Harry Hole, drunkard, loner and brilliant detective is reassigned to surveillance after a high profile mistake. He’s bored by his new job until a report of a rare and unusual gun being fired sparks his interest because of its possible links to Neo Nazi activity. Then a former soldier is found with his throat cut. Next Harry’s former partner is murdered. Why had she been trying to reach Harry on the night her head was smashed in? The investigation leads Harry to suspect that the crimes have their roots in the battlefields of Eastern Front during WWII. In a quest that takes him to South Africa and Vienna, Harry finds himself perpetually one step behind the killer. He will be both winner and loser by the novel's nail-biting conclusion.
The Redbreast. He’s your judge, jury and executioner…And he must be stopped.
©2006 Jo Nesbo (P)2011 Random House Audiobooks
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Once again a vivid exhausting,exciting book. Interesting plot slipping seamlessly between the 1940s and the present. More please Jo.
"Fab book, fab narrator, edit issues resolved"
Having listened to the first two books of the series I bought this one with trepidation due to the comments left by previous reviewers with respect to editing issues, I can happily report that these have now been resolved and I didn't hear anything at all out of place. The narrator is my absolute favourite and this is how I found these books in the first place, but I am now a complete fan of Jo Nesbo and having listened to the first three books one after the other I will be getting my way through the whole series in the coming months!
"Takes a while to get going but ends brilliantly"
I'd listen again as i think i missed a lot of important stuff at the beginning as i found it quite hard to get into.
Naturally Harry Hole! We learn more about the man in this book.
Up to scratch
Stick with it, the middle n end make it all worth it!
"Terrific - best Harry Hole I've heard yet"
Dont know - better for me, as no time to read
The interweaving fo WW1 and present day - twists and turns
His voice IS Harry in my head -but other characterisations also excellent
No - too long for that. I really enjoy having a book over many sittings
"Another great outing for Harry Hole"
I haven't read the book but imagine it is equally a page turner as most of Jo Nesbo's books are.
The tension that runs throughout
Don't stop writing Jo!
"An enjoyable and exciting thriller"
This is probably my most favourite audiobook to date
My favourite character was Harry's partner because she was kind but also a strong character
The way he read the story made it easy to listen to and also he managed to give each character it's own personality
In fact I listened to the whole book while recovering from an operation so basically was one sitting!
This was a godsend for me as was unable to hold a book due to shoulder operation
"Still keep trying this one"
Some of the characters are becoming like an old friend now.
The mix of present day and past linking people together
The performance was ok I did however struggle with some of the Norwegian accent in places, But that is probably more down to my particular hearing problems than the Narration
Yes mainly because of the different time frames in the storyline
I am warming to Jo Nesbo as a big Larsson fan thought this would be too similar. However the character pops up in lots of different guises/locations which is fun
A lot of flash backs, but if you give it time all is explained and some great unexpected bits. You feel for Harry in this one and get a real sense of the character and his true feelings on life. Well written and narrated.
"Totally brilliant - one of the best"
Well I have been glued by ear to this story for two days - it's a thrilling murder, love and betrayal story - all the things you want in a crime thriller, and swings backward and forward to the second world war portraying the mental confusion young soldiers would have gone through during a hideous conflict and jumping the story to Nazi Germany and socialist Russia. Sean Barretts' sultry tones bring Harry Hole to life and despite his drinking and smoking, giving him a wholesome character. Harry finds love in this story - I wonder if he manages to keep it? I am looking forward to getting the next Harry Hole thriller - I would highly recommend this book - great story and great characters.
"A great listen."
It is a gripping story, and I thought the characters were well constructed. I enjoyed the way it alternates between stories set in different times throughout the book (WW2 Eastern Front and present-day Norway).
Being new to the genre, I can only say that if you enjoyed the Stieg Larsson books then this is right up your street. No strange heroines, I'm afraid, but if you're prepared to look past that (which I found easy here), then you're in for a great listen.
There is a scene in which Harry talks to an answerphone over a period of time. I enjoyed the way this portrayed what the character was going through; a clever idea.
A revealing diary left by a main character. Quite moving and frightening.
Sean Barrett is not a hugely expressive narrator, but nevertheless, his style is something that I really enjoyed about the audiobook.
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