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Publisher's Summary

Available in English at last! The first book in the remarkable, best-selling Harry Hole series from Jo Nesbø.

Before Harry took on the neo-Nazi gangs of Oslo, before he met Rakel, before The Snowman tried to take everything he held dear, he went to Australia. Harry Hole is sent to Sydney to investigate the murder of Inger Holter, a young Norwegian girl who was working in a bar. Initially sidelined as an outsider, Harry becomes central to the Australian police investigation when they start to notice a number of unsolved rape and murder cases around the country. The victims were usually young blondes. Inger had a number of admirers, each with his own share of secrets, but there is no obvious suspect and the pattern of the other crimes seems impossible to crack. Then a circus performer is brutally murdered, followed by yet another young woman. Harry is in a race against time to stop a highly intelligent killer who is bent on total destruction.

©2013 Jo Nesbø (P)2013 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

Advance praise from the U.K. for The Bat

“Even with this first book Nesbø’s command of the idiom is completely in place—there is absolutely no sense that the writer was finding his feet and aficionados will be very pleased to slide this on to their bookshelves alongside the other Harry Hole novels.” --The Daily Express
 
“It is fantastic to see a younger Harry, a more loquacious Harry. . . . [Nesbø is] a terrific writer who knows how to build a story, taking you slowly to the top of a rollercoaster before sending you hurtling towards a solution that you never see coming.” --Scottish Express
 
“Nesbø is already taking on the clichés, ruthlessly tearing them apart and coming up with new riffs. . . . Most satisfyingly, we can now see the organic shape that Nesbø always intended his work to take.” --The Independent (London)

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Hmmm not sure

Seem like everyone loves the later books this one just seem to jump around alot.

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Sorry I listen to the whole book

Very happy that Mr. Nesbo wrote several books after this work of rot. The next several books I've heard and were much better.

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Lost in translation....

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Not for me...I found myself rewinding to figure out what the heck was going on. Maybe some of the finer points got lost in translation from the native language to English.

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I was hoping for better

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Folks who like predictable, formulaic, in a semi-exotic setting might like it more than I. It might be a good listen when multitasking,

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

Probably. I've heard the others are very good but decided to start from the beginning. Perhaps that was my mistake. Reviews of others make me think it's worth giving another a try ~~ maybe. They also said this one wasn't so great.

Would you be willing to try another one of John Lee’s performances?

Probably, but I won't seek him out.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointing in its predictability.

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Don't listen to this if you're australian.

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

Whilst I liked aspects of the story and the characters I did feel that it was like the author had visited Australia and was padding the novel out with a travelogue of Australian history information.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

As an Australian I found the narrator dreadful. The accent was completely wrong, if anything it had more similarities to a New Zealand accent. It was so immensely irritating I only just managed to listen to it.

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Manic, but flawed, thriller

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The manic fights, chases, and falls in this story are driven by the hopeless desperation of the breathtakingly bizarre characters. My fellow book club members told me that the later books in this series are much better reads.<br/>

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worst detective story i have heard in a long time

What would have made The Bat better?

IF i had never read or heard of this book, I would have been so much better off.

Has The Bat turned you off from other books in this genre?

totally and completely

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

i would trash the whole book..no hope for this one

Any additional comments?

I only bought this book because some idiot of a reviewer compard Jo Nesbo to le Carre..what a sacrilege..and what a waste of a credit

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Way too wordy!

Oy the endless meandering conversations about nothing! I fast forwarded numerous times and don't feel I missed anything. Nesbo's freshman outing with Harry Hole. Nowhere near as good as others in the series. Skip it unless you're going for the Hole hat trick.

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Very good story

Learner more about Australia and it's racial struggles and was my first talking Harry book good narration

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Unfulfilling

I found this to be very hard to follow or even slightly keep me on the edge of my seat. Between the the full narration and boring storyline I felt unfulfilled. Don't waste your credits on this one!