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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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    Stevon Tempe, AZ, United States 12-02-11
    Stevon Tempe, AZ, United States 12-02-11 Member Since 2017

    I love books!

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    "great, spooky crime thriller"

    This was a great story, spooky, the kind that gives you chills when listening at night all alone. I'd never heard of Jo Nesbo and was surprised that Jo is a guy, a Norwegian. It was a riveting thriller, a page turner, the kind you can't put down. I'll look forward to my next Nesbo!

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Avi Stachenfeld Berkeley, California USA 01-14-13
    Avi Stachenfeld Berkeley, California USA 01-14-13 Member Since 2014
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    "the series has grown long in the tooth"

    Having now read through the next book in the series, The Leopard, which actually references some of the more bizarre psychological insights of this book, I am thinking that perhaps four book was enough.
    Incidentally, does anyone else out there wonder what Jo Nesbo's is really saying about his attitude to women, well, actually toward me too...exactly why are women always getting mutilated, men with power doing the mutilation, and Harry Hole so self destructive that he even winds up with his body being eroded from one book to the next?

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Pavel Czech Republic 09-18-11
    Pavel Czech Republic 09-18-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Thrilling"

    Several nice twists in the plot, although some of them almost predictable. Narratotion is good, but there are some parts of the recording that are very low (meaning the pitch), so when I listened to it in the car, it was difficult to understand.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Frederick Irvine, CA, United States 05-22-11
    Frederick Irvine, CA, United States 05-22-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Great Story -- Narration a Little Off"

    This is a first rate thriller. The characters are all well defined and the antagonist suitably evil. I know there will be comparisons to the Millenium series, which is a bit unfortunate because the only comparisons are the geography and genre. Just plain excellent. I had to ding it a "star" only because of the narration. The narrator has a great voice but sometimes speaks far too fast and I miss several words and his patrician accent is difficult for a born and raised Californian.

    15 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    D. WARD Midlothian, Virginia United States 10-20-11
    D. WARD Midlothian, Virginia United States 10-20-11 Member Since 2009

    Diana bookworm

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    "Jo Nesbo....my newest fave... Mystery and Thriller"

    Once I have found an author I like to read all the books in the series....the Stieg Larsson
    Girl with the Dragon tattoo series is my all time favorite. So now that the bar has been set so high its hard to find that immediate connection and passion I'm looking for.

    I found that spark again with all the Douglas Preston & Lincoln Childs books ( w the Pendergast character) Charlene Harris w Sookie Stackhouse, every single one of the amazing Joshilyn Jackson books, Katheryn Stockett, all Elizabeth George books starting from the first of the Inspector Lord Lynley series....and now there is...and has been...Jo Nesbo. I love the gritty, grubby appealing central character Harry Hole...the stories are complex and you just cant imagine "who dunnit"...which I love. I'm about to be on my third Jo Nesbo and intend to read them all.

    I recommend them.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    L. O. Pardue Atlanta, GA United States 07-15-11
    L. O. Pardue Atlanta, GA United States 07-15-11 Member Since 2010

    I love to read books set in interesting places or historical settings. I especially love mysteries and thrillers.

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    "Love this Book!!"

    This is my first Jo Nesbo book, but I am already researching which one to start on next. I loved this thrilling book so much that I started calling friends and family before I was even half way through telling them to please get started on this book immediately. I noticed that Robin Sachs continues as the narrator for other Jo Nesbo audible books. That really pleases me because Mr. Sachs did a great job keeping the book exciting with his excellent reading. The characters are really interesting, and the book is full of twists and turns. I haven't felt this way since I was reading the Stieg Larsson books. And by the way, I will never look at a Snowman the same ever again.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Janet Katz 06-17-11
    Janet Katz 06-17-11 Member Since 2006

    Avid listener of mysteries, thrillers, a little sci fi. Also enjoy self improvement titles. Mom, wife, Social Media Coordinator for biz.

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    "Great thriller! Great narration"

    I enjoyed this book very much. The twists and turns are not of the caliber of some books, such as Jeffery Deaver, I have read but they are believable and fit well with the character development and story line. The writing and expressions are very well done. Main character Harry Hole was great and Sachs totally nailed he and all the others with his narration. Again, not the sheer poetry of Tana French but still excellent. I will happily listen to the rest of Nesbo's books.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    S. Yates 05-15-17
    S. Yates 05-15-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Glad I gave this series a second chance"
    What did you love best about The Snowman?

    The interweaving of flashback scenes with present day to ratchet up the tension and keep the reader guessing.


    Any additional comments?

    4.5 stars. A labyrinthine plot (in the best way), a gifted but flawed investigator (with humanity and depth), an assortment of supporting players with distinct personalities and drives, a richly textured history for the main players, and a feeling of dread as each new victim goes missing combine to make this a really excellent mystery-thriller. I picked this up after being very disappointed in the first book of the series (disappointed enough that I did not finish it), so I am glad I read a few reviews and saw that this book (the seventh in the series following Harry Hole) received glowing reviews. Clearly Nesbø hit his stride some time after the first book and this was well worth the time. I look forward to other books in the series and was also interested to learn that this book is being adapted into a film for release this year. I just hope that the film does the book justice and that viewers perhaps choose to pick up the book first. Recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jeffrey Keimer 04-07-15 Member Since 2000

    Enjoy intellectually stimulating mysteries. Dislike story lines use a lot of violence, gun play and highly improbable events.

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    "Simply too improbable - especially the ending"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The ending


    What was most disappointing about Jo Nesbø’s story?

    Parts of the story were technically not feasible.


    Any additional comments?

    Was enjoying the story, somewhat, until it got towards the end when storyline became simply too improbable and technically not feasible. It was as if the author decided to come up with something so crazy that no reader could have ever guessed it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Calvin 06-30-14
    Calvin 06-30-14
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    "Confusing"
    What would have made The Snowman better?

    I'm sure its me but I had a terrible time keeping up with who was who and the flow of the the story. Maybe I'm not into foreign mysteries.
    I bought the book because of the good reviews but it just wasn't that enjoyable to me.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Robin Sachs’s performances?

    No


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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