I kept hoping there would be something to this book. I should have known better. If you get half way through the book and it is dull and depressing and doesn't seem to have a point, then forget the cost of buying it and stop wasting your time.
If I hadn't been listening to this in my car, I would never have continued.
There is nothing redeeming about this book: poor plot overall and the climax of the book was so stupid and unbelievable - just not credible.
Mr. Andrews has a tough time with the English language. I have heard recent immigrants that can prounounce words better. Here again, the book is filled with contractions that he doesn't know how to pronounce. There should be a test for these narrators before they get the job and if there was, it was poorly administered.
Use your book dollars elsewhere.
It is rare in audible books when an author's and narrator's artistry combine at a peak. This is one of those moments.
As a novel, this is good. Good plot, good character development. Good reader. Flashback scenes a little confusing occasionally, but the listener rebounds quickly. Not a "page turner" but in general a good listen.
One of the stories you get so sucked into that you're sorry to see it end. This was my first Steve HalmiIton book, I hope we see a continuation of the Lock Artist in the future.
This is everything I look for in an audiobook. The story is almost flawless, told from a very unique perspective and while amazing, it's entirely credible. It is an action-adventure story with a great deal of warmth and a very sympathetic, deeply troubled 1st person. MacLeod Andrews narration is very good; I was delighted to see his long list of credits as I had never run into him before. His youthful voice perfectly matches the brilliant young narrator of the title.
My one complaint, and it's terribly minor, is that, while Andrew's voice is almost neutral-accented, he has a strange way of pronouncing the word "pin" so that it sounds like "pen". In Georgia, where I now live, they do the opposite, and many locals have learned to say "ink pen" because even they can't tell the difference between "pen" and "pin". But Andrew's clearly and consistently says "pen" when he means "pin", which is a very, very, very popular word in a novel about a lock picking prodigy.
This was an amazing book. I'm usually pretty picky. I decided to go out on a limb with this one...Man, I'm happy I did. I enjoyed this book from start to finish. I will never look at a lock the same.
I think this might be his best book even though I really like his series thumbs up !
This book might have a secret, but it's not a mystery and suspense story, it's a novel. The narrator is excellent though and really pulls you into the story.
This book is very good but the narration takes it over the top. The narrator uses inflection and pacing perfectly. I will look for other books by this narrator!