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The Thief Taker Audiobook

The Thief Taker

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Publisher's Summary

The year is 1665. Black Death ravages London. A killer stalks the streets in a plague doctor’s hood and mask....

When a girl is gruesomely murdered, thief taker Charlie Tuesday reluctantly agrees to take on the case. But the horrific remains tell him this is no isolated death. The killer’s mad appetites are part of a master plan that could destroy London – and reveal the dark secrets of Charlie’s own past.

Now the thief taker must find this murderous mastermind before the plague obliterates the evidence street by street. This terrifying pursuit will take Charlie deep into the black underbelly of old London, where alchemy, witchcraft and blood-spells collide.

In a city drowned in darkness, death could be the most powerful magic of all.

©2014 C.S. Quinn (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved

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    Emily 29/11/2015
    Emily 29/11/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "Great story for London dwellers"

    Being a Londoner, loved the descriptions of the city during plague time and could picture the city from the fantastic descriptions. A little disappointed by the lack of difference between characters voices, but otherwise a great story with twists and turns a-plenty.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Freiburg north-east London, UK 07/01/2015
    Freiburg north-east London, UK 07/01/2015 Member Since 2011
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    "Story OK maybe; this rendition awful."

    Story is pretty predictable with lots of cliches and stereotypes. Tons of gore - Chamber of Horrors style. Dash of sex with lesbianism in Charles' court for the fellas. (Yes he pops up for some reason.) But if you like this sort of thing it might be enjoyable as a read. But as an audio book the silly accents, and the mix of the modern and archaic (and regions) it seems like a pantomime and it is hard to suspend disbelief. I finished listening but only just.

    17 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Rebekah Barton 26/10/2016
    Rebekah Barton 26/10/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "The Thief Taker "

    Great story...really grabs you and twists and turns that keep you listening. Well read too.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Freda Warrington, United Kingdom 07/12/2015
    Freda Warrington, United Kingdom 07/12/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "Time travelling back to the 1600s"

    This is not my usual kind of book but I really enjoyed The Thief Taker. It was well researched and written. I was up until 3am until I had finished it. It makes you glad that you didn’t live in 1600’s London. The narrator was so good I could almost smell the rotting bodies of the plague victims and could picture it all in my mind. Napoleon Ryan’s female impersonation was so perfect I had to go back into Audio Books to make sure he was the only narrator as Maria’s voice sounded much like Joanna Lumley. I have now bought the second book ‘The Fire Catcher’ and can’t wait to start it tomorrow. Well worth a credit.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 13/04/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "really enjoyed and narration was great."

    really enjoyed it. great narration and story ..i could see the city and felt i was there ..

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Julie 03/04/2016
    Julie 03/04/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "A good twist awaits"

    A very good book indeed. Well read with a nice twist or two. 5 stars

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    David 18/05/2016
    David 18/05/2016
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    "No plot, little characterisation"

    Well written and read,nice historic gritty feel. Put no real plot, a few set scenes without any link and the characters are simplistic and unreal.

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    Jesper Hauerslev 25/04/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Hidden grim gem..."

    Well, this was something of a nice surprise! Very well written and an overall expertly crafted plot with some very dark moments. The quality of the historical research is top notch so you can forgive a few shortcomings in the story telling where Quinn takes a few cheap shortcuts. The narrator is also great but his otherwise solid performance is sadly marred by a bad and "tinny" audio quality....luckily nothing that gets in the way of your enjoyment of this great hidden little grim gem.

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    Farniboy Wirral, UK 16/03/2017
    Farniboy Wirral, UK 16/03/2017 Member Since 2014
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    "A Great Opening Book."
    What made the experience of listening to The Thief Taker the most enjoyable?

    A great sense of place, the author really gets the population's panic of being caught in a pandemic plague. I've not listened to any books set in Restoration England before and this was interesting, it showed the uneasy truce between the factions of the Civil Wars.


    What other book might you compare The Thief Taker to, and why?

    CJ Sansom and SJ Parris. Both series set in historic England. They both feature reluctant detectives. This series is a little less cerebral than the Shardlake or Bruno books. It's more of a thriller and that's not a bad thing. Its a rollicking read!


    Have you listened to any of Napoleon Ryan’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No, but it was a fine narration.


    Any additional comments?

    An enjoyable start to a set of mysteries. What seems like a relatively straightforward whodunnit soon becomes a conspiracy thriller with the state of the nation in danger.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Adrienne Cambs 14/07/2016
    Adrienne Cambs 14/07/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "OK..."

    I drifted in and out of this one... OK but not sure I'd want go listen again

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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  • Reen
    21/09/17
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    "Rich in history; hard to believe our world past"

    What a book set during the Black Plague! The story is good, but the performance is better. I'm so glad I live in today's world.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    10/09/17
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    "The Thief Taker"

    I really enjoyed this book. I'm not a historian, but the book seemed to hold very true to the time, being 1665. Yet while doing so, it remained easily understood, & an easy read. Never a dull moment, & never too heavy, it captured me & pulled me in... I finished it in 2 days:) Looking forward to the next.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Yvonne
    Southfield, mi, United States
    08/08/17
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    "Just good"

    This book is original in the protagonist. Charlie Tuesday, a thief, with the ability to find anything is presented with the necessity to find a murder or be hung for the crime. One impediment is a plague that is killing many of the people whom Charlie needs to question.

    The second impediment is his side kick whom was the first to brand him as a murder.
    Charlie does not have any special skills. He is not a fighter nor does he have any “power”, which would enable you to accept someone getting out of situations. I found the convenient contrivances designed by the author detracted from my enjoyment. Oh there just happen to be a barrel there to help with the escape. I found the engineering of the plague, the method of spreading, and the effect on the city interesting. There are twists and turns within the mystery and all the terrors and gore of a plague.

    The author portrayed an accurate historic description of the plague as describes in Wikipedia. I will try the next book just to see it I can find more interest in Charlie.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • June
    03/08/17
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    "great detective mystery!"

    i did not think i would enjoy a mystery with the stage being in the 16th century but it was quite enjoyable

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  • K. Bright
    Pointe Claire, QC
    02/08/17
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    "excellent mystery set in plague time London"

    Loved the story. It kept me guessing every step of the way. Great depiction of London in the 1660's. if you're a history buff and you like mysteries this is a great story for you! It is a little long but well paced. Great narrator - he kept all the voices distinct and was easy to follow. Will look for more from both this author and narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • CSO
    18/07/17
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    "Great beginning, flat ending"

    Once again I feel tricked by another Audible book deal. This book started out great and was great up until the end. However, in the last 30 minutes of the story it all ended so abruptly and oddly. It's almost like another author wrote the last few chapters. This is not the first time I've had this thought with an audible book deal. Oh well, at least it was cheap!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Edie Constantine
    04/06/17
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    "Enjoyable"
    What did you love best about The Thief Taker?

    I liked the mystery and the romance.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    No but it had a steady pace.


    Which character – as performed by Napoleon Ryan – was your favorite?

    The Thief Taker of course.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    No

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Robert Ragland
    21/05/17
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    "very engaging book"

    I really enjoyed this book, it makes me think of a combination of Dickens and Doyle. didn't want to stop listening until the conclusion

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • M.L.L.
    15/05/17
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    "Interesting but Ghastly, Violent and Disgusting. "

    The king's mistress waltzes naked into a meeting of the Cabinet and fondles herself and the king.

    A prostitute receives a thorough examination to verify she doesn't have the pox.

    Two women and a man are brutally tortured and murdered.

    The symptoms and suffering of plague victims are described in detail.

    All this was only the first third or so of the book. I could not finish it.

    When the monstrous murderer rips the chest open on a still living pigeon I hit my limit of cruelty and gore. This narrator is excellent but the book is not my cup of tea.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • ShinobiChris
    09/05/17
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    "Loved it!"

    I tried desparately to finish the story in one otting while at work. Great from start to finish. A Renaissance Sherlock Holmes and a Renaissance Jack the Ripper. Elements of witchcraft and hysteria. Just an amazing story, well conveyed by a talented voice actor. Hi recommended​!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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