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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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.
"My first Nesbo. Not my last."
Tough, dark, revenge.
Harry Hole himself was my favourite character. You can see why the series is built around him.
Apart from Harry, then the villain of the piece was well performed by the inimitable Sean Barrett.
Yes, but I couldn't due to it's length. Nonetheless, I did listen in large chunks. I also have a life to lead...
I wanted to start my Harry Hole odyssey with a good one and researching seemed to indicate this was the one. Haven't chosen my second yet as I like to vary my listening around different styles. (Am on McEwen's Sweet Tooth currently). Will probably go a bit earlier in Hole's cycle next, but research will decide.
"Harry Hole and The Redbreast"
This is the second Harry Hole novel that I have listened to and was very enjoyable. It is good to listen to in audible format as some of the names would be difficult in Norwegian. The book appears a lot clearer because of this. I enjoyed the historical aspect of this novel and the ways it was interwoven with the modern day. I found it difficult to keep up with some of the characters because of confusion over names but I often find that with Scandinavian writers. I enjoyed the novel very much and will read more of Harry Hole. Its onto The Nemesis the second in the Oslo series
"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
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