Love the whole series. Which character — as performed by Sean Barrett — was your favourite? As always - Harry. Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry? Oh yes, poor old Harry, sometimes he wins but he usually expects to lose - except for catching the Perp, he always gets his man - or does he??? Any additional comments? Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent?
Why or why not? A modern novel.
Time well spent. What was your reaction to the ending?
No spoilers please! I had read the novel. Did Sean Barrett do a good job differentiating each of the characters? Good job. He goes over-the-top sometimes. It is worth the listening time. Reads better. This was my third Nesbo novel and, on balance, I enjoyed it the most. The "Prince" was never quite believable to me but the action was the strength of these first reads.
Redeemer is equally action packed and gets 4 stars because of a writing technique that is clever but tittitating. Chapters begin with a seeming continuation of the prior chapter only to be jolted later by discovering that Nesbo has changed character on the reader without the use of a proper noun or other identifying trait to signal the switch. Corruption is everywhere in this book.
We find corruption in the business world and the police department, which is usual, but now we find it in the Salvation Army!!! The ending expands the circle of corruption to an icon of respectability in Nesbo's world. And the shadow of corruption now appears on Harry's path. Did Harry do the right thing? I'm obviously behind the times, but have just discovered Jo Nesbo. Beautifully written, really well plotted and excellent character development. It's Norwegian setting and general tone make comparison with Steig Larson inevitable - not as original a series as the Millennium trilogy, but overall perhaps a better edited one?
Sean Barrett' narration is superb. The delivery of different characters is subtle and consistent throughout the recording. No negatives really - buy it. This book continually gathers pace as you read it. Harry, the lead detective, has his own personal problems and gets you onside in no time. I didn't think I could find anything as satisfying as a Kurt Wallender Henning Menkell novel but praise the Lord and pass the ammunition, here is Jo Nesbo with his main man, Harry Hole.
What is it about Scandinavian crime - it reigns supreme. The best thing about The Redeemer is the plot twists and turns without becoming convoluted. The characters are interesting, believable and multil layered, even the minor ones. Even when you know who's done what and why, you still don't know how it will end. Nesbo is such a skilfull writer, I'm thrilled to have finally discovered him. I love this thriller. Had to keep listening, so many twists and turns and are sad that is is over.
I will start the next book in this series immediately. HH would be more believable if he like his drink but was not able to be be fully beholden to it. Another great story. Great timing and intonation. By the time one reaches the tipping point in a series, they might be expecting the standard and pace to level out. This is certainly not the case for Nesbo's Harry Hole series. This title is a marked development for the better on the previous title, "The Devil's Star"; not that it was poor - it was the best in the series to that point.
It is also a world apart from the more recently released "The Cockroaches", which was in fact Book 2, and the book that I last read. In other words, Nesbo's plots are getting more complex, the characters are getting deeper as they should after 5 books and suspense is the winner. I normally rate myself on being able to pick the plot twist in this genre, and, although I picked the principal plot line, the sub-plot was a surprise to me.
Again, Sean Barrett does a bang-up job as Harry; again, I am looking forward to the next installment especially with the high praise that has been bestowed upon it. This title is well worth the read, but it probably is improved if you have read Books 3, 4 and 5 first.
It can stand alone, but it is much better with the back-story intact. Yes, very in suspense!
Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How does this one compare? Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? I will be interested to listen to the other sequences! Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why? Sean Barrett delivers a terrific performance of all the characters, even the female ones.
I could listen to him any time. Who was your favorite character and why?
Harry Hole. He has a great delivery and even performs the females well. I like the quality in his voice.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you? Harry Hole books don't really move you. This was my first Jo Nesbo but it won't be my last. Yes it was slow to start with, and the parallel plot lines with characters carry out the same actions with hardly a pause in the narration during the early stages of the book was somewhat confusing until I discovered what was going on. But once I was into the story it was a fascinating plot, with numerous twists turns and surprises.
Needless to say I didn't manage to piece together all the clues, Very well narrated with excellent characterisation I thoroughly recommend this book. Interestingly my wife read the book whilst I listened to it, and I have to admit that it was useful to have the printed version to hand for reference, although perhaps Audible would not wish to hear that!