Sci-fi, detective, cozy. Only give 5s to those books I think stand above the rest. 4 is a good solid book. 3 is average, nothing special.
Nice little mystery. Fun narrative even if the story is on a serious issue. On to the next.
Norwegian in a English world!
In the middle somewhere!
*Sigh* That is a hard question. I really don't know! It is so "Light" that i almost want to say "Heck no!", then again there is nothing WRONG with books that are made this way. I am weird maybe, but it is just not my cup of tea, but if i had like 100 Creds i would maybe try book 2 just because Jeff Woodman reads it! I wish i could give this story a 2,5! Becouse a more in the midle book you are going to look for a looooooong time!
He is the reason i maybe would try another book in this serie. He is THAT good! He makes voices so we understands at ONCE who is talking, and i love love love that! Jeff Woodman is better then this book, and that is good for this book!
I purchased out of curiosity and am glad I did. This appears to be an entertaining series with lots of unexpected twists.
Writer & daddy.
It's a bit rough around the edges, but a very enjoyable read. A great summertime mystery to put into your beach bag. I lean more towards Noir, but Chris Grabenstein did a good job of writing a cozy that isn't too comfortable. (It is about a murder after all.)
So this wasn't the most spellbinding mystery ever, but it was a very enjoyable book. Why? The narrator was awesome, he really made the book, good at using different voices. There was some pretty funny/cute dialogue made better by the narrator. While the story was mostly just okay, the characters were likeable and I will probably listen to more of these books just to hear more about those characters and because the narrator was so good. One thing I have am confused about....if the book is called Tilt-A-Whirl and the crime happened on a Tilt-A-Whirl, why is the picture on the cover a roller coaster????
Where to begin after saying that ... I spent a few decades in the Garden State (ages 2 - 35), though have only been Down the Shore a few times for day trips; still, I've heard enough stories to know that instead of laying things on thick here, the author's portrayal was actually understated, if anything.
I'll start with the plot, where the only "fault" I really found was in believing that municipal cops would end up having any say in investigating such a high-profile crime. Once the state (and, in this case, FBI, as well) became involved, their presence would be distinctly unwelcome. Grabenstein manages to introduce a red herring, which I fell for along with Danny, which really shifted the tone considerably. All in all, the plot worked fine for me.
So, let's talk about Ceepak. He really did turn out almost Holmes-like in his attention to detail. Yes, he is a bit Dudley-Do-Right, but rather than seeming goody-goody, it's just who he is. His Springsteen obsession made him appear a bit Asperger-ish, although analyzing the personality of a fictional character only goes so far. Sufficed to say, he turns out to be a "totally awesome" character. The final scene would be incredibly corny in any other situation, but because it's Ceepak, I found myself making a thumbs up gesture.
Perhaps Grabenstein decided that Watson-describing-Holmes worked so well that he'ddo that, too. Or. maybe he tried writing a Ceepak point-of-view story, realizing that was just too ... awkward (difficult). In any event, this is really Danny's story. He grows from a "kid" with a summer job (he seemed a bit younger than 24 to me), taking a seasonal job involving parking tickets, and other minor offenses, to someone who goes through a lot (it is a murder case after all), and learns more about where he'd like to go (no spoiler really that he's actually a pretty good potential cop himself). In other words, the draw of this as a series is seeing Danny's point-of-view as he gains experience.
And, part of the draw is Jeff Woodman's narration. He's one of the three best narrator-material fits I've run across in eons of audio listening. (For the record, the others are George Guidall reading Hillerman's Jim Chee series and the late Frank Mueller reading the novel Motherless Brooklyn).
Now, someone stop me before I rant again!
No spoilers! Love HOT, sexy books w/a plot. No vampires, paranormal, teens 4 me. I also review in exchange for books-lots of fun surprises!
It was just an average listen-rather predictable...ordinary the end will challenge you.
Average, the male voices were good. The female and children performances were not strong-which is problematic as 2 main characters were an 8 year old and her mother.
I read this only a month ago and I can't remember much about it. That's not good.
This is the first in a series perhaps it gets better. I got it on sale, NOT credit worthy in my opinion.
This story at first appeared as a shallow satire that then developed into a deeper plot. However its ending ruined the entire experience for me; details of long lasting incest.
Good story line, great performance. Even though it was a murder mystery it was light, entertaining and a fun listen.