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
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
To me, this book had a lot of unnecessary tangents. If I had been reading this book instead of listening to it, I would have skim-read several parts just to get back to the story.
I read another review that said this was the first in the series, and subsequent books are better. I'll probably give Harry Hole another chance.
The narrator was good sometimes but almost put me to sleep other times.
"A bit disappointing"
I am a big fan of Jo Nesbo and have read all the Harry Hole titles that had been released prior to this and I was so pleased to see that the first story in the series had finally become available translated in to English. Unfortunately I'm rather disappointed and I think its because I'd read all the other books on my Kindle and I don't really like the narration in this recording. I'm sure this is purely personal taste and I wouldn't put anyone off reading the book as Harry is a brilliant character and I've enjoyed the stories in all the other books. I think I'll give this one a read on Kindle and see if it improves for me.
"The Bat by Jo Nesbo"
I as I was looking for a new author and stumbled on Jo Nesbo, a name that stood out while searching Audible. I thought I would try one. Once started listening, I was completely hooked. The main character Harry Hole was excellently portrayed, with a good story line which was very funny. This is one of the best audio books I have listened to and would recommend that it is put on top of the lists of books to have. I have already started to collect the rest of the Harry Hole series of audio books through Audible. The narrator portrays the characters extremely well, especially those with the Australian accents.
"Interesting first story"
The Bat is the first Harry Hole novel, and we learn a lot about his background and how he becomes the character we meet in the layer novels. Thus is the third I've read/ had read to me in this series,and whilst they have all been gripping , satisfyingly dark and complex, I'm beginning to get the feel of a predictable format to Harry's journey through each mystery. I'll read one more, but if he still goes through: unpopular at the beginning and having to gain trust; wins a close ally with whom he has a complex relationship; reaches crisis point and spends several days in an alcoholic haze; finds enlightenment and a flash of inspiration to solve the case, one final twist just when you think it's all over...Then that will be my last!
I started reading John Nesbo on friends reccomondation, they know I like Scandinavian crime fiction. So slightly disappointed to discover that the story is set in Australia.
Having said that we quickly get to know our main character Harry Hole. The trail for the killer leads us through a labyrinth of the Australian parallel which constitutes the morass of suspects and friends of thr deceased.
The narrator Sean Barrett makes a good job of the various accents populating the book.
Looking forward to the rest of. The collection.
This is the first in the Harry Hole series and I'm listening to this now having not finished the Les Miserables audiobook. I needed a change and what a change this book is! This is a gripping novel and I love it. The narration by Sean Barrett is brilliant including gruff Australian accents.
Harry Hole is in Sydney to investigate the death of a Norwegian woman. He meets characters he probably wouldn't encounter as frequently in Norway and we are introduced to Harry Hole's very flawed persona.
A great listen so far and I'm looking forward to the remainder of this book and what I think will be a thrilling finish.
"A gripping story"
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this audio book. It is well written and the plot unfolds in such a way that you are gripped and at all times wanting to find out what happens next. The characters are plausible and likebable with normal human failings which add to the story line. I realled enjoyed the character Harry Hole, and have bought the next book on kindle. Well recommended.
"Tell me more"
This book has been a long time coming. The first in the Harry Hole series, but the last to reach audible. Sean Barrett is an excellent narrator. He seems to suit this genre, there is something bleak and a bit menacing about his tone of voice that suits Harry Hole's life. Having read several other Jo Nesbo 'Hole' books before reading this first book, I can't understand why they did not start with this book, it may not be as exciting as The Snowman or The Leopard, but the characters Nesbo weaves make you want to know more. Nesbo has a nack of telling human frailty as it is, we don't judge Harry Hole for his alcoholism, but feel his pain. I really love most of the Hole books and especially like Sean Barratt's telling of the tale. I can't wait for more....
"Jo Nesbo books"
Jo Nesbo has written a series of detective stories based around a Norweigan detective who has a drink problem but suceeds in solving the crimes. Not a book I would usually read, but this was recommended to me by a friend and since then I am working my way through the series. But where is book 2??
"Good, not great, beginning of a superb character."
The first book of the Harry Hole series, only now released in English translation. Having read seven later books already I had to go back and fill in this gap, and I enjoyed the read, but it definitely wasn't up to the standard of the later releases. Nonetheless this is classic, and very enjoyable, Nesbø and a solid beginning to the Harry character.
"Actually, it's not that exciting"
No real build up of characters: Harry Hole can drop off the perch anytime and no one would notice the difference and, if he was sober a little longer, might so many people die: particularly his girlsfriends? No more Harry Hole for me after Book2 , the Redbreast. I don't care what happens to him!
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