"Need more dysfunctional and tortured detectives?"
Well if you do come and meet Harry Hole...
Harry is a great character that you warm to instantly, The story set with him out of his comfort zone adds to the torment for the lead, but he works his way through and grows more powerful as the story twists and turns.
You won't be disappointed, this feels like another friend I've added to my private club as me Mr Reacher and Rebus meet Jack Ryan and Harry at this years AGM...
"Gripping from beginning to end..."
Superb story, stunningly read, looking forward to his next effort in the Harry Hole series.
"No Hollywood endings here..... Refreshing change."
This was nicely read by the narrator, the right tone and tempo. I enjoyed the folktales within the story. I would have marked this higher had it not been for the cliché of a detective with alcohol issues. If you read a lot of crime books, it can start to get tedious, although give the author their due, it felt more realistic as far as that goes. I'm also glad they didn't go Hollywood with the content (well may be a tiny bit at the end) I think I'll be sticking around for book 2 😊
"worth a listen"
my first book by this author, good plot, learned a lot about Aussie culture! will probably read more
Not sure, it was very slow and rather dull.
No, there are too many books out there without wasting time on ones I find dull.
Every voice was pretty much the same. He tried an Australian accent at times but gave up half way through the lines. One conversation between a man and a woman had the same voice for each so I couldn't tell who was talking.
I didn't finish it so don't know if got better later on, I managed about 3 hours but gave up.
I haven't read the print version but enjoyed the audio
Other books have good reviews. The Australian context seemed odd for a Scandinavian writer. I think I'd prefer to meet Harry Hole on home turf.
There was no single scene that stood out.
The book isn't particularly moving but is entertaining.
The narration is good.
Probably not, would rather read the next in the series.
About half way through when I suddenly got hooked, I'd been struggling a bit and almost gave up. I guess this is because I didn't really know the characters, Harry in particular as this is the first in the series. However, as I grew to know him and his past I warmed to him. Also I started to 'hear' what they were saying clearer, the Australian/Scandanavian accents were a bit confusing at first despite Sean Barrett's excellent narration.
I've got to know his voice from my addiction to Michael Robotham's books. I love his voice, the pace of his narration, the way he can step into different characters and make them believable. Part of why I bought this book in the first place was because he was the narrator.
...and the Killer Whale
Very glad I didn't give up, really enjoyed it and I'm looking forward to the next in the series.
I am new to Jo Nesbo and am pleased to have taken the plunge. Very well narrated, all the characters were very real and I became attached to them early on. Quite a compulsive listen and am now planing on continuing the series as Harry is unexpectedly endearing.
This is the first Harry Hole book and is certainly a powerful start. Set in Australia as a lonely Norwegian detective brought over to save himself and his career. He does both whilst taking up a love interest and making new friends. However just as the path of the earth is elliptical so is the story. Excellently narrated.
Really great read and was impressed with the researched and details of the aboriginal history within the book. Great story that kept me gripped. Harry Hole is a likable character.