The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley

Narrated by: Elizabeth Wiley
Length: 13 hrs and 25 mins
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A father protects his daughter from the legacy of his past - and the truth about her mother's death - in this thrilling new novel from the prize-winning author of The Good Thief.

After years spent living on the run, Samuel Hawley moves with his teenage daughter, Loo, to Olympus, Massachusetts. There, in his late wife's hometown, Hawley finds work as a fisherman, while Loo struggles to fit in at school and grows curious about her mother's mysterious death. Haunting them both are twelve scars Hawley carries on his body, from twelve bullets in his criminal past - a past that eventually spills over into his daughter's present, until together they must face a reckoning yet to come. This father-daughter epic weaves back and forth through time and across America, from Alaska to the Adirondacks. Both a coming-of-age novel and a literary thriller, The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley explores what it means to be a hero, and the cost we pay to protect the people we love most.

©2017 Hannah Tinti (P)2017 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved
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A literary work with a plot line

It took me a little while to get into this book, and it doesn't have the "gotcha" of a Stephen King, but I prefer great writing to plot twists, anyway.
If you're always looking for a "good book," don't pass this one by
Not a classic contender for Great American novel, but good enough to spend your time with if you prefer a literary fiction.

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Murder is okay

I found this book to be a little strange in that the main character kills people but is portrayed as a good guy. The ending was hard to believe and it was probably done so a sequel could be written. There were a number of sub plots that eventually tied together but until the end it was difficult to understand how it would be done.

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Odd choice for narrator

This book is about a young teenage girl and her father, but the narrator sounds like a mature woman. It was hard to get into the story because the narrator did not seem to fit in with the story at all. I know that sounds petty, but it was a really random distraction for me in this book.

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Love, love, love

I love this story, the father daughter adventure and the unconventional hero and love story. Love, love, love.

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I love the characterization in this book.

The characters are all very believable, even the minor ones. I also like the basic structure of the story. The past/present format works very well with this tale.

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Even bad guys have redeeming qualities.

Sam Hawley made lots of money doing bad things. Then he lost his wife. He struggles to redeem himself by keeping their daughter safe and raising her to be smart and strong. Their relationship is surprisingly touching. The organization of the book alternates between Sam's story, told one gunshot wound at a time, and his daughter, Lu's. Both voices are compelling.

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Not for me

Not sure why, but this book was really a chore to listen to. The story never engaged me, and I didn't relate to any of the characters. I tried to stay with it but couldn't finish.

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Very good book

It's a partial love story with quite a bit of violence to go along with it. It captures the story of one man's life before and after his daughter was born and then they meet at the end and everything comes together. I really enjoyed it.

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hannah tinti is amazing

her stories are never boring, I will read everything she writes.good narrator. I will share it.

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A book 4 of anti-heroes that you fall in love with.

It’s a fast read, listen, but filled with wonder and beautiful proses. Loo is going to stay with me for a very long time.

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  • 06-15-17

Well written & well read.

Well written & well read. Great characters. An absorbing, but grim and painful tale, tinged with a glimmer of phosphoresence.