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Charlie Howard isn’t only a part-time crime writer and part-time thief; he’s also a magician. For his next trick, he’ll relieve Josh Masters, the famous illusionist vying for the affections of Charlie’s friend Victoria, of $60,000 in casino chips stashed in his hotel safe. Revenge would be sweet - if there weren’t a dead redhead floating in Masters’ bathtub and if Masters hadn’t just disappeared in a puff of smoke after cheating at roulette. Convinced that Charlie was in on the scam, the casino’s owners give him an impossible mission: either pull off an elaborate heist to reimburse the house for every dollar his “accomplice” made off with, or enjoy a one-way trip into the desert.

©2010 Chris Ewan. All rights reserved. (P)2011 AudioGO

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Good Thief and good book

Would you listen to The Good Thief's Guide to Vegas again? Why?

I would definitely listen to this book again.... It's an easy listen and the narration is perfect.

What did you like best about this story?

I like the main character's perseverance. He just never gives up on his writing or his "side" occupation. His personality moves the story forward. Each city is a supporting character to Charlie.

What about Simon Vance???s performance did you like?

Simon Vance has a great voice for this character.... not too stuffy, not too sophisticated. He sounds like a witty friend. His voice for female characters is also very good. The female voices do not sound helpless but rather they compliment the main character well.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

The "real" guidebook to where you want to go.

Any additional comments?

When are the next books coming out? I can't wait. My husband and I enjoy this series so much.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Gudrun
  • Fort Resolution, Northwest Territories, Canada
  • 01-02-14

I will read more of these

This was humorous with exciting moments. I enjoyed him getting out of his scrapes. I would read more by this author. I have also read his Amsterdam story and found it more deftly plotted, but the Vegas story is more fun.

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Fun Story

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Good Thief's Guide to Vegas?

I enjoyed the main character's sharp wit and sarcasm throughout the story despite the things that were happening to him.

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

I love Simon Vance's style. Also enjoyed Safe House by Chris Ewan. His pace is good without feeling rushed. He performs women's voices well without sounding forced. He is a little weak when doing American accented characters.

Any additional comments?

It was a fun story, not a masterpiece.I enjoyed the twists and turns and how all the loose ends come together at the end. I would read another book in this series because the main character is so likable.

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  • Cookiej
  • Temecula, CA, United States
  • 03-21-13

Funny, Engaging & a Delight to the Ear

What did you love best about The Good Thief's Guide to Vegas?

I loved the wit & dry humor of the author, delivered impeccably by the narrator. The main character's descriptions were thoroughly entertaining.

What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

He captured the essence of Charlie & delivered it. Since I knew that he was also the narrator of the The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series, I was impressed with his amazing performance in this novel. He made the story & the characters come to life.

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

I laughed a lot!

Any additional comments?

This is a great light read - it's not fluff, but it's fun.

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  • Denise
  • San Jose, CA, United States
  • 01-16-17

Good Series!!

Enjoyable series. Love a good mystery. Hope to see Charlie and Victoria get together!!

This is a series to listen to in order.

Simon Vance is one of the best narrators.

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The last one to this one to the next one! I love them! Chris Ewen is an extremely FUN writer! Top ten favorites! While I love intense edge of your seat stories, I love these as they add a whole added level of fun and levity not found in the typical genre! Love them!

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You Have To Live Charlie

I have been reading the installments in order and this is the best "Good Thiefs Guide" so far. The characters are well done and both Charlie and Victoria are well advanced in this installment. The other quality I like about this book is you really don't figure things out till the very end...and even then, you need Charlie's help to understand it all.... Well done!

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For teenagers (maybe)

Imbecile and totally implausible plot, flat stereotyped characters, pretentious first voice style. Maybe acceptable for UK tabloid readers, non discerning teenagers and as a basis for a B movie script. Good narration talent wasted on this but one has to live.

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OUTSTANDING!

THIS POOR THIEF CAN GET INTO MORE TROUBLE BY BEING COMPLETELY ABOVE
BOARD. HE IS A MAGNET FOR TROUBLE, THANK GOODNESS HE HAS A WONDERFUL LINE OF PATTER, AND THINKS FAST ON HIS FEET. I THOROUGHLY ENJOYED THIS NEW AUTHOR, TO ME, AND WILL CHECK HIS OTHER BOOKS OUT. A WONDERFUL WHO DUN-NIT, GREAT JOB CHRIS EWAN, AS NOT TOO BRITISH AND I COULD UNDERSTAND HIM WITHOUT STRAINING TO DO SO. I LAUGHED AT HIS MANY DRY JOKES AND URGE YOU TO GIVE HIM TRY. WELL WORTH THE CREDIT. MAGIC IS THE NAME OF THE GAME.

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  • Steve
  • Delray Beach, FL, United States
  • 04-06-13

Chatty with a too convenient plotting.

If this bit of dialogue sounds ok then you'll enjoy this book; "Darling, we're British and we're charming. The regular laws of the world simply don't apply to us. Let's dash off on another irresponsible adventure." That's the tone you need to accept or should I say endure to get through this one.
The narration by Simon Vance, as always: perfect.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful