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Summary

As the snow falls thickly, Detective Joe Ashworth and his daughter, Jessie, are swept along in the crowd onto the Metro. But when the train is stopped, Jessie notices that an old lady hasn’t left the train: Margaret Krukowski has been fatally stabbed as she sat on the crowded train.

Arriving at the scene, DI Vera Stanhope is relieved to have an excuse to escape the festivities. Soon Vera and Joe are on their way to the south Northumberland town of Mardle, where Margaret lived. Then a second woman is murdered. Retracing Margaret’s final steps, Vera finds herself searching deep into the hidden past of this seemingly innocent neighbourhood. Why are the residents of Harbour Street so reluctant to speak?

©2014 Ann Cleeves (P)2014 Isis Publishing Ltd

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My first Vera Book

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

A great listen,

What did you like best about this story?

A detective that does not spend all day arguing with superiors. I sometime wonder how they actually get any work done. A detective that is not and does not seem to have ever been an alcoholic . She does enjoy her food and drink but that story line is not continually harked upon. No Vera gets on with the job in hand, is pleasant to her staff and is aware of her failings. All in all a great story,I am off now to listen to another,

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Saw it coming and the forgot

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

The story is original, one could sense who might be responsible but then we are steared away and return with a surprise as to whodunnit

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Less mention of the eventual culprit would have made sense

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

Driving in the car would have been hazardous whilst reading this book, or any other. Her narration was excellent.

Was Harbour Street worth the listening time?

Definitely

Any additional comments?

No thanks

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • JPH
  • Hertfordshire
  • 23-01-18

Good story but not the best.

I'd previously listened to 2 other Vera stories both narrated by Charlie Hardwicke who was excellent. With this story however the narrator was different and the narration was done in a very sing song style. It reminded me of when I was a small child and would listen daily with my mum to the radio's "listen with mother" I'm a grown up and it seemed quite condescending and felt like the early days of TV's play school. Having said that I did get into the story and eventually got used to the narrator.

I like the Vera Stanhope books. This is a descent story, if a little slower than previous books, and not one of the best but still worth a listen.

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Excellent! Hooked from start to finish

Any additional comments?

I'm a fairly recent convert to Ann Cleeves, initially through television, and had only listened to The Glass Room in audio so far. This was even better.

Yes, there are the odd convenient coincidences, but it is, as Vera would say, 'a story'. It works.

It has distinctive characters, really strong evocative writing, and enough twists and turns to keep you hooked, and guessing, to the rather bitter end.

The narration was excellent, it all comes to life as you listen. There was only one false step the whole way - Holly, the young female detective on the team, is described early on as having an 'educated southern accent'. Then she opens her mouth and out comes a flat estuary voice with a slight, bizarre, Aussie overtone at times. Perhaps Geordies find it as hard to do other regional voices as most of us find it to attempt Geordie!

I'd definitely recommend this one. Vera Stanhope may be odd, but she's addictive.

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Another Vera Story.

What did you like best about this story?

I love Vera and hearing her thoughts. I like her relationship with her Joe Ashworth and her other detectives. I felt that the end of the story, on this one, was a little weak.

I like hearing the thought processes of the actors.

Any additional comments?

I felt that the narrator was good when taking on the role of Vera, weaker with the other characters.
I enjoy Ann's books, I love the way that they have come to our TV screen. I look forward to more!

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Gripping wonderfully narrated

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

Exciting gripping different

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

N/a

Any additional comments?

So very well narrated...one of my best audiobook experiences. The narrator brought the characters in what was a great story to life

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Good story but . . .

Would you listen to Harbour Street again? Why?

No. The reading was somewhat disappointing.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Vera because she is so acerbic .

Did Janine Birkett do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

This was disappointing. Joe sounded like an elderly grisly bear, but Holly's accent crossed between London cockney, South African and Australian. We found this very distracting and in the end irritating, hoping that Holly would not appear in the story too much. The Northern accents were fine.

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

No.

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Vera at her best

A fascinating story which kept me hooked. I didn’t guess who did it either. The characters are humanly drawn without the gore that spoils many modern detective stories. Beautifully
read too!

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Great story excellent narration

Great story but twist at the end surprised me. The storyline didn't really support the outcome. still great story. Narration is perfect Vera.

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Always worth a read

Ann Cleve's is always worth a listen and never disappoints. Vera is an interesting construct and her books are always well structured, filled with interesting characters and have a sound plot.

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  • lesley
  • 11-01-16

Great Story

Am loving these wonderful stories by Ann, well thought of plot, kept me interested throughout

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  • Wendy
  • 24-05-15

Unexpected Ending!

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

Extremely well written

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

There are many twists and turns in the plot.

What does Janine Birkett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Janine Birkett's voice changed effectively for each character. She reads extremely well.

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

I would happily have listened to the entire book in one sitting if it had been possible.

Any additional comments?

This book was a great combination of Ann Cleeves writing and Janine Birkett's reading.

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  • Gillian
  • 21-04-17

Enjoyable but...

I really like Vera Stanhope as a hero in these books she is a totally believable flawed human and it makes for a great story. I had issues with the narrator on this book. She had a nice voice but t the accents were very poorly done which spoiled it for me. Shame.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful