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Diverse, dark-humored, and deliciously bite-sized, this compelling collection of 12 short stories by JT Lawrence include:

"Escape" - A story about about a suicidal baby who knows he was born into the wrong life, and has to get creative to correct the mistake, much to his mother's horror.

"The Itch" - An intense, uncontrollable, unexplainable itch lands the protagonist in a mental institution.

"Bridge Gate" - In this poignant and charming short story, a daughter yearns to connect with her absent father through the letters they exchange. She's not put off by his pedantic corrections of her writing, despite the slow reveal that he is less than perfect himself.

"The Unsuspecting Gold-Digger" - A woman gradually poisons her husband so that she doesn't have to break his heart.

©2016 JT Lawrence (P)2017 JT Lawrence

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Short Stories With a Twist

Sticky Fingers is a collection on 12 wonderfully written short stories by JT Lawrence. While the stories are unrelated, there is a commonality... they all had a bit of a twist that caught me off guard. That made for a very enjoyable listen!

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

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Short Stories that stick with you

Was really impressed by the narrator, she brought a different level to the stories. This was not my first time reading this as I read the book when it came out, the second time around was just as good, the narrator gave life to the audiobook

Definitely recommending this to anyone who loves short stories, and even to those who like me would like to get started on short stories.

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Weird little stories, in the best sense!

I love a good short story, where the author manages to convey character and situation in a small miniature. Add in the touch of weird, the unexpected view point and I am hooked.

Some of the stories in this collection do stand out while a couple didn't quite reach me (sorry, if I want to read an argument between a traveler and a resort, I'll just visit my favourite travel forum or local store). Overall, it is a great and well worth the read, specially when you consider that the story I disliked most was several reviewers' favourite.

I received a free review copy of this audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

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Great collection of good stories.

I received a free copy of this audiobook from the author / narrator / publisher in exchange for an unbiased review.

I started listening to this book without much expectations. I typically listen to novel sized thrillers. So, this collection of bite sized short stories was good for a change. The different stories present in this collection are all of different kinds and you get to listen to a variety of stories that invoke different response from you. I would recommend listening to the different stories with some gaps between them. I listened to one story each day. That way, I was able to listen, enjoy and think over what I listened to.

I like the way the author starts each of the stories and build the characters. The listener gets drawn into the story slowly and gets mesmerized in it. Each story has something different to offer. Some are better than others, but none are boring.

The narration was great too. It matched the pacing of the story and mood. I would look forward to reading more from this author and listening to other books narrated by Bianca.

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A great collection of shorts.

Feels like listening to a season of The Outer Limits. This is the third book I have gone through by JT Lawrence and I am truly a great fan of her writing. Whether in a short or in one of her stories, she is able to get me into the main characters mindset so quickly, it is something I really enjoy about her writing. The shorts cover a multitude of genres and tones, and most of them left me thinking about them later in my day. The narration by Bianca Flanders was good as well, and thought she did a good well getting all of the emotions and thoughts to come through.

Having recently read a few short collections in the last few months, I will say this one is leaps and bounds the most consistently entertaining and interesting. If you enjoy Black Mirror , Twilight Zone or The Outer Limits, I suggest checking out this collection of shorts.

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Great Read

Sticky Fingers by JT Lawrence was a great read. It consisted of twelve wonderfully written short stories. I can't wait to read more by JT Lawrence.

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A Thrilling Collection

This collection contains 12 short stories that are beautifully written. Each story is attention grabbing and together they make a thrilling read. Thoroughly enjoyable.

The narration is a good match for the stories, the tensions in the stories comes through really well and the character voices are well done.

I received a free copy of this book from the author and/or narrator and/or publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Honolulu Hawaii
  • 11-07-17

Lots of good short stories and excellent narration

Worth your time, I enjoyed all of the short stories and the narration was excellent. I was provided a copy of this book in turn for an unbiased review

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A great series of shorts

Be ready to be wowed. A wonderful and diverse collection of short stories with some great characters and tales. My personal favorite was the story that tracked the visit of a a disgruntled guest to a resort through his review of their resort and the corresponding responses. Their back and forth was hilarious as I am in the customer service field myself. There is also an interesting aspect and the fact that the author is from another country so the locations the money etc. we’re different which lent a little exotic bit to the story. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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Excellent, evocative and terrifying

These stories, though varied in their subject matter, are all concerned with human perspectives - and just how flawed or in some cases totally inaccurate they can be.

In a world that says to the individual, 'know thyself' or 'to thine own self be true', JT Lawrence lifts the veil that obscures the harsh reality of pathology and brokenness which is no longer 'out there' but in our motives, psyches, actions and decisions. It's in the imperfection and deterioration of relationships, the unreliability of our own perspectives, the bittersweet brokenness and unity in family relationships forever torn assunder by circumstance.
The sharp, witty, often dark humour is a welcome relief.

A five-star rating is the least I can offer as an incentive to others. Go read!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 01-07-18

If the balance is off, bad things can happen.

In the book Sticky Fingers, J.T.Lawrence has given the reader twelve beautifully written and unexpected short stories. Each is quite unique, told almost exclusively from the point of view of the main protagonist, be that a kleptomaniac woman, a suicidal baby or, in the case of this reader's personal favourite, Travelling Slacks, a detailed entry into the Trip Adviser Review and the conversation which results from it between the guest and the owner of the establishment.

Each time, the author takes the reader inside the head of the character who is telling their own story, and sometimes there just might be another person already inside, as in the detective investigation, She Did It. And not everything is as it first appears. Most are enjoyable, all very readable and strange but at the same time completely human and real, little tastes of the surprising unique individuality of people.

The audiobook is narrated by Bianca Flanders and it is a reading rather than a performance, with little variation given to different character definition. The timbre of her voice is pleasant and well paced, she reads, too, with apparent understanding and her pronunciation crystal sharp. However, her slight accent (South African?) sometimes left me uncertain of a given word, as in the story entitled The Itch which I initially believed was called The Etch, to my puzzlement. This mistake rapidly was corrected but there were other occasions where the meaning remained unresolved. But overall, hers was a good narration.

Sticky Fingers is more than a collection of short stories. It is a coming together of a small group of individuals, each with some strange quirk which the author brings vividly to life for the reader. Not necessarily always likable, each is, however, interesting and well worth getting to know. It is a remarkable experience.
Definitely recommended.

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  • TerryHeth
  • 10-27-17

Great mix of stories

This was fab. Such a mix from Itch, an itch that has consequences to Sticky Fingers how tempting to pick that up and why?
JT Lawrence has covered lots of topics to tempt the listener to keep them enthralled. The narrator is very clear and well spoken. Very enjoyable.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-26-17

Thoroughly enjoyed

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

I had never heard of this author but I love short stories so thought I'd give the book a go. Honestly I was blown away. It's hard to review short stories without spoilers but some of the endings had me exclaim out loud. A couple times I thought I knew what twist was coming and the twist was twisted.
Thoroughly enjoyed and will look out for more by this author.

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  • Natalie
  • 11-18-17

Great little listens!

Thank you to J.T.Lawrence for providing me with the audiobook in return for an honest review.
Sticky fingers is a series of short stories with dark and often comic themes. Each story lasted about fifteen to twenty minutes (to listen to).


What I liked about these stories was that they were all actually different. They were also so random that most stories endings couldn’t be guessed at all.

There were stories for everyone with very different characters. No character was perfect, they all had their own flaws and some were downright annoying, but it was very obvious that that’s how the author wanted them to be.

I liked the stories with a simple theme and easy story. My favorites were Bridge Gate, Travelling Slacks, and Something Borrowed. Mainly because it was obvious what was going on, but the light humor in them (especially Travelling Slacks) was simple and easy to understand.

A lot of these stories touch on mental health issues, although I’ve read such themes before these are quite lightly touched on here, however, it’s not offensive or OTT. It’s just mentioned.

There is a story for everyone in my opinion. The stories that I didn’t enjoy as much, somebody else definitely would. All stories are very well written but very diverse, so I liked one but another one wasn’t really to my taste, then the next one was great.

The narrator of this story was okay, I loved her accent. However, in some stories, she didn't seem to give a lot of effort, making them sound a little less boring than they could maybe be.


Like I mentioned above, some stories were not really my thing. Mainly the outlandish ones like Off The Hinge and Pigeon Pair, which I still don’t really understand what the story was. They were just a little too crazy for me. But this is just my taste and I’m sure somebody else would love them.


Overall Rating

These were nice little stories that were just about the right length. The stories weren’t ‘edge of seat’ kind of ones but they were nice to listen to on my train to work or while walking the dog They didn’t take too much thought or attention. I maybe would have liked a little more detail or explanation in some stories but I know that’s not really how short stories work…