The Bat was recommended to me by a friend. It was also suggested that I try an audible book, having never tried one before.
I found the book quite slow in the first couple of hours. But the last 6-8 chapters were the most exciting as things started to get nasty for Harry and you really wondered who the villain was.
In the end I quite engaged with the central character Harry Hole.
It took quite a while for me to adapt to the narrator
I found it really enjoyable in the bus, in the car but not so much sitting at home, where I think I prefer top read
Glad to read/listen to a book that is not set in USA!
THe story line was great--a real detailed description of the culture of Australia coupled with Harry Hole's excellent detective work. The major characters were well developed and the plot was excellent and, as usual, well presented by Nesbo
This one is in the midst of the remainder of the Harry Hole novels--I enjoyed the local detail and sociological description of Australia. Others may think it was too detailed.
Too many different characters presented by changes in audible tone. the deeper basetones were unrecognizable when blended with a Norwegan accent on a drunk or anattempt to convey a Australian accent on a woman. I lost some of the detail of the story. Performance was not good
Probably--I think I will get the book and read it also
Disapointing because of poor performance
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<br/
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.