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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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    Gerson 12-05-12
    Gerson 12-05-12
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    "Solid Performance..."
    What made the experience of listening to The Bat the most enjoyable?

    The Locale and Harry Hole's collected and analytical character


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

    Top Five


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

    He brings the different accents/speech cadences and mannerisms of the the local peoples.


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

    A little too much gruffinesss.


    Any additional comments?

    Looking forward to Jø Nesbø's next book, with, perhaps, Christopher Lane or Phil Gigante as narrators.

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    Martha Humphreys Montana, USA 12-05-12
    Martha Humphreys Montana, USA 12-05-12 Member Since 2014

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    "A worthy first book in a fascinating series: WOW!"

    After reading Jo Nesbo's later novels, all translations from the Norwegian, I began my search for the first in the series--at the time available in English only from Audible. Now I'm torn between reading or listening to the rest of the Harry Hole series. A tough call because the narrator did an excellent job distinguishing the characters and giving proper inflection at the end of each chapter to encourage me to keep listening in spite of obligations, responsibilities, or distractions. Having read all of Steig Larrson's trilogy, and enjoyed them (although wondered what all the shouting was about). Jo Nesbo's work engages the reader without confusing them with unfamiliar names, places. His characters engage, his plots are carefully woven into a logical (inevitable and sometimes sad) conclusion...and when the excellent narrator speaks the last word, the listener rushes to purchase the next book in the series.

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    Andrea F. Ozment New Haven, CT USA 12-02-12
    Andrea F. Ozment New Haven, CT USA 12-02-12 Member Since 2005

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    "Super introduction to a great detective series"
    Where does The Bat rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I was totally enthralled by this book, and I feel the narrator captured the hero, story, and mood to a tee. I reserve 5 stars for the list of very best books I've ever read; otherwise this would get a 5-star rating from me!

    In Nesbo's series about Harry Hole, I found "The Bat" to be one of the strongest entries. Mind you, it's a consistently strong series, so any of the books is likely to satisfy the reader looking for a gripping story with a sympathetic (flawed) hero and lots of twists and turns. I will definitely keep a lookout for the narrator, too -- he did such a great job.


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    Dennis Salem, OR, United States 11-30-12
    Dennis Salem, OR, United States 11-30-12 Member Since 2011
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    "The story moved a little slow. Learned about Aust"
    Would you try another book from Jo Nesbo and/or Sean Barrett?

    Would not go out of my way for one of his books.


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

    na


    Was The Bat worth the listening time?

    It was worth the listening time.


    Any additional comments?

    Learned a lot about Australia, the native people, and the prisoners from England who came to this land.

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    Karen 11-28-12
    Karen 11-28-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Jo Nesbo really improved after this first novel!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Being able to distinguish the characters.


    What was most disappointing about Jo Nesbo’s story?

    Firstly, there were too many "bird walks". We listened to aboriginal creation stories and alcoholic/drug hallucination sequences. The book also jumped back and forth in time which was difficult to follow in this audio version. The "bird walks" bogged down the story.


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    Amazon Customer 11-28-12
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    "JUST REALEASED ON AUDIO IS NOT A NEW BOOK"

    This was a very disappointing Harry Hole story. The Australian accent was terrible performance and slang used - some I had not ever heard of before. Every day Australians do not talk like that. Most disappointing and so slow. I hate not being able to finish a book but this was the exception.

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    Lori Saint Paul, MN, United States 11-27-12
    Lori Saint Paul, MN, United States 11-27-12 Member Since 2017
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    "Not for me!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The book wa just too drawn out! I couldn't even finish it. Stopped listening after about 25% done.


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    Scott Philadelphia, PA, United States 11-27-12
    Scott Philadelphia, PA, United States 11-27-12 Member Since 2009

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    "Different Kind of Protagonist..."

    Harry Hole is a deeply flawed man and that makes for an interesting read. He's not the near perfect hero that dominates these kind of books in most cases. I liked that about the book despite the fact that it dragged at times. The book goes to some pretty strange places but it never crosses the line of believability. I never got the feeling that the things I was reading couldn't happen. I'm looking forward to listening to more books from the Harry Hole series and seeing how the main character evolves and rounds out.

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    Larry 11-23-12
    Larry 11-23-12

    メロンパン!! (れ・ω・な)

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    "A rather boring 'Down Under' story."

    From the audio sample and all the raving 5 star reviews I thought I'd give this book a chance. It sounded like it might be an interesting crime/mystery novel but I just never got into it. There was never a part where I thought 'What is going to happen next!?'.

    The characters just weren't that interesting either and the story was just too boring. It didn't feel like there was any direction to it. There was no build up to the events, no moment where you think 'I think I know what happened'.

    If you're looking for a classic crime series, this book isn't it.

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    Janet Castle Valley, UT, United States 11-22-12
    Janet Castle Valley, UT, United States 11-22-12 Member Since 2017
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    "Good introduction to the Harry Hole Series"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Certainly would recommend this book as it provides you with an understanding of the character of Harry Hole and his various issues. I have read in paperback form volumes 7, 8 & 9 of this series but always wondered why Harry's character was so twisted and flawed. This first book answered many of those questions.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Harry Hole because he certainly has his flaws so it makes him more believable as a character in that he can make mistakes and still succeed in solving crimes


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

    Haven't listened to other performances


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  • G. Myers
    London, United Kingdom
    2/11/14
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    "I am not sure I like Harry Hole!"
    What about Sean Barrett’s performance did you like?

    Everything! Sean Barrett is the benchmark by which all narrators are judged.


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

    Not really as I found the main character irritating at times!


    Any additional comments?

    The main character is about as indecisive selfish and flawed as they come but I did enjoy the story.

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  • S. E. Huxford
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    2/6/14
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    "The Bat"
    Would you try another book written by Jo Nesbo or narrated by Sean Barrett?

    no, the reading is ok but the story thin and weak.


    What will your next listen be?

    another William Boyd( though I think I've read them all) Robert Goddard


    Did The Bat inspire you to do anything?

    not read foreign novels!


    Any additional comments?

    not enough interest, slow moving contrived story.

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  • jennifer
    alfreton, United Kingdom
    12/26/13
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    "The Bat"

    Another great book from Jo Nesbo I have not listened to these books in any order but it really does not matter with detective Harry Hole who I feel I know so well now you can easy pick up on his life the mess it is! great story great narrator.

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  • Greg
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom
    12/13/13
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    "The Bat"
    What did you like most about The Bat?

    The Bat, the first in the Harry Hole Series by Jo Nesbo, is a great introduction. The characterisation of Harry is really well done by Nesbo and it enables the reader to capture the essence of the Norwegian detective. The story flows well with twists and turns and the setting in Sydney with the rebellious Harry works very well.
    A great read!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story and the creation of Harry's character


    What about Sean Barrett’s performance did you like?

    Well read, well performed.


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

    Absolutely


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • S. Needham
    UK
    12/13/13
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    "Don't let this one put you off"
    What did you like most about The Bat?

    I've read several of the other Harry Hole books but this was my first encounter with this one. You can really tell it is the first and that the author learned from the experience - the later novels are beautifully crafted but in this one the plot is a little weak.


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

    Hmmmm......can't think of one!


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

    First timer with Sean Barrett but I liked his performance here


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Norwegian Detective travels to Australia to solve murder mystery. He might as well have travelled to Mars!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lucy
    Ramsgate, United Kingdom
    12/3/13
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    "Great book very well narrated"

    I thought I would give Harry Hole a go after reading some reviews and I'm glad I did! I thoroughly enjoyed the book and Sean Barrett does a great job in narrating - I read all the Michael Robotham books he has narrated and he really brings the book to life! I'm now reading book 2 and I am enjoying that too - will be buying more and working my way through the series!

    To sum it up - Thoroughly enjoyable listen and disappointed when it ended!

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  • L
    Swansea, United Kingdom
    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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