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The Devil's Star | [Jo Nesbø]

The Devil's Star

A young woman is murdered in her Oslo flat. One finger has been severed from her left hand, and behind her eyelid is secreted a tiny red diamond in the shape of a five-pointed star - a pentagram, the devil’s star. Detective Harry Hole is assigned to the case with his long-time adversary Tom Waaler and initially wants no part in it. But Harry is already on notice to quit the force and is left with little alternative but to drag himself out of his alcoholic stupor and get to work. A wave of similar murders is on the horizon....
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Publisher's Summary

A young woman is murdered in her Oslo flat. One finger has been severed from her left hand, and behind her eyelid is secreted a tiny red diamond in the shape of a five-pointed star - a pentagram, the devil’s star.

Detective Harry Hole is assigned to the case with his long-time adversary Tom Waaler and initially wants no part in it. But Harry is already on notice to quit the force and is left with little alternative but to drag himself out of his alcoholic stupor and get to work.

A wave of similar murders is on the horizon. An emerging pattern suggests that Oslo has a serial killer on its hands, and the five-pointed devil’s star is key to solving the riddle.

©2009 Jo Nesbo (P)2011 Random House Audio

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    Melanie 10-05-14
    Melanie 10-05-14
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    "Entertaining mystery, great narrator"
    What did you love best about The Devil's Star?

    The characters were interesting and believable, and the narrator did an excellent job of bringing them to life. He even managed to make women sound like real human beings, which seems tough for many narrators.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    They were all engaging, even the sickos.


    Which character – as performed by Robin Sachs – was your favorite?

    I loved listening to the narrator change from character to character.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I was relieved when the convenient ending turned out, in fact, not to be the ending at all. It's a weird thing when you're listening to a story and you have no visual perception of how much is actually left. I'm sure other audible listeners know what I mean!


    Any additional comments?

    I will be reading more Jo Nesbo as soon as I finish my creepy Halloween choice of Stephen King's 'It'.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    dkdenver 07-09-14
    dkdenver 07-09-14
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    "Harry's revenge is coming...but not without pain"
    Would you listen to The Devil's Star again? Why?

    Probably not. But I'm not usually a guy who listens to books more than once.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Devil's Star?

    Please! OK.. spoiler alert. (pause) ... The inevitable meeting between Harry and Voller in the hallway.. and then the lift.. was classic.


    What about Robin Sachs’s performance did you like?

    Everything! Sachs is one of my favorites. I'm a reader snob, and I mourn the fact that he isn't reading ALL the Hole books.


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

    Made me cringe in a few spots. But all the Nesbo books do.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall, I liked this one the best so far.. starting from the beginning of the series. Partially because Sachs is the reader, but also because it draws some loose ends together and sets the stage for the next phase of Harry's existence. I didn't say "life," because he still seems to be tackling it one day at a time!

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    Diana Perris, CA, United States 06-03-14
    Diana Perris, CA, United States 06-03-14 Member Since 2014
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    "TERRIBLE NARRATOR"

    Why don't the authors and the producers of these audio production tell the narrators how to pronounce their characters names!?!?!?! Of why don't the narrators do their homework?!?!?! Can't stand to listen when the narrator pronounces the main characters name wrong every single time. Harry Hole (who-la) is a cop so most people call him by his last name

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    jillbo0 phonebooth 03-11-13
    jillbo0 phonebooth 03-11-13 Member Since 2014

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    "Another fantastic book by Jo Nesbo"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I can't wait to get my hands on the next Jo Nesbo book or audio book. Robin Sachs is the best narrator in the series. Never a dull moment reading or listening to this author. My favorite so far was the Snow Man and The Leopard.


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    Thomas Gardner Laguna Niguel 02-25-13
    Thomas Gardner Laguna Niguel 02-25-13 Member Since 2015

    Literary Genius

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    "Great character development"
    If you could sum up The Devil's Star in three words, what would they be?

    Unexpected plot twists.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes, because of the plot twists.


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

    He sounded like what I would imagine Harry Hole would sound like.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Great listen.

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    Laurie A. Smith 02-02-13
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    "Jo Nesbo gets better with each story"
    What did you love best about The Devil's Star?

    Guessing til the end!


    Which character – as performed by Robin Sachs – was your favorite?

    Harry Hole, of course!


    Any additional comments?

    Robin Sachs' performance is spot on as usual. He is telling the story as if he is living it....i actually forget I am listening to a "book".

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    J. A. Katz 09-16-12
    J. A. Katz 09-16-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Nesbo's best so far!"

    This is Nesbo's very best Harry Hole novel. It has fascinating twists and turns and scenes that I am itching to see in a movie one day. Rarely does an audiobook make my heart pound while I listen to it, but this one did several times. One again Robin Sachs narrates and does a perfect job. He is fantastic with every character. You must make a point to keep up with the names as they are all Nordic and not naturally easy to remember - at least not for this English speaker.

    IMPORTANT NOTE: IT SEEMS "The Leopard" BY NESBO HAS BEEN RE-RECORDED USING ROBIN SACHS. I recommend you listen to a sample of it and if the voice is the same as this book, go for it. Thor Knai's name is still on as narrator, but when I clicked on sample today I heard Robin Sachs! Great news!

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    Valerie O 08-14-12
    Valerie O 08-14-12 Member Since 2014

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    "best narrator in the industry !"
    What did you love best about The Devil's Star?

    harry hole is so damaged you just have to support him.
    I love this series, its as good as all the Walander novels


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

    i always look for his work because he makes the story so appealing


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    margaret 08-11-12
    margaret 08-11-12

    gentle reader

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    "Another great listen"

    This is the second Jo Nesbo I have listened to and both are wonderful. Smart and well-paced, it really kept my interest. If you like Jo Nesbo you might also like the Roy Grace series by Peter James.

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    Paul port charlotte, FL, United States 07-10-12
    Paul port charlotte, FL, United States 07-10-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Well done. Very entertaining"

    I am enjoying Nesbo's Harry Hole series. Nesbo is strong in his characterizations and descriptive passages. The narration is perfect for the material. Overall, very well done

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