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  • The Bat: The First Inspector Harry Hole Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbø
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (318)
    Performance
    (287)
    Story
    (295)

    Before Harry took on the neo-Nazi gangs of Oslo, before he met Rakel, before The Snowman tried to take everything he held dear, he went to Australia. Harry Hole is sent to Sydney to investigate the murder of Inger Holter, a young Norwegian girl who was working in a bar. Initially sidelined as an outsider, Harry becomes central to the Australian police investigation when they start to notice a number of unsolved rape and murder cases around the country. The victims were usually young blondes. Inger had a number of admirers, each with his own share of secrets, but there is no obvious suspect.

    KP says: "Not as good as the others...."
    "A Thrilling Ride-- Right up to the very last word."
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    What made the experience of listening to The Bat the most enjoyable?

    After listening to several books in the Harry Hole series, out of sequence (this book was only recently made avaialble), it was enjoyable to learn some of the back stories alluded to in later books. Anyone just "discovering" Jo Nesbo and Harry Hole will do themselves a great service by starting with book 1.

    I've never been to Australia; but have several good friends who leve there; and John Lee "nailed" the accents as far as I can tell. Most enjoyable was the final chapter. Some may say "predictable"; but it's a helluva finish.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    We get to meet Harry almost on holiday at first; but he soon demonstrates why he was sent to OZ to solve the case.. We also get to see a rather unflattering, yet understandable side of Harry that needed to be told.


    What does John Lee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    To dedicate the narration to Robin Sachs was a thoughtful gesture. He adds (IMHO) authentic Aussie accents and allows you to get into the story very fast.


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