We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
The Bat Audiobook

The Bat: The First Inspector Harry Hole Novel

Regular Price:$28.00
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

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

What the Critics Say

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)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

3.8 (1040 )
5 star
 (311)
4 star
 (396)
3 star
 (229)
2 star
 (69)
1 star
 (35)
Overall
3.8 (941 )
5 star
 (265)
4 star
 (340)
3 star
 (222)
2 star
 (80)
1 star
 (34)
Story
4.2 (933 )
5 star
 (427)
4 star
 (320)
3 star
 (127)
2 star
 (38)
1 star
 (21)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    i. Ski Duluth, Minnesota 03-13-17
    i. Ski Duluth, Minnesota 03-13-17 Member Since 2015
    HELPFUL VOTES
    157
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    342
    53
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    6
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "The beginning of Harry Hole"

    I am glad I had read other, better Harry Hole books (The Snowman is a favorite) before reading this one. Nesbo has developed as a writer and Harry has become more sympathetic and multi-dimensional since this first book -- something we can appreciate. There is not the tension of morals that Harry experiences in later books, and his overt alcoholism (without insight) does not make him a likeable person in this first story. The antagonists are the usual lot -- drug dealers, prostitutes, bad cops, and Australian mobsters. There is a good exploration of the second class treatment of Australian Aboriginal people -- a social struggle that is still evident in modern Australia.

    If you are a Nesbo fan, read this as a marker for how a writer's plotting evolves with experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    James 03-13-17
    James 03-13-17 Member Since 2006
    HELPFUL VOTES
    93
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    516
    97
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Hmmm not sure"

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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    thefanchman 02-27-17
    thefanchman 02-27-17 Member Since 2010
    HELPFUL VOTES
    5
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    134
    6
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Catie C. 08-25-16
    Catie C. 08-25-16
    HELPFUL VOTES
    8
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    76
    13
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Elizabeth 01-29-16
    Elizabeth 01-29-16
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    162
    4
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Jenn 10-12-15
    Jenn 10-12-15 Member Since 2015
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    13
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Glenda 10-09-15
    Glenda 10-09-15

    Book club moderator in Texas

    HELPFUL VOTES
    3
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    7
    4
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Manic, but flawed, thriller"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Madhusudhan Menon Pullenvale, Australia 09-07-15
    Madhusudhan Menon Pullenvale, Australia 09-07-15 Member Since 2017
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    12
    8
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Caroline Siemers 09-04-15 Member Since 2014
    HELPFUL VOTES
    13
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    64
    5
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Peter Feindel 08-20-15
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Very good story"

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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.