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The Son | [Jo Nesbo]

The Son

Sonny's on the run. Sonny is a model prisoner. He listens to the confessions of other inmates, and absolves them of their sins. He's been lied to his whole life. But then one prisoner’s confession changes everything. He knows something about Sonny’s disgraced father. Sonny wants revenge. He needs to break out of prison and make those responsible pay for their crimes. Whatever the cost.
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Publisher's Summary

Sonny's on the run. Sonny is a model prisoner. He listens to the confessions of other inmates, and absolves them of their sins. He's been lied to his whole life. But then one prisoner’s confession changes everything. He knows something about Sonny’s disgraced father. Sonny wants revenge. He needs to break out of prison and make those responsible pay for their crimes. Whatever the cost.

©2014 Jo Nesbo. English translation copyright © Charlotte Barslund 2014. (P)2014 Isis Publishing Ltd, Random House Audiobooks

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    amber helsinki, Finland 05-04-14
    amber helsinki, Finland 05-04-14
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    "Excellent"
    Where does The Son rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Definately one of my favourites from Jo Nesbo.


    What other book might you compare The Son to and why?

    Can't really compare but The Son is up there with anything written by Mo Hayder and Michael Robotham for me!


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

    I have listened to many books narrated by Sean Barrett, I love his deep, rich voice, he is one of my favourites. This is one of his best!


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

    Definately, I didn't want stop listening until it finished, really kept me on toes!


    Any additional comments?

    This is an excellent book, you really feel for Sonny - Jo Nesbo has really created an interesting and complex character in Sonny.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph Australia 04-17-14
    Joseph Australia 04-17-14 Member Since 2002
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    "LOL Funny"

    No, Jo Nesbø's book, The Son, is not a comedy. In fact, it is filled with the drama, suspense, mystery and surprise that make him such a great author. But I have always enjoyed his twist of phrase, metaphors and wonderful use of language. Listening to The Son while I was wandering through a book store I heard one of his great characters, Kalle, say "But ultimately it was about getting the work/life balance right". And I did, in fact, laugh out loud. Why? You'l have to listen to the book to find out.

    The Son takes place in familiar settings (Oslo) with some familiar groups (Crime Squad, Kripos) but with new and complicated characters.

    Although there were a few moments that tested my credulity, this was another Nesbø book that I just could't put down!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    aneta 06-29-14
    aneta 06-29-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Dead fish"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The story May very Well be one I'll love (like pretty much all Jo Nesbø books) but the narrator have made me give up before the 30 min mark.


    What was most disappointing about Jo Nesbo’s story?

    Nothing since I don't know it yet


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Sean Barrett?

    Bad with names; but just about anyone else.


    Any additional comments?

    It is incredibly important that the narrators voice suits the theme and feel of the story. This particular one did in no way make it possible for me to get into "Oslo mode". I just couldn't concentrate on the plot and gave up after just 30 min. because I already knew, that he could not keep me intersted in neither story or the characters to come.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cordeiro 06-08-14
    Cordeiro 06-08-14 Member Since 2012
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    "The story is completely unrealistic."
    What did you love best about The Son?


    Would you be willing to try another book from Jo Nesbo? Why or why not?

    I was disappointed but maybe


    What about Sean Barrett’s performance did you like?


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


    Any additional comments?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    C van den Berg 06-04-14 Member Since 2005
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    "at his best"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Son to be better than the print version?

    Sean Barret adds a great deal to the experience. He is excellent.


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

    the achievement of the book is its flawless structure so that each event builds to the finale.


    Which character – as performed by Sean Barrett – was your favorite?

    I was convinced by all the major characters. They were written and narrated so expertly that I empathised with most of them, but Simon was probably the one I sympathised with most.


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

    Absolutely. I wanted to prolong driving, cooking anything to get a bit further in the story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer London, United Kingdom 06-01-14
    Amazon Customer London, United Kingdom 06-01-14 Member Since 2011
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    "This book is a Must! Exceptional"
    What made the experience of listening to The Son the most enjoyable?

    This is my first Jo Nesbo book and I couldn't stop listening.


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

    I constantly went back to listen to this book every break that I got.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jodie Gymea Bay, Australia 05-20-14
    Jodie Gymea Bay, Australia 05-20-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Fantastic as always"

    I really enjoyed this one. Jo Nesbo is a great, suspenseful writer. Of course it's a little unbelievable, but still great escapism. I do miss Harry Hole though, however it's nice to have a new character who isn't as troubled as Harry, well at least not quite!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • David
    Thornhill, United Kingdom
    4/26/14
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    "Wow!"

    I'm a big fan of Scandic Noir and have now listened to all of the Henning Mankell and Jo Nesbo detective stories, as well as various others. Whilst Mankell and Nesbo are, in my opinion, way out in front of all the rest, Jo Nesbo is easily the best. To begin with, I missed Harry Hole, who does not feature in The Son, but this is nonetheless a superbly well crafted story; every bit as good as Nesbo's previous works, completely 'unputdownable' and Sean Barrett's narration is, as always, superb. Thoroughly recommended, and, roll on, the next one!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • cliff
    peterborough, United Kingdom
    5/18/14
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    "Outstanding...."

    No Harry Hole in this one, which was a little bit of a relief, this was not confusing or involved major self issues. Really really good,

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Chris
    WEST BYFLEET, United Kingdom
    5/15/14
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    "Brilliant"

    This book can not be faulted, every turn is unexpected. Both the main characters likeable and of course Sean Barrett is the only person who can read Jo Nesbo. I love his voice.
    I listed to this in a break from Harry Hole. Enjoy, if you like crime, mystery and fear etc. this is the book for you.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • G.Russell
    Ilfracombe, United Kingdom
    5/5/14
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    "A great Nesbo book."

    This is Jo Nesbo at his very best. A totally winning combination.Jo Nesbo's writing and the fantastic Sean Barrett performing.I had to ration myself to stop annoying my wife, as every time she spoke to me I had ear-buds in listening.I can not praise this audio book enough.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • M. Clark
    London, UK
    4/27/14
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    "A new hero."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you like Jo Nesbo, you will not be disappointed by this. Twists and turns, and the ending is fantastic. It's great to meet new characters.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was a change from the Harry series, Nesbo loves flawed characters, you never know if they will relapse / submit / regress. My heart was in my mouth. I listen to books while I cook and with this book, the family were very well fed.


    Which character – as performed by Sean Barrett – was your favourite?

    I liked Sonny. Even though he did bad things, you always wanted the best for him.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    You can run but you can't hide from your past.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Skeggman
    8/9/14
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    "Violent, gripping and delightfully well read"
    What did you like best about this story?

    This is like no thriller I've ever read before. The 'hero' is likable despite having even more flaws than even Nesbo likes to give a character under normal circumstances. Gripping, tense - I had to ponder my morals as I rooted for a selection of deeply flawed people doing pretty horrible things!


    What does Sean Barrett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    I'm as much a fan of Sean Barrett as I am of Jo Nesbo, He adds atmosphere in his normal way and absolutely nails the voices and inflections, he really adds to the story. One of the best in the business IMHO


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

    I listen whilst running normally and found myself far exceeding my normal 6-7 kilometres per run whilst I listened to this one!


    Any additional comments?

    A great introduction to Nesbo. More of a thriller than one of his Harry Hole novels, this is my favourite book by Jo Nesbo of the 5 I have consumed so far.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Justin
    Ireland
    7/26/14
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    "Very Entertaining"

    I really liked this book. Likeable characters with a good story line. The narrator does an excellent job as there are many varied characters purely from a voice perspective which he gets spot. This really adds to the book!

    Similar in a fashion to Headhunters (also by Jo Nesbo), but different in many ways. Also a little similar to A Prisoner of Birth by Jeffrey Archer.

    Not as fast paced as say Simon Kernick.

    Well worth a go if you like the above mentioned books or crime thrillers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Melanie
    towcester, United Kingdom
    7/21/14
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    "I LOVE this book!"
    What did you like most about The Son?

    Is everything a good enough answer? Sonny is a very compelling characters. You can't help but root for him all the way through, no matter what awful things he does. There's a great twist towards the end that I didn't see coming.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Marcus with his bike, the prison governor... Far too many the mention


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

    I laughed, can't say I cried but I certainly felt emotional. I'm listening to it all over again a week after having listened the first time. I will probably listen to it again in another week or so. It really is that good.


    Any additional comments?

    Yet again Sean Barrett's narration is sublime. Each character has their own distinguishable voice. He makes a difficult to read book, because of the language/pronunciation difficulties, smooth and perfectly normal. I'd listen to him reading just about anything.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • alan
    Canvey Island, United Kingdom
    7/13/14
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    "Very Good!"

    Another stand-alone story from the author of Headhunters and the Harry Hole series.
    Really enjoyed this book - great characters with real depth plus an intriguing story.
    Get it - you wont be disappointed!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Connie
    7/10/14
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    "Totally gripping, I've consumed this in two days!"
    Where does The Son rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best by far!


    Any additional comments?

    I was on the edge of my seat through most of this book, it was all consuming! Preferred this to Jo Nesbo's Harry Hole character personally. I will be listening to this one again without a doubt, almost tempted to straight away!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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