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The Bat Audiobook

The Bat: The First Inspector Harry Hole Novel

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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

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)

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    "I will probably read the next one in the series"

    Harry Hole is a tortured soul, a recovering alcoholic, who carries the weight of his past as he attempts to find a serial killer.

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    Anonymous 10-16-17
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    "The Bat "

    Some parts of the book was dry but it started picking up overall a good book. I wanted to see The Snowman but now that I know it's a book I'm interested in all parts of the series.

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    Anonymous 08-19-17
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    "Stick with it"

    This book took some time to grab my interest but finishes very strong and a must to fully appreciate Hole in the series.

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    Anonymous 08-04-17
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    "Unpredictable but a little drawn out."

    I really like the side characters and the development of the story was wonderful. the main character was a little more flawed than I'm used to and I'm not emotionally invested in him yet. When the ending seemed to come, it was drawn out to what felt like almost half the book. That was a little bit frustrating. But I liked it enough to at least read the next book in the series.

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    Anonymous 07-06-17
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    "Slow start"

    If you are able to make it through tedious details and background at beginning- ending is worth it. Glad I stuck it out but very slow start, lots of character development that do not seem relevant but the details matter.

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    "Hometown"

    Coming from Australia I really enjoyed listening to the Aussie accents, they took me home! Planning to work my way through all the Nesbo books, I'm imagining they will just get better and better.

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    Anonymous 06-18-17
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    "Look forward to more Harry"

    The first Harry Hole book I've listened to and enjoyed it a lot. I look forward to more in the series

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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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    Anonymous 02-27-17
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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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    "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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