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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 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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  • Simon Bartolo
    Belgium
    9/4/13
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    "My first & last Harry Hole novel."
    What would have made The Bat better?

    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.


    Has The Bat put you off other books in this genre?

    Yes it has.


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

    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 character would you cut from The Bat?

    Harry Hole!


    Any additional comments?

    What the hell happened to the Swedish girl at the end? I still don't know!

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  • Mr
    West Lulworth, United Kingdom
    7/25/13
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    "A first class thriller that had us laughing."
    Would you listen to The Bat again? Why?

    Yes because it kept us guessing and made us laugh.


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

    Harry's relationships, with his various Aussie colleagues.


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

    NO ! but will very soon.


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

    Thanks to the narrator it made us laugh many times. Harry is such character not sure I could cope with him in real life.


    Any additional comments?

    We will definitely read more of these books, please don't kill Harry off.

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  • Amazon Customer
    Ireland
    7/12/13
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    "A good Jo Nesbo Book"

    enjoyable story- not predictable - Sean Barrett is an excellent narrator. As thrillers go it was a good one!

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  • natalia
    Twickenham, United Kingdom
    7/8/13
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    "Engaging but ultimately too long."
    Would you try another book written by Jo Nesbo or narrated by Sean Barrett?

    The narrative voice was not as engaging as I would have hoped but was decent with accents and differentiating between characters.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Jo Nesbo? Why or why not?

    Probably in terms of the narrative being very different and convoluted - keeps you guessing. Do think it is too long though.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • M
    WARRINGTON, United Kingdom
    6/30/13
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Paul
    Falmouth, United Kingdom
    6/14/13
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    "The Bat"

    Jo Nesbo and Sean Barrett at their best. Harry Hole is human, vulnerable and as perceptive as ever.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. Virginia H. Stewart
    Dorset, England
    6/3/13
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • graham
    plymouth, United Kingdom
    5/27/13
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    "Bruce meets the Viking Rebus"

    An excellent performance by Barrett, the story is engrossing and nicely put together. I tied to read one of the later books by Nesbo and put it down because i got a little lost, then left it too long to get back into, so decided to try an audio book.
    Very good-would recommend this if you like the old Rebus character, or the Larson novels etc

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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