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Cockroaches Audiobook

Cockroaches: The Second Inspector Harry Hole Novel

When the Norwegian ambassador to Thailand is found dead in a Bangkok brothel, Inspector Harry Hole is dispatched from Oslo to help hush up the case. But once he arrives Harry discovers that this case is about much more than one random murder. There is something else, something more pervasive, scrabbling around behind the scenes. Or, put another way, for every cockroach you see in your hotel room, there are hundreds behind the walls.
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When the Norwegian ambassador to Thailand is found dead in a Bangkok brothel, Inspector Harry Hole is dispatched from Oslo to help hush up the case.

But once he arrives Harry discovers that this case is about much more than one random murder. There is something else, something more pervasive, scrabbling around behind the scenes. Or, put another way, for every cockroach you see in your hotel room, there are hundreds behind the walls. Surrounded by round-the-clock traffic noise, Harry wanders the streets of Bangkok lined with go-go bars, temples, opium dens, and tourist traps, trying to piece together the story of the ambassador’s death even though no one asked him to, and no one wants him to - not even Harry himself.

©2014 Jo Nesbo (P)2014 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

"Another excellent thriller, the most popular among his earlier novels and one that casts a cold eye on the reality of expatriate life of some Europeans in Asia." (The Irish Independent)

"Nesbø writes like an angel. As in Lucifer." (The Philadelphia Inquirer)

"Nesbø explores the darkest criminal minds with grim delight and puts his killer where you least expect to find them.... His novels are maddeningly addictive." (Vanity Fair)

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    Paul United States 04-12-16
    Paul United States 04-12-16 Member Since 2013

    I listen to a bit of everything. Mostly Fantasy and paranormal romance with my wife. Along with mysteries/thrillers, even some sci-fi.

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    "A jarring police procedural"
    What did you like best about Cockroaches? What did you like least?

    I thought the performance was the best part of the story. I think that Nesbo's story telling was the worst. It felt disjointed, lots of cut-a way's and it felt as if I missed something when the story cut.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Harry's relationships with the other characters are the most interesting, along with the description of Bangkok. Sadly, the least interesting aspect for me was the murder, it felt disjointed, and wasn't what Nesbo was most interested in telling us.


    Which character – as performed by John Lee – was your favorite?

    Harry Hole. The main character was easily the favorite, he's got the most screen time and was well versed and developed


    Was Cockroaches worth the listening time?

    Yes, but that's because I'm invested in listening to all the series. If I wasn't, I would not start with this book.


    Any additional comments?

    Cockroaches isn't a great book, but for a completionist, it's something that must be read. It isn't terrible, but it's not a great novel. I'm interested in the rest of the series which I hear is much better, so that gives me hope. John Lee delivers a solid performance, and his Thai accents works well enough to keep me invested. As mush as I was unimpressed with this book, I'm looking forward to The Redbreast.

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    Eva Gannon Chicago, Illinois, US 06-05-15
    Eva Gannon Chicago, Illinois, US 06-05-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Dissappointing"

    This is the first Harry Hole book I haven't finished. It was just plain boring, perhaps in part because of John Lee's narration. His voice was annoying, and he didn't differentiate the characters. This made keeping track of the Norwegian and Thai names so difficult that I actually downloaded a sample to my Kindle just so I could identify the cast of characters.

    Jo Nesbo is on my favorite authors, and his Harry Hole one of my favorite characters and series. This book however, just didn't make the grade.

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    Birkir Vrn Arnaldsson 03-11-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Bad performance"

    The reader has two voices and three accents he uses on all the characters in the book.
    When a thai police officer speaks with an eastern european english accent and a norvegian police boss speaks with a scottish accent, my nerves start to tremble.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Morrison 03-08-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Very good"

    I got the book Snowman from this series for Christmas and was pulled right in. I'm a avid book and podcast listener and the only complaint is the different narrators in the series. Which I know cannot be avoided but other than that looking forward to the rest of the series.

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    Guðmundur 03-01-15
    Guðmundur 03-01-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Good plot, as in other Nesbo books"

    Nesbo / Hole, John Lee, Tailand, interesting characters, good book. Intetesting though that Harrys "voice" changed from the "Bat".

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    Ellis W. 05-01-14
    Ellis W. 05-01-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Bad Reader"
    Where does Cockroaches rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    upper middle


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    somewhat


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of John Lee?

    Horrid. Over-enunciating dandy. He would be good as a poof but not a hard boiled alcoholic detective.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    Please bring Robin Sachs back to life!

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    Moxie 04-22-14
    Moxie 04-22-14
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    "Overdramatic narration"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I'd recommend it to a Jo Nesbo fan, but for someone who isn't already hooked on Harry Hole, I'd not necessarily recommend.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Cockroaches?

    Some grisly torture scenes.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of John Lee?

    Someone who doesn't ham up every line. I've enjoyed his renditions of other Nesbo books (as well as other authors'), but this narration was quite annoying.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    This was one of the least gripping Harry Hole novels, but still a decently good listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joe Kansas City, MO, United States 04-07-14
    Joe Kansas City, MO, United States 04-07-14 Member Since 2011

    I read science, biographies, histories, mysteries, adventures, thrillers, educationals, linguistics but not no way, not no how, romances.

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    "As always, amazing"

    The Harry Hole series never fails to deliver. Here's another in the detective sage: a series of surprising murders, a cascade of suspects, a world of depravity and sin, and our hero, Harry, stuck in the middle. This time Harry finds himself sent out to Bangkok to investigate a diplomat’s murder in a seedy motel room. The unfolding layers of insider drug rings, ruthless businessmen, and illegal pornography conspire to give Harry his most dangerous case yet.

    As always, Nesbo delivers real human drama, strong characters, and an interesting plot. As I’ve always said, the Harry Hole books use genre clichés to deliver unfaltering character studies. This book is no exception, and the narrator’s pretty amazing too.

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    Wendy Virginia Beach, VA, United States 02-22-14
    Wendy Virginia Beach, VA, United States 02-22-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Lost, Confused, Disappointed"
    What disappointed you about Cockroaches?

    I just expected more. Many of the details did not make sense. I expected more of a wrap up and I found myself going back and listening to many parts over because I felt I missed something. Maybe I did ... but never quite found it.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Based upon this experience, I will most likely not listen to more of the Harry Hole series.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Cockroaches?

    The relationship with Rona. I didn't quite get it and it left the question that Harry could be a pedophile.


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    slinkygeneration VA USA 10-07-15
    slinkygeneration VA USA 10-07-15
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    "The case eventually turns to child pornography"
    What could Jo Nesbø have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    If I had know that there would be so much focus on sex trades and child pornography in Thailand, I would not have purchased. As this "case" goes on, there is way too much discussion about photographs of children being forced into sex acts (in an ambassador's briefcase but they are looking for the predator). No interest!!!!!


    Any additional comments?

    I have read other books by Jo Nesbo, and quiet entertained by the details and surprises of his other books.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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