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The Bat Audiobook

The Bat: A Harry Hole Thriller, Book 1

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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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    Kim H. 12-16-12
    Kim H. 12-16-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Not so much."

    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.........

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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 Reynolds Salcha, Alaska United States 12-06-12
    Donna Reynolds Salcha, Alaska 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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    Fifine Nova Scotia Canada 12-05-12
    Fifine Nova Scotia Canada 12-05-12 Listener 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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  • Janet
    Stockwood, Bristol, United Kingdom
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    "Really good listen"

    A very good book well read. Interesting following a Norwegian through a visit abroad in such interesting circumstances.

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  • G. Myers
    London, United Kingdom
    2/11/14
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    "I am not sure I like Harry Hole!"
    What about Sean Barrett’s performance did you like?

    Everything! Sean Barrett is the benchmark by which all narrators are judged.


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

    Not really as I found the main character irritating at times!


    Any additional comments?

    The main character is about as indecisive selfish and flawed as they come but I did enjoy the story.

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  • S. E. Huxford
    berkshire
    2/6/14
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    "The Bat"
    Would you try another book written by Jo Nesbo or narrated by Sean Barrett?

    no, the reading is ok but the story thin and weak.


    What will your next listen be?

    another William Boyd( though I think I've read them all) Robert Goddard


    Did The Bat inspire you to do anything?

    not read foreign novels!


    Any additional comments?

    not enough interest, slow moving contrived story.

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  • jennifer
    alfreton, United Kingdom
    12/26/13
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    "The Bat"

    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.

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  • Greg
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom
    12/13/13
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    "The Bat"
    What did you like most about The Bat?

    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!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story and the creation of Harry's character


    What about Sean Barrett’s performance did you like?

    Well read, well performed.


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

    Absolutely


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  • S. Needham
    UK
    12/13/13
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    "Don't let this one put you off"
    What did you like most about The Bat?

    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.


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

    Hmmmm......can't think of one!


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

    First timer with Sean Barrett but I liked his performance here


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Norwegian Detective travels to Australia to solve murder mystery. He might as well have travelled to Mars!


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  • Lucy
    Ramsgate, United Kingdom
    12/3/13
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    "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!

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  • L
    Swansea, United Kingdom
    12/1/13
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    "Great book"

    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!

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  • tracey
    milton keynes, United Kingdom
    12/1/13
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    "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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    11/27/13
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    "A must for anyone who loves a great crime novel"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Bat to be better than the print version?

    As i've not read the book I cannot say


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

    I would say finding the body of the clown


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

    I have some Michael Robotham books read by Sean Barrett. His characterisations are superb. Very easy to listen to.


    Any additional comments?

    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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