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
Avid mystery reader, huge Agatha Christie fan.
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!
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.
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.
Definitely I would have listened to this in one sitting had I been able to!
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.
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.
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.
love to read, love to listen
Yes, I've listened to a few by Jo Nesbo and think they're great mysteries. Love Harry Hole.
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.
Not that I remember.
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.
Tell us about yourself!
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.
The Australians. In my mind they might have all sounded like Crocodile Dundee
Yes. It wasnt the best Harry Hole story, but it was still enjoyable and worth the time.
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
Someone not familiar with Steig Larsson or Nelson demille to name two who spin a much better story with suspense.
Enrich the characters. Put more energy into the story.
No energy. He just read the book. He did not become the characters
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!
History, historical fiction and mysteries are my faves, but a fan of all genres.
The kind of tragically flawed protagonist Jo Nesbo creates in this series.
Retired in Nanoose Bay ,British Columbia, having lived and worked in Canada, USA (Connecticut), UK and Singapore
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!
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.
Poor story line. Did not engage the reader. Could not finish before deleting
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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