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The Bat Audiobook

The Bat: A Harry Hole Thriller, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Carol Napier, New Zealand 11-21-12
    Carol Napier, New Zealand 11-21-12
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    "Seemed to go on forever."

    To me, this book had a lot of unnecessary tangents. If I had been reading this book instead of listening to it, I would have skim-read several parts just to get back to the story.

    I read another review that said this was the first in the series, and subsequent books are better. I'll probably give Harry Hole another chance.

    The narrator was good sometimes but almost put me to sleep other times.

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    M. Sandy Springs, GA, United States 11-14-12
    M. Sandy Springs, GA, United States 11-14-12 Member Since 2010
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    "An interesting read"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Bat to be better than the print version?

    I'm not familiar with the author so I cannot compare the audio book to the print version.


    If you’ve listened to books by Jo Nesbo before, how does this one compare?

    This is the first book by Jo Nesbo I've listened to or read.


    Which character – as performed by Sean Barrett – was your favorite?

    I suppose the main character, Harry Hole. Tho' I like Andrew a lot, too. He was the more complex of the 2 characters.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Not a club.


    Any additional comments?

    This is my first book by Jo Nesbo with Harry Hole as the main character. I'm uncertain whether I want to try additional books by this author. I might just to see if I don't like the character or whether it might just be this book.

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    Charlotte Kingston 10, Jamaica 11-14-12
    Charlotte Kingston 10, Jamaica 11-14-12 Member Since 2015

    Avid mystery reader, huge Agatha Christie fan.

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    "Meet Harry Hole"
    Where does The Bat rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The Bat is a must-listen for any Jo Nesbo fan. Harry Hole's beginnings are laid bare in stark detail and so much insight into the character he becomes in later books in the series is gained from this one. By far it is also one of the best in the series, not just because it is the first, but because the story turns back on itself so many times I was astonished by Nesbo's ability to slow the pacing of a novel to almost a crawl before giving you whiplash with the way he turns the story on its head!


    What other book might you compare The Bat to and why?

    I would compare The Bat to The Snowman, and I have actually gone back to listen The Snowman again to understand the tie in between the two. A character from The Bat makes a re-appearance of sorts in The Snowman, and again there is more insight to be gained into why Harry is the way he is.


    Have you listened to any of Sean Barrett’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Sean Barrett does an excellent job with all of the Harry Hole novels. I enjoy his measured pacing very much, and the way he doesn't force his voice higher to create female character tones but rather softens his pitch. Another excellent performance.


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

    Definitely I would have listened to this in one sitting had I been able to!


    Any additional comments?

    I am looking forward to rounding out my Harry Hole series, and I am very glad that Audible was able to bring to life the first book in the series.

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    Susan Reiser 11-12-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Great to read number one in English"

    I have read this series in English and the first few had not been translated. It was great to be able to read earlier stories if only to see the improvement in Jo Nesbo's development of character and depth of plot. Great idea to start at the beginning, as with any series, but standing alone this one is not his best.

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    Peter Titusville, FL, United States 11-12-12
    Peter Titusville, FL, United States 11-12-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Obvious why his first novel was not widely publish"

    I found the story to ramble and was hard to understand. There are spots that show a future Harry Hole and his allure. This is a story for a long time Jo Nesbo fan to suck it up and be able too say you read his first one. The narration was poor.

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    Deborah 11-06-12
    Deborah 11-06-12 Member Since 2011

    love to read, love to listen

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    "Social studies lesson"
    Would you try another book from Jo Nesbo and/or Sean Barrett?

    Yes, I've listened to a few by Jo Nesbo and think they're great mysteries. Love Harry Hole.


    Would you recommend The Bat to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes and no. Yes, I would recommend it because it's part of the Harry Hole series and gives us a lot of history and insight into his character. No, because it was short on plot and long on social studies essays. A lot about the culture, economy, political environment, and history of Australia. Some of it went on and on and while interesting, it was hard to suspend disbelief that in the course of a conversation at a bar, someone would launch into a 10 minute monologue about the history of the treatment of aborigines.

    I hesitate to give it 2 stars because it's much better written than the mysteries I normally would give 2 stars, but honestly, I'm not sure it's worth 3.

    The narrator was very good! Not too heavy handed with the accents but still was able to convey them.


    Have you listened to any of Sean Barrett’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Not that I remember.


    Did The Bat inspire you to do anything?

    See if there is another mystery writer out there similar to Nesbo, not because I won't read him again, but I was bored with this one and didn't want to bring my negative feelings along with me into another book in the series.


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    danny lawrence Charlotte, NC USA 11-05-12
    danny lawrence Charlotte, NC USA 11-05-12 Member Since 2006

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "Worthwhile trip down under"
    What did you like best about The Bat? What did you like least?

    I did like that since it was actually the first book in the series, some of the back story of the other books has been filled in. Also I liked the aboriginal stories used to emphasize a trait or aspect of the story. There was nothing I really didnt like about The Bat.


    What does Sean Barrett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The Australians. In my mind they might have all sounded like Crocodile Dundee


    Was The Bat worth the listening time?

    Yes. It wasnt the best Harry Hole story, but it was still enjoyable and worth the time.


    Any additional comments?

    This was my third Harry Hole book. When I saw that it was newly available I jumped at it. It filled in some of the gaps I had in the backstory. It is also good to know that it gets better from here

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    Janet&Greg Huntington Beach, CA, United States 11-04-12
    Janet&Greg Huntington Beach, CA, United States 11-04-12 Member Since 2014
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    "No Steig Larsson"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone not familiar with Steig Larsson or Nelson demille to name two who spin a much better story with suspense.


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

    Enrich the characters. Put more energy into the story.


    What didn’t you like about Sean Barrett’s performance?

    No energy. He just read the book. He did not become the characters


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

    None that come to mind. I'd really like a refund because I purchased this book based on the high 4 + point system. I can't imagine this novel garnering such an impressive rating!


    Any additional comments?

    No

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    Howie Calgary, AB, Canada 11-04-12
    Howie Calgary, AB, Canada 11-04-12 Member Since 2011

    History, historical fiction and mysteries are my faves, but a fan of all genres.

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    "Love Harry Hole, even in reverse order...."

    The kind of tragically flawed protagonist Jo Nesbo creates in this series.

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    tim Qualicum Beach, BC, Canada 11-02-12
    tim Qualicum Beach, BC, Canada 11-02-12 Member Since 2014

    Retired in Nanoose Bay ,British Columbia, having lived and worked in Canada, USA (Connecticut), UK and Singapore

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    "In answer to the pronunciation of Hole"

    I am addicted to Nesbo's books. Just downloaded Batman and have listened to all Nesbo's audiobooks except Ghost which I read. I am a fan of Sean Barret as a narrator.
    I wanted to check how Hole should be pronounced and found an interview with Jo Nesbo in the UK where he is asked the question. The link gives his response. An interesting guy!

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  • T. Archer
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    4/7/13
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    "Not the best but..."

    Nesbo is a phenomenon and even this below par outing is pretty good, and as with the others Sean Barrett is terrific.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • JaneH
    Chester le Street, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "A bit disappointing"

    I am a big fan of Jo Nesbo and have read all the Harry Hole titles that had been released prior to this and I was so pleased to see that the first story in the series had finally become available translated in to English. Unfortunately I'm rather disappointed and I think its because I'd read all the other books on my Kindle and I don't really like the narration in this recording. I'm sure this is purely personal taste and I wouldn't put anyone off reading the book as Harry is a brilliant character and I've enjoyed the stories in all the other books. I think I'll give this one a read on Kindle and see if it improves for me.

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  • Murhog1464
    Tamworth UK
    4/7/13
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    "The Bat by Jo Nesbo"

    I as I was looking for a new author and stumbled on Jo Nesbo, a name that stood out while searching Audible. I thought I would try one. Once started listening, I was completely hooked. The main character Harry Hole was excellently portrayed, with a good story line which was very funny. This is one of the best audio books I have listened to and would recommend that it is put on top of the lists of books to have. I have already started to collect the rest of the Harry Hole series of audio books through Audible. The narrator portrays the characters extremely well, especially those with the Australian accents.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gillian
    HEXHAM, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "Interesting first story"

    The Bat is the first Harry Hole novel, and we learn a lot about his background and how he becomes the character we meet in the layer novels. Thus is the third I've read/ had read to me in this series,and whilst they have all been gripping , satisfyingly dark and complex, I'm beginning to get the feel of a predictable format to Harry's journey through each mystery. I'll read one more, but if he still goes through: unpopular at the beginning and having to gain trust; wins a close ally with whom he has a complex relationship; reaches crisis point and spends several days in an alcoholic haze; finds enlightenment and a flash of inspiration to solve the case, one final twist just when you think it's all over...Then that will be my last!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • J
    Ossett, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "Harry Abroad"

    I started reading John Nesbo on friends reccomondation, they know I like Scandinavian crime fiction. So slightly disappointed to discover that the story is set in Australia.

    Having said that we quickly get to know our main character Harry Hole. The trail for the killer leads us through a labyrinth of the Australian parallel which constitutes the morass of suspects and friends of thr deceased.

    The narrator Sean Barrett makes a good job of the various accents populating the book.

    Looking forward to the rest of. The collection.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ann Cunningham
    Ireland
    4/7/13
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    "Gripping stuff!"

    This is the first in the Harry Hole series and I'm listening to this now having not finished the Les Miserables audiobook. I needed a change and what a change this book is! This is a gripping novel and I love it. The narration by Sean Barrett is brilliant including gruff Australian accents.



    Harry Hole is in Sydney to investigate the death of a Norwegian woman. He meets characters he probably wouldn't encounter as frequently in Norway and we are introduced to Harry Hole's very flawed persona.



    A great listen so far and I'm looking forward to the remainder of this book and what I think will be a thrilling finish.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Corsham, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "A gripping story"

    I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this audio book. It is well written and the plot unfolds in such a way that you are gripped and at all times wanting to find out what happens next. The characters are plausible and likebable with normal human failings which add to the story line. I realled enjoyed the character Harry Hole, and have bought the next book on kindle. Well recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • MANDOLIN
    ENGLAND
    4/7/13
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    "Tell me more"

    This book has been a long time coming. The first in the Harry Hole series, but the last to reach audible. Sean Barrett is an excellent narrator. He seems to suit this genre, there is something bleak and a bit menacing about his tone of voice that suits Harry Hole's life. Having read several other Jo Nesbo 'Hole' books before reading this first book, I can't understand why they did not start with this book, it may not be as exciting as The Snowman or The Leopard, but the characters Nesbo weaves make you want to know more. Nesbo has a nack of telling human frailty as it is, we don't judge Harry Hole for his alcoholism, but feel his pain. I really love most of the Hole books and especially like Sean Barratt's telling of the tale. I can't wait for more....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A User
    4/7/13
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    "Jo Nesbo books"

    Jo Nesbo has written a series of detective stories based around a Norweigan detective who has a drink problem but suceeds in solving the crimes. Not a book I would usually read, but this was recommended to me by a friend and since then I am working my way through the series. But where is book 2??

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Joe
    Kilkenny, Ireland
    4/7/13
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    "Good, not great, beginning of a superb character."

    The first book of the Harry Hole series, only now released in English translation. Having read seven later books already I had to go back and fill in this gap, and I enjoyed the read, but it definitely wasn't up to the standard of the later releases. Nonetheless this is classic, and very enjoyable, Nesbø and a solid beginning to the Harry character.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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