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The Snowman | [Jo Nesbø]

The Snowman

Oslo in November. The first snow of the season has fallen. A boy named Jonas wakes in the night to find his mother gone. Out his window, in the cold moonlight, he sees the snowman that inexplicably appeared in the yard earlier in the day. Around its neck is his mother’s pink scarf. Hole suspects a link between a menacing letter he’s received and the disappearance of Jonas’s mother - and of perhaps a dozen other women, all of whom went missing on the day of a first snowfall. As his investigation deepens, something else emerges: he is becoming a pawn....
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Publisher's Summary

Internationally acclaimed crime writer Jo Nesbø’s antihero police investigator, Harry Hole, is back: in a bone-chilling thriller that will take Hole to the brink of insanity.

Oslo in November. The first snow of the season has fallen. A boy named Jonas wakes in the night to find his mother gone. Out his window, in the cold moonlight, he sees the snowman that inexplicably appeared in the yard earlier in the day. Around its neck is his mother’s pink scarf.

Hole suspects a link between a menacing letter he’s received and the disappearance of Jonas’s mother - and of perhaps a dozen other women, all of whom went missing on the day of a first snowfall. As his investigation deepens, something else emerges: he is becoming a pawn in an increasingly terrifying game whose rules are devised - and constantly revised - by the killer.

Fiercely suspenseful, its characters brilliantly realized, its atmosphere permeated with evil, The Snowman is the electrifying work of one of the best crime writers of our time.

©2011 Jo Nesbo (P)2011 Random House Audio

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“Jo Nesbø is my new favorite thriller writer and Harry Hole my new hero.” (Michael Connelly)

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    Jacqueline Denver, CO, USA 10-22-11
    Jacqueline Denver, CO, USA 10-22-11

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    "Very well done!! Surprises around every corner!"
    Would you listen to The Snowman again? Why?

    I would listen to this book again- there is so much going on that there are parts I would like to hear -just to see if I could pick up on clues I might have misssed. The storyline is very entertaining and the narrator is perfect for the characters.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It definitely keeps you guessing throughout--there are a lot of possible suspects, and it was hard to figure out who the real culprit was until almost the very end. Also, the story was really fresh- not a re-hashed idea from some other book as happens too frequently in my opinion.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I didn't have a favorite scene- but I had a had time turning the ipod off as I couldn't wait to find out how a murder was done and what kind of weapon was used--the author was extremely creative in his ideas.


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

    I cringed at times while listening to the details of the murder's- which could be very gruesome- but I have to admit I was intrigued by the inventive nature of each one.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall, a great murder mystery-----I would recommend it to anyone who likes a story that isn't easy to figure out.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Pauly Morefuss 07-11-11
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    "Ho hum..."

    Here we go again. Another predictable, stereotypical serial killer story. It's 12 hours too long. How do these stories get such high ratings? I kept listening thinking it had to get better, but it doesn't! Wait for the unabridged version if you really think you need this book.

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    Carol 06-27-11
    Carol 06-27-11 Listener Since 2003
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    "I would give it no stars if that were an option."

    This is the worst novel and narrator I have ever wasted a credit on. I only downloaded it because of all the positive reviews. It was long ( thought it would never end) and the fact that I listened to it all attests to my aversion to wasting money. Please don't waste yours.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    danny lawrence Charlotte, NC USA 12-01-12
    danny lawrence Charlotte, NC USA 12-01-12 Member Since 2006

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    "Harry Hole just keeps getting better"

    This series just keeps getting better. Robin Sachs has become the voice of Harry Hole in my mind and has another excellent performance. Twists and turns kept me guessing all the way through.

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    Joseph Duluth, MN, United States 11-24-12
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    "Thriller to the end"
    What made the experience of listening to The Snowman the most enjoyable?

    Lots of twists and turns, kept you guessing till the very end .Believable characters which I find helps me get into the story.


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    T Centennial, CO, United States 07-31-12
    T Centennial, CO, United States 07-31-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Liked the main character!"

    Good story and kept me interested. I really like the main detective with all his faults.

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    Sergey 07-25-11
    Sergey 07-25-11
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    "Contradictions"

    I have accepted the rules of the game without hesitation. The true villain was not clear to the moment that the author decided to show him/her (not to spoil effect). Translation is good and narrator is very good. The difference in opinions of reviewers was surprising. People give it from 1 to 5 stars. Some do not like sex. It is not too graphic. Somebody said that it is not the Silence of the Lambs. Why it should be? It is closer to classic detective stories then Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, where the author introduced a magic bullet - hacking - as a tool for solving problems, which I consider a big disadvantage. The killer is bad but not supernatural. Comparing to real life killer who devastated Oslo a couple of days ago, this story sounds rather mild. Summary: if you like detective stories, this one will be enjoyable.

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    Kelly Post Falls, ID, United States 07-19-11
    Kelly Post Falls, ID, United States 07-19-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Extremely Pornographic"

    Horrible book, extremely pornographic with unnecessary details, no depth to the characters (except for the sex) and absolutely no suspense.

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    Holly Abery-Wetstone West Hartford, CT USA 07-07-11
    Holly Abery-Wetstone West Hartford, CT USA 07-07-11 Member Since 2003
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    "Classic Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"

    Written in the same style as the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series this book kept me guessing "who done it" until the very end. A great read!

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    Theresa Memphis, TN, United States 04-10-12
    Theresa Memphis, TN, United States 04-10-12 Member Since 2005
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    I am patiently waiting for more of the Harry Hole series. Come on Audible work your magic!

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