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
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.
I'm not familiar with the author so I cannot compare the audio book to the print version.
This is the first book by Jo Nesbo I've listened to or read.
I suppose the main character, Harry Hole. Tho' I like Andrew a lot, too. He was the more complex of the 2 characters.
Not a club.
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.
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!
"New to Harry"
I'm new to the Harry Hole (pronounced Hooli) character and I very much enjoyed this book. Sean Barrett's voice suited the style of the book well and I'm now hooked on Harry.
"Very clever listen"
Although very good this is not my favourite but as the first one in the Harry series I think it sets the scene for all the following books. Anyone who loves thriller/detective stories will love these.
I think I must just be bored with Harry and the inevitable crash and burn of his life and relationships. I still haven't finished listening to this book as I want a mystery not a certainty from Nesbo.
"At last, the first!"
The long awaited Jo Nesbo thriller, from the opening lines it picks you up and carries you through a steady paced, good old fashioned story, you press play and move along with Harry Hole on his "working visit" to Australia.
This is a true thriller with all the right ingredients that added together produce a tale that you have waited a long time for. Plug in your headphones or play it through the car stereo and be taken to the streets of Sydney meeting new friends whilst escorting Harry on his first adventure, I thoroughly enjoyed this graphic tale and never once moaned about the time I spent in the car. Listening to Sean Barrett describe Harry Holes relationship with an indigenous Australian (a wonderful character) in Sydney. Deep joy and I cannot wait to rejoin Harry.
"Couldn't stop listening"
I had not come across Jo Nesbo before and got the audio book by chance so was very pleased to like it that much. Harry Hole is such a great character, and there are lots of twists in the story line it makes for very enjoyable listening. I have meanwhile downloaded the follow up stories and hope that soon the will also publish book 2. It is not necessarily essential to read/listen in sequence but it helps with some of the references.
"A good listen"
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this story. I had already read all the later books in the series. It is set in Australia and if you have an interest in the aboriginal people of Australia you will really enjoy listening to their ancient folk tales which are incorporated nicely into the story.
"A Jo Nesbo"
Not the best of the Harry Hole series, it is a well written book but slow in getting anywhere. Not the edge of the seat stuff that many of the other Harry Hole books, the under story seems to take the lime light but it does help set up the character for the later books.
"Hooked on Nesbo"
Was put onto Jo Nesbo by a friend who rated 'headhunters'. I thought I would start with the Harry Hole series and wasn't disappointed. The Bat helps with parts of Harry's past, making you understand why he is, what he is. Great plot as always.
"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.
"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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