Having read all of the other Harry Hole novels, this first story fills in some of the mysteries that I encountered in Jo Nesbø’s later work.
This is not only a gripping crime story, it is also an Australian history lesson, travelogue and culture class. And a love story. The characters are wonderful, the dialogue insightful and pace methodical.
Let me compliment the Trinity that makes these audio books so special. First the brilliant writing of Jo Nesbø. He deserves the success he’s achieved.
Then, the the masterful translation by Don Bartlett. It is remarkable to hear the clever twists of English and wordplay that I do not suppose a literal translation from Norwegian would yield.
And finally the wonderful narration of Sean Barrett. He brings the characters to life and makes me forget that there is a narrator. I only heard the story.
A good old fashioned type detective novel. A seriously flawed protagonist and entertaining supporting characters.
I bought the book based on the sample reading and the book description. I read ten chapters and not once did I hear anything even reminiscent of the sample reading...except for that one excerpt which was at the very beginning. What I heard was a severely depressed Norwegian detective in Australia with an Aboriginal sidekick (how likely is this?). In the book it was miserable, but I did hear plenty of whining about the plight of the Aboriginals, like I want to hear this in a supposed suspense novel. Oh, and the first ten chapters was peopled by hippies, homos and transvestites. Never again for Nesbo.
Sean Barrett has a fantastic voice and further does a marvelous job with the various accents in the book. It was my first time to hear him and I would consider, in the future, any book performed by Barrett.
I would like a refund of my credit.
Jo Nesbo is one of my favorite writers. This is the first in this series so it really gave me a good idea of how he started out, yet it didn't feel dated at all.
Yes, as usual.
I like Sean Barrett.
I will read every Jo Nesbo book that comes out in this series.
I did not consider it a book to offer anyone.
The book had no interesting themes and about 1 hour into it I still did not know what it was about. If Jo Nesbo writes this way on other books other people must enjoy something in it. Not me.
The book was impossible for me to get into. I have no idea who to cut.
Terrible book and a wast of time.
Harry Hole is sent to Australia to help solve the mystery of a Norwegian girl. The mystery was there to the end, and Hole's ongoing struggle with alcoholism made his efforts all the more heroic. I enjoyed how the Aborigine legends were woven into the story to guide Hole in solving the crimes. I really liked this book--and the narration, as always with Sean Barrett, was outstanding.
Yes, because of Sean Barrett! I loved his voice, the voice he gave to Harry and Harry's demons.
So many: - Aboriginal tales and how they relate to the main story- homeless character - Joseph and his analogy between drinking and skydiving- Brigitte undresses chapter - the significance of her undressing to the completeness of her character- Sunburned mark on Brigitte
Yes, I listened Kafka on the Shore and loved it too.
Absolutely! I was finding excuses to just go on listening.
I am so happy to learn that this book is part of the series. Can't wait to get the next one.
Tis was my first book in the Harry Hole series. I thought it was good overall but it seemed to drag at times. This could have been in part die to the author and part due to the narration. I liked it enough that eventually I will choose another in the series to take a stab at.
The first half of this book was very good. A good police mystery, with a detective out of place in a foreign land. Then the entire thing fell into one big mess. The plot wandered, I kept thinking where is this going? Get to the point. Then it wandered back to the main story idea, but never really recaptured the focus of the first half of the book. I was hoping to find a new series to follow, but this is not it.
Had this been my first Jo Nesbo/Harry Hole book, it would probably have been the last. Harry isn't the same character he is in The Leopard, or The Snowman. He's much more tentative here, less forceful as a character. When he falls off the wagon, it's hard to keep going because he's not just a sloppy drunk, he allows himself to be physically damaged, with a foolish grin on his face. Hard to imagine the Harry of The Leopard behaving in such a manner, even when drunk. He's less self-aware, and less willing to challenge the authority of the police department.
The plot of the book is fairly simple, and the actual killer is easy to suspect very early on. Without giving it away, the manner in which the killer "gets his" is a surprise, but I had a feeling it was also a facile ending, one designed to appeal to a mass market.
The narrator, not Robin Sachs of the later books, saves this book. We hear the correct pronunciation of the both the author's and the characters names. Jo isn't Joe, but more like Yo. Nesbo is more like NesBuh. Hole isn't pronounced at all as spelled, but more like HullUh. His tone and pacing are excellent throughout. He differentiates the characters nicely.
Several times I was tempted to pull this out of my ear. I'm glad I didn't because it's the first book in the series, but it wasn't easy.