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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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    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 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.

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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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    Theresa Memphis, TN, United States 10-26-12
    Theresa Memphis, TN, United States 10-26-12 Member Since 2016
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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.

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  • 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....

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  • 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??

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  • 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.

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  • Elizabeth
    Buckingham, United Kingdom
    3/22/13
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    "Actually, it's not that exciting"

    No real build up of characters: Harry Hole can drop off the perch anytime and no one would notice the difference and, if he was sober a little longer, might so many people die: particularly his girlsfriends? No more Harry Hole for me after Book2 , the Redbreast. I don't care what happens to him!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • JANE WILSON
    3/16/13
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    "LAUNCH OF HARRY HOLE"

    This is one of JN's earlier books that was not published in English until after the later ones. So we had to read it out of order. Interestingly, the Harry Hole series have just got better and better. This one is good, but not in the same class as, say, The Snowman. Jo Nesbo's dense style and overlaid plotting are superb. I like books which demand that you pay attention. A word for the translator, who has done a great job, keeping the nuances and humour intact. Sean Barrett is the ideal narrator. Isn't it nice to hear a narrator who is actually listening to the words.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • GORDON
    United Kingdom
    3/7/13
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    "i'm done with nesbo, for a while"

    I rolled into The Bat hot on the heels of the snowman and the leopard and while this was good, it didn't work the way the other two, did. i felt it was a little too meandering and it didn't catch and hold my attention the way the others did, perhaps because Nesbo has developed as a writer since The Bat was first published. Anyway, it's a good standalone novel, just not as good as the others, hence the 4*.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • R. Clegg
    uk
    3/7/13
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    "jo nesbo all great books"

    i have just finnished the last book of jo nesbos and i must admit ive enjoyed them all some better than others but when you put them all together great reading stick with harry he will get you there

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Joanne
    Worksop, United Kingdom
    2/27/13
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    "The Bat"

    This is the first Jo Nesbo title I have listened / read and I have been gripped with the pace this story with all its twists and turns. The story does go on a little bit but I enjoyed the little tales of the Australian outback. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good crime mystery. I plan to get the next one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs M V Austin
    2/24/13
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    "Gripping from start to finish"

    I don't quite know how I managed to stumble on jo Nesbo and Harry hole but I'm so pleased I did after a period of disappointment with other books.

    Unlike most mysteries, this one kept me guessing all the way through. I'm listening to it again and of course noticing the trail the author left to follow but it's so cleverly done 'who done it' still managed to be a surprise without being a completely mystifying shock. Though, be warned, there are quite a few shocks along the way!

    The seemingly extraneous stories are fascinating too.

    Harry Hole himself, even with his obvious flaws, is still a likeable character who it's very easy to empathise with all the way through.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • michael
    coventry, United Kingdom
    2/16/13
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    "Not his best"

    After listening to this book, you realise whey they left this one until last to translate. Ok, but not as good as the rest.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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