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
Commercial Real Estate Appraiser since 1971, graduate of University of Oregon, four grandchildren, wonderful wife.
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.
The Locale and Harry Hole's collected and analytical character
He brings the different accents/speech cadences and mannerisms of the the local peoples.
A little too much gruffinesss.
Looking forward to Jø Nesbø's next book, with, perhaps, Christopher Lane or Phil Gigante as narrators.
"A Nail-Biter for Good Listening"
Only Nesbo could think up the intracacies that Harry goes thru to find 'his man'.This is a good romp from England to Australia and in between with a bit of lust, love and mixture of circus thrown in to keep one guessing. You'll want the story to continue long after you've finished listening to it. A five star read.
"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.
"The Bat by Jo Nesbo"
I as I was looking for a new author and stumbled on Jo Nesbo, a name that stood out while searching Audible. I thought I would try one. Once started listening, I was completely hooked. The main character Harry Hole was excellently portrayed, with a good story line which was very funny. This is one of the best audio books I have listened to and would recommend that it is put on top of the lists of books to have. I have already started to collect the rest of the Harry Hole series of audio books through Audible. The narrator portrays the characters extremely well, especially those with the Australian accents.
"Interesting first story"
The Bat is the first Harry Hole novel, and we learn a lot about his background and how he becomes the character we meet in the layer novels. Thus is the third I've read/ had read to me in this series,and whilst they have all been gripping , satisfyingly dark and complex, I'm beginning to get the feel of a predictable format to Harry's journey through each mystery. I'll read one more, but if he still goes through: unpopular at the beginning and having to gain trust; wins a close ally with whom he has a complex relationship; reaches crisis point and spends several days in an alcoholic haze; finds enlightenment and a flash of inspiration to solve the case, one final twist just when you think it's all over...Then that will be my last!
I started reading John Nesbo on friends reccomondation, they know I like Scandinavian crime fiction. So slightly disappointed to discover that the story is set in Australia.
Having said that we quickly get to know our main character Harry Hole. The trail for the killer leads us through a labyrinth of the Australian parallel which constitutes the morass of suspects and friends of thr deceased.
The narrator Sean Barrett makes a good job of the various accents populating the book.
Looking forward to the rest of. The collection.
This is the first in the Harry Hole series and I'm listening to this now having not finished the Les Miserables audiobook. I needed a change and what a change this book is! This is a gripping novel and I love it. The narration by Sean Barrett is brilliant including gruff Australian accents.
Harry Hole is in Sydney to investigate the death of a Norwegian woman. He meets characters he probably wouldn't encounter as frequently in Norway and we are introduced to Harry Hole's very flawed persona.
A great listen so far and I'm looking forward to the remainder of this book and what I think will be a thrilling finish.
"A gripping story"
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this audio book. It is well written and the plot unfolds in such a way that you are gripped and at all times wanting to find out what happens next. The characters are plausible and likebable with normal human failings which add to the story line. I realled enjoyed the character Harry Hole, and have bought the next book on kindle. Well recommended.
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