader was great, and the story kept pushing me to keep listening.

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I'm a regular

Mostly I can be a prude and want to read good literature. But I wait for Tana French's new books and read them right away- they're good mysteries and I enjoy listening to the Irish narrator. This one is as enjoyable as the others.

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  • Denae
  • manitowoc, WI, United States
  • 02-19-13

Love Tana French, iffy on this narrator

What did you love best about Broken Harbor?

I loved the imagry. Tana French really has a fantastic ability to draw me in. Her writing is suspenseful and kept me interested. I think my favorite part of Broken Harbor was the budding partnership between Scorcher and his newbie partner.

What about Stephen Hogan’s performance did you like?

His voice is nearly perfect for Scorcher, both as I imagined him and as Faithful Place introduced him as.

Any additional comments?

It was a bit difficult for me to listen to the narrator, as he had a peculiar knack of STARTING A SENTENCE LIKE THIS AND then ending it in a whisper. Its hard to listen to and if you latch on to annoying things like me, you might have to press pause for a few minutes.