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Broken Harbor Audiobook

Broken Harbor: Dublin Murder Squad, Book 4

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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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    Ken Draeger SCOTTSDALE, AZ, US 04-28-13
    Ken Draeger SCOTTSDALE, AZ, US 04-28-13 Member Since 2016

    I'm an avid listener always searching for another good book and willing to share my thoughts with a pithy review.

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    "Nothing Good Happens In This Story"

    The characters are well developed...but not a hero among them. Virtually nothing good happens in this story. It’s sad, depressing and without action.

    A young reasonably stable and capable couple both go “postal” when the reality of being laid off in a bad economy begins to sink in. The guy becomes obsessed with mysterious noises only he can hear. He has illusions of some kind of animal running around in the attic, and he aims to capture or trap it. In the process, he bashes holes in the walls, installs electronic monitors and even sets a huge spring trap. I will stop here in case you choose to listen to it anyway. But don’t say I didn’t warn you. Nothing good happens.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    P. Minor Indiana/USA 01-02-13
    P. Minor Indiana/USA 01-02-13
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    "Her best yet"

    Brilliantly woven story that kept me changing my mind as to what was really happening all the way to the end. It was perfectly narrated and paced. Can't wait for her next story to come out in this series.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    SRuss 10-19-12
    SRuss 10-19-12 Member Since 2008

    I love books and animals.I enjoy all sorts of genres, anything from history to supernatural.

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    "Another great one!"

    If you enjoyed the other novels by Tana French, you will enjoy this one.

    If you haven't read the other novels by Tana French, I highly recommend them. However, in order to read this book you don't have to.

    Tana is very descriptive and knows how to keep the reader interested in the story.
    The case the main character is working on in this book is very intriguing and realistic. The characters become very personal and familiar, very quickly.
    Tana has a writing style that seamless makes the story meanders from the police case- to the life of the detective, it just keeps you hooked.

    The narrator does a great job. These novels are placed in Ireland; therefore the narrator has an Irish accent. He is very easy to understand and makes each character come to life.

    Overall, if you enjoyed the previous Tana French novels, this is a must.
    If you are new to her works, you might want to go back and try the others first.
    The story line is interesting and the pace of the book is slow so you can keep up, but not too slow.
    The narrator is easy to understand and does a great job of narrating.
    I definitely recommend this book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    6catz 09-27-12
    6catz 09-27-12 Member Since 2008

    I have to admit that I'm a total Audible junkie. MUST have book going at all times. I may be the subject of a family intervention someday.

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    "Still a good read, but my least favorite."
    Do you think Broken Harbor needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yes, because the previous books were stunning. I would love to hear more from the protagonists of the first three books, Rob, Cassie and Frankie.


    Any additional comments?

    The plot is good, and the final story as told by Jennie is pretty riveting. I guess I'm just not so moved by Scorchie as I was by Cassie, Rob and Frankie. Plus Frankie is such a tough act to follow. I must admit that his was my favorite story of all (Faithful Place), moving me to laugh, cry, think and feel a whole rainbow of emotions. Still love Tana French, and can't wait for her next book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Candace Russell 09-23-12 Member Since 2017
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    "Tiresome"
    What would have made Broken Harbor better?

    The plot didn't need the detective's unbalanced sister, but if she had played a role, most of the tirades from her should have been cut. They detract from the story, unless she were to end up being the killer. She wasn't, so why was she there?

    The narrator's interpretation of much of the dialogue was over the top, too. I don't think there would have been so much emotion in the discussions between detectives. I could accept the character of Scorcher Kennedy as an arrogant blowhard, but couldn't there have been at least one likeable main character?


    Would you ever listen to anything by Tana French again?

    I don't think so. I liked Faithful Place, but even that went on a bit far.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I thought the resolution was interesting; it just took too long to get there.


    Any additional comments?

    Based on this book, I'd think there are no sane people in Ireland. It would have been a better book if it were more believable. I'm looking forward to forgetting about this book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel McAfee Texas USA 08-29-12
    Daniel McAfee Texas USA 08-29-12 Member Since 2016

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    "Despite many HOLES in story - Absorbing"

    I agree with most other reviews with respect to comments like, "Absorbing", "Can't Put Down", Holds my Interest", "Riveting", etc. The character development was good and the book was VERY well written. The author, Tana French, definitely has some skills in the area of developing good mystery and intrigue.

    The only problem I saw was there are a few holes in the story in the areas of motive and opportunity that are never resolved and the ending only introduces additional holes.

    Even though the story doesn't hold water in a lot of places - and I won't ruin it by going into specifics apart from simply stating that story dragged along at times solely for the purpose of creating suspense and mystery - which in the end creates some of the holes.

    Nonetheless, it was entertaining and the narration was good.

    Overall, I do recommend the book.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer East Hartford, CT, United States 08-21-12
    Amazon Customer East Hartford, CT, United States 08-21-12 Member Since 2012

    I don't know about you, but why are there so so so many 5 star reviews. I LOVE books, but so few are 5 star.

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    "Hooked on French"

    Another great listen from Tana. I remembered Scorcher from the first French novel I read then had to listened to, Faithful Place. French's character development is great, fresh and edgy without being bleak just for the sake of being dark. The characters are utterly human.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Wichita, KS USA 08-13-12
    Amazon Customer Wichita, KS USA 08-13-12 Member Since 2010
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    "A little less than I expected, but still great!"

    When it's all said and done, Tana French's weakest novel - whichever one that turns out to be - will still be a lot better than just about any other writer's novels. In her first three books, she set such a high standard that although Broken Harbour is excellent, the plot has a problematic weakness.

    It's nearly impossible to discuss this weakness without spoiling the story, so I won't. The weakness involves the downfall of a character, who has always been well able to handle life, but slides into utter ruin after a rough patch. French unsuccessfully attempts to provide a foundation for such a slide, but it's thin and in my mind, doesn't hold up well. The same scenario is played out in nearly every community every day, but without such disastrous results.

    Nearly every other element of the book, however, is extremely well done. French excels at writing about less-than-perfect human beings dealing with very human problems, with the usual results. That she has done it so well in the past, and does it here with other characters, makes it even more puzzling that the cause-and-effect of the main plot doesn't seem to add up well. Others, in other reviews, don't seem to be bothered by it, but I work in an area that deals with families and their dysfunction, so maybe that's why it doesn't work as well for me. I see these things every day, and almost never does a rough patch in life lead where this one leads without an underlying issue such as alcoholism or drug addiction.

    I still highly recommend the book, and if you're new to the series, I suggest you start with the first novel and work your way through them in order. Although the novels are connected, each is constructed to stand alone, so it won't cause a lot of confusion if you don't. French is a masterful writer, who unwinds her stories in a manner that makes the reader feel as if layers of character's lives are being peeled back, revealing ever more fascinating details as the character becomes more and more interesting and understandable. Like her other novels, this is a don't-miss read!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    John C. South Dakota 07-28-12
    John C. South Dakota 07-28-12 Member Since 2006

    Born with earbuds.

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    "Beautiful, Sad, Thoughtful & True"
    What made the experience of listening to Broken Harbor the most enjoyable?

    This novel keeps you guessing as to "who" and "why" as it explores possible explanations for the murders of several members of a once idyllic family. It's more of a WhyDoneIt than a WhoDoneIt in the end. Tana French does an artistic job of showing the psychology of all the characters on a continuum with no one perfectly sane and several not far from losing touch with reality or already over-the-edge. This exploration of the gray areas of psychology is much more true-to-life than the black and white "crazy or normal" stereotypes used in many books and in everyday life.

    Those who have read French's other books may find this one more satisfying in some ways and and less so in others. It has some of the sense of place that Faithful Place possessed and some of the character driven excitement of In the Woods. If there is a criticism of the book, it is that it struggles and drifts in the middle trying to decide just where it is going. I still found it easy enough to listen to even during this meandering. Perhaps the author was struggling to satisfy both the literary and mystery aspects of the novel. Some might find the police procedural style at the beginning more interesting than the later psychological aspects of the book while others will feel the reverse. However, if you have read other French books, you know that she does both of these well and will find them satisfying.

    Thankfully, in a real sense, this novel does not delve directly into the questions of how people could do such terribly things as murdering children. That is to say, possibilities are explored, but the author does not insult the reader by insisting that there is only one answer and she knows it. Some people see such acts as pure evil, others as desperation, and still others as insanity--and most of us aren't likely to change our minds. Whatever, the cause, French seems to say, "These things do happen."

    Some themes of the book are:
    The simplest answer is usually the correct one
    Places and the past are strongly intertwined
    People often invite misfortune into their lives
    Once you compromise your principles, you can't go back
    People doing what they think is right can wreak terrible havoc
    Some questions won't ever be answered to your satisfaction










    What other book might you compare Broken Harbor to and why?

    There are aspects of Janeology, Her Fearful Symmetry, and The Devotion of Suspect X. Janeology for the subject matter and the inheritance aspects of psychiatric issues,
    Her Fearful Symmetry for parallels of both wanting the best and worst for a sibling.
    The Devotion of Suspect X explores issues of self-sacrifice.

    There is also resonance with works of Ian Rankin & Harlan Coben. Rankin & French are so good at realism that you seldom doubt there stories. Coben & French both expose the degree to which past is truly prologue.


    What does Stephen Hogan bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    The narration is perfect for both male and female voices. Hogan is brilliant and neither over or under-emotes.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    When everyone's a victim, who do you arrest?


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    John L. Walston north carolina 08-27-12
    John L. Walston north carolina 08-27-12 Member Since 2016

    math prof

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    "Tana French Gets Better and Better"
    If you could sum up Broken Harbor in three words, what would they be?

    Riveting, Believable, Entertaining


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the way the characters were drawn. I did not necessarily like Scorcher but he was drawn very well. He was consistent and there was not a false note in anything that he did.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Any scene between Richie and Mick was great. I think the one that Richie first takes on the interrogation of the neighbors and Mick realizes that he has something.that makes him good at his job.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Again, I liked the way Mick treated Richie in the beginning begrudgingly to respect him.


    Any additional comments?

    The book was thought provoking. The two different points of view held by Mick and Richie about crime and punishment were very interesting. The revelation of the origin of Mick's hard nosed approach and his rigid beliefs were very well done.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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