The thrilling first book in the best-selling Harry Hole series, never before published in English.
Harry is out of his depth.
Detective Harry Hole is meant to keep out of trouble. A young Norwegian girl taking a gap year in Sydney has been murdered, and Harry has been sent to Australia to assist in any way he can.
He's not supposed to get too involved.
When the team unearths a string of unsolved murders and disappearances, nothing will stop Harry from finding out the truth. The hunt for a serial killer is on, but the murderer will talk only to Harry.
He might just be the next victim.
Appearing in English for the first time, The Bat is the legendary first novel from the worldwide phenomenon Jo Nesbo.
©2012 Jo Nesbo (P)2012 Random House Audiobooks
I don't know if I could finish reading a novel ever again. I am so addicted to listening to books I have little interest in reading!
This is my favorite series in this genre and my favorite book in the series. It answers many mysteries concerning Harry Hole's history while exposing the detctive's peculiar genius.
This reader is my favorite, though I liked Robin Sachs. He does a brilliant job with the different voices, especially.a drunk Harry Hole.
This is the story of the case that made Harry famous, the Australian serial killer case.
because is a fast paced thriller with a myriad of characters that make you hold in a carrousel of ups and downs ,really funny!!!!!!!
hary hole ,plausible human detective at the same time unique
the emotion on the voice
when harry starts drinking again...
I've devoured all of Jo Nesbo's Harry Hole series so when "The Bat" finally became available I had to buy it. It filled in some holes in Harry's persona. I'm so used to Robin Sachs' narration, this one threw me. Robin Sachs' gives Harry a relaxed and melancholy demeanor and this narrator makes Harry more excitable. I prefer Robin Sachs' portrayal.
The later books in the series seem to have greater depth and more surprises. It is clear that Jo Nesbo has grown and evolved in his writing. The continual Aussie folklore really slowed this one down.
Sure wish Robin Sachs' would have narrated this....but maybe they wanted an Aussie accent to fit the novel's setting.
Okay, this is Nesbo's first Harry Hole book and the story is okay. It definitely gives us a glimpse in to what makes Harry like he is. Sadly, Sean Barrett does NOT do this justice. No, he's not as bad as the guy who does Nemesis, Thor Knai, but he's close. He sounds like he is 95 years old - like Robin Williams playing a very old man. That great, masculine gruff sound that Robin Sachs bring to all the other books is sadly missing. If you can get past that, the book is good.
It's bad news for narrator Robin Sachs because Nesbø makes clear in the first couple of pages that Harry's last name is not pronounced like the English "hole" the way Robin did it in several other Harry Hole books. What will Robin do if he's the narrator in a future Harry Hole book?
In "The Bat" the Aussies render Harry's name as "holy" which, Harry admits, is better than being called a hairy orifice. I think Thor Knai had it about right in "Nemesis" when he pronounced it "hOO-luh", at least if Google Translate's pronunciation feature is right.
Sean Barrett does a nice job, though he doesn't impart much tough-guy to Harry's character. On a scale of Hercule Poirot to Philip Marlowe, this rendition is somewhere in the middle. And Harry surely is a tough guy, wading into fights with bad Aussies in a bar. On examining his broken tooth, Harry asks the guy who broke it "Shouldn't the pulp be red?"
Narration aside, it's a great read. I'm really glad this book, the first in the Harry Hole series, got translated. You get a good bit of Harry's back story here, but none of it is necessary to enjoy the other books in the series. Each of Nesbø's Harry Hole novels pretty much stands alone, and you can read them in just about any order.
I didn't see the translator's name credited for this book, but whoever (Don Bartlett?) did it it is seamless. When I hear word-play or puns in a translated work, I always wonder how they were rendered in the original? Well, they're funny in English, so I suppose they were in Norwegian too, though maybe different.
I believe the second book in the series ("The Cockroach") has been or is being translated. Something to look forward to!
Developing interesting character
The plot did not keep me on the edge of my seat but did provide a good basis for Jo Nesbo's Harry Hole series each book of which gets better and better.
The storyline describing Aborigine culture is very interesting.
When Harry bonds with his Australian partner almost at once, I was intrigued by the way Nesbo did this so that I would believe it could happen so fast.
Look forward to more in this series.
An excellent narrorator does a wonderful job of giving voice to Harry as well as the Austrailian characters.
Our first introduction to Harry and as is typical of Nesbo's writing we are thrown right in. An excellent book that gave more background to Harry than any other of the series. Highly recommend!!
I would highly recommend this fast-paced detective thriller. This is my first experience with Jo Nesbo and the Harry Hole series and what a terrific story. Let me also state emphatically at the outset that Sean Barrett does an incredible job as actor (the word "narrator" is too limiting).
This book has all the essential elements of an exciting novel - strong characters and plot, extremely well-written and, as mentioned above, well-told. Nesbo uses the effective technique of short anecdotes and flash backs to enrich the story and build the characters. There are also, at least in my opinion, many similarities between James Lee Burke's Dave Robicheaux and Nesbo's Harry Hole.
One other comment: this book is incredibly funny despite its theme.
Finally, I don't see Harry Hole Series #2 on the Audible list. #3 is there and thankfully Sean Barrett is the narrator.
This is clearly a must listen.
I am a voracious reader (average about 4-5 Audible books a week, in addition to those I "eyeball".) I have been hooked on recorded books since the time of cassettes/CDs and was thrilled when I became an Audible member in 2007. I find reader reviews good guides to spending my credits, so have finally decided to write a few (although, I would rather be reading!)
I was gripped by Nesbo's "The Snowman" from start to finish, but I had difficulty getting through this book (finished after many starts/stops.) I appreciated getting acquainted with Harry's background, but I felt like this was the required prerequisite before getting to the interesting book. I intend to read other Nesbo books, though, as perhaps the Australian setting wasn't a good fit for a Harry Hole mystery.
Sean Barrett did a great job with narration.
I love books!
This is one of those series where you first listen to the author, like the story, and realize you are starting somewhere in the middle. I've listened to all of them since that first one and enjoyed them all immensely but then audible releases the original first book. I decided I had to try it to see what I could learn of Harry Hole's beginnings. Often times authors get better with time. "The Bat" started kind of slowly but from the time Harry went on a bender and still thinking through the case while there, the book too off and the Nesbo I've learned to be a great fan of was right there. I do wonder why he picked Australia as the setting for his first Hole novel as all the other ones I've listened to were set in Norway. Harry has his demons for sure but you feel empathy as he unravels the mystery. Can't wait for the next one!
"Great book very well narrated"
I thought I would give Harry Hole a go after reading some reviews and I'm glad I did! I thoroughly enjoyed the book and Sean Barrett does a great job in narrating - I read all the Michael Robotham books he has narrated and he really brings the book to life! I'm now reading book 2 and I am enjoying that too - will be buying more and working my way through the series!
To sum it up - Thoroughly enjoyable listen and disappointed when it ended!
This takes us back in time so we are reading after we have read the other Harry Hole books. It is still as good as the ones that had been translated before. nice to see Harry operating in Australia!
"The first Harry-Hole book"
I really liked this book and the character of Harry is well established with me the listener realising he is troubled and an alcoholic. He is teamed up with an aboriginal to solve the case of a murdered girl and this in fact leads to the discovery of more murders.
Wether new to Harry Hole or familiar with the later books, it is well worth a listen and I enjoyed the story wanting more at the end. I have downloaded the whole series now and are steadily working my way through them. This is well narated by Sean Barrett and I am glad to have read this book first as from what I have heard they get even better as the series goes along.
I would recomend this audiobook and gave it five stars throughout as it kept me glued to it till the end in near one sitting!
"A must for anyone who loves a great crime novel"
As i've not read the book I cannot say
I would say finding the body of the clown
I have some Michael Robotham books read by Sean Barrett. His characterisations are superb. Very easy to listen to.
A great book. this was my first Jo Nesbo. I found it a gripping read, often driving a few extra miles when listening to the exciting bits. I can't recommend this enough to those of you that love this kind of genre. Already bought the next two in series.
"A good start to the series"
Although I read this one some time ago and just getting around to doing a review, I would say that I have continued the Jo Nesbo series. This book on the whole, is just good. Its a start to the series of the Harry Hole story. Although Harry is Norwegien, this story takes off in Australia as an introduction to the great detective Harry Hole. I found the story pretty basic in all honesty, only picking up on the continuation of books through reviews and word of mouth. I am now thoroughly into Jo Nesbo and the Harry Hole books and I would recommend this one as the start of the series as the content is continued throughout his story. Its good. But it gets a whole lot better.
"And this is by a best selling author?"
In a nutshell...
Hero Norwegian detective solves crimes the bumbling amateurs of the Australian police can't. When he's drunk.
It's too predictable, you know he'll solve whatever comes up whilst everyone else is scratching their heads and grunting.
"Easy introduction to Harry Hole"
Yes, easy listening, good differentiation between character voices
Yes, the next in the Harry Hole series
Either Andrew or Otto
"Good enough if you like this genre"
The story follows a similar pattern to all the other stories featuring Harry Hole, with plot twists and turns and a few surprises here and there. Other outcomes though, are unfortunately, a bit predictable, if you are familiar with the fabric of 'Whodunnits' generally.
The formula seems to lead the reader/listener on a journey where one eventually arrives at a point where a small selection of candidates/main characters, who have been crafted to be the least likely, are then under suspicion and lo and behold, one of these is revealed as the Rotter.
It was good enough, in my view, to keep one involved, with only infrequent mind-wandering occurring, but I was often put off by Sean Barrett's accent, which to my ear, made Harry Hole sound like an old man with ill-fitting dentures. Doesn't quite marry up with the image that your imagination conjures, when reading the printed versions.
Possibly, if it has convincing reviews.
OK, most of his accents are good generally (I am Australian, so obviously I can hear things occasionally which aren't correct) and he tells the story in an engaging way, however, as stated above, I find his Harry Hole accent a bit annoying.
"My first & last Harry Hole novel."
Jo Nesbo needs the firm hand of a good editor. I couldn't care less about Australian folklore and aboriginal myths while reading a thriller. Just tell me the story. This is so boring and irritating.
Yes it has.
Yes, Sean Barrett is an awesome narrator. At the moment I'm listening to another novel read by him and enjoying it. As a non-australian, I think that his general australian accent in this novel is quite acceptable.
What the hell happened to the Swedish girl at the end? I still don't know!
"A first class thriller that had us laughing."
Yes because it kept us guessing and made us laugh.
Harry's relationships, with his various Aussie colleagues.
NO ! but will very soon.
Thanks to the narrator it made us laugh many times. Harry is such character not sure I could cope with him in real life.
We will definitely read more of these books, please don't kill Harry off.
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