The Thief Who Couldn't Sleep

  • by Lawrence Block
  • Narrated by Theo Holland
  • 5 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Introducing Evan Tanner - the first series character created by Lawrence Block, best-selling author of A Walk Among the Tombstones...
Ever since a shred of shrapnel did a number on his brain's sleep center, Even Tanner has been awake 24/7. This gives him more time than your average underachiever. Time to learn the world's languages (he's fluent in Basque, but has trouble with Chinese). Time to embrace the world's lost causes and irredentist movements (The Flat Earth Society, the League for the Restoration of Cilician Armenia, the Society of the Left Hand). Time to write term papers theses for students with more money than knowledge. And, most important, time to do his dreaming while he's wide awake.
The Thief Who Couldn't Sleep is Tanner's first adventure. It finds our insomniacal hero on a mission to recover a hoard of gold coins, stashed 50 years ago in a house in Balekesir by the city's Armenian community. Promptly jailed by the Turks, Tanner escapes and plays hopscotch across the map of Europe, pulling strings, slipping across borders, and, almost incidentally, fomenting a revolution in Macedonia.
Well, these things happen...

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Great new old book!

A very original approach to a spy/adventure novel with a most interesting character. Hope they convert the whole series to audio.
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- J. M. Batista

Too Much Time For Trouble

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, it was very entertaining.


What did you like best about this story?

How lucky Evan Tanner was with his worldwide contacts.


Have you listened to any of Theo Holland’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes, I've listened to all of them. He keeps getting better, it seems.


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It was a commute book, so it helped keep me focused on the road.


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- Richard G.

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-08-2017
  • Publisher: Lawrence Block