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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
I love history books as well as good historical fiction (it has to be accurate), and fantasy. I don't like crime novels or biographies.
This is terrific read, with a fast-paced plot, lots of suspense, a dark sense of humour and interesting characters. But it is the dark humour that really makes this book really stand out for me.
Who can fail to love Roger Brown's plucky character? Though you can't help admiring the clever but sinister Clas Greve too. It is the tension between these two characters that keeps the reader on the edge of their seat throughout the book.
A good narrator should do more than just read the book - they should bring the story and characters to life, help you empathise with those characters and make the listening experience a joy. Which is what Sean Barrett does so skilfully with this book.
A gripping story full of action and irony as well. Beautifully read as usual by Sean Barrett. He is so good that I have looked up his other performances.
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.
"Nesbo's black humour reigns"
Sean Barretts narration as always is the perfect voice for Nesbo's anti-heros
Time differential between the deaths in the apartment not being considered seriously by the police was a weak link in the plot.
Yes excellent as always.
A slight smile at the end when the twist is revealed.
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!
A greater fan of Jo Nesbo than myself
Maybe Michael Connelly
I could not really get into the story
Diaapointment as I have bought Jo Nesbo before
To graphic burying himself in toilet waste
"Good plot not enitirely animated by performance"
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.
The barn scene with the dog is rather entertaining.
Yes, but wouldn't go there again.
"better than the film"
like the change of pace
recruitment character was up against the odds but managed to stay elusive
Brings the characters to life
deception & greed with image
very happy with purchase
"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.
intelligent good plot. wove several timelines together. great judge of character. great twists
good plot. good life insights
I loved the fast moving thirller.
Sean Barrett is synonomous with Jo Nesbo novels.
Although some scenes are realy graphical, I really liked it.
The movie (in Norwegian with english subtitles) are coming soon!
"Jo Nesbo Headhunters"
Excellent story - scandinavian sophistication. Excellent narrating by Sean Barrett.
Unexpected developement of the story.
Close to own reading.
When he discovered that his wife was cheating on him.
Looking forward to reading/listening to the next Job Nesbo story.
I will probably listen in a few years time when I have forgotten the plot!
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.
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