The Bat: The First Inspector Harry Hole Novel

Written by:
Jo Nesbo
Narrated by:
John Lee

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
July 2013
9 hours 40 minutes
INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER • In the electrifying first installment of the New York Times bestselling series, Harry Hole of the Oslo Crime Squad is dispatched to Sydney to observe a murder case. As he circles closer to the killer, Harry begins to fear that no one is safe, least of all those investigating the murder.

The victim is a twenty-three year old Norwegian woman who is a minor celebrity back home. Harry is free to offer assistance, but he has firm instructions to stay out of trouble. Never one to sit on the sidelines, Harry befriends one of the lead detectives, and one of the witnesses, as he is drawn deeper into the case. Together, they discover that this is only the latest in a string of unsolved murders, and the pattern points toward a psychopath working his way across the country.

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Allyson O.

I really wanted to like this book but it was all over the place. It felt like there was a million inconsequential conversations/anecdotes/random stories that had absolutely nothing to do with the story instead of focusing on the actual plot of the book. It wasn’t until the last hour of listening that I felt like the book actually refocusing on the murder. I almost turned it off so many times because it was so frustrating. The narrator did a good job with different accents and dialects but a voice can’t make the material better.

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Sally M.

Here in 2023 this book feels a little dated, but I wanted to start the Harry Hole series from the beginning and I’m glad I did. I enjoyed the book, the plot, the character development, the twists and unexpected turns, and the Australia history. Didn’t love the narrator. The various accents were jarring to me.

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