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.
"And this is by a best selling author?"
In a nutshell...
Hero Norwegian detective solves crimes the bumbling amateurs of the Australian police can't. When he's drunk.
It's too predictable, you know he'll solve whatever comes up whilst everyone else is scratching their heads and grunting.
"Easy introduction to Harry Hole"
Yes, easy listening, good differentiation between character voices
Yes, the next in the Harry Hole series
Either Andrew or Otto
"Good enough if you like this genre"
The story follows a similar pattern to all the other stories featuring Harry Hole, with plot twists and turns and a few surprises here and there. Other outcomes though, are unfortunately, a bit predictable, if you are familiar with the fabric of 'Whodunnits' generally.
The formula seems to lead the reader/listener on a journey where one eventually arrives at a point where a small selection of candidates/main characters, who have been crafted to be the least likely, are then under suspicion and lo and behold, one of these is revealed as the Rotter.
It was good enough, in my view, to keep one involved, with only infrequent mind-wandering occurring, but I was often put off by Sean Barrett's accent, which to my ear, made Harry Hole sound like an old man with ill-fitting dentures. Doesn't quite marry up with the image that your imagination conjures, when reading the printed versions.
Possibly, if it has convincing reviews.
OK, most of his accents are good generally (I am Australian, so obviously I can hear things occasionally which aren't correct) and he tells the story in an engaging way, however, as stated above, I find his Harry Hole accent a bit annoying.
"My first & last Harry Hole novel."
Jo Nesbo needs the firm hand of a good editor. I couldn't care less about Australian folklore and aboriginal myths while reading a thriller. Just tell me the story. This is so boring and irritating.
Yes it has.
Yes, Sean Barrett is an awesome narrator. At the moment I'm listening to another novel read by him and enjoying it. As a non-australian, I think that his general australian accent in this novel is quite acceptable.
What the hell happened to the Swedish girl at the end? I still don't know!
"A first class thriller that had us laughing."
Yes because it kept us guessing and made us laugh.
Harry's relationships, with his various Aussie colleagues.
NO ! but will very soon.
Thanks to the narrator it made us laugh many times. Harry is such character not sure I could cope with him in real life.
We will definitely read more of these books, please don't kill Harry off.
"A good Jo Nesbo Book"
enjoyable story- not predictable - Sean Barrett is an excellent narrator. As thrillers go it was a good one!
"Engaging but ultimately too long."
The narrative voice was not as engaging as I would have hoped but was decent with accents and differentiating between characters.
Probably in terms of the narrative being very different and convoluted - keeps you guessing. Do think it is too long though.
"Ok but didnt make me buy more of the series"
As the title says, I thought the book was ok. I felt the reader did a good job but the story just didn't inspire me. I didn't dislike it but equally I didn't feel inspired to buy the rest of the series. All that said, friends have told me the books are great so I will probably buy one more to give it another go.
Jo Nesbo and Sean Barrett at their best. Harry Hole is human, vulnerable and as perceptive as ever.
"First Harry Hole"
Excellent story and as the first of the Harry Holes I really look forward to the others. Well read with good strong story and of course the likeable Harry at the centre.
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