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The Thirst Audiobook

The Thirst: A Harry Hole Novel

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Publisher's Summary

Harry Hole returns in the 11th installment of the author's best-selling, electrifying crime fiction series - published in 48 languages, more than 30 million copies sold worldwide.

In Police - the last novel featuring Jo Nesbø's hard-bitten, maverick Oslo detective - a killer wreaking revenge on the police had Harry Hole fighting for the safety of the people closest to him. Now, in The Thirst, the story continues as Harry is inextricably drawn back into the Oslo police force. A serial murderer has begun targeting Tinder daters - a murderer whose MO reignites Harry's hunt for a nemesis of his past.

©2017 Jo Nesbo (P)2017 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

"John Lee at his best is about as good as it gets in audiobook narration. Jo Nesbø in top form is a showstopper, and when they're together, perfectly in sync as here, you may need a Valium to get through the final chapters.... Bravo to both of them for this thrill ride." (AudioFile)

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    The Big Al 05-16-17
    The Big Al 05-16-17 Member Since 2010
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    "Hole Is Back"

    Always happy to see a new Hole. This one pleases me until the climactic confession, which loses all plausibility. On the other hand, it's not literature, it's genre, and there's plenty of plot centered on vampirism, a nice way for Nesbo to tip his hat to that subgenre without crossing over into fantasy. So give Nesbo a pickled herring for his effort and a shot of aquavit.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 05-15-17
    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 05-15-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Nesbo's Harry Hole Rules The Genre"

    I read and listen to plenty of wonderful authors, particularly in Mystery/Police Procedurals. Few if any approach Jo Nesbo' Harry Hole series for characters and intriguing mystery. With the exception of the second and third in the long series, Cockroaches and Red Breast, each of the novels is a 5 star adventure.

    The Thirst is one of the better storylines, featuring chilling and horrific murders, great police work and a great conclusion. The suspense is masterful. In other words, if this is your first novel in the series, you will not miss a thing. If this is your 12th venture, you will not be disappointed.

    11 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    David Kirby 05-30-17
    David Kirby 05-30-17 Member Since 2010
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    "My least favorite Harry Hole novel"
    What did you like best about The Thirst? What did you like least?

    Maybe it is me but as much as I've liked the Harry Hole series, this one failed for me. I guess I am more attached to the self-destructive Harry. This reborn version of Hole with his tenuous grasp on normalcy, just does not excite or interest me as he used to.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Jo Nesbo and Neil Smith - translator ? Why or why not?

    Absolutely. Not so much this book but the series is still one of the best in the genre.


    Would you be willing to try another one of John Lee’s performances?

    I have never been a fan of John Lee but, unfortunately, he reads many of the books I want to hear so I have to bare with him. He is not terrible but he over-emotes, is too dramatic and his brogue is annoying. It sounds like his tongue has torn loose in his mouth and wobbles about wetly as he speaks.


    Any additional comments?

    I'll probably end up waiting a year or so then reading this unless a new narrator is selected, in which case I might try that guy.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Daryl Kim Hamblin, PhD Pike Road, AL United States 05-22-17
    Daryl Kim Hamblin, PhD Pike Road, AL United States 05-22-17 Member Since 2012
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    "He's back"

    This may be Nesbo's best. Of course, his books need to be read in the proper order. The same great characters with the usual new editions. Surprised at the ending, but this is nothing new. It's been too long since the last book about Harry; this one sets up another.The performance was very good. I won't write more; I just wanted to praise the book, not write like a literary critic.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Elif Kaya 05-16-17
    Elif Kaya 05-16-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Reader Mismatched"

    Let me start by saying that I have read all Harry Hole novels and the first time in audible.

    This is a good mystery novel but make sure that you read the earlier ones (not all but at least the one before this - The Police-) since the characters and their actions make more sense that way. Jo Nesbo is dependable and his Harry Hole novels are always good rides.

    My only problem is the performance in the audiobook.Mr. John Lee is a very good narrator and his sense of theatrical suits very well for especially fantasy novels however this one needed a 'less is more approach' as far as I'm concerned. Someone like Campbell Scott would be perfect for this one.

    Read at least the novel before starting this one and do not get the audible version, otherwise highly recommended.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecarol California 05-14-17
    Rebecarol California 05-14-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Tasty Red Herrings!"

    I was a bit worried that Harry Hole had his life too much together now to make for a satisfying Harry Hole read, but not to fear, Nesbo has spun a great tale without sending Hole back into the depths of personal-life-misery. Planting truly effective Red Herrings is an art form and makes all the sense to me that a fine Norwegian author would excel in all things herring, I was taken by surprise more than once. I can never stop listening to the Nesbo books until work/necessity calls and this one was no different, another excellent turn for Harry Hole!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    DobieChuck Colorado 06-05-17
    DobieChuck Colorado 06-05-17 Member Since 2017
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    "More Harry Please!!"

    Another fine read courtesy of Harry Hole;). These last several books in the sequence keep exploring and stretching boundaries... Great pace w/ a cold and creepy feel.... There's some fine use of breadcrumbing and red herrings, and at times it's difficult to determine which;). Love Harry of course, but Oleg and Jules are also excellently drawn contributors, along w/ the rest of the main cast of characters... The ending coming full circle w/ the beginning was masterfully done, and the next book sets up to be another dandy...

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Old Hippy 05-27-17
    Old Hippy 05-27-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Jo Nesbo delivers again!"

    Another really good Nordic Noir with our favorite happy warrrior, Harry Hole, Nesbo manages to recycle an old nemisis for more murder and mayhem. Read it, you'll like it!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Dr. William J. Kass 05-13-17
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    "complicated as usual"
    Would you listen to The Thirst again? Why?

    Actually, I plan to listen to it again just as soon as I've finished listening to it the first time. I have great respect for Nesbo's ability to create complex narrative without it becoming silly, and his consistent character development from each novel to the next and all those that came before.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Thirst?

    I always enjoy characters, including but not limited to Harry, becoming reflective and introspective and philosophizing about politics and policing and male/female perspectives.


    Which character – as performed by John Lee – was your favorite?

    Harry, of course.


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

    no


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Wayne Matthews, NC 05-12-17
    Wayne Matthews, NC 05-12-17 Member Since 2017
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    "A long time fan of Jo Nesbø"

    I've been a fan of Jo Nesbø since 2005 when Book 5 of the Harry Hole suspense/police procedural series became the first Nesbø novel to be translated into English. The title of that novel is The Devil's Star. Along the way I have been disappointed in some of Nesbø's earlier Harry Hole novels such as The Redbreast and to a lesser degree Cockroaches, but Nesbø remained one of my favorite authors. But novels 5 (The Devil's Star) through #10 (Police) all earned 5 stars. Along the way in 2014 Nesbø released The Son which in my opinion is his best novel ever although it is not part of the Harry Hole series. So between 2003 and 2014 Nesbø had 7 suspense novels in a row that rated 5 star. (He also has written several children's books, a 2 novel series and some other stand alone novels since 2003.)All of Nesbo's novels have now been translated from his native Norwegian to English.

    With this Harry Hole novel, The Thirst, Nesbø breaks his string of 5 star suspense novels. Hole is now retired from police work and gone into teaching as well as being married. He is still an alcoholic, but that appears to play a smaller role in his life than ever before. He seems happy with his life for the first time ever. In The Thirst Harry Hole agrees to help the police with a case. Part of my issue with this novel is that it develops too slowly; the first half of the book is boring. Another issue is that it involves serial murder by the killer acting as a vampire by biting victims necks with metal "teeth" and drinking their blood. The novel is also gruesome and crude in other ways in will not describe. Nevertheless, The Thirst is a good novel with lots of twists, suspense and action. I expect much better than good from Jo Nesbø!! The narration is 5 star.

    9 of 15 people found this review helpful

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