This book inspired me to take the time and post my first review ever to Audible. From the first chapter of this book I was intrigued with Michael, who tells his story in pieces, skipping between childhood and teenage years. The story unfolds slowly, and near the end of the book I basically sat frozen while listening; I was spellbound. Michael takes the reader through experiences of growing up mute, learning to open locks, and the series of choices which drew him into a life of crime.
MacLeod Andrews chooses to voice Michael's thoughts the way Michael probably wishes he could speak them: strong, emphatic, full of emotion. The pitch and cadence of MacLeod's narration subtly changes from childish to eager teenager to world-weary adult through the course of the book. It's perfect. I really enjoyed the booming, egotistical voice MacLeod Andrews used for Mr. Marsh, and the creepy, whispery voice of Sleepy Eyes.
I loved this book so much that I pressed play and listened to the entire thing again, then had my husband and teenage son listen (they enjoyed it, too). Then I moved on to other books by Steve Hamilton.
Michael can pick locks - others find out -and it all comes together --
I enjoyed the narrator - good job.
The story is like reading someone's very detailed diary. I didn't like the jumping around from past to present -- what's up with that? Otherwise I liked it.
Good book that portrays a unique character. Every step is a surprise right up to the end. Good writing, good character development and very creative. I would recommend this as a good read
I listen to books on tape typically about 10 or more hours a week during my commute time. A good book makes you kind of forget your driving!
This was so different - the main character doesn't speak and it is an interesting twist in story telling. I enjoyed the story also and recommend but really enjoyed the difference.
If you are looking for something you don't have to put too much thought into you can pick up this book to help you pass the time. Also I get the author is trying to make it suspensful so they don't blab out the entire story in one swoop but still.
I absolutely loved this book! I got it because it was on sale, but I'm glad I did. The hero of the book is so believable and the narrator sounds exactly like he should. I don't know anything about safecracking or picking locks, but it sure seems like this author does, from the details of those feats.
I could not wait to get off work each day and see what Mike was doing (on my way home from work)! The "love story" in the book is so compelling. The book was pretty tense in places and I kept thinking that it could not have a good ending, but I was pleasantly surprised.
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.