Shortlisted for the Audio Publisher’s Association Audie Award 2016 for Best Male Narrator.
1978: Meet Morris Bellamy, the man who robs the safe of America's most famous reclusive writer, John Rothstein. But it isn't just the money he is interested in. Morrie is obsessed with the author's notebooks and is prepared to kill the author for them.
2009: Meet young Pete Saubers, whose father was knocked down by an out-of-control Mercedes in a job line-up. When he discovers a buried trunk of money and notebooks of a famous writer, he has the means to rescue his family from poverty. If he can keep it secret.
2013: Morrie is up for parole. And he's hell-bent on recovering the notebooks.
That's when retired detective Bill Hodges - who has set up a company called Finders Keepers - discovers the scheme.
Finders Keepers is spectacular suspense. It is also King writing about how literature shapes a life - for good, for bad, for ever.
Read by award-winning narrator Will Patton, who was nominated for an Audie Award in the Solo Narration - Male category for his work on both Mr. Mercedes and Doctor Sleep.
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Praise for Mr Mercedes:
"I challenge you not to read this book in one breathless sitting." (Guardian)
"Deserves to be ranked alongside King's masterpieces." (Daily Mail)
"Stephen King might just be America's greatest living novelist...the best thriller of the year.... Recommended to crime buffs and King fans alike." (Sunday Express)
Although "Finders Keepers" is the second book of the Bill Hodges Trilogy, Hodges himself doesn't make an appearance until halfway through the novel. In this book, he is a supporting character. Since he was the star of the first book, his notable absence for the majority of the story has a negative impact on the experience.
Instead, the novel follows the teenage son of one of the City Centre Massacre's injured victims. Running parallel to him is the antagonist of the story, who after burying a suitcase full of loot from a robbery 30 years previously, returns to claim it. Only it's already been found by our young protagonist. Inevitably they cross paths and drama ensues.
Will Patton's performance is once again faultless. He gives each character their own unique personality and has great range. The story isn't bad by any means. But it feels mediocre after the brilliant cat-and-mouse story that was "Mr Mercedes".
what can I say. .......it's Stephen King. .....but since I need 20 words.......Will Patton is one of the best narrator's I've ever had the pleasure of listening to.
Absolutely brilliant! even better than Mr Mercedes and I thought that would be hard to beat! thrilling story at a thrilling pace! Will Paton is an AMAZING performer, he really brings to life each character and envies their thoughts and personalities with just a chance in his infection and tone of voice. I cannot wait now to get stuck into End of Watch!
Really loved this one! King ties it in well so it stands alone as well as being tied to the Mr Mercedes trilogy. Will Patton narrating is, as always, sublime.
"Ooh ooh ooh."
Usually when a book impresses me this much on audible I wonder if the narrator makes the story stronger. With King, I need not wonder. He picks the best because he is the best.
Now. You want to know what I thought right? Well. You know that annoying friend that goes.....oh oh oh and then, and I do not want to spoil the story but...well with this book that is me. I felt for our foul evil reader cause I get it. I hopefully will never go this far but........
Lol. Read it. If your a fan I can tell you the King is back in full form if not a fan? Well then, why are you wasting your time reading a review that only goes.....go read it. Go read it now!
this is very well narrated. .....once you start you will not be able to stop till it ends.
"Stephen King at his BEST"
This is better than Mr Mercedes. I would have liked a different ending, but the book is fabulous!
All the characters were live...excellent narration.
Good book..the villain is not as dark as Mr.Mercedes...and didn't like the part where the good guys don't even get scratched by the law for their crimes
Not as good as Mr Mercedes. This story does not keep you on the edge like part one.
Stephen King is at his best when writing non horror stories; this one does not disappoint
"Really good story excellent narration "
Couldn't put this down! As usual great story and characters from Stephen King. Although the follow on from Mr Mercedes you could listen to this as a stand alone
"A criminal passion for literature."
If you enjoyed Mr. Mercedes, this will add to the story retired detective Bill Hodges, while delivering a totally new story that begins in 1978 and tangles characters and events from Mr. Mercedes into the plot of this story.
Stephen King is presenting us with the American nightmare, a late dickensian view of a dream that has gone sour for the many, a world where a first offence is the end for a young man and the making of a criminal with a passion for literature, a country where an economic stumble destroys families and the prospects of the young. A place where the rule is eat or be eaten, pay or stay put with no future or the possibility of higher education.
Two thirds of the book develop in this amoral society, with jails where sexual assaults are the norm and businessmen are corrupt, only when Bill Hodges and his associates enter the story a glimmer of morality and optimism is allowed to flourish.
A good enjoyable story because of the writing, with characters and a plot that develop with ease and grows in to crescendo of violence and threat. King still rules in this kind of stories and ads a bridge to the next part in this series in the last chapter.
"Ripping yarn inspite of the coincidences"
Only King could pull off such a ripping yarn, dragging the reader on at break-neck speed so that we barely notice the multitude of ridiculous coincidences that underpin the story.
It doesn't matter - it's done with suck skill and bravado, and delivered by a superb narrator that all you can do is enjoy the ride. Entertaining and gripping stuff.
I'd want to listen to this and Mr Mercedes again prior to the follow up being released. It's been a refreshing change to read a King novel without the fantasy element.
Obviously it's difficult not to compare this book to Mr Mercedes. I loved the twists and turns that befall the protagonist which is different to the structured planning of the villain of Mr Mercedes. The books have developed that universe well and King lets us know we're not in his horror universe in compelling ways.
It's cliched but he really brings the characters to life. Hodges sounds like the gritty 40s PI and Holly is the nervous intellect.
I like King's fantastical story writing in his other books but I've enjoyed the fact that this trilogy so far doesn't have that and it's obviously in a different universe from most of the rest of his books. I just hope he sticks to this grounded universe when he rounds out the trilogy in End of Watch, unfortunately it doesn't seem like he will.
"A bit too practicable in the ending"
A good listen but not a great listen.the ending was obvious at the last lap
Very disappointed to realise half way through that it was a follow on to another book. why not say audible ? ruined what is a fantastic story. not good enough audible
"Stephen King should NOT write thriller books"
Yes, but not in this genre. Will Patton's performance was decent but nothing special.
The first part (Maury and Peter) of the story was both engaging and interesting, the second part (Bill Hodges, the detective) was ridiculous and should have been scrapped.
Obviously Will Patton is a famous actor and has a distinctive voice so at times, he adds depth to the characters, at other times he is like a pantomime dame attempting.
Frustration..............the Bill Hodges element was so clunky and ridiculous, i nearly stopped listening on several occasions.
"Not one of King's best"
I bought this story on audiobook so I could listen to it on my way to and from work. The quality of narration is excellent and on a par with other Stephen King audiobooks I’ve listened to.
The story is cleverly written to link into the previous novel in the series being a direct sequel. If you hadn’t read the previous book you wouldn’t be at a huge disadvantage reading this one as King fills in the gaps and brings you quickly up to speed.
The story starts in the past and flicks between past and present as it sets the scene for the story and introduces the characters. Gradually the plot picks up steam and the pace starts to increase, and it isn’t until more than half way through the book that the link to the previous book in the series becomes clear and the characters meet.
I enjoyed this book but there isn’t a lot to it compared to some of King’s other novels and once again the ending is a bit of an anti-climax. I’d still recommend this book to others but I hope that King’s next book has a little more of the supernatural in and a better ending 🙂
"another solid read"
will patton again nails it as the narrator. really enjoy King's characters being brought to life.
Not as good as Mr Mercedes, falls short on plot and depth but still not bad just not as good. the performance was well executed and enjoyable to listen too. over all 7 out of 10
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