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The Redbreast Audiobook

The Redbreast

It is 1944: Daniel, a soldier, legendary among the Norwegians fighting the advance of Bolshevism on the Russian front, is killed. Two years later, a wounded soldier wakes up in a Vienna hospital. He becomes involved with a young nurse, the consequences of which will ripple forward to the turn of the next century. In 1999, Harry Hole, alone again after having caused an embarrassment in the line of duty, has been promoted to inspector and is lumbered with surveillance duties. He is assigned the task of monitoring neo-Nazi activities....
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It is 1944: Daniel, a soldier, legendary among the Norwegians fighting the advance of Bolshevism on the Russian front, is killed. Two years later, a wounded soldier wakes up in a Vienna hospital. He becomes involved with a young nurse, the consequences of which will ripple forward to the turn of the next century.

In 1999, Harry Hole, alone again after having caused an embarrassment in the line of duty, has been promoted to inspector and is lumbered with surveillance duties. He is assigned the task of monitoring neo-Nazi activities; fairly mundane until a report of a rare and unusual gun being fired sparks his interest. Ellen Gjelten, his partner, makes a startling discovery. Then a former soldier is found with his throat cut. 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 won the Glass Key prize for the best Nordic crime novel when it was first published, and was subsequently voted Norway’s best crime novel. The Devil’s Star, Nesbø’s first novel featuring Harry Hole to be translated into English, marked Nesbø as a writer to watch in the ever more fashionable world of Nordic crime.

©2007 Jo Nesbo (P)2011 Random House Audio

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    Richard N. 03-04-13
    Richard N. 03-04-13
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    "Not quite his best, but excellent nonetheless"

    I found the Snowman and The Leopard to be more riveting, perhaps because the switching back and forth between the present day and 1940's World War 2 in this book caused some minor lapses in momentum. Nonetheless, learning about Norway's role in the war and the disillusion it caused some of it's soldiers was interesting. Robin Sachs as always was fantastic as the narrator. It is hard not to identify Harry Hole with Robin's voice. Jo Nesbo has become one of my favorite authors, and I hope new encounters with Harry Hole are in the offing.

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    J. F. Plimpton Princeton, NJ 02-26-13
    J. F. Plimpton Princeton, NJ 02-26-13

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    "Vivid mystery that provides a cultural and history"
    Would you listen to The Redbreast again? Why?

    Yes... to pick up some of the historical and cultural nuances I may have missed. Plus, the readers voice is so rich, it is fun simply to listen to him.


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

    Yes... it just did!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Too many to mention


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

    No, but I was generally on edge anticipating which shoe would be the next to drop.


    Any additional comments?

    All Nesbo books, particularly those feature Harry Holle, are wonderful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    David SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States 01-28-13
    David SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States 01-28-13 Member Since 2009

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    "Poor casting..."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Jo Nesbo is a wonderful mystery/chrime novelist. I would recommend him to anyone who loves the genre.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Harry Hole, the protagonist of the series.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Robin Sachs’s performances?

    No


    Was The Redbreast worth the listening time?

    With the surging popularity in Nordic Noir fiction, many audio books are springing up. Nemesis, I believe was for a long time the only audio book of Nesbo, narrated by Thor Knai. I am not sure why they used two other narrators for the remaining books. Neither Sachs nor Barrett come close to the reading of Knai. In fact I would rank them Knai, Barrett, and a distant last to Sachs. Unfortunately, Sachs got to narrate 5, Barrett 1 and Knai 1. Not sure what the producers were thinking, but this was a MAJOR blunder.


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    Aaron 12-30-12
    Aaron 12-30-12 Member Since 2015
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    "still deciding what I think..."

    This review has three stars, because I am still not sure what I think of this book.

    

I admit there were times when I laughed out loud at the humour written into this story (e.g.., asking the woman he thinks is attractive, to help him push his Ford Escort because he forgot to park on a hill..., and rather than saying this happened, he simply makes mention of the dirt on her clean white gloves from pushing on the trunk.).

    

However, I was so confused at the start of the story, because it flashes backwards and forwards, tying the plot together, so that I wondered if it was mere convention to entice the reader. I also had a very difficult time keeping track of who was who, and that may be my fault, but I actually couldn't remember who the villain was supposed be, and it turned out I may have been wrong.



    Norwegian writers are gaining a reputation as great mystery-thriller writers, but in this case I was more confused than surprised. I will definitely try another book by Nesbo, and feel confident that I will either love it or hate it.

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    Michelle 12-24-12
    Michelle 12-24-12 Member Since 2010

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    "Fine story that is difficult to follow"

    I purchased both the Kindle version and audio version of this book, and I'm glad I did. This story was very difficult to follow with only the audio book. I believe it was difficult to follow for these reasons: 1) the beginning of the story jumps around to different time periods with no explanation why or early assistance understanding how the story's pieces fit together, 2) for an American reader, the Norwegian names are difficult to differentiate when spoken, so it takes quite a while to keep the characters straight. This markedly increases the difficulties caused by #1. Seeing the names written in the Kindle version helped a great deal, and 3) because of #1 and #2, if you are doing anything else while listening and lose your concentration for a second, you can miss very important details of the plot.

    I did enjoy the book, found the story to be well crafted, and finished it. I'm certain that without the written version to refer to, I would have given up early on.

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    Roz Brookfield, WI, United States 10-08-12
    Roz Brookfield, WI, United States 10-08-12 Member Since 2003
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    "Jo Nesbo is a very talented writer."
    Where does The Redbreast rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was beautifully written. This is the first Jo Nesbo book I've listened to so far, but not my last.


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

    Very good.


    Any additional comments?

    I look forward to the rest of the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Shannon L. Grieb Lawrenceville, NJ 10-01-12
    Shannon L. Grieb Lawrenceville, NJ 10-01-12 Member Since 2011
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    "LOVE the author and the narrator"
    What did you love best about The Redbreast?

    This is probably my fifth or sixth audiobook by Jo Nesbo and I love his style of writing and storyline.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love the way that the story flashes back and forth from WWII era to the present. I also love the charactar Harry Hole - not only do you get a great story line, you get a charactar study of a fascinating, self-destructive hero.


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

    His voice just brings you right into the story. As soon as I start to listen I am right there in the middle of whatever he is describing.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    I think the title is appropriate.


    Any additional comments?

    I look forward to Jo Nesbo's new novel this month!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Buzz Scottsdale, AZ, United States 09-30-12
    Buzz Scottsdale, AZ, United States 09-30-12 Listener Since 2006
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    "Better to read this excellent book"

    I’ve been listening to audio books for over 25 years, and I’ve come to know that there are some very good books, which do not work well for me in the audio book format. The Redbreast, by Jo Nesbo, is better read than listened to. According to an online site, it has 82 characters and all of them have unfamiliar Norwegian names. The plot is very intricate and takes place in 107 chapters, which switch back and forth between the years 1942 to 2,000, and within numerous cities of Europe. Quite frankly, I was confused during large parts of the book, a confusion that, if it existed at all, would have been cleared up by reference to the printed page. The omission of a map included in the print edition, didn’t help matters. As for the book itself, it is an excellent book, which is hard to characterize; part WWII history, psychology, existential angst, love, contemporary politics, hate crimes, and detective drama. The Redbreast is such a good book, that I regret my decision to select the audio version, even though the narrator is as excellent as the book.

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    Paul J. Wheeler Charlotte, NC USA 08-28-12
    Paul J. Wheeler Charlotte, NC USA 08-28-12 Listener Since 2009

    I love reading and I love Audible. Their fantasy and Sci-Fi selection is excellent!

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    "Good Read"

    This is my first book by Jo Nesbo and narrator Robin Sachs. Both were excellent!! A gripping story, well told, beautifully read, what Audible is all about.

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    Brian 08-09-12
    Brian 08-09-12 Member Since 2002
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    This is one you almost need to listen to twice unless you are truly engrossed. It really comes together at the end with a surprise, but to appreciate that surprise, it helps to have a solid recollection of the rest of the book. I will listen to this again.

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