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Police Audiobook

Police: A Harry Hole Novel, Book 10

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Publisher's Summary

Harry Hole returns - or does he? - in a terrifyingly paced, vertiginous new roller coaster of a thriller by the internationally best-selling author of The Snowman and The Redeemer, "the king of Scandinavian crime fiction" (Kirkus).

The police urgently need Harry Hole…. A killer is stalking Oslo's streets. Police officers are being slain at the scenes of crimes they once investigated but failed to solve. The murders are brutal, the media reaction hysterical.

But this time, Harry can't help.... For years, detective Harry Hole has been at the center of every major criminal investigation in Oslo. His dedication to his job and his brilliant insights have saved the lives of countless people. But now, with those he loves most facing terrible danger, Harry is not in a position to protect anyone.

Least of all himself...

©2013 Jo Nesbø (P)2013 Random House Audio

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    Jennifer WA, United States 11-18-14
    Jennifer WA, United States 11-18-14 Member Since 2017
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    "Great Story - Narrator Blows"
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    The combination of author Jo Nesbø, translator Don Bartlett, and performer Robin Sachs was perfect in every way. They elevated the Harry Hole series to that of world-class, detective storytelling in the modern era.

    With this new book, Police, I knew the story would be great. I had hoped that the book publisher would find a comparable voice talent to that of Robin Sachs, RIP. They did not - and that decision ruined the English translated audiobook version of Police.

    In a word: John Lee is horrible as the narrator. What were the publisher’s thinking? Did they listen to the book at all?

    Lee’s performance is pompous, pretentious, and turgid. He reads way too fast with a high, flat, and nasal voice. He combs over the nuanced characters, language, descriptions, and actions like looking for the last entry in a phone book. It’s as if Lee didn’t understand the story at all.

    At the beginning of each sentence, Lee’s voice grows in timbre and then lands with a plunk at the end. There is no variation between sentences, that is, unless a word contains the letter “R.” In which case, Lee trills the Rhotic consonant several times over to unending annoyance.

    Finally, Lee is unable to distinguish among character voices. I got lost many times trying to figure out who was talking. Lee makes Harry Hole sound arrogant, bombastic, grandiose, and bored. It is the exact same voice as that of Mikail Bellman. Which is the exact same voice as that of Isabelle Skøyen. And so on.

    Lee’s narration ruined the audiobook. I went and bought the Kindle edition instead.

    I hope the book publisher finds another actor of comparable voice talent as Mr. Sachs.

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    S. Arce Ojai, CA United States 10-15-14
    S. Arce Ojai, CA United States 10-15-14 Member Since 2005
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    "Very good, as usual"
    If you could sum up Police in three words, what would they be?

    Murder, suspense, noir


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Police?

    One of the killings was especially horrifying because of who was killed. The method was pretty awful also.


    What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

    I do not understand the criticism of John Lee's reading, as I very much enjoyed his interpretation of the characters.


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

    Murder never ends….


    Any additional comments?

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book, as I have all of Jo Nesbo's books. I find myself walking longer or driving somewhere just to continue listening. Harry Hole is a most interesting character, dark, complex, astute.

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    Rocky Mountain Timber Frame 09-06-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Great series - first read, now listened to"
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    Great series. always looking forward to Harry Hole, too bad this is number 10 of 10.

    I have been reading Jo Nesbo's books since the first book and had some difficulty obtaining all on audio.

    Either way, great stories, highly recommended!

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    John 09-03-14
    John 09-03-14
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    "Jo Nesbo great, But John Lee : ("
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    So Jo Nesbo messes with your mind like he only can and it's great. the problem is the narrator John Lee. Now I've listened to many stories narrated by John Lee and they were great. It's just that we are listening to a book about cops in Norway and all of a sudden you get this lilting Welch accent from one of the main characters. It's just horrible! it's SOOO out of place! Where is Robin Sachs? Now he has the right accents. A narrator can make or break a story. Choose better publisher!!!

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    WANDA P LILLY winter haven, FL, United States 09-01-14
    WANDA P LILLY winter haven, FL, United States 09-01-14
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    "Jo does it again...."
    What made the experience of listening to Police the most enjoyable?

    John Lee does a great job narrating this book. The only one better would be, may he rest in peace, Robin Sacks.


    Any additional comments?

    Harry Hole will live on in my memory as the best detective in a mystery thriller novel.
    Jo Nesbo has a new fan.

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    Helen Great Cacapon, WV, United States 05-20-14
    Helen Great Cacapon, WV, United States 05-20-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Read them all...this is a favorite."

    Once again, Jo Nesbo succeeds in delivering just the right amount of gritty suspense and mayhem without sacrificing the loyal reader's bond with our beloved Harry. I was kept in breathless anticipation for Harry to...yet again...screw up his personal life. Or, even worse, die!
    I admire the way that the reader was led to suspect one after another character as the cop killer.....and then to be blind sided when the real murderer was revealed. Nice writing to pull that off! Nesbo at his best.
    So, have we said goodbye to Harry as he rides off into a happy future with Rakel and Oleg? Somehow I both doubt it...and hope NOT!
    Only negative on this book....I wasn't happy with the reader. I agree with other reviewers...bring back the previous series reader. I loved John Lee's reading of the Follett books for which a nice Welsh accent was a plus. But it just didn't work for this Norwegian cast of characters.

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    Stephanie United States 03-08-14
    Stephanie United States 03-08-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Depressing but great!"
    What did you love best about Police?

    I am unsure why this very depressing character Harry Hole draws me to read all of Jo Nesbo's books. With his alcoholism, Harry Hole hits rock bottom again and again, and somehow he manages to survive. Had to leave the book and come back to it. Harry Hole is now so depleted, and I wonder even with his change of life events, if he will make it.


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    Stewart Novi MI 02-21-14
    Stewart Novi MI 02-21-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Boring"

    I'm already three hours into this book and Harry Hole has not yet appeared. Actually, I got so bored with this book that I went to other books.

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    Stevon Tempe, AZ, United States 02-07-14
    Stevon Tempe, AZ, United States 02-07-14 Member Since 2017

    I love books!

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    "another great one by Nesbo"

    When I first saw the title to this book, "Police", I have to admit it didn't excite me too much. But, I've enjoyed the Harry Hole series so much I, of course, had to buy it. But, I tell you waht, I wasn't disappointed, in fact, was very pleasantly surprised at how good it is and how much I enjoyed it. I'll look forward to the next in the series. I read in some of the reviews that listeners didn't like the narration. At the beginning of this book, it is announced that the original narrator of the series, Robin Sachs, had died and John Lee is his replacement. Death is about as good a reason there is for changing a narrator. Lee was one of those you hear and think, where have I heard him before. It turns out he narrated the two long Ken Follett trilogies, which I also enjoyed. Having more of a Norwegian accent might have made it more authentic but I thought John Lee did a great job of it and didn't detract from the story whatsover. If you've enjoyed the rest of this series, you'll really enjoy this one, of course, if you haven't read anything in the series, go back to the beginning, the series gets better as it progresses but it is told in sequence. Enjoy!

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    Bokworm 02-06-14
    Bokworm 02-06-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Harry Hole....Are you dead or alive????"

    I read all the Nesbo Harry Hole books...including the one where we think he's dead. That was shocking. Hole is brought back in this book...and it is handled pretty well considering we all thought him dead. But I think once killed....characters should stay killed. I'm hoping Nesbo finds another character to develop...as I love his writing but am now off Harry.

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