I am by no means a critic. I listen to audible books every day on the way to work and on the way home to keep myself distracted from the idiots on the road. I get 1.5 hours listen each way and I am careful of what books I pick so that they keep my mind occupied.
Most of the Jo Nesbo books have kept me firmly focused on the book as I sit at a standstill for the 1.5 hours it takes to drive 20 miles. But I don't know what is wrong on this one. The book just couldn't keep my focus and I found my mind wandering to other things. I had to rewind and listen to chapters 2 or 3 times to keep with the story. I think it interleaved 3 different narratives together hopping between the three on each chapter that I just couldn't find the overall goal. It wasn't till after chapter 30 that I realized what Harry's whole goal was that I should have picked up in the start.
This was in no way the same kind of book as The Snowman. I think The Snowman was the best in the series. And I don't like that this one tried to end the book on a cliff hanger. that is just not the style of the other books and disappointing.
First Nesbo book I've gotten on Audible even though I've read them all. I'm always hesitant with audio books because I've already got a fixed idea of a character's voice and don't want to be disappointed. This was great! He was able to capture each character in both gender and age without sounding too fake or silly. Amazing, really. Fabulous book, fabulous writer and fabulous reading.
Gripping plot, great writing, but so sad! How much more can Harry endure? Do not read this series out of order!
Exciting plot, well developed characters. I've never used drugs, but the description of the drug addicts' relationships with their drugs seemed very realistic.
I don't know why I just could not get into this as much as the other Harry Hole books by Jo Nesbo. I love his style of writing, love the characters, love the narration for all the others, but this one for some reason I just stopped about 3/4 of the way through and could not pick it back up. Same narrator, same characters, same writing style - so why I couldn't hold onto the story I just can't say. I ALWAYS recommend Jo Nesbo and the Harry Hole series though. I'll try again after listening to another book, maybe it was just my mood when I started?
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As others have said: if you haven’t read any of the previous books, this probably is not a good place to start.
Harry is once again drawn back to Oslo from his refuge in Hong Kong; this time to clear Oleg of a murder charge.
A good portion of the (early) story shows Harry clean and sober, employed in Hong Kong, feeling like a father to Oleg, and still in love with Rakel. However, following clues that only he can put together, he is quickly pulled into the dark underworld of Oslo drug trafficking. As the story proceeds, the usual Harry Hole adventure gets moving. He meets many unsavory characters and finds that even some police contacts can’t be trusted. Then he is badly cut up, shot, and damaged to the point that it seems he will drop dead at any moment.
Nesbo keeps us guessing who Harry can trust, what danger will hit him next, and if he ever be anything other than a “policeman.”
Robin Sachs portrays Harry Hole perfectly.
There is no Frigate like a Book To take us Lands away Nor any Coursers like a Page Of prancing Poetry – Emily Dickinson
This is the 3rd Harry Hole book I've read, and I continue to really be swept along by them. I liked this one because Harry is back in touch with Rakel, his "true love." I do have some questions about the old man/phantom character, and then the ending is pretty vague. BUT I think there is an opening there for another Harry Hole book. I did see something on the web about Jo Nesbo and a new book. I hope it comes out in English because I want to see what happens next to Harry!
Once again, the author proves he is the best in his class. In comparison with the Leopard and the snowman, I would only say that this work seems a bit more far fetched in both the Holmes-like deductions that our leading character contrives and his ability to defy death. At some point....it would really be nice if Nesbo could give us a happy ending.
Story is very real, you can feel the addiction's.
Better than the Girl Trilogy.
He makes the characters live, you are hearing Harry Hole
Is Harry really dead??