The Bat, the first in the Harry Hole Series by Jo Nesbo, is a great introduction. The characterisation of Harry is really well done by Nesbo and it enables the reader to capture the essence of the Norwegian detective. The story flows well with twists and turns and the setting in Sydney with the rebellious Harry works very well.
A great read!
The story and the creation of Harry's character
Well read, well performed.
"Don't let this one put you off"
I've read several of the other Harry Hole books but this was my first encounter with this one. You can really tell it is the first and that the author learned from the experience - the later novels are beautifully crafted but in this one the plot is a little weak.
Hmmmm......can't think of one!
First timer with Sean Barrett but I liked his performance here
Norwegian Detective travels to Australia to solve murder mystery. He might as well have travelled to Mars!
"Great book very well narrated"
I thought I would give Harry Hole a go after reading some reviews and I'm glad I did! I thoroughly enjoyed the book and Sean Barrett does a great job in narrating - I read all the Michael Robotham books he has narrated and he really brings the book to life! I'm now reading book 2 and I am enjoying that too - will be buying more and working my way through the series!
To sum it up - Thoroughly enjoyable listen and disappointed when it ended!
This takes us back in time so we are reading after we have read the other Harry Hole books. It is still as good as the ones that had been translated before. nice to see Harry operating in Australia!
"The first Harry-Hole book"
I really liked this book and the character of Harry is well established with me the listener realising he is troubled and an alcoholic. He is teamed up with an aboriginal to solve the case of a murdered girl and this in fact leads to the discovery of more murders.
Wether new to Harry Hole or familiar with the later books, it is well worth a listen and I enjoyed the story wanting more at the end. I have downloaded the whole series now and are steadily working my way through them. This is well narated by Sean Barrett and I am glad to have read this book first as from what I have heard they get even better as the series goes along.
I would recomend this audiobook and gave it five stars throughout as it kept me glued to it till the end in near one sitting!
"A must for anyone who loves a great crime novel"
As i've not read the book I cannot say
I would say finding the body of the clown
I have some Michael Robotham books read by Sean Barrett. His characterisations are superb. Very easy to listen to.
A great book. this was my first Jo Nesbo. I found it a gripping read, often driving a few extra miles when listening to the exciting bits. I can't recommend this enough to those of you that love this kind of genre. Already bought the next two in series.
"A good start to the series"
Although I read this one some time ago and just getting around to doing a review, I would say that I have continued the Jo Nesbo series. This book on the whole, is just good. Its a start to the series of the Harry Hole story. Although Harry is Norwegien, this story takes off in Australia as an introduction to the great detective Harry Hole. I found the story pretty basic in all honesty, only picking up on the continuation of books through reviews and word of mouth. I am now thoroughly into Jo Nesbo and the Harry Hole books and I would recommend this one as the start of the series as the content is continued throughout his story. Its good. But it gets a whole lot better.
"And this is by a best selling author?"
In a nutshell...
Hero Norwegian detective solves crimes the bumbling amateurs of the Australian police can't. When he's drunk.
It's too predictable, you know he'll solve whatever comes up whilst everyone else is scratching their heads and grunting.
"Easy introduction to Harry Hole"
Yes, easy listening, good differentiation between character voices
Yes, the next in the Harry Hole series
Either Andrew or Otto
"Good enough if you like this genre"
The story follows a similar pattern to all the other stories featuring Harry Hole, with plot twists and turns and a few surprises here and there. Other outcomes though, are unfortunately, a bit predictable, if you are familiar with the fabric of 'Whodunnits' generally.
The formula seems to lead the reader/listener on a journey where one eventually arrives at a point where a small selection of candidates/main characters, who have been crafted to be the least likely, are then under suspicion and lo and behold, one of these is revealed as the Rotter.
It was good enough, in my view, to keep one involved, with only infrequent mind-wandering occurring, but I was often put off by Sean Barrett's accent, which to my ear, made Harry Hole sound like an old man with ill-fitting dentures. Doesn't quite marry up with the image that your imagination conjures, when reading the printed versions.
Possibly, if it has convincing reviews.
OK, most of his accents are good generally (I am Australian, so obviously I can hear things occasionally which aren't correct) and he tells the story in an engaging way, however, as stated above, I find his Harry Hole accent a bit annoying.