Enjoying one good listen after the next!
I enjoyed this book, especially the narration by Simon Vance. It is a twisting, turning story of intrigue that will keep you guessing to the very end. My only criticism of it is that none of the characters but Rob were fleshed out enough for the listener to acquire any sense of empathy or dislike for them. That said, it is a good (not great) story that was worth the time for certain!
Ever since a childhood hiding under the covers of my bed with a flashlight... The quest for the next adventure continues unabated.
The narrator was excellent. He truly conveyed the unique personalities and hidden agendas of the various characters via his accents, menacing tones, sense of fear, confusion, and the various complex relationships between the characters. It was an engrossing tale, as the protagonist is pulled deeper and deeper into a web of deceit and varying levels of manipulation where nothing is as it initially seems. The characters are very well developed and relationships fleshed out. The ending is satisfying and enables the characters (and reader) that some justice
Yes. Lots of twists and bad guys.
Although a minor character overall, I loved the main character, Rob's, grandfather. Loved his personality and contribution to the mystery solving. Quirky and lovable.
How well do you know those you know?
Would recommend; good story, great narration.
Chris Ewan is a clever and articulate author; and, coupled with the fabulous Simon Vance, can't go very far wrong. I have listened to all his "Good Thief's Guides" and find the deadpan, comically self-effacing protagonist irresistible and fun. The slightly arrogant thief, characterized perfectly by Vance, is entertaining in any and all books.
Ewan clearly is trying to break away from that niche with this more serious book. While Vance is a delight to hear as Charlie the thief, in this book when he assumes a humorless and less articulate Isle of Man accent and character it is far less entertaining. The lack of cleverness and humor is sorely missed. It starts off slowly, but does capture the reader's attention with a typically convoluted, but perhaps more confusing plot than usual. There does not seem to be as much intimate depth of character (we know all of Charlie's flaws and shortcomings--but not so here), and the characters are less sympathetic.
All in all, it is quite a good read, and I would listen to anything written by Ewan if narrated by Vance. But, I would prefer he stick to the rascal thief character, with his hilarious predicaments.
Although the ratings weren't as high as most of the books I read, I wanted to give it a chance. I wanted to like it. The premise is fascinating. Many aspects of the plot are interesting, but it doesn't fit together.
Addicting. Brilliant. Captivating
I couldn't possibly pick just one scene as a favorite. The entire book was well written.
I really enjoyed the storyline. It definitely had a way of sweeping me up into the story - I was hooked instantly. I really enjoyed the narrators voice as well. I recommend this book to anyone who wants a good mystery book.
Changed my thoughts on this book since I've realized it's part one of a trilogy; story = 4 stars.Wish Audible made this clear on their site.
Don't know who would enjoy it more.
The pace of the book needed to be picked up, at times it was boring.
I really liked Safe House. It has a sombre, somewhat depressive mood that is very, very different from the flip tone of Chris Ewan's "Good Thief" books. But the tone is appropriate to this story of a man recovering from a mysterious accident while also investigating the mysterious death of his sister. There's a good amount of action and while the story contains elements (and coincidences!) common to many thrillers, the story still manages to seem fresh and plausible. Everyone feels real and their actions/thoughts are both believable and relatable. Nicely narrated, as ever, but Simon Vance.
Great audio - I am sure the book is a good read
I enjoyed each of the characters; none stood out in particular
Unsure, however I thought his performance was excellent
There are more turns than the Isle of Man's TT track
Fun, time waster
The end needs help. It could have been so much better if... no need to spoil it. It seems like the author didn't know how to finish so he just took the easy way out. Also the beatings with the baseball bat seemed unnecessary and disgusting.
Simon Vance is an excellent reader. He makes the characters enjoyable through his voice.
Bike races, spies in trouble, beautiful and intelligent women- all the makings for an adventure. Oh did I mention Hot, smart biker dude.
Love the beginning. This book could have been so much more...