Captured on closed-circuit television: A man walks into an Oslo bank, puts a gun to a cashier’s head, and tells her to count to 25. When he doesn’t get his money fast enough, he pulls the trigger. The young woman dies—and two million Norwegian kroner disappear without a trace.
After a drunken evening with his former girlfriend, Anna Bethsen, Police Detective Harry Hole wakes up at home with a headache, no cell phone, and no memory of the past 12 hours. That same day, Anna is found shot dead in her bedroom, making Hole a prime suspect in an investigation led by his hated adversary, Tom Waaler.
Meanwhile, the bank robberies continue with unparalleled savagery, sending rogue detective Hole from the streets of Oslo to steaming Brazil in a race to close two cases and clear his name. But Waaler isn’t finished with his longtime nemesis quite yet.
©2002 Jo Nesbø (P)2010 HarperCollins Publishers
"Nesbo manages the unlikely feat of exploring the inner life of his lead character in the thorough and compelling manner one associates with, say, Ruth Rendell, while at the same time juggling multiple, interlocking plot strands as dexterously as David Hewson. No doubt about it: Nesbo belongs on every crime-fiction fan’s A-list." (Booklist)
Met my expectations. Narrator did a great job. Sometimes hard to keep up with the names because they are from another country.
I almost didn't get this audio because of the negative reviews of the narrator. Yes, he is no Sean Barrett, but he wasn't awful. It took a bit to get used to him, but he was fine. This book was almost a bit too convoluted, but just a bit. I find with this series, it helps to also have the digital ebook. There are many characters, and if I forget one, it is easy to highlight and do a search in an ebook. Plus, sometimes I just like to go back over and read certain parts.
Thor sounds way too young to play the hard-bitten Harry Hole. I've listened to all the other books in the Harry Hole series and I urge audible.com to stick to the same narrator when they do a series, if at all possible. I can barely continue to listen to this one because the change is so jarring!
The story is up to Nesbo's standards, but the narrator keeps getting in the way. I was hoping I could adjust, and I did, but definitely detracted from my enjoyment.
Jo Nesbo gets better and better in each successive Harry Hole book, with richer characters, more complex plots, and some breathtaking writing. But Thor Knai is one of the worst readers I have ever heard. I nearly gave up on the recording and was ready to ask for a refund, but I only have time for these books on my commute, and I didn't want to have to give up on the series until winter break. Knai reads at a much too rapid pace and consequently swallows his words, making it both unpleasant to listen to and difficult to understand. I had to go back and listen twice sometimes to figure out what he was saying. And giving an American Southern/Western drawl to a Norwegian police official just comes off as ludicrous. While on the whole his Norwegian pronunciation is more accurate than Robin Sachs's renderings, he still makes some inexplicable howlers. (Why does he manage to pronounce the word for "street" correctly sometimes but not always?)
The narration is poorly directed. I've listened to other Jo Nesbo books and loved them. The previous narrator used a Norwegian accent when appropriate. This narrator here has given a Texas drawl to one of the characters??? So no, I wouldn't listen again, not because of the story though.
Harry for sure.
This is Jo Nesbo's fourth book in a series involving detective Harry Hole, but the first of his books that was made into an audio book. The narrator was extremely hard to understand. I am glad that he did not narrate the first book of this series or I would not have continued with it. Harry Hole gets himself into some crazy situations but still manages to solve the crime and keep from getting killed.
Yes I would.
The plot twists didn't seem contrived.
Nesbo continues to survive under difficult circumstances.
After having the pleasure of hearing Robin Sachs and John Lee narrate the majority of the books. Thor Knai is just unbearable. I am returning this audio book and will read the print again.
Jo Nesbo is so clever with his plot twists. This book is no exception!
ANYBODY! But Robin Sachs would have been my first choice (R.I.P)
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