Audiobook: Finders Keepers by Stephen King
A Rapid Review
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio | June 2015
Format: Audio Download | 13 hours | Rating: 5 stars
Audio Listening Level: Intermediate
A masterful, intensely suspenseful novel about a reader whose obsession with a reclusive writer goes far too far—a book about the power of storytelling, starring the same trio of unlikely and winning heroes King introduced in Mr. Mercedes.
Late 1970s: John Rothstein is a reclusive, Salinger-like author who hasn’t published a new book in his acclaimed Jimmy Gold series in over a decade. Morris Bellamy, a deranged fan, is upset that Rothstein has ended the series by having Jimmy sell out for a career in advertising. Morris kills Rothstein, steals his cash, and makes off with an unpublished Jimmy Gold manuscript. He buries the money and the manuscript, but before he can do anything with it, he is sent to jail for another crime and denied parole for decades.
2009: A young boy, Pete, finds the buried money and the manuscript. Unfortunately for him, Morris has just been released from jail and wants his loot back and will use any means possible. Enter the trio from book one who help Pete and his family when Morris goes after them.
Another fast-paced, suspenseful, and enjoyable novel from King, reminiscent of his earlier work. This is not horror, there are no ghosts or supernatural entities, but instead a good mystery with just the right amount of creepy. And personally, I enjoy when King writes stories about writers.
The book reads fine as a standalone; however, it works best as a trilogy. Not because you need the background information to enjoy the story, King provides a necessary amount, but because this is a parallel story to book one, Mr. Mercedes. The same background events occur but are seen from a different perspective. King does this so well, and it added an extra level of enjoyment to the book.
As with the previous book, Will Patton did a fantastic job with the narration. Fast-paced and easy to listen to, each of the character’s voices was well-defined. His tone became more urgent and suspenseful as the story progressed. Audio is an excellent choice for this book.
[Audio Sample on SoundCloud.]
Source: Review copy provided by Simon & Schuster Audio.
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