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The Snowman Audiobook

The Snowman

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Publisher's Summary

Internationally acclaimed crime writer Jo Nesbø’s antihero police investigator, Harry Hole, is back: in a bone-chilling thriller that will take Hole to the brink of insanity.

Oslo in November. The first snow of the season has fallen. A boy named Jonas wakes in the night to find his mother gone. Out his window, in the cold moonlight, he sees the snowman that inexplicably appeared in the yard earlier in the day. Around its neck is his mother’s pink scarf.

Hole suspects a link between a menacing letter he’s received and the disappearance of Jonas’s mother - and of perhaps a dozen other women, all of whom went missing on the day of a first snowfall. As his investigation deepens, something else emerges: he is becoming a pawn in an increasingly terrifying game whose rules are devised - and constantly revised - by the killer.

Fiercely suspenseful, its characters brilliantly realized, its atmosphere permeated with evil, The Snowman is the electrifying work of one of the best crime writers of our time.

©2011 Jo Nesbo (P)2011 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

“Jo Nesbø is my new favorite thriller writer and Harry Hole my new hero.” (Michael Connelly)

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    V Claymont, DE, United States 09-29-11
    V Claymont, DE, United States 09-29-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Loved it."

    Last of 4 that I have listened to in the last month. My favorite so far. I actually suspected the culprit early on, but had no idea as to the why, what, where and when! Terrifically narrated.

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    Anna Lake Zurich, IL, United States 09-22-11
    Anna Lake Zurich, IL, United States 09-22-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Kept me listening"

    This was a very smart novel. The pretense of the story was interesting and unique. Not knowing this was part of a series of books written by the author, I never found myself at a loss to keep up with the personal back stories of the main character. The author did a perfect job of tying it all together.

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    Georgina Atizapan de Zaragoza, Mexico 08-18-11
    Georgina Atizapan de Zaragoza, Mexico 08-18-11 Member Since 2016

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Good"

    It was kind of slow in the beginning, but later I happen to like the slowness in the plot, somehow the author made you feel the coldness of the weather and the people, like if you were there, in Norway.

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    Amazon Customer 08-16-11
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    "odd book"

    It was very hard for me to follow. I believe because it was a translation. But I hung in there mostly because I didn't want to waste my money but also just to hear who was the snowman.

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    SusieQ Pittsburgh, PA, United States 08-10-11
    SusieQ Pittsburgh, PA, United States 08-10-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Splendid mix of writing and narrating"

    A great mystery/thriller. This is my first encounter with Nesbo before but it sure won't be the last. Sachs's narration evokes the coldness of the characters and the setting

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    Kitty 08-05-11
    Kitty 08-05-11 Member Since 2017

    Give me a good mystery and I am happy!

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    For me it was just okay. I had trouble following the characters in the beginning.

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    RevDisaster Iowa City, Iowa United States 08-05-11
    RevDisaster Iowa City, Iowa United States 08-05-11 Listener Since 2005
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    "Good, but heavy on the angst and sex"

    I had to give up before the end because of too much emphasis on the angst of characters and non-essential sexual fascination. I'm no prude, but so much of the byplay focused on sexual obsession that it was difficult to stay connected to the plot. The author is talented, and the story is compelling, but I just ran out of energy to listen to the extraneous material.

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    KismetKat11 08-04-11
    KismetKat11 08-04-11 Member Since 2007

    Audible books (esp mysteries) make my long commute and weekend chores enjoyable! As member for 13 years, I can't imagine life w/o Audible!

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    I was surprised after reading so may positive reviews that I didn't enjoy this book more. I'm not usually hard to please! But, there were plot lines (red herrings) that went off in directions that really were unnecessary. It seemed like the author was trying to make the book deliberately long. Additionally, it jumped from time to time (past / present) without warning and I found it really difficult to follow. The main character was a cliche, a flawed, alcoholic detective with a past: "women love him, men want to be him." I didn't get it. And, I thought that the reasoning behind the killer becoming a killer was really, really far-fetched. I won't say more than that, I don't want to ruin it for anyone else. Bottom line, I just didn't really care for the book and won't be reading any more in this series.

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    Susan bayonne, NJ, United States 07-28-11
    Susan bayonne, NJ, United States 07-28-11
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    "great listen"

    an absolutly terrific story from begining to end.!!! a facinating plot that thickens n thickens with unforgetable charicters

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    Patricia Auburn, ME, United States 07-28-11
    Patricia Auburn, ME, United States 07-28-11
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    "Excellent!!"

    Loved it!! Kept you in suspense!! The story was very good and it kept you guessing and waiting for what would happen next!

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