Publisher's Summary

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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2 out of 5 stars
By Jacqui on 14-05-2015


Whilst the narrator did a splendid job, the story didn't flow well and it didn't hold my interest. fell asleep most nights from boredom.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 16-02-2018

A cracking first book

Nesbo certainly has an engaging writing style and strays from formulaic plots. great narration and use of accents. some odd phrasing, possibly due to translation

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5 out of 5 stars
By Charles Atkinson on 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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16 of 16 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By frederico on 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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11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By Richard on 04-12-2012

A great introduction to Harry Hole.

Being a massive Jo Nesbo fan, I have been waiting eagerly for the first book in the Harry Hole series to be translated into English. Having loved everyNesbo novel so far, I approached The Bat with high expectations. I am pleased to say that I was not disappointed. Not yet the fully formed character, many of Harry Hole's skills and flawes ar soon on show. The reader is able to see how the author developed Harry into the more mature complex person that he becomes in later books.

Strangely the first book in the series is set out of Harry's native Norway. A young Norwegian woman is Murdered in Sydney and Harry travels to Australia to liase witth the local police. All the usual Nesbo plot complexities are soon on show. The story builds up to a great ending, a typical trait of all Nesbo's thrillers. Had I read this book before any of his later novels, I would have immediately looked for the rest of the series. Just one more book to be translated, Cockroaches I believe is to be published in the English language sometime in2013. It does not really matter which order you read The Harry Holes books, Just read them!.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Isabelle on 24-10-2012


Fills in some background to explain Harry Hole's character. Having come to this after reading most of the subsequent Harry Hole books (I'm saving the Phantom for a special occasion), I was prepared to be disappointed. However, I wasn't, apart from the book being significantly shorter than some of the later ones.

I loved all the dreamtime stories and as usual, Sean Barrett narrates it flawlessly.

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