- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 10 hours and 44 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Audible Studios
- Audible.com Release Date: August 4, 2010
- Language: English
- ASIN: B003YUZKVM
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Talking to Strange Men Audiobook – Unabridged
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John is distracted from his own heartbreak by a series of coded messages that he believes are the communiques of a criminal gang. Once he learns how to decode the messages, he decides to send a message of his own... He never discovers that this "criminal gang" are actually schoolboys playing an elaborate and sophisticated spy game; and he never finds out what happened with his message.
Fourteen year old Charles Mabledene is the polar opposite of John Creevey. Angelically beautiful with robotic efficiency and absolutely no morals, he is ambitious to move into a position of power in this schoolboy gang, and he demonstrates disconcerting talents for uncovering information. He proves to be the most chilling character in this book of "strange men".
I found John's story more engaging than the parallel plot of the schoolboys with their secret gang. Their schemes seemed either too meaningless or too impossible for me to engage with them properly, although I am quite convinced that highly educated school boys of that age would enjoy these kinds of spy games. The two worlds collided when Charles took up John's "assignment" not knowing the message was planted. Without giving away the ending, I think this could inspire an excellent sequel - I'd like to know what one particular character was up to, twenty years down the track.