I have always loved to read, and now I really enjoy listening to my books as well!!
There is always the concern that a book you're looking forward to reading/listening to just won't live up to your expectations. When I decided to continue this series when heading to the gym, I was hoping it would keep me entertained for seventy long, boring walking laps around the track. Not to worry--Danny Boyle and John Ceepak to the rescue!
This is a light mystery, but very well written with some humorous, contrasting characters. The narrator, young Danny Boyle, has a lot to learn about police work--and life. And the hero of the series, John Ceepak, is a returning veteran, who lives by a code that is sadly disappearing in today's world. Crimes are solved, lessons are learned, and order is restored to Sea Haven!
Mad Mouse's narrator, Jeff Woodman, does a wonderful job bringing these characters to life. I was happy to see he is the one and only narrator for this series. I'm already looking forward to installment #3--
I absolutely LOVE this series!! I've listened to them all, and I'm devastated that there aren't any more. So thoroughly enjoyable and funny. Start with the first and enjoy your way through the rest. You won't be sorry.
I love the BBC and British mysteries, but my tastes are very eclectic. I live with my husband and menagerie of rescued cats and dogs.
This book blended humor and suspense very successfully. The humor never seemed out of place, and it did not diminish the suspense in any way. I have found in many humorous mystery novels, the focus is too much on the humor for the story to be very suspenseful. That is not the case in this book. I found myself looking for any opportunity I could find to listen so that I could find out what was happening next. The characters are all well-drawn, and Grabenstein avoids stereotypes most of the time. Even some of the more minor characters were well fleshed out.
The most impressive aspect of this book, however, was the performance of Jeff Woodman as he read the book. He made every character very distinct and his voicing of Ceepak was brilliant. My first impression of the character was exactly how Woodman voiced him. I envisioned Patrick Warburton in that role should the series ever be filmed, and I could imagine that Warburton was reading the Ceepak dialog. (If you watched The Tick, you know what I mean.)
I recommended this book to my husband who usually listens to a different type of book, and within the first 20 minutes, he was captured, too.
Retired former magazine editor who is working harder than ever as Mr. Dad to his 13-year-old daughter.
Despite one "Roger that" too many from the book's main protagonist, I enjoyed this listen. When I purchased the book I didn't realize that it was written for a teen audience. Then again, maybe it wasn't, but that's the way it turned out. It was a sale book and since my wife grew up in the Jersey Shore setting, I thought it was worth the risk. Simple characters, a simple though somewhat contrived plot and simple dialogue make for a relaxed listen. A few years back I reread one of my Hardy Boys books to see what interested me back in my pre-teen years. One reread was enough to satisfy my nostalgia need. If you wonder what the Hardy Boys might be like dropping "F" bombs, then give this book a try. And if you're 16 years old, this author and his books are for you.
First, the story is entertaining. I just finished Tilt a Whirl; I got the 3 books for 2 credits during the recent promotion. I like the protagonists, Danny and Sepack, the character development is satisfactory and it moves right along. Good narration, which is always a big factor, so all in all, this is a solid series with some likeable guys--and a couple real bad eggs.
An avid reader who works too much to actually read in the traditional manner she now consumes audiobooks at her job, driving, and running.
Once again, Chris Grabenstein writes another great Ceepak mystery that by all means shouldn't be as fun and interesting as it is. Although there are pitfalls in Grabenstein's characterizations and plot, I just can't bring myself to care. I enjoy the story and the two main characters far too much. It took me a span of two days to listen to this book and by the time it was done I was already downloading book 3.
🌺 Lover of Amazing Stories 🌺
Jeez! This Chris Grabenstein guy is the definition of diversity when it comes to his crime mysteries. I've listened to this series completely out of order but from the location, to the victims, to the bad guys the author is not afraid to write every type of person from all walks of life in his stories and I must commend him for that!!! I appreciate that so much. xoxo
This story had me so off balanced. I thought Hell Hole was sad and only Mind Scrambler would have me that twisted and turned around but oh no Mr. Grabenstein writes a doozie in this one too! LOL. I was not expecting who the bad guy was in this one at all. And I found myself teary eyed at some parts and unable to stop laughing at others.
Although I didn't feel as guilty laughing in this one as I did in Hell Hole or Mind Scrambler. Danny's character with Ceepak is just too hilarious. I only wish there were so many more stories with these two. I'm already dreading when I'll listen to the last audio in this series.
In this series Mr. Jeff Woodman has definitely become the 5th narrator I'm voice crushing on hard! 😍 He's fabulous as Danny and Ceepak and I love to hear all the different voices he can do for each character. He's so talented!
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.
I'm liking this series so far. #2 was just as good as #1. As with #1 there is a nice twist at the end. On to #3.
I enjoyed both versions equally. I thought the narrator really captured the characters as I had read them.
The characters and plot are both interesting and well developed. Danny is very real and down to earth, and its nice to see the relationship he has with Ceepak. Ceepak is the type of hero I grew up with - honorable and strong. I love the characters. The plot is fast moving and sucks you in. I have recommended this book and series to friends.
Love my family...along with guitars, road bikes, cameras, and a good book!
I enjoyed this book even more than Tilt-A-Whirl. I think the reason that I liked it better is because I knew what to expect from the characters more, and I knew the style of both writing and narration that I was in for. Tilt-A-Whirl is probably a slightly better written novel, but I really enjoyed Mad Mouse. The John Ceepak character is such a great one, as is the Danny Boyle character. I love these books because they don't try to be more than they are. They are not life changing books, but they are fun! Jeff Woodman does such a great job with the narration, too. I don't think the experience would be as good with a different narrator. Super fun, and I can't wait to listen to the next book!