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
Robin Sachs does a great job! I hope he continues to read the earlier books as they are republished.
Looking forward to Nesbos earlier books in the Harry Hole series. Hope they are all in the works for republishing.
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Thank goodness!! It was painful to hear such an rich character called such a ridiculous name.
Oh...sorry, you will find that out in the next book “Nemesis”. The reviewers for Nemesis object to the reader, Norwegian Thor Knai, but pay no attention. He is a fine, I am happy.
Thus only 4 stars for wonderful Robin Sachs, who should have ASKED.
"The Redbreast"...Hoola does not compare to Henning Mankell's Kurt Wallander. Harry has a sweetness and humor (wait for the moving series of calls to a dead friend's answer machine) where Wallander tends to wallow in whiny self pity.
Nesbo compares best to Barbara Vine aka Ruth Rendell. All their characters come to life, their thoughts and deeds, sometime horrific, are made understandable, and you can’t wait to find out where they are leading you.
Slow and confusing to start....bouncing from WW2 to 1990/2000....then the characters burst into my consciousness and I had to restart as I grew to understand. Loved it.
The story was truly hard to follow, which is a shame because it seemed to get such great reviews from other listeners. I loved his book "snowman", it is how I got turned on to him as an author but this book let me down. I couldn't keep who was who and what was what; it seems to be extra hard for me personally to keep lots of new 'foreign' names straight but this one was extra difficult ... too many characters and the ending seemed sloppy.
Seemed convulted and hard to follow . . . didn't seem to be cohesive in spots. . . did enjoy a lot of it though
This is a good mystery from another culture. The characters are interesting and idiosyncratic. Although the policeman with a drinking problem is a cliche. It is a well written book but it could have been an hour shorter.
The Redbreast is a total mess. I had no idea what was going on in the second half of the book, and there was almost no action or story. When it ended, I did not know it had already reached a climax or resolution. There are characters impersonating others, multiple personalities, people using assumed names, people that may be dead or may be alive, characters that are just similar in general—and that made it really difficult to follow. And there was not enough of a plot to make all this confusion remotely worthwhile. This was a huge disappointment and a waste of time. If you want to listen to a Jo Nesbo book, get Headhunters instead of this one.
ludicrous,overwrought story with the usual hollywoodesque standard...THE SPLIT PERSONALITY.Just silly and at the end I couldn't give a hoot about who was who
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