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3.00005149860954 out of 53.00005149860954 out of 53.00005149860954 out of 53.00005149860954 out of 53.00005149860954 out of 5 3.00 (19,418 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jo Nesbø, Jo Nesbo Narrator: Robin Sachs Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Harry Hole Series Release Date: May 2011 ISBN: 9780307917515
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This New York Times bestseller is soon to be a major motion picture from Universal Pictures starring Michael Fassbender and opening wide October 13, 2017.

Inspector Harry Hole is tested to the very limits of his sanity by a killer with a strange signature: a snowman.


     One night, after the year's first snowfall, a boy named Jonas wakes up and discovers that his mother has disappeared. Only one trace of her remains: a pink scarf, his Christmas gift to her, now worn by the snowman that inexplicably appeared in their yard earlier that day. Inspector Harry Hole suspects a link between the missing woman and a suspicious letter he's received. The case deepens when a pattern emerges: over the past decade, eleven women have vanished--all on the day of the first snow. But this is a killer who makes his own rules, and he'll break his pattern just to keep the game interesting, as he draws Harry ever closer into his twisted web. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This is reading as you experienced it in childhood, without any gap between eye and mind, but with the added pleasures that adult plots and adult characters can bring…Unputdownable. The Snowman is probably the most terrifying and certainly the most addictive book in the whole series.”

    Slate

  • “This is crime writing of the highest order, in which the characters are as strong as the story, where an atmosphere of evil permeates, and the tension begins in the first chapter and never lets up.”

    Times (London)

  • “Spine-chilling…This most ambitious of Nesbø’s crime novels banishes any fears that the omniscient serial killer scenario has been exhausted.”

    Independent (London)

  • “Macabre and disturbing…Deft plotting, strong characterization, adrenaline-fuelled action sequences, and a whole raft of social issues raised along the way make this book a spectacularly good example of how a tried and tested (and often tired) formula can be made exhilarating and fresh.”

    Guardian (London)

  • “If you’re still grieving the loss of Stieg Larsson, it’s time to move on. Nesbø’s waiting for you.”

    Milwakee Journal Sentinal

  • Jo Nesbø is my new favorite thriller writer and Harry Hole my new hero. Michael Connelly
  • With Henning Mankell having written his last Wallander novel and Stieg Larsson no longer with us, I have had to make the decision on whom to confer the title of best current Nordic writer of crime fiction. After finishing Jo Nesbø’s The Snowman, I hesitate no longer . . . This is crime writing of the highest order, in which the characters are as strong as the story, where an atmosphere of evil permeates, and the tension begins in the first chapter and never lets up. Times (UK)
  • The Snowman is a superb thriller—smart, stylish, beautifully paced and meticulously plotted . . . Nesbø is such an insightful portraitist that Hole and all the secondary characters are convincing at just about every bloody turn . . . The psychological aspects of the novel are on a par with Ruth Rendell’s inspector Wexford mysteries. Ultimately, though, what sets Nesbø apart is his ability to keep the pages turning with such intellectual dexterity. Newsday
  • Every now and then, a truly exceptional crime novel comes along, something so gripping that it recalls classics such as The Silence of the Lambs. Jo Nesbø has pulled it off with The Snowman . . . [which] establishes him as a writer of rare ingenuity and total confidence. Sunday Times (UK)
     
  • Irresistibly addictive . . . This is reading as you experienced it in childhood, without any gap between eye and mind, but with the added pleasures that adult plots and adult characters can bring . . . It is Nesbø’s plots—brilliantly conceived, carefully worked out, and complicatedly satisfying—that finally make [his books] unputdownable. Slate
  • Nesbø is being hailed as the next Stieg Larsson or Henning Mankell . . . Apt comparisons, but they don’t go far enough. This is simply the best detective novel this reviewer has read in years . . . Nesbø’s latest thriller reads like a symphony, from the thundering first chords that pull the reader into a magical world through the delicately enticing development in which motifs and story strands are woven together leading to a pounding, furious conclusion. Library Journal (starred)
  • Erica Jong meets Stephen King meets, yes, Stieg Larsson in this superb thriller. Kirkus Reviews (starred)
     
  • “Fiendishly complex and terrifically entertaining.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “If you don’t know Nesbø, it’s time to get with it.”

    USA Today

  • “Nesbø explores the darkest criminal minds with grim delight and puts his killers where you least expect to find them…His novels are maddeningly addictive.”

    Vanity Fair

  • “A superb thriller—smart, stylish, beautifully paced, and meticulously plotted.”

    Newsday

  • “The writer most likely to take the ice-cold crown in the critically acclaimed—and now bestselling—category of Nordic noir.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • The Snowman is strung together with great care, playful in certain stretches, grisly in others, all of it highly readable.”

    Newsweek

  • “Nesbø’s books have a serious, socially significant heft, as well as a confident (even cocky) narrative stride that is unmatched. These aren’t mere investigatory trifles to be enjoyed and forgotten; their unnerving horrors linger.”

    Richmond Times-Dispatch

  • Selected for the May 2011 Indie Next List
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • One of the 2011 Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books for Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peggy Fuller | 2/19/2014

    " Excellent book, never figured it out until the very end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jonathan | 2/14/2014

    " This gets four stars because it is a good, entertaining story, not for any literary value. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patrick | 2/9/2014

    " This book definitely lived up to the hype. I would recommend this to anyone in the mood for a good murder mystery with plenty of twists and turns. Nesbo does an amazing job of letting you into the life of the main character (Harry Hole) and his internal struggles with alcoholism, life as a detective, and past marriage failure. The scene is set perfectly for an ongoing series! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Coleen Guhl | 1/28/2014

    " I loved this book. If you loved reading the Girl with the Dragon Tatoo you will love this author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susann | 1/23/2014

    " As usual with Nesbo - always something unexpected around the corner. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicola | 1/18/2014

    " 2nd Jo Nesbo book I've read - took a while to get into this although narrative picked up to good climactic ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erica Jenkins | 1/14/2014

    " It took me awhile to get into this book since it was the first time I've read this series and its the 7th book, but once I did I was hooked! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ieva | 1/11/2014

    " I love how the author likes to add several fake ending during the book - you might think it all over, but you find yourself just halfway the book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Einar | 1/6/2014

    " Well written also liked being able to figure out who-done-it for once. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Holly | 11/13/2013

    " Three stars. I do like these Harry the Alcoholic Detective books. I just wish I liked them a little more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Billy landes | 10/12/2013

    " I was looking for a book to grab me - a stay up all night to read it kinda book. This is it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenni | 10/11/2013

    " Unique setting, wonderfully detailed characters, good story. A little gory, but the suspense kept me plugging through it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hannah Levy | 9/14/2013

    " What a thriller! I was glued to this book and finished it in just over a week (that's very fast for me). Definitely scary and suspenseful at times so don't read it before bed! I really loved this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sheila Williams | 6/13/2013

    " Turgid is the word which comes to mind, slow pedestrian, only really gets going in the last 100 pages, not for me im afraid. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellen Bard | 6/7/2013

    " Really gripping, I think the Harry Hole series gets better as it goes on. Quite chilling and disturbing in parts, but a great story which really keeps you engaged. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom Lowes | 10/9/2012

    " Harry Hole at his best "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan | 9/11/2012

    " Not as good as Dragon Tattoo series but very satisfying.Twists, turns, and lots of suspense, a real page turner! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandra Thompson | 9/4/2012

    " I found this book quite gripping at first but began to lose interest towards the end when it got predictable. All in all it was a good page turner and I enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tami | 8/24/2012

    " I don't usually read thrillers, but I couldn't put this one down. The story was smart with a tight plot but sometimes the words got in the way. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debbie Rollings | 6/20/2012

    " It was hard to put down! Exciting, fast paced, twists and turns... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ginger | 1/31/2012

    " Enjoyable, fast paced thriller. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat Hollingsworth | 12/10/2011

    " It was good but a bit too raw for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 William Doonan | 8/5/2011

    " Chilly! Also eerie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nita Lapinski | 6/30/2011

    " I enjoyed the story but knew who the killer was pretty much from the beginning. "

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About the Author

Jo Nesbø is a musician, songwriter, and economist, as well as a writer. His Harry Hole novels include The Redeemer, The Snowman, The Leopard, and Phantom, and he is also the author of several standalone novels and the Doctor Proctor series of children’s books. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Glass Key for best Nordic crime novel.

About the Narrator

Robin Sachs (1951–2013), raised in London and trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, came to the United States in 1991. His credits include Alias, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dynasty, Nowhere Man, Babylon 5, Diagnosis Murder, Galaxy Quest, Northfork, Ocean’s 11, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, and Megalodon.