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From the legendary author of A Walk Among the Tombstones comes this gripping tale of sudden endings and new beginnings.

When a man called Bill spots a sign in a restaurant window, he grabs his carry-on and gets off his bus. Within an hour he's got himself a job as a short-order cook, and a start on a whole new life in Cross Creek, Montana. Things just fall into place. He applies for a library card, and the next thing you know he's having dinner with the librarian. One thing leads to another, and he can see a whole new life stretching out before him.

©2016 Lawrence Block (P)2016 Lawrence Block

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Everything you ever wanted.

Bill Thompson doesn't travel to the end of his coach ride, instead descending at Cross Creek, Montana. The advert in the eatery window is for an experienced try cook and he gets a job, then a room, and starts to rebuild his life. In this long short story by Lawrence Block, the reader is introduced to the man who seems to have simple needs, lives a simple ljfe, but always there is an internal demon, a terror haunting his life. Brilliantly written to leave as much doubt as exists in the mind of the drifter himself, Bill is a character who will briefly enter the reader's life only to disappear again after making himself fully real.

Theo Holland narrates, his gentle accented voice capturing the very essence of Bill himself as he thinks his way through from day to day. Well pa ed and cadencex, there is nothing boring in his reading of the text. No fireworks, either, which makes the performance solid and peers fly expressed. Plus he gives separate and appropriations to individual protagonists. Excellent

I downloaded a freely gifted complimentary copy of this book, at my request, from FABC. My thanks to the rights holder for making it available for anyone requesting a copy. This well crafted, slightly downbeat story is well worth reading, a masterclass in character building whilst still maintaining a mystery. Recommended.

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Brilliant book

I Enjoyed this audio book very much from start to finish great story line too

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Good narration

The narration was good, but the flat character arc left me unsatisfied. It read as a reflection of life rather than a story (i.e., no beginning or end, just a middle).

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  • Peterack
  • 24-06-16

I Did Not Want It To End!

What did you love best about Resume Speed?

A great novella was made magnificent by the Narrator - Theo Holland - who I do not think I ever heard before, but his reading, pacing, characterizations, etc. were spot on and truly brought me into the story.

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

Oh this is a beauty. The plot unfolds well paced, I might say slowly, but only as a positive attribute. The story has a fellow arriving into a small town, getting a job, finding a place to live and showing himself to be a good guy. Yet, as the plot unfolds, so do the parts of the story that answer the mysterious question of why the protagonist is in the town the is and from whence he comes. The author's pacing and slow revealing of information is what kept me on my seat.

What about Theo Holland’s performance did you like?

Everything. Mr. Holland had a wonderful way of entering into the story in a way that invited me in. The voice characterizations of the novella's cast members were so well chosen and executed that I could easily immerse myself in the story. He was able to navigate that fine line, of not being disconnected to the text, nor chewing the scenery with it. Is reading/performance was just the right balance.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The conclusion did, but I will not say more, so as not to spoil the novella.

Any additional comments?

I will never know if I would have enjoyed this so much if I had only read the eBook. Since I listened to it all, I not cannot imaging reading it without, at least, hearing the dialogue read and Theo Holland read it. Because of Lawrence Block's fine writing, and Theo Holland's fine reading, I wish this was not a novella, but a novel; a really lengthy tome. I did not want this to end!

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  • Danny Harr
  • 19-01-21

Resume speed

This is a good short book to listen to. It a little under two hours. It short but interesting. Everything he does goes good. I enjoyed Theo Holland's Narraiting of this book. If my review was any help will you please click on the helpful link below. Thank you

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  • Ellen Oceanside
  • 20-07-20

Narration great.

Narration by Theo was the added bonus to this interesting slow pace novella. Given audio for my voluntary review and my honest opinion

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  • Loriann Malean
  • 23-10-18

Interesting book

Hmmmmm.....well, I can say that this was a slow paced but interesting book. All the characters and how the information was coming out was very well done and kept my interest. Theo Holland narrated the book so well that the characters came to life and I followed in their story as if I was there watching from afar. I must say that the ending left me hanging and wishing it wouldn't have went that way. I want to say a lot more but don't want to spoil it for everyone. Overall it was a great compilation between Block and Holland and I enjoyed it.

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  • Richard G.
  • 13-09-16

Caught in a vicious cycle.

What made the experience of listening to Resume Speed the most enjoyable?

Rooting for the main character to 'get it right' this time.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Resume Speed?

When Bill is deciding whether or not to purchase the diner.

What about Theo Holland’s performance did you like?

Once again, Theo Holland delivers an astounding performance.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Will it be any different this time?

Any additional comments?

Can't wait for the next collaboration between Lawrence Block & Theo Holland!

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  • Robert L.
  • 15-02-20

First Chapters of a Longer Work

Reasonably engaging, then just stops. This felt like the first couple chapters of s longer book, one where there was some payoff for your attention.