Interesting story. Shows how teens and young adult brains are still mush and it's way too easy for them to screw their lives up with just a few bad choices.
The book's name is a double-entendre, and it is a fascinating evolution of a boy from childhood trauma to young adult. He cannot speak as a result of the horrible trauma, yet eloquently narrates his thoughts as though they were his articulate speech. When you finally learn of the trauma sustained, the irony of what he does and why he doesn't speak is all the more ironic. It is an absolutely fascinating listen that I would not have experienced had it not been a "bargain" book. I now would suggest that you willingly give up a credit for this intriguing personal and "professional" study of this lock artist.
This has a good story line but is at times excruciatingly slow. For most of this book I almost forgot there was a plot, it seemed to just drag by this person's every day life.
He did a good job with what he had and had I purchased it in writing I don't think I would have finished.
No matter where you go, there you are.
Cute premise that had neither characters or plot sufficient to carry an entire novel. There is a decided evenness, a lack of peaks and valleys of tension and relief with a main story driving the thing forward. Even the gimmick of the (obviously) traumatized kid unable to speak was not used to full advantage.
Mischaracterized as a 'novel', it is a short story of moderate interest.
Original story. Excellent writing. Superb characters by narrator. Non-stop entertainment. Hard to categorize. A coming of age story about a rebellious young man who survived a traumatic childhood event. Scary characters, but not too gory. No gratuitous sex. Not psychotic. I loved it.
its an original
I looked forward to listening to this but found it rather underwhelming overall. Narration was flat and the story was not all that fast moving or interesting. I did make it all the way through, but probably wouldn't seek out any other titles from this author.
Yes this story won the Edgar for 2011 but what is really outstanding is the narrator in this audible version -- perfectly conveys the interior monologue of the mute young man at the center of this novel. the timeline runs from both ends toward a median revelation and resolution. But i found it perfectly clear as each switch comes with the dates announced. easy to track . The metaphor of "unlocking" hearts, minds, and of course locks, is used deftly throughout.
The story had some interesting plot lines, and have to agree with the reviewers that said the info about lock-picking was pretty interesting, but the story just had this feeling that it was for a younger audience... (maybe for those under 25?). The main character is young and many of his insights seem the same. I'm not sure, but i think the narrators voice also seemed young which contributed to that... Anyway, I guess i'm luke-warm on this one. Not sorry i read it, but not sure i'd recommend it to others.
I'm quitting this half-way through as I find the writing boring and pedestrian. Its written in a heavy, flat-footed style with obvious plot mechanics. I also find the reader to be one-noted and heavy handed.
More inflection and changes of tone by the reader.
Hamilton did it right once again! The story is powerful, the plot keeps you hooked. The main character, Mike, became mute after he suffered a terrible (and mysterious) event when he was 8 years old. After that he had to struggle to have a 'normal' life. But 'normal' is no word for him. Plus, he has a mysterious gift. He 'feels' locks.
You are going to love him, I promise.
Good language, very few bad words, a lot of action, psicology.
And (very important) the actor does a very good job.