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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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    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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    Andrea F. Ozment New Haven, CT USA 12-02-12
    Andrea F. Ozment New Haven, CT USA 12-02-12 Member Since 2005

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    "Super introduction to a great detective series"
    Where does The Bat rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I was totally enthralled by this book, and I feel the narrator captured the hero, story, and mood to a tee. I reserve 5 stars for the list of very best books I've ever read; otherwise this would get a 5-star rating from me!

    In Nesbo's series about Harry Hole, I found "The Bat" to be one of the strongest entries. Mind you, it's a consistently strong series, so any of the books is likely to satisfy the reader looking for a gripping story with a sympathetic (flawed) hero and lots of twists and turns. I will definitely keep a lookout for the narrator, too -- he did such a great job.


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    Dennis Salem, OR, United States 11-30-12
    Dennis Salem, OR, United States 11-30-12 Member Since 2011
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    "The story moved a little slow. Learned about Aust"
    Would you try another book from Jo Nesbo and/or Sean Barrett?

    Would not go out of my way for one of his books.


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

    na


    Was The Bat worth the listening time?

    It was worth the listening time.


    Any additional comments?

    Learned a lot about Australia, the native people, and the prisoners from England who came to this land.

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    Karen HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA, United States 11-28-12
    Karen HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA, United States 11-28-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Jo Nesbo really improved after this first novel!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Being able to distinguish the characters.


    What was most disappointing about Jo Nesbo’s story?

    Firstly, there were too many "bird walks". We listened to aboriginal creation stories and alcoholic/drug hallucination sequences. The book also jumped back and forth in time which was difficult to follow in this audio version. The "bird walks" bogged down the story.


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    Amazon Customer 11-28-12
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    "JUST REALEASED ON AUDIO IS NOT A NEW BOOK"

    This was a very disappointing Harry Hole story. The Australian accent was terrible performance and slang used - some I had not ever heard of before. Every day Australians do not talk like that. Most disappointing and so slow. I hate not being able to finish a book but this was the exception.

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    Lori Saint Paul, MN, United States 11-27-12
    Lori Saint Paul, MN, United States 11-27-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Not for me!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The book wa just too drawn out! I couldn't even finish it. Stopped listening after about 25% done.


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    Scott Philadelphia, PA, United States 11-27-12
    Scott Philadelphia, PA, United States 11-27-12 Member Since 2009

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    "Different Kind of Protagonist..."

    Harry Hole is a deeply flawed man and that makes for an interesting read. He's not the near perfect hero that dominates these kind of books in most cases. I liked that about the book despite the fact that it dragged at times. The book goes to some pretty strange places but it never crosses the line of believability. I never got the feeling that the things I was reading couldn't happen. I'm looking forward to listening to more books from the Harry Hole series and seeing how the main character evolves and rounds out.

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    Larry 11-23-12
    Larry 11-23-12

    メロンパン!! (れ・ω・な)

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    "A rather boring 'Down Under' story."

    From the audio sample and all the raving 5 star reviews I thought I'd give this book a chance. It sounded like it might be an interesting crime/mystery novel but I just never got into it. There was never a part where I thought 'What is going to happen next!?'.

    The characters just weren't that interesting either and the story was just too boring. It didn't feel like there was any direction to it. There was no build up to the events, no moment where you think 'I think I know what happened'.

    If you're looking for a classic crime series, this book isn't it.

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    Janet Castle Valley, UT, United States 11-22-12
    Janet Castle Valley, UT, United States 11-22-12
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    "Good introduction to the Harry Hole Series"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Certainly would recommend this book as it provides you with an understanding of the character of Harry Hole and his various issues. I have read in paperback form volumes 7, 8 & 9 of this series but always wondered why Harry's character was so twisted and flawed. This first book answered many of those questions.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Harry Hole because he certainly has his flaws so it makes him more believable as a character in that he can make mistakes and still succeed in solving crimes


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

    Haven't listened to other performances


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  • Amazon Customer
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    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.

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  • 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.

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  • Angela
    London, UK
    4/12/13
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    "Bored"

    I think I must just be bored with Harry and the inevitable crash and burn of his life and relationships. I still haven't finished listening to this book as I want a mystery not a certainty from Nesbo.

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  • Bryant
    United Kingdom
    4/9/13
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    "At last, the first!"

    The long awaited Jo Nesbo thriller, from the opening lines it picks you up and carries you through a steady paced, good old fashioned story, you press play and move along with Harry Hole on his "working visit" to Australia.

    This is a true thriller with all the right ingredients that added together produce a tale that you have waited a long time for. Plug in your headphones or play it through the car stereo and be taken to the streets of Sydney meeting new friends whilst escorting Harry on his first adventure, I thoroughly enjoyed this graphic tale and never once moaned about the time I spent in the car. Listening to Sean Barrett describe Harry Holes relationship with an indigenous Australian (a wonderful character) in Sydney. Deep joy and I cannot wait to rejoin Harry.

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  • AndyPellew
    Cambridge, UK
    4/9/13
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    "Couldn't stop listening"

    I had not come across Jo Nesbo before and got the audio book by chance so was very pleased to like it that much. Harry Hole is such a great character, and there are lots of twists in the story line it makes for very enjoyable listening. I have meanwhile downloaded the follow up stories and hope that soon the will also publish book 2. It is not necessarily essential to read/listen in sequence but it helps with some of the references.

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  • E
    Belfast, United Kingdom
    4/8/13
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    "A good listen"

    I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this story. I had already read all the later books in the series. It is set in Australia and if you have an interest in the aboriginal people of Australia you will really enjoy listening to their ancient folk tales which are incorporated nicely into the story.

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  • Aspiring Bookworm
    South Gloucestershire
    4/8/13
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    "Thoroughly enjoyable"

    This is the first Harry Hole book and is certainly a powerful start. Set in Australia as a lonely Norwegian detective brought over to save himself and his career. He does both whilst taking up a love interest and making new friends. However just as the path of the earth is elliptical so is the story. Excellently narrated.

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  • PeterB
    4/8/13
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • MATTHEW
    COVENTRY, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • T. Archer
    UK
    4/7/13
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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