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
The Locale and Harry Hole's collected and analytical character
He brings the different accents/speech cadences and mannerisms of the the local peoples.
A little too much gruffinesss.
Looking forward to Jø Nesbø's next book, with, perhaps, Christopher Lane or Phil Gigante as narrators.
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.
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.
Would not go out of my way for one of his books.
It was worth the listening time.
Learned a lot about Australia, the native people, and the prisoners from England who came to this land.
Being able to distinguish the characters.
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.
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.
The book wa just too drawn out! I couldn't even finish it. Stopped listening after about 25% done.
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.
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.
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.
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
Haven't listened to other performances
"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.
"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.
"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
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