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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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    Kim H. 12-16-12
    Kim H. 12-16-12 Member Since 2012

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Not so much."

    This was my first of Mr. Nesbo, and sadly my last. I didn't care for the characters at all, and I'm sorry, but the name Hole, pronounced holy, just sounded strange when the narrator said it. Harry Hole, I know I'm being petty, but, how rude sounding. So for me it just kinda ruined it. I know it's childish, but, just saying.........

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    Spencer United States 12-14-12
    Spencer United States 12-14-12 Member Since 2005
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    "A good start"
    If you could sum up The Bat in three words, what would they be?

    A good start.


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

    The telling of the old tribe stories.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I read the later books first so was used to a different and more entertaining narrator.


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

    When our hero fell off his sobriety.


    Any additional comments?

    I think the author has matured with his main character and his story telling.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Walter Harris Old Saybrook, CT USA 12-11-12
    Walter Harris Old Saybrook, CT USA 12-11-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Who is Harry Hole?"
    Would you listen to The Bat again? Why?

    I would not volenteer to listen a second time, but would not object to listening with someone else.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Harry, of course, he is the arch typical scandinavian morose, alcholic introspective loner detective.


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

    I don't think so


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

    It made me want a drink but not Jim Beam. Perhaps Makers?


    Any additional comments?

    Where is spell checker??

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    Sandy 12-11-12
    Sandy 12-11-12 Member Since 2016
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    "another great Harry Hole mystery"
    If you could sum up The Bat in three words, what would they be?

    another great Nesbo


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

    The Snowman same characters, different story, earlier Harry Hole


    What about Sean Barrett’s performance did you like?

    I thought he handled the Norwegian and Australian accents well.


    Any additional comments?

    thoroughly enjoyed it

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    Diane 12-09-12
    Diane 12-09-12
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    "Different narrator equally entertaining"

    I decided to listen to this because it's the first in the series. I've either listened to or read about four others. I wanted to get sense of where the character had come from. The story was, as with the others in the series very good and the performance was excellent. I love that the narrator could "do" the accents well.

    As with the other Hole books there were twists and turns to the story which kept it entertaining. Worth the credit

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    Gann 12-07-12
    Gann 12-07-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Geat story even greater narration"
    What made the experience of listening to The Bat the most enjoyable?

    The narration and the twists on who is the perp.


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

    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Same excellent writing, description, and intrigue.


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

    Andrew


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    Although I've listed to more books than I can possibly recall I do believe Barrett's narration was one of if not THE best I have ever heard.

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    Donna Reynolds Salcha, Alaska United States 12-06-12
    Donna Reynolds Salcha, Alaska United States 12-06-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Finally, the first of the Harry Hole series!"
    If you could sum up The Bat in three words, what would they be?

    Fantastic


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

    Books from Stuart Mac Bride are similar in the raw, dark, quality. The main characters are flawed and yet deserve our compassion and acceptance.


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

    I have read or listened to books 2-9 and was thrilled to find the very first of the Harry Hole series which is referred to throughout the series. Finally, my curiosity about what exactly Harry got up to in Australia has been satisfied.


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    William Plymouth, Mongolia 12-05-12
    William Plymouth, Mongolia 12-05-12 Member Since 2008
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    "beginning"

    I listened to this book after listening to some of the later Harry Hole books. I found this book satisfying, but it also gave me insight into how much Nesbo has tightened and intensified his novels over the course of the series.

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    Fifine Nova Scotia Canada 12-05-12
    Fifine Nova Scotia Canada 12-05-12 Listener Since 2006
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    "Harry Hole: the Backstory"
    Would you listen to The Bat again? Why?

    The narrator is excellent, Australian accents seem accurate. Voices are varied and believable. Use of Aborigine legends in framing the plot is original; an unexpected bonus in a Scandinavian series.


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

    The other books in the popular Jo Nesbo series - this one was the first, but wasn't translated until fairly recently, I believe.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scenes at the Sydney Aquarium - particularly the heartpounding climax!


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

    The terrible episode/accident in Harry's police career that haunts him still.


    Any additional comments?

    The Australian setting is interesting and well-drawn. Harry is a "fish out of water" there to some degree, and he gets to muse on his fellow coppers in a unique context.

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    Bradford 12-05-12
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    "One of the best police myster writers in the world"
    If you could sum up The Bat in three words, what would they be?

    The Harry Hole series by Jo Nesbo is at the top of my list for police procedural mystery/thrillers, along with Connelly and Sandford. The characters are so alive you miss them when the book is over. There are no fairy tale endings in these books. Life is scary and dark, with brief glimmers of life that, for Harry Hole, make it worth living despite the pain. His killers are terrifying and smart, a match for Harry's intellect. But beware: if you are always counting on a neat, happy ending you will be let down. If you want the gritty painful but real side of life, there is no one better than Nesbo. All of the books have now been put on audio. It is not absolutely required to read in order, but I would recommend it, as the books follow his career and life struggles. The Bat, the first of the the Harry Hole series, is one you will sit in your car in the dark after arriving home and will keep on listening. You can't turn it off.


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  • Richard
    Pembrokeshire, United Kingdom
    12/4/12
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    "A great introduction to Harry Hole."

    Being a massive Jo Nesbo fan, I have been waiting eagerly for the first book in the Harry Hole series to be translated into English. Having loved everyNesbo novel so far, I approached The Bat with high expectations. I am pleased to say that I was not disappointed. Not yet the fully formed character, many of Harry Hole's skills and flawes ar soon on show. The reader is able to see how the author developed Harry into the more mature complex person that he becomes in later books.

    Strangely the first book in the series is set out of Harry's native Norway. A young Norwegian woman is Murdered in Sydney and Harry travels to Australia to liase witth the local police. All the usual Nesbo plot complexities are soon on show. The story builds up to a great ending, a typical trait of all Nesbo's thrillers. Had I read this book before any of his later novels, I would have immediately looked for the rest of the series. Just one more book to be translated, Cockroaches I believe is to be published in the English language sometime in2013. It does not really matter which order you read The Harry Holes books, Just read them!.

    30 of 31 people found this review helpful
  • Isabelle
    United Kingdom
    10/24/12
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    "Gripping"

    Fills in some background to explain Harry Hole's character. Having come to this after reading most of the subsequent Harry Hole books (I'm saving the Phantom for a special occasion), I was prepared to be disappointed. However, I wasn't, apart from the book being significantly shorter than some of the later ones.

    I loved all the dreamtime stories and as usual, Sean Barrett narrates it flawlessly.

    17 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • mr
    Iron Acon, United Kingdom
    10/31/12
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    "Batastic!"

    Having read all the other Jo Nesbo books featuring Harry Hole, I expected to be disappointed as this one had not been printed in the UK previously and I was worried this was an inferior piece of work. However, Jo Nesbo, once again reminded me of how good an author he really is, as this is another excellent detailed novel full of careful plotting and tension. I loved it. Sean Barrett narrates superbly. 9 out 10 for me.

    20 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • C T Jones
    12/12/12
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    "Fantastic!"

    An excellent start to the Harry Hole series. I only wish this book had been available first.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • alan
    Canvey Island, United Kingdom
    11/15/12
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    "Early Harry - Just as good!"

    I'd read or listened to all the other Harry Hole books and thoroughly enjoyed them all.

    This one was the first in the series but for some strange reason has only just been released as an audiobook?

    It delves into more personal details about Harry’s past than do the subsequent books and goes some way to explaining this complex character.

    Verdict: It's another winner - Recommended!

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Corrado M.
    10/17/14
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    "Not very exciting, poor plot"
    Would you try another book written by Jo Nesbo or narrated by Sean Barrett?

    Good job with the narration by Sean Barrett. Shame the book had a fairly inexistent plot. Was expecting more grip from a 14 million copies sold book. After a fresh start, I didn't think the plot had a purpose and therefore lacked grip and didn't accomplish any emotional effect throughout the end.


    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Wayne Davies
    12/3/12
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    "Should be in HOLLYWOOD very soon."

    Ive read all of Jo's books now, they all keep you on your toes but this one, well, dare i say it, 'his best work'

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • A. G. Richardson
    Orpington, Kent, UK
    11/1/15
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    "A different side of Sydney!"

    It was like listening to a ghoulish travelogue... After being their a couple of years ago I could see the frantic rushing of Harry and his Aussie police gang rushing around Sydney after the mass murderer. I now know a few places to avoid!

    Good grotesque Nordic Noir in sunny Australia. What's not to like!!! 😀

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Amelia
    United Kingdom
    7/14/13
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    "Numero Uno Harry Hole"

    This is first in the Harry Hole series of books However due to translation to English I have read more recent versions before. It is refreshing to get back to basics with Harry thought and I really enjoyed it. Harry is Harry wherever he turns up and it is nice to see where he started.
    Books are stand alone wonderful in my opinion. I could compare Jo Nesbo to other authors like Camilla Lackberg, Henning Mankell who are similiarly set and use really clear imagery to describe the characters and scenes in my opinion.
    I have listened to many books with Sean Barrett as the reader and he is excellent in every way in my opinion bringing the story to life and really giving it meaning.
    I felt an emotional attachment to the book as I do with all Harry stories and was interested in the characters and how they developed.
    Really enjoyed the story and of course being with Harry again. Would highly recommend

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Martin Ohlidal RNDr.
    4/14/13
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    "Once you start with one you have to listen all"

    This story, as well as other Jo Nesbo`s books about Harry Hole, will become your obsession. Firstly the figure of the detective is so much realistic. He will become very close to you. I do not like smokers but Harry Hole is an exception, I am very critical to alcoholics but his dedication to Jim Beam is ok for me. It is the way how Jo Nesbo is able to provide the story and OF COURSE the incredibly good interpretation of Sean Barrett. Voice in my head that makes me listening and listening.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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