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In Broken Harbour, a ghost estate outside Dublin - half-built, half-inhabited, half-abandoned - two children and their father are dead. The mother is on her way to intensive care. Scorcher Kennedy is given the case because he is the Murder squad's star detective. At first he and his rookie partner, Richie, think this is a simple one: Pat Spain was a casualty of the recession, so he killed his children, tried to kill his wife Jenny, and finished off with himself. But there are too many inexplicable details and the evidence is pointing in two directions at once. Scorcher's personal life is tugging for his attention. Seeing the case on the news has sent his sister Dina off the rails again, and she's resurrecting something that Scorcher thought he had tightly under control: what happened to their family, one summer at Broken Harbour, back when they were children. The neat compartments of his life are breaking down, and the sudden tangle of work and family is putting both at risk.

©2012 Tana French (P)2012 Hodder & Stoughton

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  • Judith
  • 09-14-14

7 hours too long!

Full of Irish anx which prolonged the story for far too long. It kept hinting of black serious under plots which never materialised. Feel cross that I wasted a lang car journey to Scotland listening to it in the hope that the promise of the first half of the story would materialise.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-18-14

Hugh Lee is the new superstar of male narrators

What made the experience of listening to Broken Harbour the most enjoyable?

I must repeat... Hugh Lee is a superstar. He is amazing. The story of the Broken Harbour is good but perhaps not excellent....had I read the book rather than listened, it may mot have been quite as enjoyable. Hugh Lee makes the story and the characters come alive. It's like you are in a cinema or a theatre, or even in the story watching somewhere in the sidelines. He has a wonderful voice , I love all the Irish accents, Dublin and country, but he can pull off a believable English and American accents too. And the female characters are just amazing, really hard to believe it's a man putting on a lady's voice!

Who was your favorite character and why?

My favourite character is Larry, the police techie who analyses the evidence and crime scene. This again probably because Hugh Lee makes him into such a jovial personality. And perhaps also Richie, detective Kennedy's rookie partner.

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

Hugh Lee makes the entire story and the characters so believable and alive, you forget it's a book you're listening to. This guy is a genius and he must be commissioned to read more of similar book. I swear I will happily buy them, for myself and I know a good few friends who would be delighted to get this as a gift.

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

What I enjoyed most was the bit between the start and the finish.

Any additional comments?

I'll be looking for more Tana French but I am even more keen to hear more Hugh Lee!

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  • Mrs
  • 03-06-13

A must listen

Well what can I say apart from what a fantastic, gripping, intensive I could go on and on. This is a definite must read the story line had me hooked right from the first chapter. The narrator is amazing in drawing you right in and keeping you there and his ability of fetching all the characters to life is brilliant. I will defiantly look out for more books narrated by him.

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  • CARRYN
  • 12-23-12

EXCELLENT AND VERY DIFFERENT

I love this author and the narrator Hugh Lee does a very good job on his books

This is an unusual and very modern story of family breakdown, beautifully told That sounds depressive, its not Just a good reflection of present day Ireland and an insight of what went wrong for ordinary people when the bubble burse

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  • dylan
  • 12-21-12

Ignore the prudes.

Enjoyed this one, remarkable narration.

Please don't take too much notice of the couple of reviews on here complaining of bad language.

There really is not very much, what there is is tame and none of it is out of context or character.

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  • CantVal
  • 12-04-12

I urge you to buy this book

This is a wonderful haunted and haunting novel. It would be classified as crime fiction but it is so much more than that, whilst it does not lose pace the story is intricately woven together where the past and present resonate with each other. The author takes a horrific crime and gently and inevitably leads towards an understanding of the forces that can lead someone to commit it. None of the characters are cardboard cutouts and I found myself genuinely caring about what happened to them.



The narration is superb and enhances the enjoyment, I have enjoyed all the books that I have read/listened to by this author but this is, I think, the best so far.

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  • Joe
  • 10-27-12

Fresh approach to the genre

The thing I appreciated most about this book was that it managed to bring a fresh approach to the crime fiction genre. It wasn't gripping throughout but it was well written and held my interest throughout. It managed to avoid a formula in a genre that is littered with authors writing to a formula (Val McDermid, take note).

Tana French writes her characters incredibly well, so much so that you want to see how it all plays out for them. The audio book is particularly well read by Hugh Lee and on finishing you can't help but think this would make a great TV crime drama.

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  • Gmcevoy
  • 10-12-12

Solid (slight spoilers)

A very enjoyable listen. Extremely well narrated. I found the story to be very well put together and I was guessing pretty much the whole way through. I was left a little wanting by the end though. I wanted to see more of the fall out between Mick and Richie but it never came. The Dana side plot should have got more time or none at all. She just felt like an add on just pasted in to try to give us a bit more insight to Mick the man.



An all round good listen though

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  • Bookaholic
  • 10-20-17

Superb story brilliantly performed - up all night

Sensitive portrait of social breakdown in Ireland convincingly disguised as a gripping thriller. Rich and powerful - the author's empathy for her characters makes the story compelling snd the performance I've scarcely known bettered. Cannot recommend too highly.

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  • Tina
  • 08-11-17

THRILLING AND BEAUTIFULLY READ

Any additional comments?

This is a tense mystery thriller written with poignant and beautiful characterisation and superbly read. But there are two readers - why is only one of them named?