Lover of sci-fi, fantasy, horror, mystery, and westerns in all media, including old-time radio dramatizations.
This series has finally started to grow on me. 'The Redeemer' is easily my favorite up to this point. John Lee is outstanding.
These books can stand alone; however, I recommend that you experience them from the beginning of the series. There are elements of Harry's life, and cases, that appear in several books before they are fully resolved.
If dark detective fiction is your thing, and you don't expect your heroes to be squeaky-clean, then Jo Nesbo just may be your new favorite.
The Devil's Star is the only other Harry Hole book I've read, and I thought it was just so-so, not nearly as good as Karin Fossum. But The Redeemer is something else entirely. I may be biased because I lived in Croatia for several years, but the Croatian connection is not the only reason this book is good. Harry seemed so much more likable and complex in this book: he's not just angry-headstrong-brilliant-detective-guy but also showed more vulnerability (and I don't just mean his alcoholism). Plus, you know how sometimes you read a detective novel and you hope for a different type of ending? Here ya go. Not that the mystery is that difficult--I figured out the culprit really easily, which I don't even try to do, normally--but the resolution was really nice. Nesbo's portrayal of Croatian refugees and war veterans is spot-on.
About the narration: the biggest issue for me was the....occasional...William Shatner....pacing. Egregious. Plus, the narrator's "Croatian" accent was just pseudo-Russian, and several crucial Croatian words are mispronounced. I lived in Osijek--near Vukovar--for years, and "Spasitelj" is pronounced SPASitelj, not spaSEEtelj. Bah.
But the narration rarely impeded my enjoyment of the story...I just have a few minor issues with it. This book is well, well worth a credit.
Audible started me reading fiction again. What a treat to have professional actors narrating a book I may not have had the time to "read".
Hard to follow. The book went back and forth from one story to another. In the end it was just too confusing and as a result not enjoyable.
Avid audible listener for over 10 years.
Don't buy any of this series unless you plan to listen to them all. I would suggest you listen in order which is now possible because most have been translated at this point. Although there have been two different narrators, you really won't notice unless you listen to one after the other. They are both excellent. Start with the Bat, (which was actually my least favorite but still good) and work your way through the series. The main character, Harry Hole, is not you typical detective due to his alcohol problems, but he always manages to solve the case. The author does a great job of giving you the clues to solve it before Harry picks up the trail. You almost want to shake the book and say, "Harry , look the clue is right in front of you."
I would rate this series on par with Girl With the Dragon Tattoo series. But this one has more books so you can listen longer.
When I like something I'll let you know. If I don't, I'll let you know that too!
The Redeemer is another great installment in the Harry Hole series. Listening to this book answers some confusion that I had in later books. The Redeemer has plenty of Nesbo trademark detail. twists and turns that make the series so enjoyable. If you're a Hole fan, or just enjoy an interesting police procedural, this is a worthwhile way to spend a credit!
Not quite as good as The Redbreast and The Devil's Star but well worth the time and money. Doesn't keep you as on the edge as those two. But comes close! The narrator isn't up to Robin Sachs caliber but he doesn't do harm to the listening of the book. This is another great book by Jo Nesbo. He really is something special
Not one of the best stories of the series and John Lee reads too fast. However, If you reduce playback to 3/4 speed this narration becomes comparable to others in the series read by Robin Sachs and is a much better listen.
The mystery at the heart of the novel itself is a wonderful roller coaster ride of increasing tension and amazing revelations. But it also wraps up some small threads which have been dangling from the five previous novels. The narrator adds emotional depth to what already is a terrific story as well.
I love this series. It not only fulfills every mystery lover's desire for an amazing entertainment, it is incredibly intelligent. Every book so far is an architecture of award-winning beauty.
If you liked "The girl with the dragon tattoo" you will love this author's books.
In his sixth novel about Detective Harry Hole, Jo Nesbo, once again kept me guessing, until the very end, who the bad guy was. This time, Harry's involved with the Salvation Army. Now I am caught up with the earlier novels in this series that weren't translated into English until just a few years ago. Next up, number 10 to read and I will have completed the series. All exciting and a bit gruesome.