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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"Exciting and very good experience"
This story, as well as other Jo Nesbo`s books about Harry Hole, will become your obsession. Firstly the figure of the detective is so much realistic. He will become very close to you. I do not like smokers but Harry Hole is an exception, I am very critical to alcoholics but his dedication to Jim Beam is ok for me. It is the way how Jo Nesbo is able to provide the story and OF COURSE the incredibly good interpretation of Sean Barrett. Voice in my head that makes me listening and listening.
"Not as good as the bat"
Being a newbie to Jo Nesbo, I began with book 1 The Bat and was hooked. Red breast is ok but it was a bit difficult keeping up with all the different characters names, but a good read / listen.
Why do writers follow a format. I really do not like when two books are written together; one donkeys years ago (when I knew what was going on and which bores me stiff):
"Good, but nothing special"
I did enjoy this book, but found all the different characters and switches back and forth in time a bit confusing to begin with. And, to be honest, if it wasn't fashionable Scandi-noir, would we really need another police procedural featuring a maverick cop with a shambolic personal life? Saying that, it's a good, solid detective story, but nothing spectacular or amazingly different. Ian Rankin does it better with Rebus! The actual reading was good and the actor sounds like he knows how to pronounce the names or has had coaching, so it didn't sound clunky. Overall, enjoyable but not 'wow'.
"Not the best Hole but still great"
I read this after reading all the most recent Hole adventures and then backtracking to the recently published Book 1. I think its fair to say that the Hole adventures have improved with time so although this is still very good its not one of the best
"Very, very good"
I had already enjoyed 'The Redeemer' before this, and now regret not having started in chronlogical order - this is the earliest book currently on Audible.
The characterisation is excellent, the narration is excellent and the twists and turns of the interlocking storylines as they merge towards the end had me seeking a quiet corner for an hour so as not to be interupted. Brilliant and can't wait to listen to the remaining titles.
"Much better than 'Snowman'"
I have mixed feelings about Jo Nesbo. The first book I read in his Harry Hole series was 'Snowman' and I found it cliched and a little ridiculous. The 'Leopard' was better but I was still a little uncertain. Then I listened to 'Redbreast' and I loved it. It shone a light on a part of World War II history that I knew nothing about, created interesting characters and a good plot and was well written and well read.
This is a decent story, tightly plotted and with well drawn, now familiar characters. However, the audio book itself needs more careful editing! There are numerous re-takes (where the reader makes a mistake, pauses and re-reads the sentence correctly) which should have been edited out and have not been. This makes an irritating listen in places, where the spell is broken for the audience by yet another unedited re-take. Tut tut.
"The Redbreast by Jo Nesbo"
I had not read any Jo Nesbo novels previous to listening to The Redbreast, misguidedly I was put off by the author's name!. This is not the first Harry Hole novel and I probably should have started at the beginning but never the less I enjoyed the whole experience. the book is very well read by Sean Barnett with the correct Norwegian pronunciation of the names and place names so that should I read a print version of another Jo Nesbo novel I will have a better sound of the names in my head as I go.
Harry Hole is an enigmatic character and I don't know if I like him or not but he is well drawn and the listener is drawn into how he thinks and why things eventually fall into place. The reflections back to time on the Eastern Front on the German side are interesting and annoying as it is not clear who every one is but this is all part of how the book ends. Away from the main plot the many asides and sub plots lead the listener to fall into the holes left for Harry Hole and to be rescued from them by our detective and his allies. Overall a thoroughly entertaining and enjoyable listen for those who like detective novels.
Dull and uninteresting. A potpouri of catastrophic thinking and insipid socio-political moralizing typical of most scandinavian so-called "Crime and Mystery" fiction, which, oddly enough, is in vogue now.
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