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Nemesis | [Jo Nesbø]

Nemesis

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    R, Ardsley on Hudson, New York, United States 08-14-13
    R, Ardsley on Hudson, New York, United States 08-14-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Awful Narrator"
    What disappointed you about Nemesis?

    Who ever selected the reader hadn't read any of the books. Books are written and translated with a certain tone and pace, this reader failed to capture either. This reading was set somewhere in America and not in Oslo. I eventually stopped listening, I couldn't stand the narration.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Better reader.


    Any additional comments?

    Drop this book from you list.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sherry Highland, WI, United States 07-04-13
    Sherry Highland, WI, United States 07-04-13
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    "Bad, bad narrator"
    Would you try another book from Jo Nesbø and/or Thor Knai?

    I would try another book from Jo Nesbo but only if it was narrated by someone other than Thor Knai. I listened to Redbreast and it was a good listen although I think sometimes it loses something in the translation.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story was good. It keeps you guessing.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Thor Knai needs to understand punctuation. He reads as if there is a comma after every five words. He sounds as if he's in fifth grade, nervously reading in front of the whole class. I will never buy another Audible book narrated by him.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Perhaps


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Steven ALBUQUERQUE, NM, United States 06-15-13
    Steven ALBUQUERQUE, NM, United States 06-15-13 Member Since 2014

    Lover of sci-fi, fantasy, horror, mystery, and westerns in all media, including old-time radio dramatizations.

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    "Still undecided, but driving on."

    I'm still not a fan of the main character, Harry Hole (pronounced like Hoola); and BTW, I'm not sure if the pun is intended or not. After all, the books were originally written in Norwegian.

    There must be something here, 'cause I keep using my credits on this series. For those who don't know, Harry is a bit damaged as a human being, but his heart is in the right place. If you are a fan of detective fiction, think Jesse Stone.

    The story lines are good to maybe even clever, so I'll give the next in the series a go. I enjoyed the narration in this one. I wasn't captivated by Thor Knai, but the work is easily competent or better. It's not at all necessary to experience the series in order, at least up to this point. There are a couple of references to earlier cases, but nothing that would be a spoiler for the earlier books or prevent your enjoyment of this one. So, if this sounds like your thing, pick any of the series up to this point, and give Nesbo a try.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Diana Perris, CA, United States 06-02-13
    Diana Perris, CA, United States 06-02-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Kinda Dragged"

    I read The Bat and then this one, found both kind of dragged. Could be the translation.

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    L. O. Pardue Atlanta, GA United States 04-05-13
    L. O. Pardue Atlanta, GA United States 04-05-13 Member Since 2010

    I love to read books set in interesting places or historical settings. I especially love mysteries and thrillers.

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    "Another Great Jo Nesbo Audiobook"

    I wish there were 50 books in this series. I am struggling with something new to say about Jo Nesbo and his incredible talent. If I go back to my other Nesbo reviews, I find I am repetitive with words like brilliant, unique, scary, great characters and a wonderful main character, Harry Hole.

    All of those descriptions are the same with this book, yet every book in the series is so different. All of them have a very full story, twists that make you gasp and heart-thumping action. I laugh, get mad and get a tear in the eye from very moving and emotional scenes. To me, these books remind me why I love to read so much. As I get closer and closer to reading all of his books, I get worried that few authors will be able to grab me in the same way. So, Mr. Nesbo, please -- write faster!!

    Now, nothing is ever perfect. I do agree that Thor Knai was not a good narrator after the incredible performances of Sean Barrett and Robin Sachs in previous books. By the way, I was sick to hear about Robin Sachs' death this year. His work as an actor and narrator was stunning. What a great loss.

    Lastly, you will need to pay close attention as the story is very complex and required re-listening to lots of passages. The names and places began to sound alike, but you need to keep it all straight. It is worth the effort.

    Enjoy!

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    danny lawrence Charlotte, NC USA 11-22-12
    danny lawrence Charlotte, NC USA 11-22-12 Member Since 2006

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "Another winning Harry Hole offering"
    Would you listen to Nemesis again? Why?

    Not for quite a while. It is hard for me to listen to this kind of story already knowing who did what.


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

    The plot kept me guessing all the way. Twists, turns, and reversals along with characters to like, and to dislike enough to feel invested in the story and wanting to listen as long as possible.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Thor Knai?

    Yes, he did a good job with a difficult circumstance. It can be very hard to voice a character after someone else has established a following with their own interpretation.


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

    Nothing extreme, just enjoyment from a well written and well narrated story.


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    patrick d. liedl turtle lake,, wi United States 09-20-12
    patrick d. liedl turtle lake,, wi United States 09-20-12 Member Since 2011
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    "I thought the narrator was good to great"
    Have you listened to any of Thor Knai’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I haven't- his voice reminded me of Tom Boudette of "We'll leave the light on for you" ads. I thought he was great. Have heard robin sachs also and I like him too. would seek out more of Thor's readings


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    09-17-12
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    "Nesbo Rocks!"
    If you could sum up Nemesis in three words, what would they be?

    Compelling story & performance


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

    Absolutely. Good characters in an imaginative story with plenty of twists and turns to satisfy even the most critical reader.


    Which character – as performed by Thor Knai – was your favorite?

    Harry Hole


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    Ellen Smith Johnston New Jersey 09-14-12
    Ellen Smith Johnston New Jersey 09-14-12

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    "Love Nesbo but mixed review on Thor Knai"
    If you could sum up Nemesis in three words, what would they be?

    Who is Harry's Nemesis?


    What did you like best about this story?

    Rascal the gypsy


    What aspect of Thor Knai’s performance would you have changed?

    The way he represented Harry Hole.


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

    No I like to listen every day to immerse myself in the story


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    Carol Los Angeles, California, United States 09-10-12
    Carol Los Angeles, California, United States 09-10-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great Story always by Nesbo with Harry Hole"
    What disappointed you about Nemesis?

    This narrator is awful, and does not get Harry Hole at all.. like Robin Sachs or Dick Hill .. they would know how to read this. Had to stop and buy the book, so that the narrator did not ruin my image of Hole as set by Robin Sachs who I love.


    What other book might you compare Nemesis to and why?

    no other


    How could the performance have been better?

    Narrator does not understand Jo Nesbo characters and the inflections that he gives others.. and Hole are ruinous to the those of us who have heard Robin Walsh.


    What character would you cut from Nemesis?

    The narrator


    Any additional comments?

    would never by a book by that narrator

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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