There are very few books that I would rate as 5 star efforts. The Lock Artist is one of those books that rates a near perfect score. The combination of an engrossing story, well developed characters, dead-on pacing, and a great narrator make this book a winner.
Everything about this book rang true to me. Not once was a suspension of belief required. Nothing about the prose or narration pulled me out of the story. There is so much to this story that a few paragraphs cannot do it justice.
The protagonist, 17 year old safe cracker Mike, is mute as a result of a terrible incident in his childhood. He tells his story by relating his experiences through his writings and by an evolving graphic novel between Mike and his soul mate, Amelia.. Being an audio book adds another level as this is written in the first person and we hear Mike tell his story. How great is that?
I really loved this book and I will be listening to it again to savor the story that Mr. Hamilton has woven for us and Mr. Andrews brought to life. Well done!
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.
This book is written in a tone and a vocabulary that I recognize as common among people who are in their twenties and thirties. My children are that age and the characters in this book are also that age, and I can almost see them in front of me acting and speaking in a distinctive style that brings the characters to life. That is very good, but just not the book for me.
The main character is a young man who has had a very hard life due to a tragic event when he was nine or ten. Due to this tragic event, he does not speak - ever. He has a very special talent that provides him with employment and adventure. His inner thoughts and conversations with himself are all used to provide the framework of the story. This language, including the liberal use of the "F" word as well as the tempo of the speech and the outlook of the character are true to his age and the lifestyle.
So why the low ratings? This book is not written for me or for my age group. I am not an old fuddy duddy, but I am also not 20 or 30 and do not relate to this book as I do to many other books that I listen to and enjoy very much. The outline of the story and the plot are much too introspective for me and the denoument was just not what I look for in entertainment.
This author can write well and the story is not twisted or convoluted, although I wish that he would get to the point of some of the story earlier. He talks about the early trauma as though the reader already knows and understands it long before the details are revealed. While this is a useful tool for some writers, it can be distracting.
I recomend this book to the reader who is a Millenial and can relate to the main character's disillusion with his society.
Yes. It was interesting
The depth of the Lock Artist's investment in his skill. Different type of Main character being unable to use his voice but able to communicate in other creative ways.
Kept it exciting.
No extreme reaction. Curiosity...
Original concept and kept waiting for the Lock Artist to speak. Satisfied with the ending.
Captivating from start
The main character is flawed and believable.
The main character
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book. The introductory hook was very effective: I wanted to know what happened to the character prior to his introduction in the story. The author developed his characters well: I found them interesting and believable. The plot pulled me along and provided some surprises. Very fun book.
The narrator of this story does not speak. That makes listening to the book so interesting, because you are hearing the voice that no one else in the story does. And that voice describes the inner workings of locks in a manner that is so compelling that it made me want to learn to pick locks, just so that I could feel the way that the pins react to just the right pressure and tension. Hearing the narrator describe how he picked a lock, or cracked a safe just never got old for me.
Then there was the story line. The story is told primarily in the past, but from two past perspectives that are moving closer and closer to the moment where they intersect, and where in an intense moment of climax, all is revealed.
This is part mystery, part thriller, part love story. The end will not disappoint.
In the sense that the narrator's voice is only heard by the listener, this book reminded me of The Art of Racing in The Rain.
MacLeod Andrews brought the narrator to life. He also did a great job of playing the gritty gangster roles. I found myself looking for other books that he narrates just to keep hearing his voice!
I would recommend this book. I liked the way the story was told in segments, putting together the events in the main characters' life slowly. I liked that the main character was mute and how most people he met kept asking him open questions despite knowing he was mute. The end is great too, stayed with me for days.
I now know a lot more about the intricate process of opening locks and safes than I probably need to.
The book is good, entertaining, well-written. But the highlight of the audiobook is MacLeod Andrews, who might be my favorite performance artist so far in three years of Audible listening.
An introduction to lock-picking for the fiction reader. A nice blend of the crime and coming of age genres that requires a little more work from the reader to achieve 'suspension of disbelief'. Diverting, light, fun and easy to enjoy...went quickly for me.
Steve Hamilton made the main character Mike so human and so unique it was impossible not to root for him. By the time I finished, I felt like I had made a friend. Rarely does a main character have such tremendous depth and heart.
The Memory of Running. Both main characters are quite original and unforgettable.
It made me listen compulsively. Any spare moment I got, I had headphones on.
Get this book. Its in its own class of mystery/crime fiction. It will surprise you in the best way.