Okay I thought I learned my lesson with the Harry Hole series and I was not going to listen to another book. I am not sure why I wavered. Harry is an alcoholic tormented Norwegian investigator who has recently been dumped by his girlfriend. Harry then slips into a weeks long alcoholic binge. Again.
Nesbo continues to be the master of the detective novel with Devils Star. it holds you in suspense right up until the end and it could not be better.
This was the best of the series so far. I've gotten more used to the complexity of Jo Nesbo's Harry Hole mysteries. I think knowing to expect the stories within stories has made it easier to track details and make the connections that the author so skillfully weaves into this series.
Gripping, surprising, and philosophical. Can't wait to listen to the next one. I liked this narrator too.
4th novel I have listened to by Nesbo. He writes very credible complicated plots. I love the stories themselves. I usually see Harry begin to catch his prey, but then see there are many more hours left to the novel. That is when the story takes some unexpected turns. Very entertaining to the reader.
The main thing I do not like about these stories is Harry Hole. He is a self destructive alcoholic. I do not want to deny the problems alcoholics have, but then I do not care to read about them either. They make for very boring and predictable stories and add nothing to the storyline. Just filler. Worse - it becomes repetitive across novels. A second issue I have with Harry is his reckless disregard to the safety of his friends and colleagues because he always goes it alone. In this novel he even puts a little boy in jeopardy. There are always better approaches that can be taken in the story.
Another great thriller by Joe Nesbo, with my favorite detective, Harry Hole. Always fun to try to figure out who the bad guy is, but I never get it right. Time to pick up the next one in this exciting series.
The characters were interesting and believable, and the narrator did an excellent job of bringing them to life. He even managed to make women sound like real human beings, which seems tough for many narrators.
They were all engaging, even the sickos.
I loved listening to the narrator change from character to character.
I was relieved when the convenient ending turned out, in fact, not to be the ending at all. It's a weird thing when you're listening to a story and you have no visual perception of how much is actually left. I'm sure other audible listeners know what I mean!
I will be reading more Jo Nesbo as soon as I finish my creepy Halloween choice of Stephen King's 'It'.
Probably not. But I'm not usually a guy who listens to books more than once.
Please! OK.. spoiler alert. (pause) ... The inevitable meeting between Harry and Voller in the hallway.. and then the lift.. was classic.
Everything! Sachs is one of my favorites. I'm a reader snob, and I mourn the fact that he isn't reading ALL the Hole books.
Made me cringe in a few spots. But all the Nesbo books do.
Overall, I liked this one the best so far.. starting from the beginning of the series. Partially because Sachs is the reader, but also because it draws some loose ends together and sets the stage for the next phase of Harry's existence. I didn't say "life," because he still seems to be tackling it one day at a time!
Why don't the authors and the producers of these audio production tell the narrators how to pronounce their characters names!?!?!?! Of why don't the narrators do their homework?!?!?! Can't stand to listen when the narrator pronounces the main characters name wrong every single time. Harry Hole (who-la) is a cop so most people call him by his last name