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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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  • Paul
    Falmouth, United Kingdom
    6/8/14
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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 ...!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Di
    6/7/14
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • rosa
    southampton, United Kingdom
    6/5/14
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    "Never dissapoints"
    Would you listen to The Son again? Why?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Simon. Because is a complex character with many depths.


    Any additional comments?

    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steven
    Harrogate, United Kingdom
    6/2/14
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    "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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs
    Australia
    6/1/14
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    "Getting rather wearisome"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    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.


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

    Yes. Hope would be a factor. Having written some engrossing novels during his " middle period," perhaps Nesbo will find his stride again?


    What about Sean Barrett’s performance did you like?

    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.


    Did The Son inspire you to do anything?

    A new resolve to avoid revenge novels and to diversify my selections even more carefully.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mike Kartus
    5/17/14
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    "Solid book, painful narration"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No. The narration was so bad that it was impossible to engage with the book.


    Would you recommend The Son to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes but in book form.


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

    Anyone - there were times when I removed my headphones it was so bad.


    If this book were a film would you go see it?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    A average average Jo Nesbo book. Having read all his books this one feels forced and over sentimental.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • grania
    4/27/14
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    "Jo Nesbo so excellent"
    Where does The Son rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Is a well constructed book and is among the better thrillers I've listened to


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

    I won't pick one


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

    No favourite


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Parissa
    Versailles, France
    4/20/14
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    "Not Harry Hole but just as good!"
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    "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...


    What about Sean Barrett’s performance did you like?

    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...


    Any additional comments?

    All in all, a good thriller. If you have enjoyed the Harry Hole series thus far, you will enjoy listening to this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Miss
    loughborough, United Kingdom
    4/25/14
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    "Let down by really poor editing."
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    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.


    What will your next listen be?

    Curtis Sittenfeld because I have just read Sisterland (which was great).


    What didn’t you like about Sean Barrett’s performance?

    He was very good.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment in the editing!!!!


    Any additional comments?

    Such a shame.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    UK
    4/16/14
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    "Dull"
    What would have made The Son better?

    I expected so much more from the writer, after listening for two hours I found that I couldn't become absorbed.


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

    Narrator is good


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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