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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5,811 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Hannah Tinti Narrator: William Dufris Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2009 ISBN: 9781423385349
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Richly imagined, gothically spooky, and replete with the ingenious storytelling ability of a born novelist, The Good Thief introduces one of the most appealing young heroes in contemporary fiction and ratifies Hannah Tinti as one of our most exciting new talents. Twelve-year-old Ren is missing his left hand. How it was lost is a mystery that Ren has been trying to solve for his entire life, as well as who his parents are, and why he was abandoned as an infant at Saint Anthony’s Orphanage for boys. He longs for a family to call his own and is terrified of the day he will be sent alone into the world. But then a young man named Benjamin Nab appears, claiming to be Ren’s long-lost brother, and his convincing tale of how Ren lost his hand and his parents persuades the monks at the orphanage to release the boy and to give Ren some hope. But is Benjamin really who he says he is? Journeying through a New England of whaling towns and meadowed farmlands, Ren is introduced to a vibrant world of hardscrabble adventure filled with outrageous scam artists, grave robbers, and petty thieves. If he stays, Ren becomes one of them. If he goes, he’s lost once again. As Ren begins to find clues to his hidden parentage he comes to suspect that Benjamin not only holds the key to his future, but to his past as well. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Hannah Tinti has written a lightning strike of a novel—beautiful and haunting and ever so bright. She is a twenty-first century Robert Louis Stevenson, an adventuress who lays bare her character’s hearts with a precision and a fearlessness that will leave you shaken.”

    Junot Díaz, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critic’s Circle Award for The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

  • The Good Thief’s characters are weird and wonderful…[It] has all the makings of a classic—a hero, a villain, and a rollicking good tale set in nineteenth century New England about a good boy who gets mixed up with a lot of bad men…All of that, along with its humor, ingenuity, and fast pace, make The Good Thief compelling.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Ren lives every child’s fantasy, to leave a mundane life for an adventure in which he discovers who he was supposed to be and who he could yet become…[His] mischievous ways earned the character comparisons to Huck Finn and Oliver Twist. And the plot, which winds its way through a mousetrap factory and the memory of a family tragedy, certainly give him a literary playground in which to frolic.”

    Associated Press

  • “The key to Tinti’s success with this novel is the constant tension between tenderness and peril, a tension that she ratchets up until the final pages…[With] enough harrowing scrapes and turns to satisfy your inner Dickens.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • “A debut novel so rich that you’ll hope it becomes the first in a series…Part coming-of-age tale and part pure adventure, The Good Thief evokes Charles Dickens with its blend of humor, social commentary, and poignancy.”

    Cleveland Plain Dealer

  • “Tightly plotted, unmannered, irresistible. Tinti writes in a lean, pitch-perfect prose that grabs the reader’s mind and won’t let go. The incidents she relates are dark and grim, but the telling leaves room for humanity and humor.”

    Orlando Sentinel

  • “Difficult to put down…A cavalcade of chase scenes, suspenseful moments and revelations.”

    Seattle Times

  • “Tinti secures her place as one of the sharpest, slyest young American novelists.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “A striking debut novel…Unfolds like a Robert Louis Stevenson tale retold amid the hardscrabble squalor of Colonial New England.  The sheer strangeness of the story is beguiling…Good fun.”

    New Yorker

  • “A very good book indeed…Reminds you why you fell in love with reading in the first place…Tinti’s imaginative powers…reacquaint us with our own.  And that’s a gift to be cherished.”

    Boston Globe

  • “A dark but nimble variation on that favorite nineteenth-century literary trope, the woeful orphan story…Ren becomes the surprising moral center of a colorful band of misfits and grave robbers. His sentimental education about what it means to be a ‘good’ boy makes for a Dickens of a tale.”

    USA Today

  • “In her highly original debut novel, [Tinti] renders the horrors and wonders she concocts utterly believable and rich in implication as she creates a darkly comedic and bewitching, sinister yet life-affirming tale about the eternal battle between good and evil.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Ren, with his love for religion and penchant for thievery, is immediately likeable…A novel full of scams, shams, and underhanded deals and populated by hustlers, thieves, and grave robbers.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Marvelously satisfying…rich with sensory details, surprising twists, and living, breathing characters to root for.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Every once in a while—if you are very lucky—you come upon a novel so marvelous and enchanting and rare that you wish everyone in the world would read it, as well. The Good Thief is just such a book—a beautifully composed work of literary magic.”

    Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love

  • “Darkly transporting…[In] The Good Thief, the reader can find plain-spoken fiction full of traditional virtues: strong plotting, pure lucidity, visceral momentum, and a total absence of writerly mannerisms. In Ms. Tinti’s case that means an American Dickensian tale with touches of Harry Potterish whimsy, along with a macabre streak of spooky New England history.”

    New York Times

  • “Tinti, like John Barth with his postmodern picturesque classic, The Sot-Weed Factor, has created one of the freshest, most beguiling narratives this side of Oliver Twist.”

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • Selected for the September 2008 Indie Next List
  • One of the 2008 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Fiction
  • Winner of the 2008 Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A 2008 Washington Post Best Book
  • One of the 2008 Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books
  • Winner of the 2009 YALSA Alex Award

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Didi | 2/11/2014

    " One of the best books I've read in a long time! Orphans, graverobbers, nuns, priests, a giant, a dwarf, a mining accident, a mousetrap factory ... this easily could have been a great big mess, but instead it was charming, moving, and wonderful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jamie | 2/11/2014

    " Great storytelling and a classic adventure tale. As others have said, there are definite hints of Dickens and Robert Louis Stevenson. Though the ending is a bit predictable, watching the tale unfold is thoroughly enjoyable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenine | 2/8/2014

    " FINALLY a good book! couldn't put it down, really enjoyed it. i think my boys will like it too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 2/4/2014

    " Overall, a pretty good book. Seems odd this is an adult fiction. Given what Ren goes through, in my opinion, you need to read this with a "suspension of disbelief". It gives new meaning to "a boy on his own". "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 2/3/2014

    " Dark and gritty, but different. Just for fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jaynez | 1/26/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book. It's a "Calgon, take me away..." book. It reminded me of the way I felt reading when I was a kid. Looking forward to the sequel! And there will be one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maria | 1/24/2014

    " I really liked this book. It was fast paced and fun. I am surprised it wasn't published as a Young Adult book because I think it would really appeal to some kids. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff | 1/17/2014

    " Johnny Tremain meets Wonder Boys. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tracey | 1/15/2014

    " This story reminded me of Oliver Twist with a twist. An adventurous tale with plenty of gore. It was the twist in what I had expected that made the book worthy of the third star. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maryann | 12/26/2013

    " What a wonderful book. Ren is an orphan at St. Anthony's and wants to get out of the orphanage and find his parents. Loved the last half of the book. I just cared about Ren and wanted to find out what happens to him. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura Hess | 12/5/2013

    " Descriptive, quirky characters, orphan Ren gets adopted by thieving pair, unknown setting of North Umbrage, happy ending "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matthew Salesses | 10/14/2013

    " A crazy twisting amazing movie plot with a beating heart. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richelle | 10/4/2013

    " This book was a really fun old-fashioned adventure story with great characters: a giant, grave-diggers, a really-bad bad guy, a roof-dwelling dwarf, lots of characters who you are not sure if they are "good" or "bad" but are for sure interesting. Fast paced, never a dull moment. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Salem | 9/12/2013

    " This is a good adventure book. it is an easy read and it keeps you in suspense. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Catharine | 9/9/2013

    " Though the ending wraps up in a predictable way I enjoyed the story and the way it was written. A good story for upper elem/middle school age students. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kirsten | 7/28/2013

    " 2009 Alex Award - It's a good one. A young orphaned boy finds his way home - "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eileen | 7/7/2013

    " enjoyed this tale and its twists and turns "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amy | 4/14/2013

    " Okay, maybe a 2.5. I didn't struggle through it, but didn't like it as well throughout as I did after I finished it and thought more about it. Pretty macabre in spots and I felt bad for the little guy. His character was my favorite aspect of the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly | 12/10/2012

    " Interesting story, time period really appealled to me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adrienne | 9/7/2012

    " A fun, and original tale of an orphan boy who is adopted by some shady characters, and the adventures that follow. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gabriella | 9/5/2012

    " I might give this one 3 1/2 stars if I could. I thought it was very good, but the end kind of fell apart for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 8/14/2012

    " A book set in New England in an unspecified time period about a teen-aged orphan whose hand has been cut off. Starts in the orphanage and follows his adventures once he leaves. Some very dark incidents and characters, but ultimately a story of loyalty and friendship. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Candy | 1/19/2012

    " Fun read - Rusty will enjoy! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beverly | 1/5/2012

    " A cross between Dickens and Cider House Rules. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 8/31/2011

    " Vivid characters in this one, that I suspect will stay with me for a long time. I really like the way the author tied everything together so neatly at the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meredith Lewis | 8/28/2011

    " Like Charles Dickens or Robert Louis Stevenson light. An interesting story involving an orphan missing a hand, a pair of con-men, a deaf landlady, a roof-dwelling dwarf, a giant, and an evil mousetrap factory despot. Simple in construction, easy to read, and enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslie | 5/23/2011

    " A darn good read! Great characters, just a whiff of impossible things, great descriptions, the kind of book that would fit in YA but for some of the gorier bits. So those, both adult and YA who like YA would like this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolyn | 5/13/2011

    " Beautifully written, intense, and grim, this book wraps up (perhaps too neatly) with a surprisingly happy ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandra Shanti | 4/26/2011

    " Great yarn about a boy who leaves his orphanage and sets of on an adventure with a charming thief. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tonya | 4/26/2011

    " Just started last night, but so far I'm fascinated. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Esther | 4/18/2011

    " I really am torn between a 2 and a 3 star. The characters were likeable, the story was ok, but I would have liked to see more evolving of the characters. The plot sortof fizzled at the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Natalia | 4/18/2011

    " Loved this book. I loved the ending and the way everything came back around and made sense. I never got bored with it. There is always something happening so you always want to keep reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurie | 4/14/2011

    " Worth the time to read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Colette | 4/12/2011

    " I thought the last third of the book saved it. Kept getting stuck, just wasn't a smooth read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Valerie | 4/9/2011

    " A grand adventure with unique characters. Recommended for readers who yearn for a little more YA-style storytelling in their adult fiction. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mel | 4/7/2011

    " This reminded me of Dickens. It was a quick and absorbing read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 4/4/2011

    " I didn't know what to expect, but I liked it. The story kept moving well and I liked how the end turned out. "

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About the Author
Author Hannah Tinti

Hannah Tinti’s work has appeared in magazines and anthologies, including The Best American Mystery Stories 2003. Her short story collection, Animal Crackers was a runner-up for the PEN/Hemingway Award. She is the editor of the magazine One Story.

About the Narrator

William Dufris attended the University of Southern Maine in Portland-Gorham before pursuing a career in voice work in London and then the United States. He has won more than twenty AudioFile Earphones Awards, was voted one of the Best Voices at the End of the Century by AudioFile magazine, and won the prestigious Audie Award in 2012 for best nonfiction narration. He lives with his family in Maine.