I am a Harry Hole fan- the stories are always great and the characters are complex. Even though Harry is self-destructive, I always root for him to succeed. You care about the main character so you care about the story.
Robin Sachs is a great actor and narrator and his reading makes you
Great story and the translation was excellent. Will read more Nesbo. Could really visulize the characters.
Commercial Real Estate Appraiser since 1971, graduate of University of Oregon, four grandchildren, wonderful wife.
Yes, I have read all of Joe's books, he always has a unique way of killing people.
Harry, of course! Like all of us, full of issues and troubles.
Pronounciations of the characters names.
Harry and Raquel not getting back together earlier.
I recommend anyone start with The Snowman but don't forget to read the Red Breast, it's the most complex of the five I have read.
The obvious comparison would be with
Have not heard this reader before, but he is one of the best I've listened to, right up there with George Guidall.
This author is a terrific storyteller and kept me on the edge of my seat, so much so that I kept listening when I should have been doing other things! Glad to find out that this is one of a series. Will certainly be downloading another Harry Hole novel right away.
I have listeed to all of Jo Nesbo's books and he is only gettinng better. This book held my attention throughout and just as I though I knew what was ahead, somethinng totally different appeared. I highly reccommend this book!
Totally addicted to Audible.
I picked this book because I heard that this author was as good as Stieg Larsson. That may be but this book was no better than just OK. The characters are not nearly as interesting as they could have been - they did not develop or learn anything - they just sort of muddled along. I don't think I will be choosing another book by this author, Very unsatisfying story and the most violent I have read.
Nesbo's phenomenal writing.
The laborinthine plot, that lost nothing for it's length. Every word was precisely placed to lead the reader to assumptions of guilt for one charactor after another, right up to the satisfying conclusion.
I'm not certain I've heard him before, but he is excellent.
It would be difficult to listen to it in one sitting, but I listened to the whole thing in two days of Christmas preparations!
Cudos to the translator.
I was a fan of previous Nesbo books but agree with WA Post reviewer Patrick Anderson's description of this book as "a bloated near-total disaster. Reading it, I came to imagine myself trapped in a vast, fetid swamp from which I might never emerge." If you love over-the-top, pointless, sadistic torture--both for you as a reader and described in the book-- go for it. If you want an intellectually complex, character-driven novel with action and suspense, read a different book.
Fewer words. Seriously wordy and deliberately obfuscating.
I couldn't follow who was who. Too many settings. Too much beating around the bush.
Bellman, unless he's the murderer. I don't think I'll ever find out because getting back into this book is like swimming in alphabet soup. Words, words everywhere, but not a drop to really drink.
Can somebody explain who the murderer was and what his/her motivation was?
Great thriller--you have to pay close attention to keep up with this one. I thought I had it figured out a couple of times, but I ended up being surprised. They just keep getting better-and I want to add- I hope there are no plans for changes with the narrator. Which brings me to my next comments--
An interesting issue has come up recently with the release of Jo Nesbo's early novels about Harry Hole. In The Bat, which is the first book in the series, the narrator pronounces Harry Hole different from the way Robin Sachs does it (Robin is correct by the way.) I have seen some reviewers mention that they thought the narrator for The Bat was the best one, as he pronounced the name correctly--(or so they thought)
If you are interested in a little back story on how Jo picked the name for his hero, you can listen to a video from the BEA Author Breakfast from June 7 2012. Just go to the website for Jo Nesbo and scroll down. Start at the 42 minute mark for the entire speech, or start at the 55 minute mark to get the information about the name. I listened to the whole thing- quite interesting- who knew Jo Nesbo had such a good sense of humor?
Jo pronounces the name Harry Hole (like a hole in the ground) and Robin Sachs narrates the book true to the author's intent. I can't imagine any other narrator being as good for this character- and sincerely hope there are no changes in the future. Giong back and forth with narrator's ruins the continuity of the "feel" of novels- when you get a great combination of author and narrator- stick to it.