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Phantom Audiobook

Phantom

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Publisher's Summary

Following from Jo Nesbø's electrifying international best sellers The Snowman and The Leopard, now comes Phantom, which plunges the brilliant, deeply troubled, now former police officer Harry Hole into a full-tilt investigation on which his own tenuous future will come to depend.

When Harry left Oslo again for Hong Kong - fleeing the traumas of life as a cop - he thought he was there for good. But then the unthinkable happened. The son of the woman he loved, lost, and still loves is arrested for murder: Oleg, the boy Harry helped raise but couldn't help deserting when he fled. Harry has come back to prove that Oleg is not a killer. Barred from rejoining the police force, he sets out on a solitary, increasingly dangerous investigation that takes him deep into the world of the most virulent drug to ever hit the streets of Oslo (and the careers of some of the city's highest officials), and into the maze of his own past, where he will find the wrenching truth that finally matters to Oleg, and to himself.

©2012 Jo Nesbø (P)2012 Random House Audio

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    Lori United States 10-25-12
    Lori United States 10-25-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Jo Nesbo's Harry Hole cosistantly delivers"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would actually reccomend the entire series but do wish they would all come out in audio in order


    What did you like best about this story?

    The personal aspect of the story, Harry, Oleg and Rakel. Characters we have come to know.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Harry's inner thought process on the plane thinking to escape back to hong kong and deciding if he should leave or go back.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Harry deciding to do what he feels he needs to do even if it changes his future...


    Any additional comments?

    I liked this book although it was not my favorite in the series it was a more personal Harry Hole book. I am confused about the ending and hope that there is another book! Still hoping Harry, Rakel and Oleg can be together although it does not seem likely!

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    Alex Seattle, WA, United States 10-23-12
    Alex Seattle, WA, United States 10-23-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Dark, Twisty and Heartwrenching- Harry Hole"

    The best crime novel I've listened to in a long, long time. I had to rewind the end twice to be sure I heard right! It was a shocker! In this novel, Harry Hole is every bit the tortured detective with a heart of gold and penchant for self torment. The other characters are also deeply layered. Jo Nesbo eloquently illustrates the thinnest strands of the human heart that seem to tether us to one fate or another. A bad decision, an impulse, such tiny things can have such an effect on our lives. The twists are frequent, and don't fall into the typical cliches that poison so much crime fiction. In retrospect, I could have predicted some of the plot reversals, but an unconscious sense of optimism blinded me to what should have been obvious. The end result was a book that was very tense- when the traps were sprung, I gasped! Listening to the heartbreak that Harry has, and also brings to others, was at times stomach churning.

    I love Robin Sachs elegant, tough and exhausted portrayal of the guy whose live is defined by his failures. Infinitely listenable.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    scott 10-22-12
    scott 10-22-12
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    "Nesbo in top form"

    Nesbo is at the top of his game in this exciting addition to the Harry Hole oevre. Anyone who hs enjoyed Snowman or other books in the series should definitely listen to Phantom.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Larry Montara, CA, United States 10-18-12
    Larry Montara, CA, United States 10-18-12 Member Since 2010
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    "The truth is the real phantom!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this to anyone who is a mystery/thriller lover. Harry Hole is one of the most engaging characters in modern crime fiction.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Except for the identity of the phantom the story kept me guessing the whole time.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mary McKinney 10-08-12 Member Since 2016

    Ph.D. Psychologist and Coach

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    "Somewhat Disappointing"

    I've read and enjoyed all of Jo Nesbo's books but I found this one too long. Twist, after twist, after twist became tedious. I could have used a few less characters and a few less hours of narration. Didn't really appreciate the rat's point of view either.
    Robin Sachs did his usual wonderful job narrating.

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    Gina 11-05-12
    Gina 11-05-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Couldn't get into it...."
    What disappointed you about Phantom?

    I just had a very hard time getting into it. I listened for about 2 hours, but I never seemed to get involved. I listen on several devices, and sometimes they didn't sync up and I'd listen for about 10 minutes where I thought I was, and suddenly I'd realize I'd already heard that part. Obviously I wasn't involved if I didn't even remember hearing parts of the story.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jo Nesbø again?

    I wouldn't say never, but I won't go looking their work again.


    What didn’t you like about Robin Sachs’s performance?

    I guess, judging by my above comments, it just wasn't very engaging.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I've heard a lot of good things about the book, it just didn't seem to fit my style.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    cristina Somerville, MA, United States 10-09-12
    cristina Somerville, MA, United States 10-09-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Disappointing"

    I am a huge Nesbo fan. Have been waiting for this book since it was posted in the "Coming Soon" list....But, what can I say? I was sorely disappointed.

    Perhaps it's the underlying theme that I found so depressing...but some of the scenes about the drug or alcohol craving seemed to go on and on -- and to repeat themselves throughout the book. Mr. Sachs, who is usually pitch-perfect for Nesbo books (making English sound like a Nordic language in some crazy way), made the depressing scenes even worse.

    One of the narrative ploys (having a dying boy tell his life story) seems a tad too easy...and also drags. Every time we returned to him, I groaned...

    The plot does come together nicely at the very end -- with some surprises -- but by then it's too late. I wanted it over with.

    I am amazed that some people found the plot riveting. I didn't.

    Until now I was happy that Mr. Nesbo was so prolific...Perhaps I can wait a little longer next time and get another Nesbo gem.

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    Elizabeth United States 02-15-13
    Elizabeth United States 02-15-13 Member Since 2010

    Mystery hound

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    "Author at his best"
    If you could sum up Phantom in three words, what would they be?

    Noir, character & suspense.


    What did you like best about this story?

    He has developed Harry Hole into a believable, sympathetic w/flaws character.


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

    Yes, author always keeps me gripped.


    Any additional comments?

    Great series that "Scandinavian" mystery lovers will enjoy, although some warning on violence.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jesse Corrales, NM, United States 02-12-13
    Jesse Corrales, NM, United States 02-12-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Smaller scale, darker, and more personal crime"

    After the unrelenting thrills and turns in "The Snowman" and "The Leopard," this book is a little slower and more damaging. I agree with all the other reviewers that poor Harry takes a beating, but I think what I love about him as a protagonist is that he's this dogged unsquashable cockroach who keeps coming through death trap after death trap. He's a very unique detective at this point, and in such a crowded genre, that's a feat in itself. And as Scandanavian crime goes, I <3 Nesbo more than even Larson at this point.

    Overall, "Phantom" is slower-paced and uses a different narrative style to unravel the mystery (but ultimately a very effective one) - I was skeptical at first, but the parallel narrative ends up paying off in spades at the end. Obviously, word's gotten out that something shocking happens in this book and I won't comment on that except to say that it didn't diminish my enjoyment of the book in the slightest.

    It's a smaller, more personal story than the previous two books. I think if you know that going in you won't be disappointed. Robin Sachs is, as always, an amazing reader on these books. He's creepy and deliberate and his style marries with the text in this grim, plodding, croaking way that let me experience the audiobook like I was was watching a first-rate movie in my head.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kimberly 12-06-12
    Kimberly 12-06-12 Member Since 2016

    I work in mine-action (landmines) travel a lot. Murder and mayhem is my favorite category…but, I love great books pretty much of any kind!

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    "A little disappointing"
    Would you try another book from Jo Nesbø and/or Robin Sachs?

    I really like Jo Nesbo's books, but with this book, for the first time, I found myself wandering, putting it down and struggling to pick it up again. It still has the Nesbo style, which I consider excellent, but it's not up to the calibre of his other books.


    What could Jo Nesbø have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I don't want to spoil the book for anyone else, perhaps I can say that he goes to the same end with the one love in his life...at the end of every book...there are the ups...and then the lowest low.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    This is the first time that none of the scene's stay in my mind, none are so memorable.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Nesbo has an incredible style of writing that holds me, keeps me listening, until the very last page. I have to admit that I just fell asleep listening to this book, over and over...and don't even know if I listened to the end...it didn't seem to matter. I started another book.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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