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.
Twisted, spell-binding plot.
Its twists and turns were inriguing Nesbo expertly draws out the unorthodox brilliance of Harry Hole in tracking down a serial killer..
No. I liked the way he maintained the dark nature of the story. .
Not quite, but close.
The Bat sets the tone for Harry Hole's odyssey as the No.1 detective in fiction today..
Very well written, I just like the "Northern-Writers"!
Getting used to remember all the different characters, I could not wait to "Hear" the outcome!
Well spoken and adapting the voice and the "accents" to the different protagonists!
Nah, not really, but that's me!
I'm looking forward to the next 8 stories of Harry Hole!
I am always wary of translated novels but this was first class. Good plot and good characters. Really well played by the narrator, excellent differentiation between characters and pace was also good. Australians won't be put off by the descriptions of Australian life (mainly Sydney) and accents used. Will seek out more by this author.
I couldn't relate to Harry Hole at all. His tormented soul didn't evoke my sympathy and the story didn't ring true . . . there was no need for so many secrets to be kept.
Probably not. He came up with some strange accents and at times mixed up the characters' voices. A disturbing performance.
Some of the Aboriginal stories and descriptions/historical details were interesting as written by a non-Australian.
This is the first of a series and I'm surprised that the character has taken off. I can only assume that the books get better as Jo Nesbo gets going. Nevertheless, I'm not going to waste any more of my points finding out.
I have been hooked on audio books since 1990!
I find the story to be hard to follow, but most of all I find it boring. I tried this author because of the great reviews, but it is not for me. I like Patterson, Meltzer, Mcall Smith, Grisham, and all different kinds of mystery & suspense authors, but this one just doesn't do it for me. The performance is fine, but the story just doesn't grab me in the first 8 chapters. That is all the time I can give it.
I read science, biographies, histories, mysteries, adventures, thrillers, educationals, linguistics but not no way, not no how, romances.
Let's be fair, the Harry Hole books are some of the best detective fiction of the last twenty years. This book, the Bat, is no exception. In fact, I was mezmerized by its speed, it's brutality and its beauty. It is the first of the series, but only the most recent translated to English, so I've had to listen to the other books and wait to see how the whole mess got started. Harry Hole, a lonely and sad man, arrives in Australia to help the local police in their investigation. He soon uncovers a terrible history of violence.
Like all of Nesbo's books, it's sad, fast and emotionally powerful. The plot twists in ways you'd never suspect, even if you're a seasoned crime reader like I am. Unlike most detective stories though, the author truely cares about his characters and opens them up to you in wonderful and imaginative ways. You care so much about Harry, the suspects and other detectives he meets and you dread the horrors that will inevitably befall them.
Once you start, you'll be hooked and you'll read the rest. But as of this writing, the second book still hasn't been translated, so you'll be waiting on anxious feet (just like me.)