The Good Thief

  • by Hannah Tinti
  • Narrated by William Dufris
  • 10 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Twelve-year-old Ren doesn't know who his parents were. He doesn't know who left him at St. Anthony's orphanage, or how he lost his left hand when still an infant. He is resigned to life without a family to call his own and terrified of the future.But then a young man named Benjamin Nab appears, claiming to be Ren's long-lost brother, and his convincing tale of how Ren lost his hand and his parents is enough to persuade the monks at the orphanage to release the boy. But is Benjamin really who he says he is? Journeying through the New England of whaling towns and meadowed farmlands, Ren is introduced by Ben to a vibrant world of hardscrabble adventure. Ultimately he is apprenticed to Ben's small band of resurrection men, those thieves of the night who steal bodies and sell them to hospitals for medical examination. If Ren stays, he becomes one of them. If he goes, he's lost once again. Most importantly, does Benjamin hold the key to the mystery of his - or their - parents, the defining question of Ren's life?Richly imagined, gothically spooky, and showcasing the storytelling ability of a born novelist, Hannah Tinti's The Good Thief introduces one of the most appealing young heroes in contemporary fiction, and ratifies Hannah Tinti as one of our most exciting talents.

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I am terrible for adding books to my wishlist on a whim, then later wondering what about them led me to add them; the plot? the author? the narrator? the cover?. Mostly I find the reason, one of the aforementioned, and mostly, but not always, I will stick with my whim and download the book. Rarely have I regretted books chosen in this way. In this case it was one of a large number of books narrated by William Dufris, then I homed in on the plot etc, and downloaded it. Not my usual choice of subject matter and so on, but had I not been looking for something 'different'? Yes I had, and yes indeed, in this novel I found that something 'different', very different! I was yearning. You can read the plot synoposis elsewhere. All I will say is that this book is very unusual, slightly Dickensian, very Gothic, very atmospheric, slightly surreal and a little scary in parts, but turned out to be an excellent and very satisfying listen from start to finish. Anyone looking for something a bit unusual? You won't be disappointed. The narration is just wonderful.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-08-2009
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio