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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
A great read, Nesbo is on form with this, really showing what he can do when not restricted to his normal Harry Hole.
More of these please Nesbo!
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.
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