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The Bat: A Harry Hole Thriller, Book 1 | [Jo Nesbo]

The Bat: A Harry Hole Thriller, Book 1

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.
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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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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Reiser SAN ANSELMO, CA, United States 11-12-12
    Susan Reiser SAN ANSELMO, CA, United States 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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah Lynnwood, WA, United States 11-06-12
    Deborah Lynnwood, WA, United States 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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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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!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Theresa Memphis, TN, United States 10-26-12
    Theresa Memphis, TN, United States 10-26-12 Member Since 2010
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    "I was surprised to see The Bat pop up in Audible."

    I was anxious to hear the first books of my new favorite character, Harry Hole, regardless how his last name is pronounced. . I can not go wrong making this purchase and after listening, I can confirm it was a good purchase for me. The narrator, Sean Barrett, was not bad, but I do prefer Robin Sachs. Robin Sachs is the voice of Harry Hole in my opinion. This was a great listen.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    AL KEMAH, TX, United States 11-20-12
    AL KEMAH, TX, United States 11-20-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Not worth your time, could not finish book"
    Would you ever listen to anything by Jo Nesbo again?

    Not again


    Any additional comments?

    Poor story line. Did not engage the reader. Could not finish before deleting

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Lloyd HOARTON
    12/23/12
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    "The beginning"

    Billed as #1 in the Hole stories but there is still room for another prequel for this turbulent detective. The suspects were all discounted and then reconsidered an I was still left guessing right until we are meant to find out who it is. Poor Hole: always has a rough personally-involved ride and this story brings no exception.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • ROBJOHN
    12/6/12
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    "The Bat"

    Parts of this book had pace and excitement but other passages seemed to wander off with the meaning unclear. Unfortunately not one of his best.

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  • Becki
    United Kingdom
    11/26/12
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    "Good but not the best"

    Unfortunately, this being one of Nesbo's first books but only recently translated an, the fans all kind of know a bit of this story from the sequels! However, that aside it is engaging and as exciting as always. Worth a listen to learn more about our hero harry and as always Sean Barratt's narration is second to none. Not Nesbo's best in my opinion but enjoyable nevertheless.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Carol Lambert
    West Sussex
    6/6/14
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    "Tedious"
    Would you try another book written by Jo Nesbo or narrated by Sean Barrett?

    If it wasn't for Sean Barrett's superb narration I'd have abandoned this. The storyline is dull and the rambling Aboriginal folklore moments make me thankful for the 'scroll forward' option! I have recently been listening to the Wallander stories by Henning Mankell...now that's how to write crime fiction. If this is the best of Jo Nesbo, Harry can stay in his Hole.


    What was most disappointing about Jo Nesbo’s story?

    Boring storyline


    What about Sean Barrett’s performance did you like?

    Everything.


    What character would you cut from The Bat?

    All of them.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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