The Good Thief
- Narrated by: William Dufris
- Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 11-08-09
- Language: English
- Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Such characters might sound like figments of a drunken sailor's imagination as he tells a tall tale in a seaside saloon after returning from a round-the-world voyage. And in some cases, some of the stories are just that, especially when they're told by Benjamin Nabb, the con artist and natural storyteller who adopts Ren. But this book is not science fiction. Like a magically realistic Latin American novel, all of the characters and events are grounded in reality, no matter how far-fetched they may sound.
Such plausibility is thanks partly to William Dufris, who narrates the audiobook. Dufris captures the voices of each distinct character and brings them all to life, whether it's letter-dropping New England "faamers", the slow-talking, deep-voiced giant named Dolly, the "mouse trap" girl with a lisp, the shouts of the hard-of-hearing boarding house operator, or the harsh, menacing tone of the factory owner. Dufris especially does a great job of portraying Ren's innocence while not making him sound too childlike. But like the fictional character Benjamin Nabb, Dufris rises to the challenge and delivers a story that would keep any sailor nailed to his seat for hours.
Best of all, Tinti keeps you guessing until the very last minute about how this book will end. And while you will probably not predict the ending, you believe every word. No easy task. Then again, Tinti's no ordinary writer. Ken Ross
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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By Anthony on 22-04-11
How did I end up listening to this?
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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By MR AJ Moore on 03-10-09
Close But No Cigar?
Loved the story! Plot was particularly well thought out and offered a number of suprises. The mood too was well articulated, fog and unease. But most of the characters were a bit one dimensional. I loved them as they were all quirky and strange but I did not believe in them for a minute! They needed a back story to make them real. This is one of those books that should have been longer with more time invested in fleshing out the cast. Still, a good romp!
12 of 13 people found this review helpful
By DCH on 31-05-18
I felt the first half of the book was very slow. I had a hard time making myself read/listen to the storyline. It picked up after halfway. I did not like the ending and felt it could have been better, more descriptive and clean. Definitely not a fan of this book.