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Cockroaches Audiobook

Cockroaches: The Second Inspector Harry Hole Novel

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Publisher's Summary

When the Norwegian ambassador to Thailand is found dead in a Bangkok brothel, Inspector Harry Hole is dispatched from Oslo to help hush up the case.

But once he arrives Harry discovers that this case is about much more than one random murder. There is something else, something more pervasive, scrabbling around behind the scenes. Or, put another way, for every cockroach you see in your hotel room, there are hundreds behind the walls. Surrounded by round-the-clock traffic noise, Harry wanders the streets of Bangkok lined with go-go bars, temples, opium dens, and tourist traps, trying to piece together the story of the ambassador’s death even though no one asked him to, and no one wants him to - not even Harry himself.

©2014 Jo Nesbo (P)2014 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

"Another excellent thriller, the most popular among his earlier novels and one that casts a cold eye on the reality of expatriate life of some Europeans in Asia." (The Irish Independent)

"Nesbø writes like an angel. As in Lucifer." (The Philadelphia Inquirer)

"Nesbø explores the darkest criminal minds with grim delight and puts his killer where you least expect to find them.... His novels are maddeningly addictive." (Vanity Fair)

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    Ray Stewart 04-26-14
    Ray Stewart 04-26-14
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    "Older Stories in the Series Good Too"

    The Harry Hole series by Jo Nesbo is the only series I have taken the time to listen too. A friend got me started with number six when I didn't know it was a series. After listening to number one, I've been waiting for this second in the series to come out on audio before listening to others in the series. Nesbo's development of characters and his ability to keep me guessing up to the end makes for very satisfying listening.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joe Kansas City, MO, United States 04-07-14
    Joe Kansas City, MO, United States 04-07-14 Member Since 2011

    I read science, biographies, histories, mysteries, adventures, thrillers, educationals, linguistics but not no way, not no how, romances.

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    "As always, amazing"

    The Harry Hole series never fails to deliver. Here's another in the detective sage: a series of surprising murders, a cascade of suspects, a world of depravity and sin, and our hero, Harry, stuck in the middle. This time Harry finds himself sent out to Bangkok to investigate a diplomat’s murder in a seedy motel room. The unfolding layers of insider drug rings, ruthless businessmen, and illegal pornography conspire to give Harry his most dangerous case yet.

    As always, Nesbo delivers real human drama, strong characters, and an interesting plot. As I’ve always said, the Harry Hole books use genre clichés to deliver unfaltering character studies. This book is no exception, and the narrator’s pretty amazing too.

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    chris kuljian 02-28-14 Member Since 2015
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    "boring"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If it were more like all the other Harry Hole books I've read I'm sure I would have enjoyed it


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jo Nesbo again?

    One more chance


    What does John Lee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    What I imagine is a Norwegian sensibility


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Cockroaches?

    Most


    Any additional comments?

    I was excited when a new Harry Hole book was available. Sadly this one is a dud.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    eclectic reader Fort Myers, FL USA 12-04-16
    eclectic reader Fort Myers, FL USA 12-04-16 Member Since 2015

    wanderer

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    "Early in Nesbos development of holes character"

    Plenty of excitement and suspense. Fans of Harry Hole will find him a somewhat different character. Still I'm glad this part of the series is available. Enjoyable. Depiction of Bangkok is somewhat out of date but not importantly.
    Perhaps Harry needs to go back.

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    Jacqueline Seavey 05-04-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Hard to get through"

    Started this series because I finished all of the Carl Mork of Dept Q series, which I love and I just can't seem to see what the big draw is for this Harry Hole. Most of the reviews say that the authors writing gets better after the first two books. I always try to start a series from the beginning. Afraid to be disappointed if the 3rd Harry Hole book is a drudging as the first two. There is something lacking in the character development and I kept getting confused on who was talking. This reader doesn't differentiate the voices well. His imitation of Thai people speaking was like someone making fun of Japanese accents. My mother is Thai and when Thais speak English they pronounce their "R's with "L"s (example : wrinkle is linkle. red is led. rice list lice.). This guy should have spoke to some Thais first before making these people sound like they come from a Japanese comic book.

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    Paul United States 04-12-16
    Paul United States 04-12-16 Member Since 2013

    I listen to a bit of everything. Mostly Fantasy and paranormal romance with my wife. Along with mysteries/thrillers, even some sci-fi.

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    "A jarring police procedural"
    What did you like best about Cockroaches? What did you like least?

    I thought the performance was the best part of the story. I think that Nesbo's story telling was the worst. It felt disjointed, lots of cut-a way's and it felt as if I missed something when the story cut.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Harry's relationships with the other characters are the most interesting, along with the description of Bangkok. Sadly, the least interesting aspect for me was the murder, it felt disjointed, and wasn't what Nesbo was most interested in telling us.


    Which character – as performed by John Lee – was your favorite?

    Harry Hole. The main character was easily the favorite, he's got the most screen time and was well versed and developed


    Was Cockroaches worth the listening time?

    Yes, but that's because I'm invested in listening to all the series. If I wasn't, I would not start with this book.


    Any additional comments?

    Cockroaches isn't a great book, but for a completionist, it's something that must be read. It isn't terrible, but it's not a great novel. I'm interested in the rest of the series which I hear is much better, so that gives me hope. John Lee delivers a solid performance, and his Thai accents works well enough to keep me invested. As mush as I was unimpressed with this book, I'm looking forward to The Redbreast.

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    Birkir Vrn Arnaldsson 03-11-15
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    "Bad performance"

    The reader has two voices and three accents he uses on all the characters in the book.
    When a thai police officer speaks with an eastern european english accent and a norvegian police boss speaks with a scottish accent, my nerves start to tremble.

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    Scott Morrison 03-08-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Very good"

    I got the book Snowman from this series for Christmas and was pulled right in. I'm a avid book and podcast listener and the only complaint is the different narrators in the series. Which I know cannot be avoided but other than that looking forward to the rest of the series.

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    Guðmundur 03-01-15
    Guðmundur 03-01-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Good plot, as in other Nesbo books"

    Nesbo / Hole, John Lee, Tailand, interesting characters, good book. Intetesting though that Harrys "voice" changed from the "Bat".

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    Ellis W. 05-01-14
    Ellis W. 05-01-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Bad Reader"
    Where does Cockroaches rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    upper middle


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    somewhat


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of John Lee?

    Horrid. Over-enunciating dandy. He would be good as a poof but not a hard boiled alcoholic detective.


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

    no


    Any additional comments?

    Please bring Robin Sachs back to life!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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