I found the plot development somewhat forced -- hard to believe -- but enjoyed it nonetheless. Fascinating look behind the scenes of the Salvation Army. Harry seemed somehow less vested in the problems he was solving.
As for the narrator. The loss of Robin Sachs is huge. I especially missed his distinguishing voices for each character. Much as I like John Lee -- his nicely dark voice and his delivery -- his reading here made the book more difficult to follow, and more difficult to keep the characters straight. It's probably because the names are unfamiliar, but also may be because the voice of each character was less than distinctive. But what are you going to do?
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First, I have always enjoyed listening to John Lee. The unfortunate passing of Robin Sachs should not give anyone the opportunity to compare the two. This was well narrated.
Next, I was surprised that, by the end, Harry had not been shot, stabbed, beaten nor threatened!
This episode is just as engaging as the others, but it did not leave me cringing at the evil that humans can do to each other. Harry still fights the same demons and regrets that haunt him throughout the series.There are still murders and odd clues than the clever mind of Harry Hole manages to tie together to untangle a twisted plot. His personal sense of justice makes for an apt conclusion.
This is another great listen from Jo Nesbo.
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.
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!
Audible is my "can't live without". I enjoy the other readers recommendations. Keep them coming!
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.
I'm very familiar with the Robin Sach narrations of Nesbo's Harry Hole books, and really miss his narrative interpretation. Sach brought each character to life with distinctive voices and well-paced phrasing so you could believe that Harry, as the main character, actually spoke and thought in this manner. The new narrator, John Lee, defaults to the same intonation, pacing, and somewhat brusque, metronomic voice for each character. When the names and places are unfamiliar (as are Norwegian for Americans), it's critical that the listener be able to distinguish, at the very least, between male and female characters. Initially, it took me several listenings before I figured out that Nesbo was also shifting between two or more parallel plots, time periods, and characters without warning. These parallel stories sometimes merge seamlessly into one another, so it's critical that the narrator help listeners make these transitions by providing long pauses and very different voices since we don't have the benefit of seeing the transitions on a printed page.
Probably not. I very, very rarely listen to books again because I already know how they end. I've only ever listened to one more than once: a Craig Johnson Longmire story.
Can't think of any right off the bat.
yes, it was suspenseful and kept me listening.
I always enjoy Jo Nesbo and Harry Hole. His character was less depressing in this book. You had some hope for the guy.
Not all about Hole's addiction struggles and demons.
Nesbo never goes formula, a la Dan Brown, other than Hole always have a love dilemna.
He tries to make listening just like reading, which is perfect. All I want is to be able to listen to the book in the car, not hear some kind of performance of play. Always. Always. Always.
It made me happy to plug in an audiobook that didn't add sound effects and drama by reading, just the book. Just the book.
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Sometimes it seems that a book and its author are identified as being good. But due to one reason or another the book isn't the first in the series. Once the series becomes popular, the publishers go back and get the earlier books because there is money to be made and, for we fans, it gives us the complete series. At least that's what I think happened in this book's case. There are several books in the Harry Hole series that comes after this book in the series but the audible versions at least came first. My first book in the series was #7, "The Snowman", which got me intereested in Nesbo's Harry Hole series. This book is a good one in the series, it fits into the overall series and if you've listened to some of the later ones, it fills in some of the story. This was a good book, not a great one, and the series and probably Nesbo's writing really get going after thsi book. Make sense? I hope so, bottom line is, if you are a fan you'll enjoy this one. I read in some of the reviews where there were complaints about the narrator, John Lee. The audio producers tell you at the begining of the book that the original narrator, Robin Sachs, died in 2013. The new narrator is one where I knew I heard him before but couldn't think where so researched it and he's the narrator for the two Ken Follett trilogies, which I really enjoyed. It didn't take long to get used to this new narrator and by the end of the book i wasn't thinking about the narrator, rather just enjoying the story.