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)
Great story, made even better by a fantastic audio book performance. If you liked Mr Mercedes then this is a must listen. The story is only loosely related but with shared characters and tone.
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.
"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
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
"Really enjoyed it"
Great book. looking forward to the next in the series. Stephen King at his best.
"Another awesome king Read"
I really enjoyed how this book takes on from Mr Mercedes and further expands the story and the effects of the other people around the first book. Enjoyable and clear narrator cant wait for the third instalment!!
"Solid King Crime"
A pretty good King novel with all the key ingredients of repulsive villain, flawed hero and good vanquishing evil. But a few plot holes and guessable twists. But I listened straight after Bag of Bones which was amazing, so maybe I'm just on a comedown!
"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.
"Stephen King with another winner"
An enjoyable story with enough twists and turns to keep you engaged. The characters are fully written so you care about what happens to them and want to find out what happens next.
Finishes with what's a typical Stephen King theme just enough to tell you that there is a corner to be turned.
"Enjoyable, a little short though"
Good but not great sequel to Mr Mercedes. It all felt a little short and almost like a set up for the next book
That said, you can't really go wrong with King, so overall still enjoyed it.
I really enjoyed this book. The narration was great an nicely built up the suspense ...great story ...couldn't wait to listen to the next chapter on my dog walks .
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