Sonny's on the run. Sonny is a model prisoner. He listens to the confessions of other inmates, and absolves them of their sins. He's been lied to his whole life. But then one prisoner's confession changes everything. He knows something about Sonny's disgraced father. Sonny wants revenge. He needs to break out of prison and make those responsible pay for their crimes. Whatever the cost.
©2014 Jo Nesbo. English translation copyright © Charlotte Barslund 2014. (P)2014 Isis Publishing Ltd, Random House Audiobooks
I'm a big fan of Scandic Noir and have now listened to all of the Henning Mankell and Jo Nesbo detective stories, as well as various others. Whilst Mankell and Nesbo are, in my opinion, way out in front of all the rest, Jo Nesbo is easily the best. To begin with, I missed Harry Hole, who does not feature in The Son, but this is nonetheless a superbly well crafted story; every bit as good as Nesbo's previous works, completely 'unputdownable' and Sean Barrett's narration is, as always, superb. Thoroughly recommended, and, roll on, the next one!
I would rank The Son in the top 5 audiobooks that I've listened to.
I love the way Jo Nesbo plots his books, and how there are multiple plot twists to keep you guessing throughout the book.
Yes, I think this is my favourite Sean Barrett narration so far.
Really good listen, with a fantastic storyline.
I enjoy mainly Crime and thrillers books, but am delighted when I sometimes stumble across other well written books.
This is Jo Nesbo at his very best. A totally winning combination.Jo Nesbo's writing and the fantastic Sean Barrett performing.I had to ration myself to stop annoying my wife, as every time she spoke to me I had ear-buds in listening.I can not praise this audio book enough.
If you like Jo Nesbo, you will not be disappointed by this. Twists and turns, and the ending is fantastic. It's great to meet new characters.
It was a change from the Harry series, Nesbo loves flawed characters, you never know if they will relapse / submit / regress. My heart was in my mouth. I listen to books while I cook and with this book, the family were very well fed.
I liked Sonny. Even though he did bad things, you always wanted the best for him.
You can run but you can't hide from your past.
This book can not be faulted, every turn is unexpected. Both the main characters likeable and of course Sean Barrett is the only person who can read Jo Nesbo. I love his voice.
I listed to this in a break from Harry Hole. Enjoy, if you like crime, mystery and fear etc. this is the book for you.
This is like no thriller I've ever read before. The 'hero' is likable despite having even more flaws than even Nesbo likes to give a character under normal circumstances. Gripping, tense - I had to ponder my morals as I rooted for a selection of deeply flawed people doing pretty horrible things!
I'm as much a fan of Sean Barrett as I am of Jo Nesbo, He adds atmosphere in his normal way and absolutely nails the voices and inflections, he really adds to the story. One of the best in the business IMHO
I listen whilst running normally and found myself far exceeding my normal 6-7 kilometres per run whilst I listened to this one!
A great introduction to Nesbo. More of a thriller than one of his Harry Hole novels, this is my favourite book by Jo Nesbo of the 5 I have consumed so far.
Is everything a good enough answer? Sonny is a very compelling characters. You can't help but root for him all the way through, no matter what awful things he does. There's a great twist towards the end that I didn't see coming.
Marcus with his bike, the prison governor... Far too many the mention
I laughed, can't say I cried but I certainly felt emotional. I'm listening to it all over again a week after having listened the first time. I will probably listen to it again in another week or so. It really is that good.
Yet again Sean Barrett's narration is sublime. Each character has their own distinguishable voice. He makes a difficult to read book, because of the language/pronunciation difficulties, smooth and perfectly normal. I'd listen to him reading just about anything.
Another stand-alone story from the author of Headhunters and the Harry Hole series.
Really enjoyed this book - great characters with real depth plus an intriguing story.
Get it - you wont be disappointed!
Enjoy listening to crime and mystery thrillers. Favourite authors/narrators: Mankell, Nesbo, Hewson, James, Lyndsey/Reichlin & Barrett
Whilst this isn't a Harry Hole book, the style is very similar, and immensely enjoyable for Nesbo fans. Sean Barrett's performance is again outstanding. One of life's finer pleasures!
Definately one of my favourites from Jo Nesbo.
Can't really compare but The Son is up there with anything written by Mo Hayder and Michael Robotham for me!
I have listened to many books narrated by Sean Barrett, I love his deep, rich voice, he is one of my favourites. This is one of his best!
Definately, I didn't want stop listening until it finished, really kept me on toes!
This is an excellent book, you really feel for Sonny - Jo Nesbo has really created an interesting and complex character in Sonny.
No, Jo Nesbø's book, The Son, is not a comedy. In fact, it is filled with the drama, suspense, mystery and surprise that make him such a great author. But I have always enjoyed his twist of phrase, metaphors and wonderful use of language. Listening to The Son while I was wandering through a book store I heard one of his great characters, Kalle, say "But ultimately it was about getting the work/life balance right". And I did, in fact, laugh out loud. Why? You'l have to listen to the book to find out.
The Son takes place in familiar settings (Oslo) with some familiar groups (Crime Squad, Kripos) but with new and complicated characters.
Although there were a few moments that tested my credulity, this was another Nesbø book that I just could't put down!
"at his best"
Sean Barret adds a great deal to the experience. He is excellent.
the achievement of the book is its flawless structure so that each event builds to the finale.
I was convinced by all the major characters. They were written and narrated so expertly that I empathised with most of them, but Simon was probably the one I sympathised with most.
Absolutely. I wanted to prolong driving, cooking anything to get a bit further in the story.
"This book is a Must! Exceptional"
This is my first Jo Nesbo book and I couldn't stop listening.
I constantly went back to listen to this book every break that I got.
"Fantastic as always"
I really enjoyed this one. Jo Nesbo is a great, suspenseful writer. Of course it's a little unbelievable, but still great escapism. I do miss Harry Hole though, however it's nice to have a new character who isn't as troubled as Harry, well at least not quite!
"Absolutely thrilling all the way. What a ride"
Seldom have I been so captivated. The different voices used really added to the enjoyment. I will listen to his other books without a doubt.
The story May very Well be one I'll love (like pretty much all Jo Nesbø books) but the narrator have made me give up before the 30 min mark.
Nothing since I don't know it yet
Bad with names; but just about anyone else.
It is incredibly important that the narrators voice suits the theme and feel of the story. This particular one did in no way make it possible for me to get into "Oslo mode". I just couldn't concentrate on the plot and gave up after just 30 min. because I already knew, that he could not keep me intersted in neither story or the characters to come.
"The story is completely unrealistic."
I was disappointed but maybe
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