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The Bat Audiobook

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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    Spencer United States 12-14-12
    Spencer United States 12-14-12 Member Since 2005
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    "A good start"
    If you could sum up The Bat in three words, what would they be?

    A good start.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Bat?

    The telling of the old tribe stories.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I read the later books first so was used to a different and more entertaining narrator.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When our hero fell off his sobriety.


    Any additional comments?

    I think the author has matured with his main character and his story telling.

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    Walter Harris Old Saybrook, CT USA 12-11-12
    Walter Harris Old Saybrook, CT USA 12-11-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Who is Harry Hole?"
    Would you listen to The Bat again? Why?

    I would not volenteer to listen a second time, but would not object to listening with someone else.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Harry, of course, he is the arch typical scandinavian morose, alcholic introspective loner detective.


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

    I don't think so


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me want a drink but not Jim Beam. Perhaps Makers?


    Any additional comments?

    Where is spell checker??

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    Sandy 12-11-12
    Sandy 12-11-12 Member Since 2016
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    "another great Harry Hole mystery"
    If you could sum up The Bat in three words, what would they be?

    another great Nesbo


    What other book might you compare The Bat to and why?

    The Snowman same characters, different story, earlier Harry Hole


    What about Sean Barrett’s performance did you like?

    I thought he handled the Norwegian and Australian accents well.


    Any additional comments?

    thoroughly enjoyed it

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    Diane 12-09-12
    Diane 12-09-12
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    "Different narrator equally entertaining"

    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

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    Gann 12-07-12
    Gann 12-07-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Geat story even greater narration"
    What made the experience of listening to The Bat the most enjoyable?

    The narration and the twists on who is the perp.


    What other book might you compare The Bat to and why?

    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Same excellent writing, description, and intrigue.


    Which character – as performed by Sean Barrett – was your favorite?

    Andrew


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Donna Salcha, AK, United States 12-06-12
    Donna Salcha, AK, United States 12-06-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Finally, the first of the Harry Hole series!"
    If you could sum up The Bat in three words, what would they be?

    Fantastic


    What other book might you compare The Bat to and why?

    Books from Stuart Mac Bride are similar in the raw, dark, quality. The main characters are flawed and yet deserve our compassion and acceptance.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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.


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    William Plymouth, Mongolia 12-05-12
    William Plymouth, Mongolia 12-05-12 Member Since 2008
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    "beginning"

    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.

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    Nancy Kingston, NS, Canada 12-05-12
    Nancy Kingston, NS, Canada 12-05-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Harry Hole: the Backstory"
    Would you listen to The Bat again? Why?

    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.


    What other book might you compare The Bat to and why?

    The other books in the popular Jo Nesbo series - this one was the first, but wasn't translated until fairly recently, I believe.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scenes at the Sydney Aquarium - particularly the heartpounding climax!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The terrible episode/accident in Harry's police career that haunts him still.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Bradford 12-05-12
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    "One of the best police myster writers in the world"
    If you could sum up The Bat in three words, what would they be?

    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.


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    Gerson 12-05-12
    Gerson 12-05-12
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    "Solid Performance..."
    What made the experience of listening to The Bat the most enjoyable?

    The Locale and Harry Hole's collected and analytical character


    If you’ve listened to books by Jo Nesbo before, how does this one compare?

    Top Five


    What does Sean Barrett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He brings the different accents/speech cadences and mannerisms of the the local peoples.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    A little too much gruffinesss.


    Any additional comments?

    Looking forward to Jø Nesbø's next book, with, perhaps, Christopher Lane or Phil Gigante as narrators.

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    United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "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.

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  • Mrs Glenis Jefferys
    4/13/13
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    "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.

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  • Angela
    London, UK
    4/12/13
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    "Bored"

    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.

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  • Bryant
    United Kingdom
    4/9/13
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    "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.

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  • Andy
    CambridgeUnited Kingdom
    4/9/13
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    "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.

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  • E
    Belfast, United Kingdom
    4/8/13
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    "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.

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  • Aspiring Bookworm
    South Gloucestershire
    4/8/13
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    "Thoroughly enjoyable"

    This is the first Harry Hole book and is certainly a powerful start. Set in Australia as a lonely Norwegian detective brought over to save himself and his career. He does both whilst taking up a love interest and making new friends. However just as the path of the earth is elliptical so is the story. Excellently narrated.

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  • PeterB
    4/8/13
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • MATTHEW
    COVENTRY, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • T. Archer
    UK
    4/7/13
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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