In the depths of winter, a killer stalks the city streets. His victims are two young women, both found with twenty-four inexplicable puncture wounds, both drowned in their own blood. The crime scenes offer no clues, the media is reaching fever pitch, and the police are running out of options. There is only one man who can help them, and he doesn’t want to be found. Deeply traumatised by The Snowman investigation, which threatened the lives of those he holds most dear, Inspector Harry Hole has lost himself in the squalor of Hong Kong’s opium dens. But with his father seriously ill in hospital, Harry reluctantly agrees to return to Oslo. He has no intention of working on the case, but his instinct takes over when a third victim is found brutally murdered in a city park.
The victims appear completely unconnected to one another, but it’s not long before Harry makes a discovery: the women all spent the night in an isolated mountain hostel. And someone is picking off the guests one by one. A heart-stopping thriller from the bestselling author of the The Snowman, The Leopard is an international phenomenon that will grip you until the final page.
©2011 Jo Nesbo (P)2011 Random House Audiobooks
Thrillers were never my genre of choice before discovery of the Millenium series. I tended to find them too much to a formula resulting in a degree of samness
Like many I suspect, I went wandering in the literary wilderness of a world without Salender on completion of the series (and a second listen). I found Joe Nesbo on the reccommendation of a friend and have no hesitation in applying the accolade of my review title to all the ones I have read so far, The Snowman, The leopard and The Redeemer.
In many ways these stories are better even than the Milenium series, especially if you take Salender out of the mix. Holer is a great main character, sufficiently floored without being a train wreck, and the writing is tight and well drawn.
Two Ticks, two gold stars, and that most extreme of accolades awarded here in New Zealand, a chocolate fish!
I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!
Jo Nesbo's 'The Leopard' was exceptional. An excellent story, and performance by Sean Barrett as usual. It is the first Harry Hole book I have listened too and I am going to get the entire series. It had many twists and turns in the plot which I really liked. This has been the first auidobook to cause me to feel squeamish while listening to some of the 'darker' events in the book. I loved it!!
I just loved listening to this book and boy is it a long book! However, the story is captivating and thrilling from the very beginning to the end and keeps you in suspense all the time. The narrator, Sean Barrett, is fantastic and a master at emulating the different characters' voices. The very frequent references to contemporary people and concepts are witty and often extremely humourous! The writer's research in terms of the locations depicted, in this book Hong Kong, Oslo and the Congo are meticulous and vividly described - you can just imagine being there! The book's main character Harry Hole is...well, there is only one Harry Hole! I read swedish author Stieg Larsson's Millenium Trilogy and absolutely loved it. I am very tempted to say that the norwegian Jo Nesbo is almost a notch better (sorry Stieg, R.I.P.)!
Jo Nesbo's 'The Leopard' was exceptional. An excellent story, and performance by Sean Barrett as usual. This audiobook was easier to follow than the previous 'The Snowman', and was far more captivating as events unfolded. It had many twists and turns in the plot which I really liked. This has been the first auidobook to cause me to feel squeamish while listening to some of the 'darker' events in the book. I loved it!!
An excellent production. Well done Jo Nesbo.
I have to admit, I was drawn to this book because it seemed like it might resemble The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series. I took a chance on it, since I normally like to read reviews before purchasing, and there wasn`t any yet. So glad I did! It`s like a faster paced version of the Tattoo books, full of unexpected twists and turns, intelligent and real characters, and just some really enjoyable action.
I`ve also listened to The Snowman now (the previous book in the series), and can tell you the books are pretty self-contained. You don`t need to read the books in order for them to make sense. I guess the publisher only started translating the bestsellers into English because it doesn`t look like the early Harry Hole novels are available yet in our language unfortunately.
This is a well crafted story with a start, a middle and an end. It certainly gripped me to the end. But for my liking this story had far too much very graphic violence. and the hero is a very flawed character indeed. I prefer my heros if not perfect than at least a little admirable.
Eclectic mixer of books of my youth and ones I always meant to read, but didn't.
I regret to say that my favourite Scandinavian Knave detective really pushed the boundaries in this outing. Whereas to now Nesbo has been building to the level of complexity that others (the UK reviewers, notably) compare to Larsson, I could not help but feel that in this episode he crossed the edge of reality. There was too much evil, too much counter-point and too much that was just not "real".
What I've always liked about Harry is how real he is; flawed in his many ways, but deep down, honest. This time he was too resilient, he survived too much. I barely recognise the tall, thin blond cropped anti-hero of the past novels. I can only say that I hope Nesbo returns Harry "home", where he belongs.
For all that, the story is suspenseful and the action exhausting. That's another thing; I felt like I was reading a movie plot, not a Harry Hole. This won't keep me from reading on, but I am trusting that Harry has not plateaued.
Sean Barrett is, as usual, excellent, but I got the impression that even he was having trouble believing what Harry was up to.
History, historical fiction and mysteries are my faves, but a fan of all genres.
Spooky but compelling, Harry Hole is my favorite flawed protagonist in recent memory. This series lead me in to the entire Scandavian Crime Genre and must say this series is at the top of the list for me.
No, I would not listen again, for awhile anyway
I like the plot, although it might do well to be a little bit shorter in telling.
It is always good to listen to a story. I knitted a sweeter while listening to the Leopard.
My only complaint is that Sean Barrett has difficulties pronouncing Norwegian names and places. Is was a little bit confusing in the beginning of the story.
Avid listener of fiction of all kinds. On constant search for perfect commuting / running audiobook list.
I was listening to this during February. Often during snowstorms. It was perfect cold weather listening. Only regret that I'd skipped a book in the series by accident (The Snowman). Enjoyed the story, particularly for its coverage of issues such as assisted suicide. One of the better explorations of the topic I've read.
The visit of his father were particularly well done.
This is the first audiobook I got when I signed up to Audible.
So I wasn't sure what to expect, but I absolutely loved it! The story is gripping, with interwoven plot lines. A classic who-dunnit, with modern day themes. I couldn't stop listening to it. On the way to work, at work (during my more mundane tasks!), on the way home, in the evening.... I think it took me a week to get through, so addictive.
I also love the narrator's voice and intonation. He lulls you into the story as easily as if you were reading. He does different character's voices quite well too. I have no experience with narrators, but I thought this guy was perfect.
Very highly recommend!
I love Jo Nesbo' work for one simple reason it is gripping!
A little unrealistist - maybe, beautifully written in the sense of a classic then no, but a fantastically entertaining, can't stop listening too, kind of book. More on audiobook please!
"Another excellent Nesbo book"
I like Harry Hole ... he reminds me in many ways of Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch (never a bad thing)
I bought The Snowman because the cover said he was the new Stieg Larrson. He isn't, but that little marketing ploy introduced me to an author I am thoroughly enjoying
Densely plotted, and filled with well-drawn characters, the book is narrated in a way that brings it all to life. You feel like you know Norway really well and the characters are people you might actually know.
highly recommended to all crime fiction fans
"Gruesome and gruesomely good"
As soon as I'd pressed 'play' I couldn't stop. Bar a couple of night time naps I listened to the whole book, beginning to end, in one go - the whole 19.5 hours of it. I was hooked. Yes, the book is long, but it never seemed too long for me. Every time I thought I'd got the plot now - I knew who the bastard was - something else came up. So instead of me being smarter than the writer for once, Jo Nesbø was the one who kept outsmarting me. Apart from the detours via Hong Kong and the Congo, the book is mainly set in Oslo and the desolate Norwegian mountains, and Nesbø is excellent at using the potentially destructive and terrifying forces of nature and weather to drive his story. From what I understand, this is the eighth novel featuring detective Harry Hole and so I'm planning to work my way backwards, starting with his previous book, 'The Snowman'. I've been told to look forward to/fear the contents of that book! Finally, Sean Barrett's narration is first class and I love his voice. I'll be looking out for more audiobooks by him, too!
"Gripping, twisted at times"
Excellent listen. First experience of Nesbo's work and certainly will not be my last. At times twisted and dark, certainly some imagery that will remain with me for a while, but genius. Brilliant.
"The spots on this leopard are all blood"
I much preferred this title to 'The Snowman', the writing style felt more assured. It breathed new life into the clich? of hard-done-by cop persuaded back onto the force to investigate a serial killer. It's a lean well researched, story that cracked along with some great twists. However, a word to the squeamish, I have a pretty cast-iron stomach and even I found myself a little queasy over some of the more violent passages. That aside I would definitely recommend this to crime fans who like their Larsson and Mankell.
"1st rate story and narration"
This is my second Jo Nesbo book and it's on a par with The Snowman, which I thought was one of the best audio books for a while. Excellent narration helps the story along at a reasonable pace and helps to make the characters and locations seem more rounded and realistic.
Perhaps half hour too long but given the length of the book that's not a terrible thing!
Thoroughly engrossing made you want for more.
"Rather convoluted and seemingly endless"
I've read a couple of Jo Nesbo's books and so was familiar with the main protagonist Harry Hole and his quirks. This particular book, expertly read by the wonderful Sean Barrett was enjoyable but I did find it rather convoluted and rather too long - it was almost as if Mr Nesbo didn't know how to bring it to an end and I consequently found it a bit laboured by Chapter 91.
"More please more!"
As ever, excellently read. An indulgent pleasure. Dark, sinister, disturbing, roller coaster of a ride with your heart (or apple in your mouth) for most of the ride. Select, download and enjoy!
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