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The Leopard Audiobook

The Leopard: A Harry Hole Novel, Book 8

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Publisher's Summary

Two young women are found murdered in Oslo, both drowned in their own blood. Media coverage quickly reaches fever pitch: Could this be the work of a serial killer?

The crime scenes offer no coherent clues, the police investigation is stalled, and the one man who might be able to help doesn't want to be found. Traumatized by his last case, Inspector Harry Hole has lost himself in the squalor of Hong Kong's opium dens. Yet when he is compelled, at last, to return to Norway - his father is dying - Harry's buried instincts begin to take over. After a female MP is discovered brutally murdered, nothing can keep him from the investigation.

There is little to go on: a piece of rope, a scrap of wool, a bit of gravel, an unexpected connection between the victims. And Harry will soon come to understand that he is dealing with a psychopath for whom insanity is a vital retreat, someone who will put him to the test in both his professional and personal lives as never before.

Ruthlessly intelligent and suspenseful, The Leopard is Jo Nesbo's most electrifying novel yet - absolutely gripping from first to last.

©2011 Jo Nesbo (P)2011 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

“Intense . . . Nesbø moves the action easily from Hong Kong to Norway, with side trips to the Democratic Republic of Congo, without ever losing the plot’s sense of urgency.” (Publishers Weekly, starred)

“Nesbø knows exactly what he’s doing [in] this gripping, intricately plotted tale . . . Like all intelligent crime fiction, this book is not only about multiple murders by heinous means. It is also about legacies, most specifically about the good and evil, love and hate, passed from one generation to the next. This vivid, violent novel promises to speak on many levels to many readers.” (Library Journal)

“Outstanding . . . Probably the best big crime novel you could lay your hands on this year.” (BBC Radio 4)

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    Julia berkeley, CA, United States 03-24-12
    Julia berkeley, CA, United States 03-24-12 Member Since 2017
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    "I love this writer, and the performer is great too"
    What made the experience of listening to The Leopard the most enjoyable?

    I really love the characters and the characters. It is so relaxing to be able to listen to such an intelligent writer!


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes, because there are many twists and turns


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Not telling


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

    No, but I thoroughly enjoyed it.


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    nancy cc, CA, United States 03-20-12
    nancy cc, CA, United States 03-20-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Terrific"
    Would you listen to The Leopard again? Why?

    Yes, a true who done it with twists and turns.
    Loved the narraters voice.


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

    Not sure as I don't read that many who done it mysteries.


    What about Robin Sachs’s performance did you like?

    He was great, a true detective gravely voice. Took me back to
    the radio shows I listened to as a kid.
    Also like the switching characters very nice.


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

    Pretty long for one sitting but I did listen whenever I was on the
    road or working.


    Any additional comments?

    Looking forward to the Snowman.
    Guess i am working backwards.

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    Cat L. 03-18-12
    Cat L. 03-18-12
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    "Violence too graphic this time"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. I thought Nesbo went too far this time. I love all the Hole books but this one was too long (I kept thinking


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Peter Temple's The Broken Shore.


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

    Yes, he's really good in every book.


    Was The Leopard worth the listening time?

    No. See above comments for why.


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    03-15-12
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    "One awful book"
    What disappointed you about The Leopard?

    The Leopard was a real stinker. It included an absurdly convoluted plot, was written poorly with a milion cliches and bad metaphors, and was read in an overly dramatic tone that only added to the lousy writing.


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    Bonnie 03-14-12
    Bonnie 03-14-12 Member Since 2011
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    "BORING"

    I can’t even give this an OK. It was that bad! Harry, the male lead and central character, was believable as the druggy and alcoholic but not as a resurrected detective. Kia, the female lead, was NOT at all believable as a detective. A detective would not have done many of the things she did. A detective would have more brains and experience than this character. She came across as an air head. The characters were not well developed and the plot dragged on and on. I had a very difficult time sticking with this until the end, which was also not very good. Now I wish I had not wasted my time or my money on this book. The reader was better than the story but not good at the female voices. Trying to find some thing nice to say, the research on the Leopold apple was good. That was about the ONLY good thing I can say about this book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Paulette Chicago, IL, United States 03-06-12
    Paulette Chicago, IL, United States 03-06-12 Member Since 2017
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    "Robin Sachs brings Harry to life"
    Where does The Leopard rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is such a good listen and a perfect follow up to our hero Harry Hole. I haven't read any of the books and I'm glad because Robin Sachs makes it worth enjoying via audible. I can't say enough about Robin Sach's talent in bringing out the gritty, bad boy hero of Harry to listeners.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes. The somewhat gruesome scene of Harry's escape was downright riveting. There were parts where I lost track of the real world - I was so enthralled.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I enjoyed his second seduction by Kaya - his hopeless submission in two words was priceless.


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

    It kept me too breathless for that but it was spell binding.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mohammed newark, NJ, United States 02-28-12
    Mohammed newark, NJ, United States 02-28-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Excellent Narration"

    I have listened to few books prior to "The Leopard, and Narration of this book is amazing. I am looking forward to hear more books from same narrator

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    KYC Ohio 02-18-12
    KYC Ohio 02-18-12 Member Since 2008

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    "Terrific Thriller and Character"
    If you could sum up The Leopard in three words, what would they be?

    I am a Harry Hole fan- the stories are always great and the characters are complex. Even though Harry is self-destructive, I always root for him to succeed. You care about the main character so you care about the story.


    What does Robin Sachs bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    Robin Sachs is a great actor and narrator and his reading makes you


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    Derek LOUISVILLE, KY, United States 02-14-12
    Derek LOUISVILLE, KY, United States 02-14-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Gr8 listen, held my attention"

    Great story and the translation was excellent. Will read more Nesbo. Could really visulize the characters.

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    Spencer United States 02-11-12
    Spencer United States 02-11-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Great story and telling"
    Would you listen to The Leopard again? Why?

    Yes, I have read all of Joe's books, he always has a unique way of killing people.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Harry, of course! Like all of us, full of issues and troubles.


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

    Pronounciations of the characters names.


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

    Harry and Raquel not getting back together earlier.


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend anyone start with The Snowman but don't forget to read the Red Breast, it's the most complex of the five I have read.

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