Something Missing

  • by Matthew Dicks
  • Narrated by Jefferson Mays
  • 9 hrs and 0 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In this quirky debut novel from author Matthew Dicks, career criminal Martin uses his OCD to pilfer items from his victims' houses without being discovered. It helps that he only takes things the homeowner would never notice are missing - like a roll of toilet paper or a bottle of maple syrup. Martin has spent so much time snooping through homes he feels like he knows the owners, but when he starts meddling in their personal lives, his precise world turns to haos.


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Parrot Sketch Partially Included

Far from being tedious, I found Martin's explanation of his career and techniques appropriate and extremely practical. His thoughts are what drive his actions and therefore the plot.
Many of the other characters are thinly developed, but that fits as well since we can only see the aspects of other people that Martin recognizes.
To some extent, Martin may do for obsessive compulsives what Dexter Morgan did for sociopaths: pull back the curtain a little to show how their minds work and make them more personable.
I was a little disappointed and confused when the parrot was introduced and that subplot began to develop only to be left hanging. Nothing ever comes of it.
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- james

Desperately in need of shortening

This book could have been an engaging and interesting novella, but at nine hours it's about five hours too long.

The first half of the book is so tedious that I nearly stopped listening. In that first segment, there is almost no human interaction - just descriptions of what Martin, the main character, does for a living, and how he goes about that job. Plus Martin's thoughts - lots and lots of his thoughts. A good author could have established Martin's character and quirks in an hour or less; here it took five.

When Martin actually does interact with somebody, even in his memory, the book becomes temporarily more interesting. But the story quickly reverts back to Martin's inner monologue - and believe me, it's one boring monologue.

The book becomes more interesting once some other people enter the story, but all the characters share the same flaws: they are shallowly developed and just not very believable.

In short: interesting premise, lousy execution. Whoever failed to edit this book didn't do Matthew Dicks - or us - any favors.

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- Fred

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-21-2009
  • Publisher: Recorded Books