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Publisher's Summary

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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Fun stories for the busy bee

Fun dark and humorous. Short stories so they can be easily digested when you don’t have time to sit through a huge epic

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Could not choose a favorite

This is the sixth book I’ve read/listened to by this author. I’ve previously listened to When Tomorrow Calls series, The Stepford Florist, and The Sigma Surrogate.
These short stories are well-rounded, interesting, entertaining and engaging. Each one was so different. There are several lines throughout that I’d love to remember, like... “poor life choices are like a tattoo. They’re always under the skin. Best just not to get a tattoo” (mind, I’ve nothing against tattoos gotten in a meaningful way, but the point is still made). Or, “don’t let your broken heart lead you down a barbed path you can’t reverse out of”. I think this is valid for poor life choices as well.

This is the first book I’ve listened to by this narrator (Bianca Flanders)and I would listen to another. Her delivery was great and voices well done. I think she did an excellent job with these stories.

There are no explicit sex scenes, excessive violence or swearing.

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

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Sticky Fingers

LOVED the stories and their twists and turns!Bianca Flanders was the perfect narrator.I was given this book by the narrator,author or publisher free for an honest review.

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What an amazing audiobook!

This is an incredible collection of short stories; each of them impressed me at a really deep level. Also Bianca Flanders performance is amazing!!

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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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Very entertaining!

This is a great collection of short stories. Each story is enjoyable and almost all have a surprise twist at the end that makes them even better. I highly recommend it!

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Great!

Great collection of stories, plenty of twists that you don’t see coming. Excellent narrator as well. I received a free review copy of this 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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Intriguing collection of stories

While the stories can be a bit dark, they are an interesting set with a solid performance by Bianca Flanders.

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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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  • Norma Miles
  • 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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  • TG
  • 09-20-18

Good mix

Enjoyable short stories and love the fact that they just state ‘the end’ and then moves on rather than stopping and making you load the next one as I find that problematic when driving. Quite a few stories have stuck in my mind. Recommended

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  • S. J. Hall
  • 09-19-18

12 great stories

Usually, a collection of short stories contains some good, some okay and others those you would hope to bypass. This collection has 12 great stories, all very listenable.
The voice of the narrator is excellent, even if I mistakenly set the speed too fast (1.5) and she sounded like a St Trinians film. Once I'd slowed her down everything sounded perfect. I won't divulge the twists and turns and weird endings to many of the stories, but many have you on the edge of your seat.
The banter between hotel visitor and trip advisor and the letters between daughter and father are wonderful and sometimes funny. Other stories are concerning mental health and the twists will have you wondering....
The nurse surprised me, the pigeon had me laughing out loud and Sticky Fingers came to the best conclusion. Just going on to Sticky Fingers 2...

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  • SandraL
  • 09-17-18

Bite sized!

don't usually read short stories but I found these stories just the right length for listening to on the bus. The stories are all quite varied but have a twist at the end. Like any collection of stories I enjoyed some more than others.

I wasn't sure about the accent (South African I think) of the narrator at first but as the book went on I began to enjoy it and would listen to more by this narrator.

All in all this was a good listen and would love to read more by this author.

I received a free copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-13-18

interesting book

This was an interesting read. I liked the stories. There were some I liked more than others but that is to be expected. This is the first book I have listened to by this author. I liked the narrator's voice it was pleasant to listen to. I look forward to listening to Sticky Fingers 2.

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  • Bridget McKeown
  • 09-10-18

Great bunch of short stories

Short stories are not my normal listen but I really enjoyed these. Interesting themes from a vivid imagination. Great listen.

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  • Elizabeth Robb
  • 09-04-18

Very Entertaining!

This is a great collection of short stories. Each story is enjoyable and almost all have a surprise twist at the end that makes them even better. I highly recommend it!

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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…