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Headhunters | [Jo Nesbo]

Headhunters

Roger Brown has it all. He's the country's most successful headhunter. He has a beautiful wife and a magnificent house. And to maintain this lifestyle, he's also a highly accomplished art thief. At a gallery opening, his wife introduces him to Clas Greve. Not only is Greve the perfect candidate for a position with one of Roger's high-profile clients, he is also in possession of 'The Calydonian Boar Hunt' by Rubens, one of the most sought-after paintings in the world.
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Publisher's Summary

Roger Brown has it all. He's the country's most successful headhunter. He has a beautiful wife and a magnificent house. And to maintain this lifestyle, he's also a highly accomplished art thief. At a gallery opening, his wife introduces him to Clas Greve. Not only is Greve the perfect candidate for a position with one of Roger's high-profile clients, he is also in possession of 'The Calydonian Boar Hunt' by Rubens, one of the most sought-after paintings in the world.

Roger sees his chance to be rich beyond his wildest dreams and starts planning his boldest heist yet. But soon, he runs into trouble - and this time money is the least of his worries.

©2011 Jo Nesbo (P)2011 Random House Audio

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    N 12/04/2012
    N 12/04/2012 Member Since 2007
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    "Master reader"

    Sean Barrett is a master reader. His seemingly understated narrative voice propels the story inexorably and then, when his characters appear, we have 3D totally believable people populating our imagination. Completely comfortable, and accurate, with Scandinavian names and places, he is outstanding in both Nesbo and Henning Mankell. Once you get hooked on his story-telling, it is difficult to stop listening.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Jill Roermond, Netherlands 26/05/2012
    Jill Roermond, Netherlands 26/05/2012 Member Since 2009

    I'm an avid reader and my choice of books is pretty eclectic. The heavier stuff I still read, but I love audible books for lighter stuff!

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    "Best yet!"

    Much as I like dear Harry Hole, I found this stand-alone Jo Nesbo's best book yet. Shorter than some, but every word counts. The main protagonist, Roger Brown, is not the most sympathetic or likeable of characters, but he grows on you as the book progresses. Cleverly plotted with some wonderful descriptive writing (the scene in the outside toilet had me shuddering with both laughter and revulsion) I enjoyed this book enormously.

    Sean Barrett is one of the few narrators who can, in my opinon, 'do' female voices without making them sound half witted (unless of course, that's what's called for). He makes his usual great job of reading this book too.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Kirstine Bonnyrigg, United Kingdom 10/07/2012
    Kirstine Bonnyrigg, United Kingdom 10/07/2012 Member Since 2007
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    "A terrific story"

    Despite the main character being an arrogant, psychologically manipulative and thoroughly unpleasant man it's a riveting story. I couldn't stop listening to find out what on earth would happen next. It's full of surprises and exciting scenes. Sean Barrett does a fine job of narrating the story which is told in the first person creating the feeling that that one is listening to events as they happen.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Wayne Benoni, South Africa 13/04/2012
    Wayne Benoni, South Africa 13/04/2012 Member Since 2011

    My kids and I love audio books. Excellent entertainment.

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    "Excellent!"

    Superb writer. He keeps you gripped from the first minute. Some of the facts are a little far fetched but not enough to put you off.

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    Becki United Kingdom 04/08/2012
    Becki United Kingdom 04/08/2012 Member Since 2006
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    "Not a patch on the others"

    Well this was easy listening and fairly good but a more accurate title would be "An extremely convenient series of events". An OK read if you don't think too hard about it!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    C NEWTON ABBOT, United Kingdom 22/06/2012
    C NEWTON ABBOT, United Kingdom 22/06/2012 Member Since 2011
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    "Saw the film and loved the audiobook"

    I went to see the film of Headhunters some months ago, I was on the edge of my seat the whole time. After deciding I had to experience Headhunters again I was torn between reading the book and downloading the audio book. I am so glad I chose the latter. The story was told magnificently and I pictured the action as the film had showed it. Of course the book contains more information than the film which made it even more enjoyable. As mentioned in another review some of the story is a little far fetched but who cares. I cannot recommend this enough.

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    Justin Coyne 13/04/2013
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    "Worth a listen"

    If you like Henning Mankell style of writing books you will like this book. The characters are likeable and the book moves at a good pace (not as quick as say Simon Kernick though). The narrator is very good and he definitely adds to the story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Fiona Dunblane, United Kingdom 30/07/2012
    Fiona Dunblane, United Kingdom 30/07/2012 Member Since 2010
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    "Great story"

    I swithered with purchasing this book, but have enjoyed all the other Nesbo books. At first I could not get past my dislike of the main character. However I stuck with it and really enjoyed the twists and turns in the plot. Sean Barrett is a great narrator and this was an enjoyable thriller.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    cliff 22/11/2014
    cliff 22/11/2014 Member Since 2012
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    "Started slow, but oh boy!"

    the first couple of chapters were good, but not upto usual standard, then got going really well and made sense of the beginning.

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    Nick Scarborough 12/10/2014 Member Since 2012

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    "Exciting,different,"

    I was not sure all sounded a bit odd, ended up being a great short story I must listen to it again

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  • Joseph
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    04/04/12
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    "I'm Hooked"

    I started reading Jo Nesbø a few months ago and cannot get enough. Headhunters is a wonderful story, full of intrigue, action, horror and humour. Nesbø has a wonderful way with words and descriptions that often make me smile at his ingenuity.

    Sean Barrett is magnificent. The best Narrator I've had the pleasure to listen to. Accents, languages, gender, emotion all seem to flow effortlessly (I'm sure it is actually VERY hard work). He takes you inside in a way that the narration actually disappears as you are pulled into the plot, characters, locations . . . the story.

    Headhunters, for me, was a nice break from Harry Hole. But it fed my desire to read more by this gifted author.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Julia
    Booragoon, Australia
    09/06/13
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    "Nesbo's black humour reigns"
    What made the experience of listening to Headhunters the most enjoyable?

    Sean Barretts narration as always is the perfect voice for Nesbo's anti-heros


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Time differential between the deaths in the apartment not being considered seriously by the police was a weak link in the plot.


    Have you listened to any of Sean Barrett’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes excellent as always.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    A slight smile at the end when the twist is revealed.


    Any additional comments?

    I read this whilst suffering withdrawal symptoms from finishing the last Harry Hole novel 'Phantom' Some of the extreme escapes require the reader to suspend belief but on the whole Another excellent effort from Nesbo and Barrett the perfect team!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jacqueline
    Australia
    04/03/13
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    "Headhunters"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    A greater fan of Jo Nesbo than myself


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Maybe Michael Connelly


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I could not really get into the story


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Diaapointment as I have bought Jo Nesbo before


    Any additional comments?

    To graphic burying himself in toilet waste

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ian
    BOX HILL, Australia
    12/11/12
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    "Good plot not enitirely animated by performance"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Maybe, the story is interesting but the characters not so likeable. I prefer the Harry Holes Series but have not listened to these as audiobooks.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Headhunters?

    The barn scene with the dog is rather entertaining.


    What aspect of Sean Barrett’s performance would you have changed?

    More animation.


    Was Headhunters worth the listening time?

    Yes, but wouldn't go there again.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • michael
    Perth, Australia
    27/08/12
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    "better than the film"
    What made the experience of listening to Headhunters the most enjoyable?

    like the change of pace


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    recruitment character was up against the odds but managed to stay elusive


    What does Sean Barrett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Brings the characters to life


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    deception & greed with image


    Any additional comments?

    very happy with purchase

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sarah
    BOGNOR REGIS, United Kingdom
    14/08/12
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    "An island of brilliance in a sea of mediocrity"

    Ive been searching for months for a new book to grab my attention, demand my time and light that spark of imagination that only a few can. I've wasted a lot of money on trying new Authors, constantly putting them aside as they fail to deliver any suspense or surprise - but I've found my successor to Larsen. Cant wait to down load the rest of Nesbo's books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A User
    02/07/12
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    "stupendous read"
    If you could sum up Headhunters in three words, what would they be?

    intelligent good plot. wove several timelines together. great judge of character. great twists


    What did you like best about this story?

    good plot. good life insights


    Which character – as performed by Sean Barrett – was your favorite?

    several good


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    no

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Christine
    Pretoria, South Africa
    25/04/12
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    "Very clever"
    What did you love best about Headhunters?

    I loved the fast moving thirller.


    What about Sean Barrett’s performance did you like?

    Sean Barrett is synonomous with Jo Nesbo novels.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Although some scenes are realy graphical, I really liked it.


    Any additional comments?

    The movie (in Norwegian with english subtitles) are coming soon!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bernard
    Begnins, Switzerland
    23/03/12
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    "Jo Nesbo Headhunters"
    If you could sum up Headhunters in three words, what would they be?

    Excellent story - scandinavian sophistication. Excellent narrating by Sean Barrett.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Unexpected developement of the story.


    What does Sean Barrett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Close to own reading.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When he discovered that his wife was cheating on him.


    Any additional comments?

    Looking forward to reading/listening to the next Job Nesbo story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
    Barnstaple, United Kingdom
    16/01/12
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    "Headhunters"
    Would you listen to Headhunters again? Why?

    I will probably listen in a few years time when I have forgotten the plot!


    What other book might you compare Headhunters to and why?

    This is not an easy book to categorise. While being a thriller, it has an unusual flow and bridges the gap with a more serious novel format.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Intrigued/engrossed me.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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