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
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.
After reading Jo Nesbo's later novels, all translations from the Norwegian, I began my search for the first in the series--at the time available in English only from Audible. Now I'm torn between reading or listening to the rest of the Harry Hole series. A tough call because the narrator did an excellent job distinguishing the characters and giving proper inflection at the end of each chapter to encourage me to keep listening in spite of obligations, responsibilities, or distractions. Having read all of Steig Larrson's trilogy, and enjoyed them (although wondered what all the shouting was about). Jo Nesbo's work engages the reader without confusing them with unfamiliar names, places. His characters engage, his plots are carefully woven into a logical (inevitable and sometimes sad) conclusion...and when the excellent narrator speaks the last word, the listener rushes to purchase the next book in the series.
"Not his best"
After listening to this book, you realise whey they left this one until last to translate. Ok, but not as good as the rest.
"Very good but perhaps not the best"
I did enjoy this. Sean Barrett reads excellently. However, I did wonder if Harry was a bit too superhuman in spitting out teeth, etc, and going on to the next fight. It didn't seem to have as much humour/irony as Headhunters, which I greatly enjoyed.
"'Harry Hole' - greater than the sum of the parts"
Mixed up, messed up, thoughtful, likeable, dislikeable, a truly Gestalt detective!
What a great combination of narrator and content.
Tortuous plot (don't worry I wont spoil it), just when you think it is ending - another set of chapters appear!
Really enjoyed, missing it now it's over, and looking forward to another HH outing.
Where is the second book in the series - it jumps from book 1 to book 3 - come on audible - chase the publishers
A real twister in places, dies lose a little direction about 3/4 way in with flash backs, but still a great listen and excellent narration.
"You have to listen to it!"
This is the first novel in the series although it came out in English last so heard it after hearing all the others. Its a very good story but does not have the depth of Nesbo's later novels which are fantastic which is perhaps not surprising. It does explain why Harry (the hero) is the way he is in later novels. A great listen.
"On the first Nesbo we have listened to"
Having read the reviews, I took the plunge and was not disappointed. It started slowly, but then the plot took off and we were gripped. (communal car listening on long journeys - saves talking!)
We are very pleased to have started the Harry Hole series at Book 1. I note that 2 is not available, but someone has commented that they don't need to be read in order, so it will be 3 next!
We thought that the Aboriginal background stories were both relevant and interesting and added to our understanding of what was happening.
A good story, well read. We have heard Sean Barrett reading works by various authors and he never disappoints.
Really great read and was impressed with the researched and details of the aboriginal history within the book. Great story that kept me gripped. Harry Hole is a likable character.
"The first Harry Hole"
The availability of The Bat does make me wonder what's happened to HH book 2. I guess its on its way. Even though this is the first HH book all the tropes that we've come to know and love are present and correct. The bizarre murders, Harry's patient painstaking approach to the investigation, the red herrings and gratifying twists and turns. Good stuff!
It was a little strange returning to the early days for Harry Hole but great to see that it has finally been produced on audiobook. It's great and severe to set the scene for the following stories. Narration pretty good throughout. Recommended to all Hole fans.
"Please read this book this christmas"
I am 56, have never wrote a review or done any computer feed back on any site ever. I read all the time and love audio books for when I am busy doing things.
This audio book is amazing...fantasic plot, brilliant characters,absolutely wonderfully read and totally captivating. It has brought to life the main character of Joe Nesbo's detective Harry Hole in a way actually reading the later books never did for me. Unfortunately my family have no Christmas cake this year as I've been listening avidly for the end...if it happens before Christmas day they will get Chrismas dinner if not ....???!! escape Christmas stress and go to Australia with Harry!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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