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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"Nesbo at his best-again!"
A gripping story brilliantly narrated by Sean Barrett. Norway not Sweden this time. Who is the Mole? Just when you think you've worked it out ...!
"All star, a brilliant crime story"
A very different and interesting crime story, the plot is very complicated and full of surprises, it is a very different nordic noir, and no Harry Hole. There is no clear cut on what is good or bad, right or wrong, justice or injustice, the lines keep crossing one another in a complicated twist. This story would make a great movie too. Definitely recommend to all crime readers.
I love Jo Nesbo and his writing style. I do listen to his books more than once and The Son won't be an exception. It is a captivating story that surprised me.
Simon. Because is a complex character with many depths.
Another great book from Jo Nesbo. However I cannot believe a drug addict can give up at the same time as he has drugs in a bag. However, what do I know about it!
"Immensely enjoable for the Nesbo fans."
Whilst this isn't a Harry Hole book, the style is very similar, and immensely enjoyable for Nesbo fans. Sean Barrett's performance is again outstanding. One of life's finer pleasures!
"Getting rather wearisome"
Sadly, no. This could well be a case of " one too many the same." Although Harry Hole himself is absent, everything else from the Nesbo novels is here - except the dynamism. Plodding up and down past the same roads, lakes and buildings in Oslo suddenly became overwhelmingly tedious and dull. Often one felt a groan coming on as familiar situations appeared( dog breeds, trophy women, overweight men, and of course, corrupt police) but with hollow main characters.
Yes. Hope would be a factor. Having written some engrossing novels during his " middle period," perhaps Nesbo will find his stride again?
Familiarity in this case breeds satisfaction. Sean Barrett's readings of the Nesbo novels provide marvellous continuity and a sense of comfort even when the plot fails.
A new resolve to avoid revenge novels and to diversify my selections even more carefully.
How troubling to find a favourite author struggling with a formula novel and not succeeding. It was fruitful to hear Mr Nesbo speak to some children about his children's books in another arena. It was heartening to hear his authenticity and originality.
"Solid book, painful narration"
No. The narration was so bad that it was impossible to engage with the book.
Yes but in book form.
Anyone - there were times when I removed my headphones it was so bad.
A average average Jo Nesbo book. Having read all his books this one feels forced and over sentimental.
"Jo Nesbo so excellent"
Is a well constructed book and is among the better thrillers I've listened to
I won't pick one
Sean Barratt is an exemplary reader, I now search for books that he has recorded.Such excellent characterisation. If you like Dickens have a go at Barnaby Rudge.
"Not Harry Hole but just as good!"
"The Son", semi-mystical prisoner is a very interesting character. Without spoiling the story, I found that much of the suspense in the book lay in the discovery of the motivation that drives the character of "The Son" to find himself where he's at and to act as he does...
Sean Barrett's performance is, as ever, absolutely faultless. Nevertheless, as the same "voice" is used for the character of the "inspector" in this story, as is habitually used for Harry Hole, it was a little confusing to start off with...
All in all, a good thriller. If you have enjoyed the Harry Hole series thus far, you will enjoy listening to this book.
"Let down by really poor editing."
I like Jo Nesbo usually. Also the narration is very good but somewhere on the way the editor seems to have decided to remove all pauses. This means the narration skips from to chapter to chapter, character to character and it was really hard to keep up with who was speaking when. Consequently, I couldn't really follow the complex plot. I think I'd have loved this as a book but I wish I hadn't bought it as an audio.
Curtis Sittenfeld because I have just read Sisterland (which was great).
He was very good.
Disappointment in the editing!!!!
Such a shame.
I expected so much more from the writer, after listening for two hours I found that I couldn't become absorbed.
Narrator is good
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