Broken

  • by Karin Fossum
  • Narrated by David Rintoul
  • 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A woman wakes one night to find that a strange man has walked into her bedroom. She lies there in terrified silence unable to move. The woman is an author and the man one of her prospective characters. So desperate is he to have his story told that he has resorted to breaking in to her house to make her tell it. She creates Alvar Eide, forty-two years old, single, who works in an art gallery. He lives a quiet, dutiful life, carefully designed to avoid surprise. One winter's day all this begins to change, when an emaciated young heroin addict walks into the gallery. A kind man, Alvar gives her a cup of coffee to warm her up. She returns some weeks later to his place of work, and then one day appears on his doorstep demanding to be let in. Interspersed with the chapters of Alvar's story are his encounters with its author - the frantic attempts of a fictional man trying to control his own destiny. Broken is a gripping novel about the boundary between fact and fiction from the renowned author of the Inspector Sejer mysteries.

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Gripping novel

This is two books in one. The main narrative had me cursing the actions of the main protagonist - I cared about him and was frustrated about his actions. I kept proming myself that I'd listen to one more chapter but find I couldn't stop listening! The main story is interspursed with the fictional character communicating directly with the author . There is a real sense of how the author builds-up tension in a novel. That might sound heavy/pretentious but it's written in accessible dialogue form. This is a real page-turner - or whatever the audiobook equivalent - give it a go. This audiobook is already one of my favourites.
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- Drew

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-05-2012
  • Publisher: Random House Audiobooks