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)
Poor Jo Nesbo. He is truly a good thriller/mystery writer and I have listened to this book and The Snowman. The Snowman was read by the excellent Robin Sachs. This one was read by the single worst narrator I have ever heard. Horrific pacing, bizarre pronunciation and dialect that is all over the place - even Hispanic at times!!!! I am certain Knai is not a professional narrator. Do yourself a favor - get the book and read it in hardcopy. Then listen to the rest of Nesbo's books as read by Sachs.
Couldn't listen to the narrator after five minutes. And I've just listened to three other Nesbo books in the Harry Hole series in the last two weeks. It's the narrator...who is markedly less effective in reading this Norwegian novel translation than Robin Sachs. Perhaps he can read a western...dunno...but this book is way out of his skill set. So disappointing that Nesbo and Audible ought to bite the bullet and pay Robin Sachs to redo this version...I bought the book...I'm reading it on my Iphone Kindle app...
I rarely slam a book, rarely write a flat-out negative review but Thor Knai's narration killed this book for me. I simply could not finish it. I will buy the book in paper format and just read it. Narration is critical to an audiobook and it's why I pay Audible for their products. In this case, a very compelling story was ruined by flat, fast, passionless, detached narration. Scenes melted into each other, it was difficult to track. Imagery was lost, dialog was dead as dead could be. Somewhere, a producer decided that this was good enough to be released. They made a mistake. Jo Nesbo deserved much better.
No matter where you go, there you are.
Jo Nesbo through Robin Sachs is to be transported to the intriguing world of Harry Hole. I thoroughly enjoyed all the previous books until Thor (sic) Knai brought that crashing down. He simply is not even an average reader. I frankly missed much of the story via his mumblings and amateurish attempts at various voices. He clearly employed helium to produce a child's or a woman's voice. I missed so much of the story (while using high quality ear buds) that I can barely recount the plot.
Shame on whomever made this change! Bring back Robin Sachs and redo Nemesis. The Thor version is a crime!
I am a newly avid fan of Jo Nesbo. Having read all of his books that are currently available in English, I've now begun listening to them via audio books. "Nemesis" is an excellent story, but the narrator choice was terribly misguided. This is particularly amplified if you have perviously listened to a Nesbo book narrated by Robin Sachs. Sachs is a perfect fit for the main character Harry Hole, a 40 year old crusty, alcoholic police detective. Thor Knai sounds like a college kid. Knai might be good for some other genre, but has none of the depth of character portraying Hole or the wide range in depicting the other characters,
Seeing as there are two versions of "The Devil's Star" (one narrated by Sach and another by Sean Barrett), I truly hope "Nemesis" will be re-recorded using Sachs.
I have to agree with most of the other reviews. Worst narration EVER! Loved the other three done by Robin Sachs. Hoping for more by him actually.
It is taking me forever to get through this one. The narrator is horrible. Have Robin Sachs record the do over, I bet the rating will go up.
I am enthralled by the way Jo Nesbo unreels a story from start to finish with barely a hint of
Yes of course. All of the books in this series do that, by winding back and forth and up and down. You have to stay on your toes to keep up.
No and actually I prefer Robin Sachs to do the performance for the Harry Hole series. Thor was ok, but Robin Sachs really brings it to life.
Neither- It is a book that just leaves you wanting more.
For some reason I cannot find a book 6 in this series. It skips right from Book 5 to Book 7 & 8. Is there a book 6 that may have been written by someone else or am I just overlooking something?
Say something about yourself!
I have listened to all the Jo Nesbo books and really like them. I think this was the weakest but am not sure as I was so distracted by the reader, Mr. Knai. His voice and intonation are totally distracting and took so much away from the experience, I'm not even sure what I think of the book. Robin Sachs is such a great narrator and adds to the experience of the other books.
I read The Snowman (audio-fantastic narrator!!) and The Redbreast (on paper) and loved them both. Nesbo's plots are sophisticated, imaginative, well-developed, and suspenseful. Harry Hole is a well-developed character you like in spite of (or because of?) his flaws. I couldn't wait to start Nemesis, but the narration is horrific. I'm about halfway through, but may just buy the book and read it. Thor Knai is all over his map with his accents --all of them inconsistent and bad! Since when does Harry Hole's boss Bjarne Moller talk like a Texan? And why does his voice keep cracking? So, all this to say that Nemesis is probably as wonderful as the other books, but with this narrator you'll never know.
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