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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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  • John
    Kendal, United Kingdom
    10/9/13
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    "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.



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  • Nicola
    BIRMINGHAM, United Kingdom
    10/8/13
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    "Easy introduction to Harry Hole"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes, easy listening, good differentiation between character voices


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

    Yes, the next in the Harry Hole series


    Which character – as performed by Sean Barrett – was your favourite?

    Either Andrew or Otto


    If this book were a film would you go see it?

    Yes


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  • Cheri
    Barnet, United Kingdom
    10/7/13
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    "Good enough if you like this genre"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    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.


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

    Possibly, if it has convincing reviews.


    What three words best describe Sean Barrett’s performance?

    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.


    Do you think The Bat needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No


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  • Mr H.
    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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

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