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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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  • Bluebottle
  • 08-05-15

Brilliant story and narration!

I simply cannot recommend this book enough. The story is contemporary, shocking and spellbinding. The narration is probably the best I've ever heard - and I'm a very prolific Audible consumer! Hugh Lee brings the characters to life, particularly the 2 detectives. I really enjoyed their conversations and building relationship and the narrator's skill with their different accents really brought home the differences in their age, background and experience. I found listening to Dina (spelling?) really uncomfortable - in a good way! I could certainly see this story being brought to life on screen, it would make an enthralling TV drama series or film.
I've had a look around at the author's other works available on Audible and have discovered this book is number 4 or 5 in a series of Dublin detectives, so I've just purchased some extra credits so that I can start at the beginning! I'm just sad that Hugh Lee hasn't narrated any more of her work.

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  • sheilaanne
  • 06-04-15

A Good Listen

Would you listen to Broken Harbour again? Why?

Yes, it was an easy listen, interesting

Who was your favorite character and why?

The sister - enigmatic

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

He made it believable

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

Quite sad at times

Any additional comments?

Worth a listen

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  • Holly
  • 05-22-15

Keeps you hooked

A good detective story that kept me guessing. Some moments of very elegant descriptive prose. Nicely complex characters in the main

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  • Emma Stinson
  • 05-15-15

Authentic Irish crime thriller

What did you like most about Broken Harbour?

It was so refreshing to hear an audiobook voiced by Irish voice artists, whose accents were just right. The story lent itself perfectly to the audio format, being mainly a series of conversations and lead character inner monologues. I was hooked!

What about Hugh Lee’s performance did you like?

I appreciated the range of emotions and thoughts that he could convey, he made the lead character very real and believable.

Any additional comments?

Well worth the price, an easy to relate to story, wonderfully narrated. Parts of the story are a bit weird, and it's not all tied up in a nice easy ending, which makes it even more interesting. Buy it, I hope it won't disappoint!

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  • Nicholas Moore
  • 05-07-15

Excellent

Like a lot of the other reviewers, I did really enjoy this audio book, with a couple of minor reservations. It's a clever idea, weaving social and psychological issues into a detective thriller with some ease. The narrator is very skilled at both male and female voices, differentiating the characters very well. One minor issue I had was the length of time the central character spent with his dysfunctional sister. I found myself becoming a little irritated by the sister to the point where I wanted that part of the story to end. All in all though, an exceptional story.

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  • Nicola Deane
  • 04-14-15

Great story

Narrator took away some of the pleasure as some of his voices were very irritating. Great story though you sort of know who did it but it leads you there well

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  • Rosie
  • 02-28-15

Superb narrator. Great story

The narrator really brought the story to life. His voices for the different characters were believable and didn't sound false or forced as sometimes happens especially when voicing a character of the opposite sex.

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  • Mrs Wendy Huggins
  • 02-13-15

A bit long winded

I struggled with this one. Whilst the storyline was good I felt there was too much unnecessary filling! Did Dina and Kennedy's mum really need to be referred to at all? I don't think Tana French novels are for me. The narrator was superb and I shall definately be in search of more books narrated by him.

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  • Gadget Girl UK
  • 01-15-15

Engrossing

This book was engrossing and superbly read by the narrator
Recommend it totally to anyone who enjoys a good story

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  • Bee
  • 12-18-14

Fantastic narrator

If you could sum up Broken Harbour in three words, what would they be?

Gripping, sad and funny at the same time.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Ritchie Curran, because he's such a puppy still, floppy ears and all, but brave. And human.

Which character – as performed by Hugh Lee – was your favourite?

Ritchie Curran, with his thick Dublin accent. The way Hugh Lee portrayed him made him very loveable.

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

I got very angry at times with Dina. I could not stand the bloody cow.

Any additional comments?

What a great narrator. Very good with voices, and the accents are great. I know he's Irish but still, there's Irish, and then there's Irish. He did a marvellous job, and I did not want to stop listening. Which is unusual, I usually prefer female narrators.