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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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    William R. SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States 07-07-11
    William R. SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States 07-07-11 Member Since 2016

    Author, rabid Audible listener.

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    "Enjoy a Great Thriller and Learn about Norway"

    This was a great book. I've been dying to fill my need for another Steig Larrson fix and saw The Snowman advertised on Audible so figured I'd give it a shot. What really makes this book work are the plot twists and turns. You will be hard pressed to figure out how this whole book will end. The characters were great, the plot really worked and I really enjoyed learning more about Norway at the same time. There were a few things that happened toward the end that I was not pleased with as there were a few moments where you will think "Wait, how did that character accomplish all this without being noticed??" but in the end it was a great story that held my interest. Robin Sachs was a good reader but as an American who only speaks English it was sometimes really hard to remember each character (they aren't named Mike or Chris) so I would love to have heard him create some unique voices rather than keeping the same tone. Enjoy this great book though and I will be listening to more Jo Nesbo.

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    Allan Futrell Louisville, KY USA 07-06-11
    Allan Futrell Louisville, KY USA 07-06-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Keeps the Reader Guessing"

    A good book to listen to. Nesbo does a nice job of keeping the reader guessing for the most part. Several clues are dropped along the way so that the alert reader can enjoy trying to figure out where the story is going. There are enough twists to keep if from getting boring.

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    Richard New York, NY, United States 07-05-11
    Richard New York, NY, United States 07-05-11 Member Since 2004
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    "More realistic than "Girl" series but still......"

    ....not that great. This is an OK listen but to be honest, these 'Scandi' thrillers seem a bit overrated to me. The story is hard to follow and the reader a bit too monotone.

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    Beth Tomball, TX, United States 06-30-11
    Beth Tomball, TX, United States 06-30-11 Member Since 2010
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    "The Snowman"

    As riveting as the Stieg Larssen trilogy, the mystery is just as exciting with all kinds of twists and turns. This is the first Jo Nesbo book I have listened to and I am looking forward to some of his earlier books. Don't be put off by the "sex;" it appears to be part and parcel of some Scandinavian novels!!







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    David Seminole, FL, United States 06-27-11
    David Seminole, FL, United States 06-27-11
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    "Well worth it - great whodonit."

    This is a great whodonit about a serial killer who likes to leave snowmen in his (or her) wake. The plot seems to get bogged down in minutiae from time to time but most is either essential to the story or serves as red herring. The payoff is well worth the time as this has multiple, satisfying, plausible resolutions. Possibly one of the best pure stories I've ever witnessed, although I can see many complications with the screenplay.

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    Sue Oklahoma City, OK, United States 06-26-11
    Sue Oklahoma City, OK, United States 06-26-11
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    "Great Entertainment"

    Lots of twists and turns, kept me on my toes. I enjoy books that are unusual and not the same old predictable plot. Just when I thought I had this one figured out it took a 360 degree turn.

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    Patrick 06-22-11
    Patrick 06-22-11
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    "Larson it's not"

    I guess we'll have to wait to see if Larson's girlfriend will come up with the 4th edition.

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    Joy Laurel, MD, United States 06-20-11
    Joy Laurel, MD, United States 06-20-11 Member Since 2013
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    "Really Enjoyed It!"

    The one downfall I had was remembering all the names and characters. They are foreign to me so sometimes listening, makes it hard to put all the pieces together. Great book. I would recommend!

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    Atticus 06-19-11
    Atticus 06-19-11
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    "Chilling but a great read"

    I don't like scary books. I don't like books about violence against women. I don't like drunks. But this is a great book--not, maybe, as good as The Redbreast but very good. His characters are believable, the clues are there for the following. I had this figured out fairly far ahead of time but it didn't matter.

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    James Springville, UT, United States 06-16-11
    James Springville, UT, United States 06-16-11 Member Since 2017
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    "Big disappointment"

    So boring. I've listened to hundreds of audiobooks and never before felt compelled to leave a bad review. This story and narrator were just so mind-numbing. I hope to save another listener from wasting their credit based on Micheal Connelly's (or anyone else's) recommendation of this novel. I wish audible had a buyback policy for lemons like this.

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