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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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  • KD
  • Somewhere
  • 09-18-18

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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Tales of the Unexpected

Very good bunch of interesting short stories from author Janita T. Lawrence. There was an interesting mix of stories all individual but with that Roald Dahl "Tales of the Unexpected" vibe, not exactly horror but stories you have to get to the end of to know for sure what will happen. The author now has just published a second volume of short stories in this series. looking forward to hear those stories next!.


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

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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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  • 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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  • Lomeraniel
  • 10-11-18

A must read for J.T. Lawrence fans

I normally don’t enjoy short stories, but being this collection written by J.T. Lawrence, I had to listen to it. They are twelve clever stories, each one with a special twist. They are all very different, and each of them contains the yeast for them to become a longer story.

It’s difficult to say which was my favorite: I loved Bridge Gate, The Unsuspecting Gold Digger, Travelling Slacks, and Sticky Fingers, the one that gives the title to the book. Lawrence creates very vivid characters and incredible situations, and it’s so easy to relate to the characters that it is sometimes a bit scary, because some of these stories show the darkest parts of the human heart.

Many of these stories had an ‘OMG moment’ that had me mulling for a while, and this is surprising about short stories since I find it hard for them to move me in general.

Bianca Flanders did justice to the material, delivering a gripping narration with great character interpretations and voice inflections just at the right moments.

This is a must read for J.T. Lawrence fans. She writes so well and is so creative that I want to be her!

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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  • hardworker
  • 10-10-18

Outstanding crazy stories!

The reader is so good, giving us great interpretation of the storues. The stories are unusual and short, but with plenty of depth! I enjoyed these weird stories because they are so good!!

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  • Barbara
  • 10-03-18

A voice for the end of the world

If ever they need someone to announce the onset of the Apocalypse, they need look no further than Bianca Flanders. She has the kind of crystal clear, calm, impassive voice best suited for warning you of impending horrors whilst simultaneously reminding you of the importance of good manners. It's exactly the right voice for this collection, too: stories for the most part about something awful in the post, whilst the cast of characters react too late or fail to notice (pretend not to notice?) the terrible things going on. All the stories are different - they aren't all ghost stories or horror stories, but there is a definite creepiness to most of them. Loved this collection and have just downloaded the next volume.

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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.