I can't really peg where this story fits, as far as what type of listeners would enjoy it. It's a crime mystery that's pretty easy to solve, with a kid, Danny narrating it, cracking jokes all the way through the book. Danny seems to be in aw of Ceepak who is a crusader of "good", that never cracks a joke and I think smiled once in the story. As close as I could think would be a comparison of the early Batman TV series, it just lacked the POWs and BAMs. The content was definitely 21st century though, dealing with incest and child abuse, which didn't fit in with the corny jokes Danny was always laying on the reader. I guess, that is where I found trouble categorizing it. All and all it's easy to listen to, and easy to take the earbuds off and do something else, so probably the last of the series for me.
Fast approaching retirement as a life long oncology nurse. I love family more than anything. I enjoy reading (audio only), movies, travels, paper crafting, photography, gardening and just being alive.
This is a fun book. Like someone said, not great literature - but I found it to be a good read. The narrator did an excellent job of speaking for the "rookie, kind of" cop. There was an element of suspense and yet, the author did a good job of using humor. I giggled out loud more than once. I agree with whoever said it sort of has a bit of the flavor of Carl Hiaasen's novels. I look forward to listening to the whole series, but will look for sales.
The Path Between the Seas to The Great Bridge ~ Kagan's Peloponnesian War to Gaddis' Cold One ~ Mornings on Horseback to a River of Doubt ~ Tom to Huck ~ Lennie to Charley ~ Cadfael to Cross ~ Rhyme to Reacher ~ Blomkvist and Salander to Wallander and Wallander ~ Moving Cheese or Eating Frogs ~ On the Road and Into Thin Air ~ The End of History to A Short History of Everything to ... well ... everything else.
Chris Grabenstein's debut novel offers exactly what you would expect from any amusement park fare ~ a bit of excitement ~ treats that are tasty but not especially filling ~ plenty of twists and turns ~ a fun ride. Add in a couple of well-drawn, likeable characters and a plot that is well-paced and at least a little unpredictable and you have a terrific escapist listen.
Tilt-A-Whirl is the first in an ongoing series of mysteries, set in a New Jersey beach town and featuring MP turned beach cop John Ceepak. Ceepak seems to be modeled after Dragnet's Joe Friday ~ straight-laced and spare with words. He is every bit as engaging as is his young partner, and our narrator.
This is an escapist mystery ~ a guilty pleasure, perhaps, but a pleasure all the same. Not great literature, to be sure, and worlds will not end if our heroes fail. But this a great good time, which is pretty much everything you can expect from a novel named after an amusement park ride and bearing a pink cover. We get the full ride with this listen and it is more than enough to satisfy.
Spend the credit here. You won't be disappointed.
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.
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'm not sure where I read about comparisons to Hiaasen...but this sophomoric tale doesn't make it. I realise that the protagonist is supposed to be quite young and, to that extent, the narrator does a good job. But it's all too 'gee whiz' for me. I read (and listen) to a lot of crime fiction and enjoy many different styles including the humourous and offbeat. But I was very disappointed in this book.
Myst/thrillers and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.
A fun story with a good mystery that kept me changing my suspicions and suspects throughout. Ceepack is a retired MP turned small seaside town policeman who has a very strict code of right and wrong coupled with an extremely mellow personality. Ceepack and his summer apprentice must get to the bottom of an ever changing murder investigation that has too many odd suspects. A fun and light read that was good from the very start. This is the first in a series that I will definitely be revisiting.
Jeff Woodman did an excellent job narrating, his voices were distinct and very believable. Surprisingly good combination of a well written story and artful narration.
Nicely tall and intelligently open-minded
I call these type of books popcorn novels, they are light, enjoyable, fun and you munch through the big bucket without noticing and then can easily toss them aside without feeling guilty.
As many listeners have commented, it's not the deep drama. It has some twists and turns, the somewhat serious issues are however taken a bit too lightly for my taste.
You want to enjoy a quick listen, go for it. Might even be a good first listen to get into the audible mood.
Totally addicted to Audible.
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.
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!!!