At the top. The story and narration were both first-rate.
What a wonderful surprise. This 2006 recipient of the Anthony Award for Best First Mystery Novel deftly combines a traditional cozy with a police procedural, often hilarious humor with great seriousness, and light and dark in a surprising story with characters you care about. I especially appreciated the main point of view being not from the detective but from the detective's assistant, which allows the reader to learn about the "hero" of the book at the same time as the assistant, making it much for interesting.
Woodman was one of the best narrator's I've heard so far. His main character is that of the detective's assistant who is a very young man with a summer job at a resort island. The young man is practically a teenager, naive, inexperienced, emotional in the way that young people can be, and just a little goofy. Woodman brilliantly translates all of those character traits with humor and believability. He makes the young man endearing, and the reader becomes emotionally invested in the characters. Excellent, subtle, effective acting.
Great story, great acting.
This was a "real find" and I'm looking forward to reading and listening to more in the series.
I am a working mom who loves to squeeze in listening to books while walking, doing chores or commuting.
I would rank it as in the top 20%.
C Clamp was a solid good cop hero.
The narrator brought much expression to the story that I would probably have missed otherwise.
I was glad to see that C Clamp had not compromised himself.
I liked the opportunity to try to figure out the mystery with the characters as the book went on
I always like his portrayal of Danny, even though he is not necessarily the "main" character
I find these books to be akin to a drama on network TV - they are not going to win best picture or anything, but they are indeed fascinating and always keep my attention
So we have a narrator that sounds like a character from a Disney teen movie along with good times at a seaside carnival.
But wait!! There are massive F bombs and the sickest behavior you can think of between adults and children.
Honestly, the first 2 books I have listened to are bizarre....but they are entertaining I must admit.
I love a book that draws me in right from the beginning and keeps me interested until the end. Just when I thought the story was drawing to a conclusion it threw some more twists and turns in. I will be getting more of these stories. I just loved Ceepak and Danny and their interaction together. I like to be entertained, and that is exactly what Tilt a Whirl did.
I have to admit that I'm a total Audible junkie. MUST have book going at all times. I may be the subject of a family intervention someday.
Parts of this book were great fun - I love the location (The Shore!) and I especially enjoyed the reader's voicing of Gladys, he intellectual bag lady. The plot wasn't bad and some of the narrating character's comments made me laugh out loud. The biggest stumbling block for me is the flat, robotic character of Ceepak, whose most interesting character note is that he's a Springsteen fan. It's not just the way it's read. This character grew/changed not one jot in the course of the novel, learned nothing, had no revelations, and if I heard him say "Roger that" in that cyborg, Joe Friday voice one more time I was gonna commit an act of violence against my poor Ipad. Think one of these is enough for this reader. If I want a "cozy" mystery I'll stick with Chet and Bernie. Chet the dog has way more personality and a much more interesting thought process.
Post apocalyptic listener with some thrillers mixed in. Follow me on twitter at @drewsant
‘Tilt-a-Whirl’ is a fun romp through the jersey shore. An interesting take this story isn’t told through the eyes of the villain nor the hero, rather the hero’s partner and untrained summer cop who is driving around his partner, an army vet to makes Dudley-Do-Right” look a bit suspect. The story takes plenty of twists and turns keeps the reader guessing from start to finish. The characters are fun and likable (also a bit stereotypical jersey shore), making this story a fun escape. Highly recommended for the mystery lover.
The narration by Jeff Woodman is fantastic. He only has to do one accent (Jersey Shore) but he does it well and really brings the characters to life. I can't wait to start book number two!
This was a great story. I love that they give you all of the clues, so you can figure it out while reading the story. Also, there is comic relief. The only reason I gave the story 4 stars was because I thought the story had some slow parts, but overall it was VERY GOOD!
Yes. I could listen to this narrator all day. I went back and ordered a couple more with this narrator. He was great.
The homeless lady.
The depth and emotion of the characters.
When Danny became disenchanted with Ceepak when he thought he was a cold blooded killer.
122 titles and counting i really should review more!
the narrator makes some interesting choices he makes the lead character
sound like Nicholas cage and not in a good way. the story should have been set in california not new jersey. the story is really lighthearted at times but it takes you to some really dark places. at times you feel like your reading a stephen king book at disneyworld! but after saying all that i enjoyed it except the cartoony nic cage voice.