"A Nail-Biter for Good Listening"
Only Nesbo could think up the intracacies that Harry goes thru to find 'his man'.This is a good romp from England to Australia and in between with a bit of lust, love and mixture of circus thrown in to keep one guessing. You'll want the story to continue long after you've finished listening to it. A five star read.
"A Jo Nesbo"
Not the best of the Harry Hole series, it is a well written book but slow in getting anywhere. Not the edge of the seat stuff that many of the other Harry Hole books, the under story seems to take the lime light but it does help set up the character for the later books.
"Hooked on Nesbo"
Was put onto Jo Nesbo by a friend who rated 'headhunters'. I thought I would start with the Harry Hole series and wasn't disappointed. The Bat helps with parts of Harry's past, making you understand why he is, what he is. Great plot as always.
"Not the best but..."
Nesbo is a phenomenon and even this below par outing is pretty good, and as with the others Sean Barrett is terrific.
"A bit disappointing"
I am a big fan of Jo Nesbo and have read all the Harry Hole titles that had been released prior to this and I was so pleased to see that the first story in the series had finally become available translated in to English. Unfortunately I'm rather disappointed and I think its because I'd read all the other books on my Kindle and I don't really like the narration in this recording. I'm sure this is purely personal taste and I wouldn't put anyone off reading the book as Harry is a brilliant character and I've enjoyed the stories in all the other books. I think I'll give this one a read on Kindle and see if it improves for me.
"The Bat by Jo Nesbo"
I as I was looking for a new author and stumbled on Jo Nesbo, a name that stood out while searching Audible. I thought I would try one. Once started listening, I was completely hooked. The main character Harry Hole was excellently portrayed, with a good story line which was very funny. This is one of the best audio books I have listened to and would recommend that it is put on top of the lists of books to have. I have already started to collect the rest of the Harry Hole series of audio books through Audible. The narrator portrays the characters extremely well, especially those with the Australian accents.
"Interesting first story"
The Bat is the first Harry Hole novel, and we learn a lot about his background and how he becomes the character we meet in the layer novels. Thus is the third I've read/ had read to me in this series,and whilst they have all been gripping , satisfyingly dark and complex, I'm beginning to get the feel of a predictable format to Harry's journey through each mystery. I'll read one more, but if he still goes through: unpopular at the beginning and having to gain trust; wins a close ally with whom he has a complex relationship; reaches crisis point and spends several days in an alcoholic haze; finds enlightenment and a flash of inspiration to solve the case, one final twist just when you think it's all over...Then that will be my last!
I started reading John Nesbo on friends reccomondation, they know I like Scandinavian crime fiction. So slightly disappointed to discover that the story is set in Australia.
Having said that we quickly get to know our main character Harry Hole. The trail for the killer leads us through a labyrinth of the Australian parallel which constitutes the morass of suspects and friends of thr deceased.
The narrator Sean Barrett makes a good job of the various accents populating the book.
Looking forward to the rest of. The collection.
This is the first in the Harry Hole series and I'm listening to this now having not finished the Les Miserables audiobook. I needed a change and what a change this book is! This is a gripping novel and I love it. The narration by Sean Barrett is brilliant including gruff Australian accents.
Harry Hole is in Sydney to investigate the death of a Norwegian woman. He meets characters he probably wouldn't encounter as frequently in Norway and we are introduced to Harry Hole's very flawed persona.
A great listen so far and I'm looking forward to the remainder of this book and what I think will be a thrilling finish.
"A gripping story"
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this audio book. It is well written and the plot unfolds in such a way that you are gripped and at all times wanting to find out what happens next. The characters are plausible and likebable with normal human failings which add to the story line. I realled enjoyed the character Harry Hole, and have bought the next book on kindle. Well recommended.