I will confess that I bought this book because I could get it for $1.99 after buying the Kindle book for 99 cents. It was just a fun, entertaining listen. No gross torture or even love or sex. But very interesting characters who will leave you wanting to know more about them. I am already into the next book of the series.
Not a writer, a writer wannabe, editor, lit maj, or pretend literary critic. Just an avid reader/listener. My ratings are opinion only.
In my humble opinion:
I guess if you are looking for a light beach read that requires no cerebral effort it isn't horrible, but there was little humor, quirk or otherwise redeeming value to the story.
Also, it took about 10 minutes to figure out who, a little longer to figure out why.
I am not against this type of fiction/genre (pulp?), I have read each and every lame Eve Dallas story and enjoyed them for the most part, but even those have underlying intelligence believe it or not. This story had very little to satisfy.
I don't know which reviewer compared it to Wambaug (maybe my book club), but NO NO NO, not even close.
One reviewer said it was juvenile, that is about right even though it lacked any really funny juvenile humor which I enjoy without shame.
I was looking for a new series. However, I did not want to pay full price. At first I was thinking what a bad choice I made. However, as the story unfolds what an excellent choice. Jeff Woodman as the narrator reminds me of "the wonder year" as Kevin narrator's his story about his life. I have already download the rest of the series and waiting for book #6 Rolling Thunder coming 05/05/10. Chris Grabenstein keep up the excellent job. Please, Please!!! Do not go down hill like the Stephanie Plum series!!!! After she wrote book #12 of the Stephanie Plum series, I have no idea what happen??? The storylines not good at all. However, John Ceepak and Danny Boyle!!! ten four!!!
When heard the first book I thought it seemed like it was geared to a teen age crowd, but now I'm on my third book. The books are based on telling the truth, they have humor, and are non violent. The books are a refreshing break and can be shared by the non mystery people.
This is one of those books that would be an OK read, but becomes special because of the narrator who does a superb job with the characters.
I enjoyed this story. I enjoyed the narrator. I did not appreciate or enjoy the cursing. This is a good mystery with good and likable characters. The cursing does not add to the story but detracts from it. So if you perfer not hearing the F-word over and over in spots you may want to avoid this one. For as John Ceepak says himself, "swearing is the sign of a limited vocabulary."
A charming lollipop of a mystery novel with a really bitter seed of nastiness at its center.
this is my first chris grabenstein book and I found it ultimately very disappointing - despite the glowing reviews of all his books. I found the first person narration by someone who must be over 21 (he drinks) but sounds like a 16 year old a bit annoying and wholly unsuitable for the subject matter. At first i hoped it would grow on me, but in the end I was taken aback by how this this rather sordid story was told by a seemingly young and naive person. One reviewer suggested that this series was aimed at teenagers (based probably on the narration) but the contend of this story is certainly not suitable for a younger audience. All in all I was very disappointed and certainly will not listen to any other stories in this series.
A funny mystery, a great summer read. Highly recommend it to everyone who likes a good mystery story with some humor to lighten the darkness.
A little hokey at times but an enjoyable listen if you don't want to think. Plot was a little predicatible at times and I had pretty much figured out the ending before I got there but the characters where fun.