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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

Critic Reviews

"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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  • B.J.
  • Minneapolis, MN, United States
  • 10-22-17

Normally, I love Jo Nesbo.

This book was WAY off the mark for me. It was far too gruesome, disjointed, and confusing. I'm bored with John Lee's narration. If you've never listened to Harry Hole novel, don't start with this one. It's not typical of the author. There are many others that are better. JMHO

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Tedious, Unoriginal and Poorly Narrated

I am late to the Harry Hole party but was enticed by the hype and history of the series. Well, perhaps this wasn't the book to start with, but I am 11 hours into it and am reluctantly bailing out. In part this is owing to the reader, John Lee. I am sure Mr Lee is a nice guy but he is the worst reader I have ever encountered in my many dozens of Audible books. He has the most annoying artificial way of intoning his words that makes any character's voice sound like a superficial twit. No one IRL talks like his characters. Sadly, I had previously encountered his narration and had the same reaction, but had forgotten his name. The minute I opened this book and heard him again I cringed. Really, he is terrible. Nevertheless, if the story ever got moving along I might have overlooked the problematic reading, but it just drags and drags. Plus it's nothing original - just the old "ace detective bedeviled by an old nemesis" story. Adding some iron teeth (seriously?) to the villain can't salvage it. Perhaps the next nine hours might have turned it around, but life is too short for me to slog through and find out. I'm done.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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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.

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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.

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Pretentious narration

After enduring first six chapters of overly dramatic voice performance, I just couldn't continue listening. John Lee's comical delivery of each character's voice was unbearable.

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Great Story but...

the storyline was terrific but the narrator made my teeth grind. he's awful and irritating

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  • antonio
  • genthod, Switzerland
  • 09-03-17

The thirst of more Harry Hole....

Jo Nesbo –after a few not fully convincing books- return to his regular character , the lonely and ferociously intense Harry Hole. Harry comes out of retirement to help in a quest for a solution to some serial murders, which appeared to have been carried out by a "vampirist". The story is well structured, gripping, keeps the tension and keeps you guessing. Probably not the best of the series, but definitively a good book.
Jo Nesbo confirms that he is a talented story writer. I have some reserves for John Lee, whose style is so crafted that takes away part of the drama of the plot.

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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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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!

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  • Stevon
  • Tempe, AZ, United States
  • 10-17-17

another good Harry Hole

Jo Nesbo never seems to disappoint with his Harry Hole series. Nesbo has evil criminals down. I sometimes wonder where he comes up with his plot ideas, he certainly is imaginative in a macabre sort of way.

Still you can't help but like the character of Harry, tortured soul that he is. That with the good plots makes for interesting listening. If you've made it this far in the series, like me, you'll want to continue on with this book.

Interesting that I made to this edition of the Harry Hole series in the week that his first H ole book, 'The Snowman' is being released as a movie here in Arizona.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful