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The Redbreast | [Jo Nesbø]

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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    tower9@msn.com United States 06-24-12
    tower9@msn.com United States 06-24-12
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    "Don't read this book if you have lung cancer"
    What would have made The Redbreast better?

    I don't know as I couldn't get through the first chapters describing the man with his lung cancer and all of his symptoms. Very upsetting as this is an issue that we are dealing with in real life.
    Wish that there was a rating system for health things like there is for sex. That way I wouldn't have bothered to get this book.


    Any additional comments?

    Just wish authors could use some other illness than cancer for their sick characters.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sherry Washburn 05-26-12
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    "slow and somewhat disjointed"
    What disappointed you about The Redbreast?

    took a long time to really connect where the plot was taking us


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    unsure


    How could the performance have been better?

    reader didn't really give a sense of "here's another person talking" -- voice inflection was just ok.


    Any additional comments?

    will want to try a different reader for future books

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bruce Bethel Park, PA, United States 05-15-12
    Bruce Bethel Park, PA, United States 05-15-12 Member Since 2003

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    "Harry Out of Order"
    What did you love best about The Redbreast?

    Gets the series off to a great start


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Redbreast?

    Harry calling Ellen's "answer phone"


    Did Robin Sachs do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    For the most part - I still have a bit of trouble with names and keeping characters straight. I wonder if some sort of web page or two could help with this...


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The time with Oleg - and Rakel


    Any additional comments?

    I read this fourth - I would rank it #2 after "The Leapord"

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Beverly ORANGE, TEXAS, United States 05-14-12
    Beverly ORANGE, TEXAS, United States 05-14-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Confusion abounds here."

    I got this book because I loved the Snowman. This book is along the same lines, but not as interesting. I found my mind constantly wandering and I would have to go back and listen to parts again to keep on track. I finally made it thru the book. I have decide that Nesbo is not for me. This is an epic book, I wouldn't buy it again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carolyn 05-11-12
    Carolyn 05-11-12 Member Since 2005

    Avid book listener. I love anything James Lee Burke,John Sandford and Nelson Demille. Stephen King has entertained me recently.

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    "Love Harry Hole!"
    Would you listen to The Redbreast again? Why?

    Another good novel from Nesbo. Can be compared to The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.I have not read them in sequence but I love Harry more with each page. I don't normally reread books. There are too many out there.


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    David Hurwitz 05-10-12 Member Since 2005

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    "Fast-paced thriller"
    What did you love best about The Redbreast?

    Complex, believable plot with a lot of twists and turns.


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

    After a slow start, it's very fast-paced.


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

    He brought the characters to life


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, too involved, need a break to digest the plot


    Any additional comments?

    I particularly enjoyed learning about Norway's WW II history and the involvement of some of its citizens with the Nazis. Nesbo's writing puts the reader into the middle of the action and gives the story an immediacy not often achieved by authors.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    L. O. Pardue Atlanta, GA United States 01-27-12
    L. O. Pardue Atlanta, GA United States 01-27-12 Member Since 2010

    I love to read books set in interesting places or historical settings. I especially love mysteries and thrillers.

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    "Jo Nesbo is a new favorite!"

    This is my second book by Jo Nesbo (read The Snowman earlier), and I am just blown away. It is rare to add an author to my all-time favorites list. I love to listen to thrillers and smart mysteries during my commute to work. Jo Nesbo provides all that I require and so much more. If you enjoy characters like Lisbeth Salander, Harry Bosch and Jack Reacher, you will love Harry Hole. I can't wait to get to know him better with more audible books. I even had several chuckles when Harry would think or say something that I thought was so witty, clever and "spot on" for the occasion. I wouldn't have minded if this book had been twice the length.

    Now for the story -- wow. I definitely did not know much about Norway's history of fighting alongside the Nazi's on the Eastern Front during the war, and Norway's recent events with a re-emergence of neo-nazism among a segment of its population. The pacing of the "mystery" was so well done. I can't remember the last time I couldn't wait to get up and go to work so that I could listen to more of the audiobook.

    Robin Sachs is "Harry Hole" in my mind. No one else could do it better. I love his delivery and enjoyed learning the Norwegian pronunciation of locations and names.

    Please Mr. Nesbo, keep up the excellent writing. I can't wait to devour your book. I have already bought several books for friends with the same reading interests as me. I want my friends and family to associate me with their introduction to Harry Hole.

    Well done!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Poconos pocono pines, pa United States 01-13-12
    Poconos pocono pines, pa United States 01-13-12 Member Since 2010

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    "Can't make it through to the end"

    I base my selections a lot on what kind of reviews I read about a book. I read "The Snowman" and thought it was excellent. Then, I read "The Leopard" and it too was excellent. Then I read all the great reviews (except for one reader) about this book and I've been struggling through 22 chapters and still have no idea what the heck this story is about or where it's going. I'm ready to give up! Again, after investing hours on 22 chapters I absolutely have no idea what this book is about.

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    Laura New York, NY, United States 12-30-11
    Laura New York, NY, United States 12-30-11 Member Since 2010

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    "Fantastic narrator, even for so many characters"

    This is a thriller along the lines of The Millennium Trilogy. Like Steig Larsson's books, this one was suspenseful and good listen overall, but it had some of the same flaws: 1. While most of the characters are believable, there are a few that are just a little too out there. 2. The passion that crosses the line into obsession is hard to buy. 3. I had a hard time keeping track of all the characters. That said, this book had a lot of positives as well: 1. Excellent narrator! He has the voices down perfectly, and when he does his WWII nurse voice, it actually felt like a flashback scene. 2. It's a fun read. I enjoy the main characters, and I liked trying to unravel the mystery. 3. It takes place around 1999-2000 Norway and the Eastern Front of WWII, neither of which I know much about. I found the WWII info especially interesting. I do plan to listen to another of Jo Nesbo's books.

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    Theresa Memphis, TN, United States 12-06-11
    Theresa Memphis, TN, United States 12-06-11 Member Since 2005
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    "Robin Sachs is the voice of Harry Hole."

    I love the Harry Hole series. May I have more please and if you can have the books narrated by Robin Sachs. The other narrators suck.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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