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The Bat Audiobook

The Bat: A Harry Hole Thriller, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

The thrilling first book in the best-selling Harry Hole series, never before published in English.

Harry is out of his depth.

Detective Harry Hole is meant to keep out of trouble. A young Norwegian girl taking a gap year in Sydney has been murdered, and Harry has been sent to Australia to assist in any way he can.

He's not supposed to get too involved.

When the team unearths a string of unsolved murders and disappearances, nothing will stop Harry from finding out the truth. The hunt for a serial killer is on, but the murderer will talk only to Harry.

He might just be the next victim.

Appearing in English for the first time, The Bat is the legendary first novel from the worldwide phenomenon Jo Nesbo.

©2012 Jo Nesbo (P)2012 Random House Audiobooks

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    Carol Napier, New Zealand 11-21-12
    Carol Napier, New Zealand 11-21-12
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    "Seemed to go on forever."

    To me, this book had a lot of unnecessary tangents. If I had been reading this book instead of listening to it, I would have skim-read several parts just to get back to the story.

    I read another review that said this was the first in the series, and subsequent books are better. I'll probably give Harry Hole another chance.

    The narrator was good sometimes but almost put me to sleep other times.

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    M. 11-14-12
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    "An interesting read"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Bat to be better than the print version?

    I'm not familiar with the author so I cannot compare the audio book to the print version.


    If you’ve listened to books by Jo Nesbo before, how does this one compare?

    This is the first book by Jo Nesbo I've listened to or read.


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

    I suppose the main character, Harry Hole. Tho' I like Andrew a lot, too. He was the more complex of the 2 characters.


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

    Not a club.


    Any additional comments?

    This is my first book by Jo Nesbo with Harry Hole as the main character. I'm uncertain whether I want to try additional books by this author. I might just to see if I don't like the character or whether it might just be this book.

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    Charlotte Kingston 10, Jamaica 11-14-12
    Charlotte Kingston 10, Jamaica 11-14-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Meet Harry Hole"
    Where does The Bat rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The Bat is a must-listen for any Jo Nesbo fan. Harry Hole's beginnings are laid bare in stark detail and so much insight into the character he becomes in later books in the series is gained from this one. By far it is also one of the best in the series, not just because it is the first, but because the story turns back on itself so many times I was astonished by Nesbo's ability to slow the pacing of a novel to almost a crawl before giving you whiplash with the way he turns the story on its head!


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

    I would compare The Bat to The Snowman, and I have actually gone back to listen The Snowman again to understand the tie in between the two. A character from The Bat makes a re-appearance of sorts in The Snowman, and again there is more insight to be gained into why Harry is the way he is.


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

    Sean Barrett does an excellent job with all of the Harry Hole novels. I enjoy his measured pacing very much, and the way he doesn't force his voice higher to create female character tones but rather softens his pitch. Another excellent performance.


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

    Definitely I would have listened to this in one sitting had I been able to!


    Any additional comments?

    I am looking forward to rounding out my Harry Hole series, and I am very glad that Audible was able to bring to life the first book in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Reiser 11-12-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great to read number one in English"

    I have read this series in English and the first few had not been translated. It was great to be able to read earlier stories if only to see the improvement in Jo Nesbo's development of character and depth of plot. Great idea to start at the beginning, as with any series, but standing alone this one is not his best.

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    Peter Titusville, FL, United States 11-12-12
    Peter Titusville, FL, United States 11-12-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Obvious why his first novel was not widely publish"

    I found the story to ramble and was hard to understand. There are spots that show a future Harry Hole and his allure. This is a story for a long time Jo Nesbo fan to suck it up and be able too say you read his first one. The narration was poor.

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    Deborah 11-06-12
    Deborah 11-06-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Social studies lesson"
    Would you try another book from Jo Nesbo and/or Sean Barrett?

    Yes, I've listened to a few by Jo Nesbo and think they're great mysteries. Love Harry Hole.


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

    Yes and no. Yes, I would recommend it because it's part of the Harry Hole series and gives us a lot of history and insight into his character. No, because it was short on plot and long on social studies essays. A lot about the culture, economy, political environment, and history of Australia. Some of it went on and on and while interesting, it was hard to suspend disbelief that in the course of a conversation at a bar, someone would launch into a 10 minute monologue about the history of the treatment of aborigines.

    I hesitate to give it 2 stars because it's much better written than the mysteries I normally would give 2 stars, but honestly, I'm not sure it's worth 3.

    The narrator was very good! Not too heavy handed with the accents but still was able to convey them.


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

    Not that I remember.


    Did The Bat inspire you to do anything?

    See if there is another mystery writer out there similar to Nesbo, not because I won't read him again, but I was bored with this one and didn't want to bring my negative feelings along with me into another book in the series.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    danny lawrence Charlotte, NC USA 11-05-12
    danny lawrence Charlotte, NC USA 11-05-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Worthwhile trip down under"
    What did you like best about The Bat? What did you like least?

    I did like that since it was actually the first book in the series, some of the back story of the other books has been filled in. Also I liked the aboriginal stories used to emphasize a trait or aspect of the story. There was nothing I really didnt like about The Bat.


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

    The Australians. In my mind they might have all sounded like Crocodile Dundee


    Was The Bat worth the listening time?

    Yes. It wasnt the best Harry Hole story, but it was still enjoyable and worth the time.


    Any additional comments?

    This was my third Harry Hole book. When I saw that it was newly available I jumped at it. It filled in some of the gaps I had in the backstory. It is also good to know that it gets better from here

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    Janet&Greg Huntington Beach, CA, United States 11-04-12
    Janet&Greg Huntington Beach, CA, United States 11-04-12 Member Since 2017
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    "No Steig Larsson"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone not familiar with Steig Larsson or Nelson demille to name two who spin a much better story with suspense.


    What could Jo Nesbo have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Enrich the characters. Put more energy into the story.


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

    No energy. He just read the book. He did not become the characters


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    None that come to mind. I'd really like a refund because I purchased this book based on the high 4 + point system. I can't imagine this novel garnering such an impressive rating!


    Any additional comments?

    No

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    Howie Calgary, AB, Canada 11-04-12
    Howie Calgary, AB, Canada 11-04-12 Listener Since 2007
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    "Love Harry Hole, even in reverse order...."

    The kind of tragically flawed protagonist Jo Nesbo creates in this series.

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    tim Qualicum Beach, BC, Canada 11-02-12
    tim Qualicum Beach, BC, Canada 11-02-12 Member Since 2014
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    "In answer to the pronunciation of Hole"

    I am addicted to Nesbo's books. Just downloaded Batman and have listened to all Nesbo's audiobooks except Ghost which I read. I am a fan of Sean Barret as a narrator.
    I wanted to check how Hole should be pronounced and found an interview with Jo Nesbo in the UK where he is asked the question. The link gives his response. An interesting guy!

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    12/1/13
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    "Great book"

    This takes us back in time so we are reading after we have read the other Harry Hole books. It is still as good as the ones that had been translated before. nice to see Harry operating in Australia!

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  • tracey
    milton keynes, United Kingdom
    12/1/13
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    "The first Harry-Hole book"

    I really liked this book and the character of Harry is well established with me the listener realising he is troubled and an alcoholic. He is teamed up with an aboriginal to solve the case of a murdered girl and this in fact leads to the discovery of more murders.
    Wether new to Harry Hole or familiar with the later books, it is well worth a listen and I enjoyed the story wanting more at the end. I have downloaded the whole series now and are steadily working my way through them. This is well narated by Sean Barrett and I am glad to have read this book first as from what I have heard they get even better as the series goes along.
    I would recomend this audiobook and gave it five stars throughout as it kept me glued to it till the end in near one sitting!

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  • Amazon Customer
    11/27/13
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    "A must for anyone who loves a great crime novel"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Bat to be better than the print version?

    As i've not read the book I cannot say


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

    I would say finding the body of the clown


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

    I have some Michael Robotham books read by Sean Barrett. His characterisations are superb. Very easy to listen to.


    Any additional comments?

    A great book. this was my first Jo Nesbo. I found it a gripping read, often driving a few extra miles when listening to the exciting bits. I can't recommend this enough to those of you that love this kind of genre. Already bought the next two in series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • mollymoon1
    Bristol, United Kingdom
    10/24/13
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    "A good start to the series"

    Although I read this one some time ago and just getting around to doing a review, I would say that I have continued the Jo Nesbo series. This book on the whole, is just good. Its a start to the series of the Harry Hole story. Although Harry is Norwegien, this story takes off in Australia as an introduction to the great detective Harry Hole. I found the story pretty basic in all honesty, only picking up on the continuation of books through reviews and word of mouth. I am now thoroughly into Jo Nesbo and the Harry Hole books and I would recommend this one as the start of the series as the content is continued throughout his story. Its good. But it gets a whole lot better.

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  • John
    Kendal, United Kingdom
    10/9/13
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    "And this is by a best selling author?"

    In a nutshell...

    Hero Norwegian detective solves crimes the bumbling amateurs of the Australian police can't. When he's drunk.

    It's too predictable, you know he'll solve whatever comes up whilst everyone else is scratching their heads and grunting.



    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • NFM
    BIRMINGHAM, United Kingdom
    10/8/13
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    "Easy introduction to Harry Hole"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes, easy listening, good differentiation between character voices


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

    Yes, the next in the Harry Hole series


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

    Either Andrew or Otto


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

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cheri
    Barnet, United Kingdom
    10/7/13
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    "Good enough if you like this genre"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    The story follows a similar pattern to all the other stories featuring Harry Hole, with plot twists and turns and a few surprises here and there. Other outcomes though, are unfortunately, a bit predictable, if you are familiar with the fabric of 'Whodunnits' generally.

    The formula seems to lead the reader/listener on a journey where one eventually arrives at a point where a small selection of candidates/main characters, who have been crafted to be the least likely, are then under suspicion and lo and behold, one of these is revealed as the Rotter.

    It was good enough, in my view, to keep one involved, with only infrequent mind-wandering occurring, but I was often put off by Sean Barrett's accent, which to my ear, made Harry Hole sound like an old man with ill-fitting dentures. Doesn't quite marry up with the image that your imagination conjures, when reading the printed versions.


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

    Possibly, if it has convincing reviews.


    What three words best describe Sean Barrett’s performance?

    OK, most of his accents are good generally (I am Australian, so obviously I can hear things occasionally which aren't correct) and he tells the story in an engaging way, however, as stated above, I find his Harry Hole accent a bit annoying.


    Do you think The Bat needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr H.
    West Lulworth, United Kingdom
    7/25/13
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    "A first class thriller that had us laughing."
    Would you listen to The Bat again? Why?

    Yes because it kept us guessing and made us laugh.


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

    Harry's relationships, with his various Aussie colleagues.


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

    NO ! but will very soon.


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

    Thanks to the narrator it made us laugh many times. Harry is such character not sure I could cope with him in real life.


    Any additional comments?

    We will definitely read more of these books, please don't kill Harry off.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Ireland
    7/12/13
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    "A good Jo Nesbo Book"

    enjoyable story- not predictable - Sean Barrett is an excellent narrator. As thrillers go it was a good one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • natalia
    Twickenham, United Kingdom
    7/8/13
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    "Engaging but ultimately too long."
    Would you try another book written by Jo Nesbo or narrated by Sean Barrett?

    The narrative voice was not as engaging as I would have hoped but was decent with accents and differentiating between characters.


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

    Probably in terms of the narrative being very different and convoluted - keeps you guessing. Do think it is too long though.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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