The Good Thief's Guide to Paris : Good Thief's Guides

  • by Chris Ewan
  • Narrated by Simon Vance
  • Series: Good Thief's Guides
  • 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Charlie Howard - globe-trotting mystery writer, professional thief, and poor decision maker - is in Paris. Flush with the success of his latest book reading, Charlie agrees to show a complete novice how to break into an apartment in the Marais. Fast-forward twenty-four hours and Charlie's hired to steal an ordinary-looking oil painting - from the exact same address. Mere coincidence? Charlie figures there's no harm in finding out - until a dead body turns up in his living room and he finds himself evading the law while becoming caught up in a quite outrageous heist. And that's before Charlie's literary agent, Victoria, finally decides that they should meet face to face. Nobody ever said a life of suspense was ever easy, but Charlie, the most disarmingly charming burglar since Cary Grant, soon finds things are getting way out of control.

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Where are the editors?!?!

I was fairly entertained by the first book in the series: A Good Thief's Guide to Amsterdam. It was fun largely because of meeting a new engaging character, and Simon Vance's reading carries the story. But it was also mostly forgettable, so I'm glad I got it on sale.

This book on the other hand is memorable, but not because the story is compelling. This one is memorable because of the glaring grammatical errors and odd sentence structure throughout the book. There were so many errors in verb conjugation, I looked the author up to see if the books were written in another language and simply translated poorly. I did find several reviews in which the reviewer not only commented on the grammar but also, having read the book in print, commented on problems with punctuation and spelling.

Simon Vance certainly had a challenge with this production. It must have driven him crazy to perform this book without correcting the grammar along the way. But he performed with his usual panache and made the book endurable enough that I actually did finish listening to it.
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- Gash

A Fun, Fun, Fun Comic Mystery!

Would you consider the audio edition of The Good Thief's Guide to Paris to be better than the print version?

It has to be the best... with the word pictures painted by Ewan & enacted by the excellent voice of Simon Vance, nothing could have been better.


Who was your favorite character and why?

Charlie Howard no doubt! It was suggested he was a smooth cheeky thief like a Gary Grant character, & that's true. He is the most likable thief since Grant's "To Catch A Thief".


Which scene was your favorite?

Not to give anything away, but the several forays across the roof tops of Paris were most nostalgic & picturesque.


Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes, the scenes it inspired made me laugh out loud!


Any additional comments?

I took a chance on spending a credit on an author unfamiliar to me but I liked the idea of the story, the reviews were good, & Vance does't do bad books!

This is # 2 in the "Good Thief's Guide to... " series. It can stand alone on it's own merits, I chose it for the setting in Paris. It is a great comic mystery for a change from the more serious British mysteries I listen to/read. I had just finished Phil Rickman's "To Dream of the Dead" which I enjoyed but needed a well written, lighthearted, romp & this was perfect. A definite G rating like an old Cary Grant movie, worthy of a whole family listen. I have since added to my library all of the Ewan books that are on Audible.

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- Librarian

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-06-2011
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.