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The Snowman: A Harry Hole Thriller, Book 7

Written by: Jo Nesbo
Narrated by: Sean Barrett
Length: 14 hrs and 36 mins
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Now a major film starring Michael Fassbender.
36 million books sold worldwide.

The first snow will come

A young boy wakes to find his mother missing. Their house is empty but outside in the garden he sees his mother's favourite scarf – wrapped around the neck of a snowman.

And then he will appear again

As Harry Hole and his team begin their investigation they discover that an alarming number of wives and mothers have gone missing over the years.

And when the snow is gone...

When a second woman disappears it seems that Harry's worst suspicions are confirmed: for the first time in his career Harry finds himself confronted with a serial killer operating on his home turf.

...he will have taken someone else.

©2010 Jo Nesbo (P)2010 Random House Audio

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Good. Not great.

The story is predictable and that put me off. There are far too many description and useless chatter, which could’ve been edited by the author. My feedback is for the story only. The reading was good.

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  • Lia
  • 27-06-14

Gripping - Practically a horror novel

Certainly a gripping, can't-put-it-down, finish-it-in-the-wee-hours book, but it's also almost a horror story. One more gruesome killing of a terrified woman, one more child with evil seething around him, and one more bout of Harry's horrific lapses into booze, and I'd have to put this one down as horror rather than mystery or crime. But the character development, the plotting, the pacing and the building of tension are all absolutely professional and highly impressive.

On the down side, there are a few unnecessary clichés: the relatively incompetent and sexist underling male cop who looks askance at the new and more competent female cop. Has that one not been done enough yet? (Mind you, maybe it was still somewhat fresh back when the novel was originally penned!) And Harry's battle with booze. I am so tired of cops and detectives with a drinking problem. The only thing different about Harry's drinking is that it's horrible to read about - that one scene where he's already drunk and then goes home, opens a bottle of hard stuff and starts just draining it practically made me ill.

But these are quibbles, really. I'll be reading more about Harry soon, I'm sure, since I've pretty much exhausted P. D. James, John le Carré and Stieg Larsson.

On the unbelievability index, it rates about a 7 out of 10, especially toward the end, wehere things get a tad out of control, but that's about par for the course in cop/thriller/whodunnits, so no surprises there.
Sean Barraett outstanding with the delivery of the story

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  • Anna
  • 22-11-10

Brrrrr...

Chillingly intricate plot plus superlative narration by Sean Barrett make this a thoroughly gripping listen. It the Audible equivalent of a "can't put it down" I loved it and was sorry when it ended. The anti hero is an attractive and fallible character who becomes an unwitting protaganist in his own case. Smashing stuff!

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  • Andy
  • 18-11-10

Wonderful Norwegian serial killer thriller.

The usual suspects: a flawed policeman, a devilishly clever serial killer and more twists and turns than you could shake a stick at. The setting is Oslo, the writing is superb, the story gripping, and the narration by Sean Barrett is excellent. If you enjoy the Wallander books, set in neighbouring Sweden you will probably love this too.

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  • Tracy
  • 30-09-12

pleasantly surprised

never really been a fan of this type of story (thriller/whodunnit/airport-ish novel) - I decided to try it out because I had read some good reviews of the author. I went into it with low expectations, but was pleasantly surprised = this was a good "read" - the pace was great, it was easy to engage with the characters, characters were believable & the details were gruesome without being too gratuitous. I worked out the bad guy a fair way before the end, but this in no way detracted from my enjoyment of the story.

I imagine if you like murder mystery/thrillers with a bit of "smart" then you will enjoy this.
The narrator did a fantastic job, and I was really pleased with my purchase.

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  • Lynne
  • 16-11-11

Who is the Snowman? and who is Oleg's father? ...

Fantastic story I felt the cold when reading it - the suspense at times was excruciating
had to turn off iPod and calm down, never ever dull can highly recommend. Narrators voice is very good and not grating. All in all a great read (listen)

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  • Cath
  • 31-10-11

Chilling in more ways than one!

As always the Nesbo/Barrett combination is riveting. Barrett's dulcet tones belie the Nesboian terror, which manages to chill the listener to the bone. The Snowman is a haunting narrative with the gritty protagonist, Harry Hole, who you can't help but admire.

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  • Lesley
  • 05-10-11

Fabulous

As I have written 2 disparaging reviews in a row I thought I'd better write a positive one. This is a beautifully crafted, story with credible characters. A good rip-along yarn.
The narrator was a joy to listen to and he certainly made the book most exciting. Mr Barrett gave a performance so skilful that I didn't notice it... I was ' living in the story' rather than being told a story. I wish there were more readers like this.

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  • "unknown"
  • 15-09-11

The Snowman

Fantastic!!!!!
I loved the book and I usually dont read murder mysteries....got the chills more than once and its really a great story very well narrated and it keeps you on edge

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  • Heather Lang
  • 12-04-19

Gripping

This book like all the other Jo Nesbo books will keep you on the edge of your seat. Harry Hole is one of my favorite detectives in fiction. Sean Barrett’s narration is spot on!

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  • Ian C Robertson
  • 14-07-14

Murder made personal

Now I think I know Harry a whole lot better than when I picked up "The Bat". He and I have been through a lot together; he, and I and Jack and Jim. Long hours searching and not finding; looking in the right places for the wrong things. We have come such a long way, he and I. Well, that's what it feels like.
Jo Nesbo has come a long way, too. I wrote in an earlier review ("The Redeemer") that the plots are getting more complex and the stories richer. But, even then (only two books before this one) for all of Nesbo's Hole anti-hero charm, it was still a far cry from the sticker that appears on all his books, "The Next Stieg Larsson". I understand (from web reviews) that Nesbo hates that epithet, and who would blame him. Still, it was meant as a compliment, I'm sure, and this book takes a huge stride in the Larsson direction. It is blacker, more daring and very suspenseful. I can well see why it is being mooted as a motion picture. For my part, I highly recommended it in this genre, .
Barrett is, as I have said, now Harry Hole; tall, thin, gaunt, with the alcoholic's pallor. All of that is in his voice. Worth a good listen.

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  • Wilma
  • 06-12-10

Nailbiting from start to finish

I hadn't read anything by Jo Nesbo before. What a find! The story keeps you guessing all the way through, some parts were too scary to listen to in the dark. Excellent narration by Sean Barrett brings the story alive. Best audiobook so far.

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  • Mandy
  • 07-02-11

AMAZING

The comparisons to the Millennium trilogy should not stop you buying this audio book.
This is a chilling listen that will have you going to the next bus stop to walk home just so you can listen a little more and keep you listening well into the night.
I dare you to figure out the Killer before Harry Hole does and if you can I will buy you a drink!
Best thriller/crime novel of recent times and in my opinion leaves the Millennium trilogy in the dust this is so much better. Delighted I took a leap of faith on this one and can't wait to read/listen to more from this engaging writer.
Hope you enjoy it just as much as I have.

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  • Wibbo
  • 05-04-11

An excellent listen

This was a genuinely scary story! The book is well-written and impeccably narrated by Sean Barrett who's one of my favourite readers. Try it - you won't be disappointed.

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  • Patricia A. Thompson
  • 10-10-10

A Chilling Tale

Having enjoyed the Millenium Trilogy I thought I would venture into another book by a Swedish author. I found this compared favourably and from the opening pages, it became a compelling and gripping tale. The Swedish names rolled effortlessly off the narrator's tongue and I do find them a stumbling block when reading the books myself. The lead detective's name presented no such problems though, being a pretty ordinary 'Harry Hole'. There are some truly scary bits in the book which would definitely suit being heard on a cold and dark night. Lots of plot twists and turns which keep the listener guessing. Thoroughly enjoyable and I'd like to hear more from Jo Nesbo.beta inappVoteInfo

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  • David
  • 02-03-11

Brilliant!

Whether you think Jo Nesbo is the next Stieg Larsson or not (and I came to this book via the Millennium Trilogy and the Wallander books by Henning Mankell), it's a brilliant book. I haven't finished it yet, so, although I have a suspicion as to who the murderer might be, I don't know if I'm right yet! I am writing this at work (hope ICT system isn't being monitored just now!), which has forced me to put the i-Pod down...otherwise difficult to do. I must also take issue with those who complain about the use of regional English accents. Regional accents (despite anything French people will tell you) do exist in other languages and, frankly, well chosen (as these are) and well executed (as these are) regional accents are a help, especially when dealing with a number of characters with names that are foreign and, therefore, less familiar and easy to distinguish (and I speak as a Modern Languages Teacher, however pompous that may sound). Full marks to Jo Nesbo, Sean Barrett and let's have more of them!

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  • Mr sd smith
  • 17-04-11

Interesting

My second Nesbo book, so I was expecting quite a good listen. Took a little of getting into, but was soon turning pages. Stick with it, and visit his other books.
Not the originality of Stig Larrsen, a bit similar to Ian Rankin. worth a listen, I was a little disapointed at the ending too big a leap of imagination I felt.

Enjoy

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  • Karen
  • 27-05-11

Don't be put off...

The issue that faced me was they stated 'The Next Stieg Larsson' which immediatly raises the expectation to unrealistic levels, after a slow start the book turned into a great listen but it will never live up to Stieg Larsson Trilogy.

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  • Diggory
  • 02-08-15

Ending overly signposted for my liking

Performance excellent but I was disappointed with the pacing and the big reveal.

As the best mystery writers do, Nesbo leaves little markers along the way which a reader can use to form predictions, which differ from those the detective is following. The principle excitement of this genre is derived not from the detective working his way through numerous inevitable red herrings - we have a suspect in hour 2 of 14, probably not the solution he's after- but in piecing together evidence ourselves; pitting our wits against both detective and author to see if we can decipher the correct combination of clues before the countdown of the narrative eventually reveals it to us.

The two big 'unknowns' in this novel are too heavily hinted at; the dark places of its epistemology too frequently swept over by the searchlight of authorial knowingness; meaning that the majority of the audiobook is defunct.

In all, a mystery without much mystery, redeemed in part by an entertaining, if predictable cast of misanthropic Scandiwegians and a good reading performance.

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  • Gillian
  • 24-04-11

Scary Detective Story.

This was my first Jo Nesbo novel and it definitely
reminded me of Steig Larson. It was an excellent
listen with a well matched voice. I found myself
listening at every opportunity. I even admit to a
little shudder from time to time and I am not easily
scared. Can't wait to hear another from this author.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-04-11

The Snowman

I have recently read the trilogy by Stig Larsen and have been looking for something to follow this to read. A friend put me onto this book and I have thoroughly enjoyed listening to it.Well written and beautifully narrated it is an enthralling plot with believable characters which engages the listener from start to finish. I am now downloading other books from this author. Absolutely recommended.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-08-17

gripping and great characters

Loved it. Wanted the drive to last longer. My first Harry Hole book, there were references to previous events but in passing and not so many that it detracted from the experience, but I'll definitely be going back to read/listen to more! There was a total change of style/narrative about 3/4 of the way through which I enjoyed slightly less, perhaps just because it was a change but still had me listening intently to the end. great narrator, well read. great story.

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  • Janette
  • 08-05-17

Great read.

Really enjoyed this book. I feel this one has been the best of the series so far.

The characters were brilliant and a few twists in there that I did not see coming.

Great narration as always.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-09-18

Great

I could not wait to get in my car and drive to work!
So I could listen to the Snowmanin peace. Thanks

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  • Janet
  • 10-11-17

Love the complex plots

I love the complex plot and the way jo weaves all sorts of educational information into the work. I guessed the killer this time although i have now listened to 7 books before working out the killer

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  • laurell
  • 30-10-17

I hope the movie is a lot easer to follow

To many names to remember, I lost track with what was going on. gave up on reading it close the book and down loaded a new book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-09-17

chilling!

patiently gripping, many twists & unexpected turns. the narrator is easy to listen to, and paints a great picture.

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  • Zanee
  • 25-05-17

great story

loved it. couldn't stop listening. great author and narrator. what else can I say nothing

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  • Wendy
  • 04-08-17

Ho hum

What would have made The Snowman: A Harry Hole Thriller, Book 7 better?

Not even sure I want to finish this book

Would you ever listen to anything by Jo Nesbo again?

It hasn't

How could the performance have been better?

If Harry Hole is the best detective in Oslo - then god help the Norwegians

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Snowman: A Harry Hole Thriller, Book 7?

The story

Any additional comments?

If in desperation I am tempted to read another of these books, please remind me how bad they are