• Resume Speed and Other Stories

  • By: Lawrence Block
  • Narrated by: Theo Holland
  • Length: 4 hrs and 56 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (16 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Lawrence Block's new collection assembles seven works of fiction produced over a period of 60 years. 

"Hard Sell", a story ghost-written under Craig Rice's name, appeared in the first issue of Ed McBain's Mystery Magazine in 1960. It features Rice's hard-drinking yet clear-thinking lawyer, John J.Malone.

"Dead to the World", which appeared under a one-shot pen name in Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, has been lost for years, and the story of how it was lost and found is as interesting as the story itself. 

The same is true of "Whatever It Takes", created over a quarter of a century ago and never submitted anywhere, because the author filed it away and forgot about it; he came upon it, dusted it off, and sent it to AHMM where it was published. 

"I Know How to Pick 'Em" was created for Dangerous Women, the George R. R. Martin and Gardner Dozois anthology, and a holdback clause in the contract kept it out of LB's previous collections.

"Autumn at the Automat" was also created for an anthology, LB's own In Sunlight or in Shadow, and won an Edgar Allan Poe award as "Best Story of the Year". 

"Gym Rat" has never appeared in print; it was ePublished as part of a Center for Fiction project. While fans have suggested the protagonist might return for further appearances, LB is doubtful. Still, he's been mistaken before. 

"Resume Speed", the title novella, was published in hardcover (by the stellar Subterranean Press) and as a Kindle single (by the author). Subterranean's edition is out-of-print and hard to come by, and the story now appears in paperback for the first time. While it was created only a couple of years ago, it has its roots in a story the author overheard perhaps 40 years ago. All of the circumstances of its origin, and a good deal more about each of these stories, may be found in LB's foreword. But, if you don't care, you can just skip it and go straight to the stories!

©2018 Lawrence Block (P)2018 Lawrence Block

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A mostly wonderful collection

This collection of stories by author Lawrence Block delivers what one might expect if one is familiar with the author. For those not, you are in for a treat. The stories within run the gamut of what the author is good at. Decent stories with excellent characters and fun twists.

Though there was one entry in this collection that I did not care for, it was short, and the rest were excellent. Theo Holland who voiced other Bloch audiobooks brings his narrating and character voicing gifts to this group of tales.

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deceptively simple insights into human nature

I had read "Resume Speed" before, so I knew it would be good. Excellent narration as well. Really captured the mood. A nice selection of other stories were included as well.

Note-- I received a free review copy from the author but a review was not required.

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GREAT COLLECTION OF NOIR AND MORE!

This is a great collection of short stories and novellas showcasing Lawrence Block's writing talent. These stories range from straight-up noir to stories that would be at home on "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" or "The Twilight Zone".

I enjoyed them all but was especially fond of "I Know How to Pick 'Em", "Gym Rat", & "Autumn at the Automat".

Theo Holland's voices and accents fit the characters in each story superbly. I especially enjoyed his voice for the old woman in "Autumn At the Automat".

A highly recommended listen!

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Clever and eclectic

Different twists keep you guessing in each story.

Theo Holland does a good job at narrating.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Resume speed

here is a few short stories quick to listen to. easy to follow. perfect for driving to work or home . Theo Holland does an amazing job narraiting this book. it's fun to listen to what all he can do with his voice. If my review was any help will you please click the helpful link. Thank you

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Good.

A good collection to enjoy and into one psychic enjoyable and with good narration. Given audio for my voluntary review

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Excellent collection of stories

Lawrence Block’s Resume Speed and Other Stories is excellent. His deceptively simple style and casual, engrossing prose make for compulsive reading and, particularly in the case of the title story (which I had read twice before listening to the audiobook), can be easily read time and again with no less enjoyment. The stories here are all solid with
Resume Speed as the stand out, along with Autumn at the Automat and I Know How to Pick ‘em. You’ll find seemingly relatable characters who aren’t actually relatable at all, twists that never feel gratuitous or forced, and a cool writing style that is beyond inviting. Theo Holland has a good voice for the material and is a fine choice for Mr. Block’s work.

Strongly recommended.

Please note that an audio copy of this book was provided by the author, though a review was not insisted upon or required.

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  • Martin Gilje Jaatun
  • 07-11-21

Something for everyone

Lawernce Block fans will find lots of familar material here, delivered with the usual pizzazz. The stories are a delightlful listen, some dark (with reminiscences of Dead Girl Blues), others elegant and surprising, and at least one could have been a script for Roald Dahl's "Tales of the unexpected".

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  • col2910
  • 02-29-20

Brilliant

A cracking collection of short stories/novellas from Lawrence Block. All but one of the pieces were new to me, which is hardly surprising since the entertaining author introduction recounts "losing" and refinding a couple of them. I've enjoyed Resume Speed, the title piece before and it hasn't lost any of its power in a second visit.

Introduction .... informative, entertaining, the opposite of boring and apparently about 3300 words long

Hard Sell ...... one death, two deaths, three deaths, four - and a panicking magazine owner pleading to our hard drinking lawyer to find out who is killing his men and trying to ruin him.

Dead to the World ..... a woman, a marriage, a death, a widow..... repeat

Whatever it Takes ....... cops seek an informer to turn evidence, who cracks first - the potential witness, the target, the cop

I Know How to Pick 'Em ..... a bar, one woman, two men, pick one. The wrong one.

Autumn at the Automat ...... a woman practices her loved one's teachings at a diner

Gym Rat ...... two guys, one with a proposition

Resume Speed .... a stranger comes to town, makes a life and leaves abruptly

I'm hard pushed to pick a favourite. Three standout for me in particular - Autumn at the Automat, which I think one Mr Block an Edgar for best short story, Gym Rat and Resume Speed.

I think what's quite unusual is that in every collection or anthology of stories there's always one or two that pass me by where I'm scratching my head. Here that's not the case.

Bars, diners, short order cooks, customers, widows, wannabe widows, wannabe widowers, drink, pills, sex - exciting, incestuous, calculating, fatal, memory loss, bereavement, plans, a con, debt, gambling, unhappy marriages, death and more

None of the stories seem rushed or hurried, all unfold at a leisurely pace. All have a decent payoff - except for the last which haunts me and leaves me wondering if only or why.

Great writing, great attention to detail, interesting characters with different agendas and motivations. Highly recommended.

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Smooth narration as per usual from Theo Holland.

Read - (listened to) January, 2020
Published - 2018
Page count - 176 (4 hrs 56 mins)
Source - Audible download code received from author's assistant
Format - Audible


* Resume Speed was also released by Lawrence Block as a standalone and enjoyed previously in 2016





A man on a bus disembarks before his ticketed stop and constructs a new life for himself in Cross Creek. Bill, our man gets a job, finds lodgings and settles into a routine. He's cautious, he's wary of possibly being followed or being the subject of unwanted curiosity. He makes friends with his boss at the diner, who likes his ideas and his reliability. Bill seems to settle. There is a growing friendship with the divorced librarian. Dinner soon followed by sleepovers. He buys a car, he discusses an offer to buy the diner and he's making plans for a future in the town.

If this was a fairy tale, they'd all live happily ever after, but this is Lawrence Block. Bill has his secrets; secrets that not even he fully knows, but he has his suspicions......

Superb in every way..... character, setting, pacing, an ever increasing tension infused with hints of paranoia. As soon as it finished, I was half tempted to start it over again. Genius Block.

5 from 5

I've read Lawrence Block many time before. I only wished I had discovered him ten years earlier than I eventually did!

Read in December,
Published - 2016
Page count - 97
Source - Kindle Unlimited
Format - Kindle

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 09-11-19

Great batch of crime stories

A fun, noirish collection that feels like a good jazz album - some real gems in there for fans of the genre, and great narration.