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
Say something about yourself!
This was my first of Mr. Nesbo, and sadly my last. I didn't care for the characters at all, and I'm sorry, but the name Hole, pronounced holy, just sounded strange when the narrator said it. Harry Hole, I know I'm being petty, but, how rude sounding. So for me it just kinda ruined it. I know it's childish, but, just saying.........
A good start.
The telling of the old tribe stories.
I read the later books first so was used to a different and more entertaining narrator.
When our hero fell off his sobriety.
I think the author has matured with his main character and his story telling.
I would not volenteer to listen a second time, but would not object to listening with someone else.
Harry, of course, he is the arch typical scandinavian morose, alcholic introspective loner detective.
I don't think so
It made me want a drink but not Jim Beam. Perhaps Makers?
Where is spell checker??
another great Nesbo
The Snowman same characters, different story, earlier Harry Hole
I thought he handled the Norwegian and Australian accents well.
thoroughly enjoyed it
I decided to listen to this because it's the first in the series. I've either listened to or read about four others. I wanted to get sense of where the character had come from. The story was, as with the others in the series very good and the performance was excellent. I love that the narrator could "do" the accents well.
As with the other Hole books there were twists and turns to the story which kept it entertaining. Worth the credit
The narration and the twists on who is the perp.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Same excellent writing, description, and intrigue.
Although I've listed to more books than I can possibly recall I do believe Barrett's narration was one of if not THE best I have ever heard.
Books from Stuart Mac Bride are similar in the raw, dark, quality. The main characters are flawed and yet deserve our compassion and acceptance.
I have read or listened to books 2-9 and was thrilled to find the very first of the Harry Hole series which is referred to throughout the series. Finally, my curiosity about what exactly Harry got up to in Australia has been satisfied.
I listened to this book after listening to some of the later Harry Hole books. I found this book satisfying, but it also gave me insight into how much Nesbo has tightened and intensified his novels over the course of the series.
The narrator is excellent, Australian accents seem accurate. Voices are varied and believable. Use of Aborigine legends in framing the plot is original; an unexpected bonus in a Scandinavian series.
The other books in the popular Jo Nesbo series - this one was the first, but wasn't translated until fairly recently, I believe.
The scenes at the Sydney Aquarium - particularly the heartpounding climax!
The terrible episode/accident in Harry's police career that haunts him still.
The Australian setting is interesting and well-drawn. Harry is a "fish out of water" there to some degree, and he gets to muse on his fellow coppers in a unique context.
The Harry Hole series by Jo Nesbo is at the top of my list for police procedural mystery/thrillers, along with Connelly and Sandford. The characters are so alive you miss them when the book is over. There are no fairy tale endings in these books. Life is scary and dark, with brief glimmers of life that, for Harry Hole, make it worth living despite the pain. His killers are terrifying and smart, a match for Harry's intellect. But beware: if you are always counting on a neat, happy ending you will be let down. If you want the gritty painful but real side of life, there is no one better than Nesbo. All of the books have now been put on audio. It is not absolutely required to read in order, but I would recommend it, as the books follow his career and life struggles. The Bat, the first of the the Harry Hole series, is one you will sit in your car in the dark after arriving home and will keep on listening. You can't turn it off.
"Really good listen"
A very good book well read. Interesting following a Norwegian through a visit abroad in such interesting circumstances.
"I am not sure I like Harry Hole!"
Everything! Sean Barrett is the benchmark by which all narrators are judged.
Not really as I found the main character irritating at times!
The main character is about as indecisive selfish and flawed as they come but I did enjoy the story.
no, the reading is ok but the story thin and weak.
another William Boyd( though I think I've read them all) Robert Goddard
not read foreign novels!
not enough interest, slow moving contrived story.
Another great book from Jo Nesbo I have not listened to these books in any order but it really does not matter with detective Harry Hole who I feel I know so well now you can easy pick up on his life the mess it is! great story great narrator.
The Bat, the first in the Harry Hole Series by Jo Nesbo, is a great introduction. The characterisation of Harry is really well done by Nesbo and it enables the reader to capture the essence of the Norwegian detective. The story flows well with twists and turns and the setting in Sydney with the rebellious Harry works very well.
A great read!
The story and the creation of Harry's character
Well read, well performed.
"Don't let this one put you off"
I've read several of the other Harry Hole books but this was my first encounter with this one. You can really tell it is the first and that the author learned from the experience - the later novels are beautifully crafted but in this one the plot is a little weak.
Hmmmm......can't think of one!
First timer with Sean Barrett but I liked his performance here
Norwegian Detective travels to Australia to solve murder mystery. He might as well have travelled to Mars!
"Great book very well narrated"
I thought I would give Harry Hole a go after reading some reviews and I'm glad I did! I thoroughly enjoyed the book and Sean Barrett does a great job in narrating - I read all the Michael Robotham books he has narrated and he really brings the book to life! I'm now reading book 2 and I am enjoying that too - will be buying more and working my way through the series!
To sum it up - Thoroughly enjoyable listen and disappointed when it ended!
This takes us back in time so we are reading after we have read the other Harry Hole books. It is still as good as the ones that had been translated before. nice to see Harry operating in Australia!
"The first Harry-Hole book"
I really liked this book and the character of Harry is well established with me the listener realising he is troubled and an alcoholic. He is teamed up with an aboriginal to solve the case of a murdered girl and this in fact leads to the discovery of more murders.
Wether new to Harry Hole or familiar with the later books, it is well worth a listen and I enjoyed the story wanting more at the end. I have downloaded the whole series now and are steadily working my way through them. This is well narated by Sean Barrett and I am glad to have read this book first as from what I have heard they get even better as the series goes along.
I would recomend this audiobook and gave it five stars throughout as it kept me glued to it till the end in near one sitting!
"A must for anyone who loves a great crime novel"
As i've not read the book I cannot say
I would say finding the body of the clown
I have some Michael Robotham books read by Sean Barrett. His characterisations are superb. Very easy to listen to.
A great book. this was my first Jo Nesbo. I found it a gripping read, often driving a few extra miles when listening to the exciting bits. I can't recommend this enough to those of you that love this kind of genre. Already bought the next two in series.
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