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- Listening Length: 10 hours and 43 minutes
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- Publisher: Random House Audiobooks
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 11 Oct. 2012
- Language: English
- ASIN: B009OXPCFM
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Nevertheless The Bat is essential reading for all HH fans. But it is not a great book if compared to the later books. HH is sent to Australia to assist Sydney police investigating the murder of a Norwegian girl. It starts well with HH being teamed with an Aboriginal detective. However, the narrative soon descends into a series of Aboriginal allegories the purpose of which escaped me, I'm afraid. These allegories did not serve as exposition nor did they appear to assist HH as he went about investigating the murder.
My 2nd criticism is that HH spent too much time navel gazing and reflecting on the past. I appreciate that JN was establishing and developing the HH character but I felt there was just too much morbid and disconsolate reflecting by HH. JN properly introduces a number of characteristics which define, and continue to define, HH in later books, but I felt they took up too much of the book.
I make these points about the allegories and self reflection because there is actually a cracking criminal investigation buried away in this story.Read more ›
so long I have already read it in my native language, French.
it is very well written and we can recognize Jo's style straight away.
lots of suspects, twisted plots in Australia where Harry has been sent to solve the killing of a young Norwegian woman.I strongly recommend this book
which won the 1997 Glass Key Award.
About half way through this one I couldn't be bothered to pick it up again. Lost interest in who fun it. A poorly plotted book but I guess Nesbo was learning his trade. All his other books get 5 stars from me.
However, it definitely could have done with some heavy editing. It's full of irrelevant text and long Aboriginal myths which could have been cut back BIG TIME.
I found myself skipping paragraphs and pages. However, as usual, Jo fooled me and I DID NOT GUESS THE MURDERER'S IDENTITY.
I regard this ( and I'm sure Nesbo does too) as a very crude diamond, with a good story and a great character at its heart. However, the diamond was never cut and polished.
Thank goodness Jo honed his craft quickly.
No wonder it wasn't released until now.
Curiosity value mainly.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is the first book in the Harry Hole series but not the first one I read, I admit. While it's nice to know how it all started, I feel I made the right decision not to read the... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Timi
Slow to get going and a little predictable in places, but worth reading. Hopefully the next book will be a little faster paced!Published 5 days ago by Olivia Prior
As a huge fan, Jo Nesbo and Harry can do no wrong for me. Always waiting for he next one.Published 13 days ago by kimmy
Compared to Agatha Christie or Arthur Conan Doyle books, this book is far away of class. The story is poorPublished 16 days ago by Amazon Customer
A good read, looking forward to reading other novels by this author Like his style.Published 19 days ago by Bookworm