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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

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

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The Snowman .. Great procedural book.

Where does The Snowman rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This book was very good. A wonderful murder mystery. I would rank it in my top 20.

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

The Clockmaker , because it's a great , complicated investigation. An intellgent murder mystery.

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

Robin Sachs makes the story much more exciting. I did read the book, and found to have too any characters. Robin Sach's set the mood of the book, and it made for a cohesive listen/read.

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

I didn't. The book was sad, but didnt make me cry, because you knew very little about the victims.

Any additional comments?

I would recommend this book, especially if you intend to listen to other Harry Hole / Jo Nesbo books. Many of the following books refer to The Snowman case.

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  • Rheems
  • Toledo, Ohio
  • 07-28-16

Too Predictable

A good story but I had figured out who the killer was by chapter 10. It was too easy. Once that surprise is gone, the rest of the book is a long, slow, tedious boat ride to the inevitable.

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My second Nesbo book.

I listened to my first Nesbo book, which wasn't a favorite, but to be fair, based upon the great reviews, I bought The Snowman. I'm so glad I did as this one was simply a great suspenseful thriller. It took me a long time to figure out "who done it"!

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Great, gruesome fun

If you like suspense, excitement and convoluted plots, this book is for you. One warning: you'll have to suspend disbelief as well.

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Fantastic book and narration

This is a truly scary story that kept me on the edge of my seat, especially for the last 6 hours of the audiobook! I literally dropped everything I was supposed to do in order to find out what happens!

Plus, I will certainly be looking for more audiobooks narrated by the wonderful Robin Sachs. He is such a talent!

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Sorry. Narration excellent. Story flawed.

It's difficult to point out the flaws in this story without spoilers. So I won't. But there were major implausible elements. I see this over and over in modern lit it seems. Yes it's a cool story, enjoyable, until the last 20% when you realize it couldn't happen.

Also, more than any other book I can recall, the story has to backtrack a few times. To explain how it is we got to this point. When these people connected. Wound up being distracting I felt.

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quite good book. flawless performance

There are readers as good As Robin Sachs. But there are none better. This haunting story is scary, thrilling, insightful, touching, and sometimes strangely funny. Sachs imbues every character with texture and intent.

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  • Tracey
  • east amherst, NY, United States
  • 10-06-15

Interesting. Worth it.

Good story with suspenseful moments. Well written and well read. Never read this author before. Will read again.

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  • Kevin
  • Austin, TX
  • 08-22-15

"Bat", "Leopard", "Devil's Star" better

It's hard to go wrong with the great combination of "Nesbo-Sachs" and this book is no exception. If I'm honest however I found "The Bat", "The Leopard", and "The Devil's Star" all better than "Snowman". Buy this anyway because it is good.

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painful

I am returning this book, I did not like it even a little bit. I tried to like it, I even tried to listen to it. I sped the reading up, thought maybe that might help. There's just no helping this book for me. I got it because it had such great reviews. Not my cup of tea.