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Broken Harbour Audiobook

Broken Harbour

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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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  • R. Card
    UK
    7/20/16
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    "Bought "free" book in 3 for 2 - VERY pleased!"
    What made the experience of listening to Broken Harbour the most enjoyable?

    A really good story, read very well.


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

    The final scene between the two partners and the final confession, both quite moving.


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

    I feel that (almost) any narrator brings a book alive with different voices, tones and accents that you just cant do in your head. I'm English, how could I possibly interpret the various Irish accents, but that apart I found his whole reading very moving.

    There are very few narrators that I have found really add an extra dimension to a story, but I'd definitely rate Hugh Lee up there in my small group of excellent narrators!


    Any additional comments?

    This is my first book of this author, I had no idea what to expect the brief blurb sounded intriguing, but from beginning to end it had me gripped and I didn't see the many twists and turns!! By the end I was quite breathless! It wasn't how I expected it. I'd definitely recommend this book and I look forward to buying more from this author!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jennifer
    5/8/16
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    "Gripping and well written."

    A sad and dark strory, but incredibly well written and perceptive.
    The readers were excellent, and not the speed reading that some recent books I've heard.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fourcandles
    5/2/16
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    "sorry did not keep me hooked"

    very well narrated but the story is weak. sorry but not in my list of favourites

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Moizyff
    4/29/16
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    "Slow start but gained great momentum"

    The narrator was brilliant, I even had to check there wasn't more than one. The story was slow at the start for me and I did struggle with some of the thick Irish accents. I would however recommend hanging in there as the plot twists and turns in directions I did not anticipate. Tana French still has it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ms. J. Stafferton
    2/12/16
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    "Fantastic story read by a brilliant narrator"
    What did you like most about Broken Harbour?

    It's not like your average murder story, it's set almost exclusively in the house where the murders were committed, so it's quite claustrophobic and it's very emotionally intense. There are some very odd things going on and there's lots of possibilities about what could have happened.


    What other book might you compare Broken Harbour to, and why?

    The rest of the Dublin Murder Squad series.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The scene where Scorcher comforts Curran outside the hospital where they're doing the autopsy.


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

    It's an emotionally intense book, so I'd say it made me quite tense but in a good way! I often listen to audiobooks as I go to sleep but I definitely couldn't drift off to this one!


    Any additional comments?

    The narration for this one is particularly good. Most audiobook narration is good these days I think (with a few exceptions) but the narrator for this one particularly stands out from the crowd.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jennifer Lee
    11/3/15
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    "brilliant"

    Loved this from start to finish. the narrator was really good and the stroy kept me engaged all the way through. i didn't want to stop listening :-)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    9/12/15
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    "Good."

    I enjoyed the story but felt there were times when it drifted off into descriptions that went on too long

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sharon Frater
    Cheshire England
    8/24/15
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    "Tedious"
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    This was so slow . I found it very hard going and almost gave up part way through then I found out I could speed it up by listening twice as fast so I did eventually get through it but only because I played it on double speed.I hated the strong Irish accent that half the time sounded like the worst Scouse accent and the story wasn't strong enough for me to stay interested. Not for me at all I'm afraid and I wouldn't buy another from this author again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bluebottle
    8/5/15
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • sheilaanne
    6/4/15
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    "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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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