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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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    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 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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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 2008
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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 2007

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    tim Qualicum Beach, BC, Canada 11-02-12
    tim Qualicum Beach, BC, Canada 11-02-12
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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 2005
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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 2005
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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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    s mill valley, ca, United States 11-06-12
    s mill valley, ca, United States 11-06-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Finally a Reference For Harry's History!"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes. Have been looking for the book for some time. Thank you! Harry's time in Australia is mentioned in later books. Have read all available in US and wanted the book and the background!
    That being said, one can also tell it is an early effort. Though I truly enjoyed it I felt it, "ran on a bit", in some stages. A bit less polished than later work. Not as intricately woven as later efforts but then, that is usual for most series. Must read if you are a Harry Hole fan!




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

    No, but I think he is a really an outstanding performer. Lots of accents, multiple characters, nothing seemed to escape his ability. A great reader! Added greatly to the book. I will look him up for future purchases.


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    Sandy Waterville, WA, United States 11-04-12
    Sandy Waterville, WA, United States 11-04-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Fulfills curiosity but better Nesbo in later books"
    Where does The Bat rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Was dying to read where Harry Hole began, firstly because I'm Australian and secondly for the natural curiosity for the beginning of a series. Always have preferred Sean Barrett - he has done all the narration on the non-US books - so much better than Robin Sachs. So, a good yarn and clearly Nesbo was enthralled with Aboriginal dreaming legends and Aussie slang and behaviour. The character of Harry is formed here and you get insights into his past but not as well crafted as in later books - once Nesbo is firmly on Norwegian soil everything is much crisper, more complex and better developed. If you're a Nesbo and Harry Hole devotee, then this book is a must - can't wait til Cockroaches hits the English translation list.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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