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The Bat: A Harry Hole Thriller, Book 1 | [Jo Nesbo]

The Bat: A Harry Hole Thriller, Book 1

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.
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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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    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 ROCK SPRINGS, WY, United States 12-11-12
    Sandy ROCK SPRINGS, WY, United States 12-11-12 Member Since 2014
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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 2014
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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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    Gerson 12-05-12
    Gerson 12-05-12
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    "Solid Performance..."
    What made the experience of listening to The Bat the most enjoyable?

    The Locale and Harry Hole's collected and analytical character


    If you’ve listened to books by Jo Nesbo before, how does this one compare?

    Top Five


    What does Sean Barrett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He brings the different accents/speech cadences and mannerisms of the the local peoples.


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

    A little too much gruffinesss.


    Any additional comments?

    Looking forward to Jø Nesbø's next book, with, perhaps, Christopher Lane or Phil Gigante as narrators.

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    Martha Humphreys Montana, USA 12-05-12
    Martha Humphreys Montana, USA 12-05-12 Member Since 2014

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    "A worthy first book in a fascinating series: WOW!"

    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.

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  • michael
    coventry, United Kingdom
    2/16/13
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Helen
    Richmond, United Kingdom
    2/15/13
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dr
    Swansea, United Kingdom
    2/10/13
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    "'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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • cliff
    peterborough, United Kingdom
    2/3/13
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    "Compelling."

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • MikeS
    Manchester
    2/3/13
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jan
    Christleton, United Kingdom
    1/22/13
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Louise
    St Martins, United Kingdom
    1/16/13
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    "Excellent"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Angus
    London, United Kingdom
    12/24/12
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    "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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • John
    United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "The Bat"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • mrs
    argyll, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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