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The Lock Artist Audiobook

The Lock Artist

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Publisher's Summary

Marked by tragedy, traumatized at the age of eight, Michael, now 18, is no ordinary young man. Besides not uttering a single word in 10 years, he discovers the one thing he can somehow do better than anyone else. Whether it's a locked door without a key, a padlock with no combination, or even an 800 pound safe...he can open them all.

It's an unforgivable talent. A talent that will make young Michael a hot commodity with the wrong people and, whether he likes it or not, push him ever closer to a life of crime. That is, until he finally sees his chance to escape, and with one desperate gamble risks everything to come back home to the only person he ever loved, and to unlock the secret that has kept him silent for so long.

Steve Hamilton steps away from his Edgar Award-winning Alex McKnight series to introduce a unique new character, unlike anyone you've ever seen or heard in the world of crime fiction.

©2010 Steve Hamilton; (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Hypnotic...a proven master of suspense moves in a brand new direction - and the result is can't-put-it-down spectacular." (Lee Child)
"I haven't read a book this captivating in a long time. The Lock Artist is gutsy, genuine and, flat out, a great read. You won't be disappointed." (Michael Connelly)

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    lori gieck 11-13-12
    lori gieck 11-13-12 Listener Since 2008
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    "Great Listen"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I really enjoyed the book.. The story was good and the narration was excellent.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The whole thing


    What about MacLeod Andrews’s performance did you like?

    I Loved it. It was what made the book so enjoyable


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I never listen in one sitting. But I was anxious to listen when I walked. I typically listen during my daily walks.


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    E. Heard 08-31-12
    E. Heard 08-31-12 Member Since 2011

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    "I had to work with a lock after I heard this story"
    If you could sum up The Lock Artist in three words, what would they be?

    Spellbinding, Well-paced, Different-angle


    What other book might you compare The Lock Artist to and why?

    Moon over Manifest - Newberry winner -- kid lit but great for adults. Both books tie up the plot in an interesting fashion. Both books shift back and forth between two time periods. I had heart palpitations as Lock Artist unfolded; I laughed and cried as Moon Over Manifest unfolded.


    Have you listened to any of MacLeod Andrews’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This was my first MacLeod Andrews book.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I didn't laugh --ever-- or cry, but my heart raced as locks were being picked and for the final 70 minutes as the story unfolded.


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    Marni 07-27-12
    Marni 07-27-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Gripping story with intriguing main character"

    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.

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    MazzanoBlue 06-29-12
    MazzanoBlue 06-29-12 Member Since 2011
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    "A talent that should be kept a secret"

    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.

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    nvgolfdude Pacific Time Zone, USA 04-18-12
    nvgolfdude Pacific Time Zone, USA 04-18-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Surprisingly Different"

    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

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    Lynn Temecula, CA, United States 01-09-12
    Lynn Temecula, CA, United States 01-09-12 Member Since 2010

    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!

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    "A new perspective."
    What made the experience of listening to The Lock Artist the most enjoyable?

    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.


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    Kristie C. West Warwick, RI, United States 12-03-11
    Kristie C. West Warwick, RI, United States 12-03-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Nice but a little slow"

    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.

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    Alan Venable Wauconda, WA , USA 11-09-11
    Alan Venable Wauconda, WA , USA 11-09-11 Member Since 2009

    Alan

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    "No Redeeming charateristics"

    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.

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    Kevin Melbourne, IA, United States 08-26-11
    Kevin Melbourne, IA, United States 08-26-11 Member Since 2006
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    "a rare moment"

    It is rare in audible books when an author's and narrator's artistry combine at a peak. This is one of those moments.

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    Cate United States 08-12-11
    Cate United States 08-12-11
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    "Disappointing"

    This was to be my first 'mystery' listen, but there wasn't much of a mystery at all.

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