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Finders Keepers

Narrated by: Will Patton
Series: Bill Hodges Trilogy, Book 2
Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
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Finders Keepers is the latest release from award-winning international best-seller and master of suspense, Stephen King. Perfectly narrated by Audie Award nominee Will Patton, this is a crime thriller audiobook not to be missed. A famous writer was violently robbed of his secret notebooks and his fortune in 1978. 30 years later a son unwittingly discovers the valuable notebooks amongst his dead father’s belongings. In 2013 the thief is out of jail and ready to steal them back. Following the markings of a classic mystery, this is packed with thrilling anticipation throughout. Available now from Audible.

Summary

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.

©2015 Stephen King (P)2015 Simon & Schuster

Critic reviews

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)

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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!

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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 🙂

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Fantastic

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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Another school based story

The idea is great but as he often does, the author involves school and schoolteachers to the overall detriment of the story. Bill Hodges also seems to have been welded on to milk the success of the character rather than add anything much.

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Mr Mercedes

Would you listen to Finders Keepers again? Why?

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.

What other book might you compare Finders Keepers to, and why?

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.

What about Will Patton’s performance did you like?

It's cliched but he really brings the characters to life. Hodges sounds like the gritty 40s PI and Holly is the nervous intellect.

Any additional comments?

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.

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A bit too practicable in the ending

A good listen but not a great listen.the ending was obvious at the last lap

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Really enjoyed it

Great book. looking forward to the next in the series. Stephen King at his best.

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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!!

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another solid read

will patton again nails it as the narrator. really enjoy King's characters being brought to life.

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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.

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  • Wanda
  • 31-08-15

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!

WaAr

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  • rahul
  • 12-07-15

awsome

this is very well narrated. .....once you start you will not be able to stop till it ends.

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  • Sandra
  • 01-07-15

A delight!

Stephen King is at his best when writing non horror stories; this one does not disappoint

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  • Sabine
  • 29-06-15

Stephen King at his BEST

This is better than Mr Mercedes. I would have liked a different ending, but the book is fabulous!

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  • JV
  • 17-06-15

Good narration

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

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  • Joni J Mielke
  • 25-01-20

Very good audiobook but needed more of Bill!

I greatly enjoyed this book. While the main action of the book starts off independently of any events from Book 1 in the series, links of causality are quickly established and the thread of continuity is not broken. The Town Hall massacre described in Mr Mercedes not only killed people but also caused ripple effects for the survivors and their families. Finders Keepers focuses on one such survivor's family, whose lives and material well-being become irrevocably interlaced with the actions of dangerous criminal - who has just been released on parole.

This is a Bill Hodges detective mystery, and to be honest I missed Bill as a character for those first few hours of listening to this story slowly unfold. I really like Bill, Holly and Jerome, as individuals and (more importantly) as the oddly matched team that works so well together. I understand why it was necessary to start introducing their characters in the second part of the book, and not the first, but I did miss Bill dearly and that put a damper on an otherwise excellent book for me.

As he always has done, Stephen King seems to hold a mirror to society and human nature. The effects of economic recession are rife - this is no American dream - and there are no stereotypical all-American heroes amongst King's protagonist, but they are quietly heroic nonetheless. Even the antagonists, the monsters, are still human, and the author does not let us forget this fact.

The story was well-rendered. Rich in detail, nuanced, but still easy enough to follow. The narration was also excellent, consistent with book 1, and true to form and character.

All in all, I enjoyed this, but I would have loved to see more of Bill from earlier on.

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  • Kelly Broomhall
  • 17-11-18

Good story

Not a huge fan of the narrator. his Holly voice is quite annoying. Good book though.

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  • Ryan Unsworth
  • 20-09-18

Another exciting read

Great performance and a good King novel. I enjoyed it and am looking forward to the next one..

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  • venkatesh
  • 21-06-16

Okey Dokey

Not as good as Mr Mercedes. This story does not keep you on the edge like part one.