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The Bat

A Harry Hole Thriller, Book 1
De : Jo Nesbo
Lu par : Sean Barrett
Série : Harry Hole Series, Volume 1
Durée : 10 h et 43 min
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The thrilling first book in the best-selling Harry Hole series, never before published in English.

Harry is out of his depth.

Detective Harry Hole is meant to keep out of trouble. A young Norwegian girl taking a gap year in Sydney has been murdered, and Harry has been sent to Australia to assist in any way he can.

He's not supposed to get too involved.

When the team unearths a string of unsolved murders and disappearances, nothing will stop Harry from finding out the truth. The hunt for a serial killer is on, but the murderer will talk only to Harry.

He might just be the next victim.

Appearing in English for the first time, The Bat is the legendary first novel from the worldwide phenomenon Jo Nesbo.

©2012 Jo Nesbo (P)2012 Random House Audiobooks

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  • Chip Atkinson
  • 08/11/2012

Probably the best of this remarkable series.

This is my favorite series in this genre and my favorite book in the series. It answers many mysteries concerning Harry Hole's history while exposing the detctive's peculiar genius.

This reader is my favorite, though I liked Robin Sachs. He does a brilliant job with the different voices, especially.a drunk Harry Hole.

This is the story of the case that made Harry famous, the Australian serial killer case.

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  • frederico
  • 18/10/2012

the best

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

because is a fast paced thriller with a myriad of characters that make you hold in a carrousel of ups and downs ,really funny!!!!!!!

Who was your favorite character and why?

hary hole ,plausible human detective at the same time unique

What about Sean Barrett’s performance did you like?

the emotion on the voice

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

when harry starts drinking again...

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    4 out of 5 stars
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  • Bob
  • 28/10/2012

Where it all began.....

What made the experience of listening to The Bat the most enjoyable?

I've devoured all of Jo Nesbo's Harry Hole series so when "The Bat" finally became available I had to buy it. It filled in some holes in Harry's persona. I'm so used to Robin Sachs' narration, this one threw me. Robin Sachs' gives Harry a relaxed and melancholy demeanor and this narrator makes Harry more excitable. I prefer Robin Sachs' portrayal.

What did you like best about this story?

The later books in the series seem to have greater depth and more surprises. It is clear that Jo Nesbo has grown and evolved in his writing. The continual Aussie folklore really slowed this one down.

Any additional comments?

Sure wish Robin Sachs' would have narrated this....but maybe they wanted an Aussie accent to fit the novel's setting.

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  • Bull
  • 15/10/2012

Essential Nesbø, bad news for Robin Sachs

It's bad news for narrator Robin Sachs because Nesbø makes clear in the first couple of pages that Harry's last name is not pronounced like the English "hole" the way Robin did it in several other Harry Hole books. What will Robin do if he's the narrator in a future Harry Hole book?

In "The Bat" the Aussies render Harry's name as "holy" which, Harry admits, is better than being called a hairy orifice. I think Thor Knai had it about right in "Nemesis" when he pronounced it "hOO-luh", at least if Google Translate's pronunciation feature is right.

Sean Barrett does a nice job, though he doesn't impart much tough-guy to Harry's character. On a scale of Hercule Poirot to Philip Marlowe, this rendition is somewhere in the middle. And Harry surely is a tough guy, wading into fights with bad Aussies in a bar. On examining his broken tooth, Harry asks the guy who broke it "Shouldn't the pulp be red?"

Narration aside, it's a great read. I'm really glad this book, the first in the Harry Hole series, got translated. You get a good bit of Harry's back story here, but none of it is necessary to enjoy the other books in the series. Each of Nesbø's Harry Hole novels pretty much stands alone, and you can read them in just about any order.

I didn't see the translator's name credited for this book, but whoever (Don Bartlett?) did it it is seamless. When I hear word-play or puns in a translated work, I always wonder how they were rendered in the original? Well, they're funny in English, so I suppose they were in Norwegian too, though maybe different.

I believe the second book in the series ("The Cockroach") has been or is being translated. Something to look forward to!

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  • Janet Katz
  • 06/11/2012

Early Nesbo. Good story. Wrong narrator.

Okay, this is Nesbo's first Harry Hole book and the story is okay. It definitely gives us a glimpse in to what makes Harry like he is. Sadly, Sean Barrett does NOT do this justice. No, he's not as bad as the guy who does Nemesis, Thor Knai, but he's close. He sounds like he is 95 years old - like Robin Williams playing a very old man. That great, masculine gruff sound that Robin Sachs bring to all the other books is sadly missing. If you can get past that, the book is good.

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  • Martha
  • 05/11/2012

First of the Harry Hole Series, Finally

If you could sum up The Bat in three words, what would they be?

Developing interesting character

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

The plot did not keep me on the edge of my seat but did provide a good basis for Jo Nesbo's Harry Hole series each book of which gets better and better.

Which scene was your favorite?

The storyline describing Aborigine culture is very interesting.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When Harry bonds with his Australian partner almost at once, I was intrigued by the way Nesbo did this so that I would believe it could happen so fast.

Any additional comments?

Look forward to more in this series.

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  • Dave
  • 20/10/2012

A Pure Gem

I would highly recommend this fast-paced detective thriller. This is my first experience with Jo Nesbo and the Harry Hole series and what a terrific story. Let me also state emphatically at the outset that Sean Barrett does an incredible job as actor (the word "narrator" is too limiting).
This book has all the essential elements of an exciting novel - strong characters and plot, extremely well-written and, as mentioned above, well-told. Nesbo uses the effective technique of short anecdotes and flash backs to enrich the story and build the characters. There are also, at least in my opinion, many similarities between James Lee Burke's Dave Robicheaux and Nesbo's Harry Hole.
One other comment: this book is incredibly funny despite its theme.
Finally, I don't see Harry Hole Series #2 on the Audible list. #3 is there and thankfully Sean Barrett is the narrator.
This is clearly a must listen.

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  • Ian C Robertson
  • 15/06/2013

A Worthy Beginning

This title came to me by indirect recommendation. Someone I know, who knows that I'd enjoyed the Millennium Trilogy, suggested I read "The Lepoard". I went to download it only to discover it is Book 8 in the Harry Hole (pronounced Who-Lehr) Series. So I went looking for Book 1. And here it is.
Then, to top things off, it turns out to be set in Sydney, Australia! Go figure? Surreal. Immediate download required.
It starts well, with plenty of detail written in an engaging way. It is not Larsson, so don't come at it with that expectation. However, the research is impressive. Nesbo (pronounced Nes-Bore, or close to that) writes of the indigenous issues that remain a blight on the social and justice systems of my country. He wrote of the Mabo Case that dispelled the legal fiction of terra nullius (that there were no settled people here when the Brit's arrived). These are issues that many Australians don't understand enough. However, like many eastern Europeans, this Scandinavian understands and appreciates the indigenous population of this country better than most Australians. He certainly understands it sufficiently well to write about it with empathy, authority and accuracy. I was impressed by this alone, and I remain impressed.
Then the plot explodes. A little murder and a bit of drugs in the sexually ambiguous 'Cross becomes a full scale hunt for a serial killer. I could say (disingenuously) that I picked it early, but the truth is that I knew (from the blurb) that Harry was looking for a serial killer and I was looking for him or her, too. I thought about the eventual culprit, but I dismissed it (because I was cleverly distracted by the narrative). When the perp' is announced, I wasn't surprised, but that didn't diminish the enjoyment of the book. It just made me want to read the next one! (By the way, the next one, The Cockroaches, has yet to be translated into English and is not available in audio at the time of writing).
Sean Barrett's narrative and characterisation are very good. He gets the Oz accent right, fortunately (because nothing annoys me more in audio than a parody of an Australian accent). I am not sure about the Norse accent, but I get the impression that he has opted for substantially his own tone for Harry (which is sensible, I think). I thought he and Jo (pronounced "You" according to his webpage) Nesbo captured Harry's alcoholism very well. The back story for this was well developed, too.
Overall, I think it is a well above average crime thriller. Larsson, it's not, but it is engaging enough for me to change plans from the book I intended to listen to next and say, "On to Book 3, then!"

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  • Monica
  • 03/11/2012

Harry Hole's backstory.

Would you consider the audio edition of The Bat to be better than the print version?

An excellent narrorator does a wonderful job of giving voice to Harry as well as the Austrailian characters.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Our first introduction to Harry and as is typical of Nesbo's writing we are thrown right in. An excellent book that gave more background to Harry than any other of the series. Highly recommend!!

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  • Tracey
  • 04/01/2013

Great narration, story a bit slow

I was gripped by Nesbo's "The Snowman" from start to finish, but I had difficulty getting through this book (finished after many starts/stops.) I appreciated getting acquainted with Harry's background, but I felt like this was the required prerequisite before getting to the interesting book. I intend to read other Nesbo books, though, as perhaps the Australian setting wasn't a good fit for a Harry Hole mystery.

Sean Barrett did a great job with narration.

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  • Anonymer Hörer
  • 15/12/2012

My favourite audio book of the year

The book is superbly written by someone who obviously enjoys writing. It moves at the right pace and the reader is treated like an adult.. nothing is "hammered home" and the thoughts and actions of the lead character are understandable.

The description of some characters and many scenes are extremely well done. One can often imagine the scenes very vividly. There is no excess violence or unnecessary gore.

The reader is fantastic. He is very well suited to the story and the characters. Particularly the explanations by aboriginal characters make you feel as if you are sitting next to an old friend.

I like Simon Beckett and Michael Connnelly, but this book beats them all.

The reader speaks clearly enough so that I can also recommend it to non native speakers.

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  • FAP
  • 11/01/2019

Good read but disappointing ending

I enjoyed the 1st half of the book more than the second half. The last few chapters seemed rushed and the story line began to be less detailed, especially Harry's feelings when finding his girlfriend.

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  • japsingh
  • 27412 Tarmstedt
  • 01/12/2018

Harry Holes Debut

Das erste Buch ist ein wirkliches Meisterwerk! Jo Nesbø hält immer noch sein hohes Niveau, aber dieses Debut ist fantastisch erzählt!

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  • Anonym
  • Deutschland
  • 05/04/2013

Langatmiger erster Krimi der Harry Cole Reihe

The Bat war mein erstes (Hör-)Buch von Jo Nesbo. Ich habe eigentlich viel mehr erwartet, zu keinem Zeitpunkt kam richtige Spannung auf. Einzig Harry Cole als Hauptcharakter war durchaus sympathisch.
Generell nur für Harry Cole Fans zu empfehlen.

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