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If you could sum up Phantom in three words, what would they be?
What other book might you compare Phantom to and why?
It's difficult to say. It's one of the only series that makes me feel extremely close to the protagonists.
What does Sean Barrett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
He knows how to underline a scene with intonation, rythm and pauses. It's an act all by it self. Certainly my favourite narrator together with James Masters.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Any additional comments?
I am glad I experienced this story.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
This title begins with such a lovely literary device I found it hard to stop smiling despite the subject matter, or at least its implication. It ends so well, too and unexpectedly. Generally I pride myself in picking the twist, but there are so many here it is hard to cover them all off and I certainly did not pick the last one.
It's hard to write much more about this title without giving away something important and, as I hate spoilers, I don't intend to do that. It's probably enough to say that it is up there with the best Harry stories, that Sean Barrett does another excellent job with the characters and that I am intrigued to read the tenth installment.
Viva la Hole!
I have loved all the Harry Hole books - more so because of Sean Barrett's audio versions. The Phantom sees Harry return from Hong Kong to recapture his old life, but another story unfolds we see the return of some other familiar characters. For me this book brings us full circle, and it starts to show hope and then the familiar despair within Harry's character and life. I finished the book two weeks ago. I have not stopped thinking about it and it has had a lasting effect. The depth of characters and the interweaving of storyline cements Jo Nesbo as one of the great crime writers. Highly recommended.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
I have loved all the Harry Hole books but I agree with the previous reviewer that Harry has powers of endurance beyond belief, that said I did love this book it has more twists and turns than a corkscrew and does keep you guessing until the very end. This is a tale of addiction and corruption which Harry susses out in his usual heroic style and a very surprising ending. Would recommend.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
Another fantastic novel.
A lot of twists and turns as to be expected.
Fantastic narration as always.
How much more can they put poor Harry through? Gripping, edge of seat stuff that keeps you off balance right to the end and pulls absolutely no punches. Nesbo has fine tuned his style in this instalment and Sean Barrett is superb as usual.