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Fun House: A John Ceepak Mystery, Book 7 | [Chris Grabenstein]

Fun House: A John Ceepak Mystery, Book 7

What if a reality TV show like Jersey Shore set up production in the fictional seaside resort Sea Haven? What if hitting the gym, tanning, and doing a little laundry aren't the only things the contestants get into? By-the-book officer John Ceepak and his wisecracking young partner, Danny Boyle, have to babysit the buff and boozy kids partying it up in a Jersey shore rental house for TV’s summertime hit Fun House while simultaneously trying to stop the rowdy kids from breaking the law up and down the beach. But even Ceepak and Danny can’t stop one young cast member from being murdered—and others from being threatened with the same fate.
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Publisher's Summary

Fun House is the latest novel in the award-winning John Ceepak mystery series, set on the Jersey Shore.

What if a reality TV show like Jersey Shore set up production in the fictional seaside resort Sea Haven? What if hitting the gym, tanning, and doing a little laundry aren't the only things the contestants get into? By-the-book officer John Ceepak and his wisecracking young partner, Danny Boyle, have to babysit the buff and boozy kids partying it up in a Jersey Shore rental house for TV’s summertime hit Fun House, while simultaneously trying to stop the rowdy kids from breaking the law up and down the beach. But even Ceepak and Danny can’t stop one young cast member from being murdered - and others from being threatened with the same fate.

©2011 Chris Grabenstein (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    Marcia 12-30-12
    Marcia 12-30-12

    Reading has always been my guilty pleasure. I would take stacks of books from the library. Now I listen to Audible.

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    title says it all. I was disappointed in the book especially after such a long wait.

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    Susan 12-24-12
    Susan 12-24-12 Member Since 2002
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    "Another Fun Ride"

    I love the John Ceepak stories and this was no exception. These books always leave me anticipating when the next volume will appear.

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    M.W. SW USA 12-01-12
    M.W. SW USA 12-01-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Geez O Man are you Kidding Me?"

    I think my biggest gripe with this book is the narration. The narrator has a good voice, but the main character is a New Jersey cop...NATIVE New Jersey. I would expect to hear at least some attempt at a New Jersey accent. Nope, not there. And the deep voice that the narrator attempts for the cop's partner is just painful to listen to.

    My other gripe is with the book. Again, the main character is a New Jersey cop. So when every exclamation is "Geez O Man" it makes me think this cop is still in the third grade!

    I'm not sure where all the humor that I was expecting was hiding, but I didn't find very much of it. In all, I was disappointed. If I had it to do over, I'd keep that credit.

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    Jim Davis Louisiana 11-28-12
    Jim Davis Louisiana 11-28-12 Member Since 2001

    Jim

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    "Not Prude But Language is a Distraction"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Some of my friends would probably like the book for the storyline which was ok.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The trashy characters and the cursing was unnecessary unless the author was trying to appeal to some of the semi-retarded with limited vocabulary.


    What does Jeff Woodman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Jeff did a good job with reading the weak dialogue.


    Do you think Fun House needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I have read all of the older books in the series and the author can do better.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy Cleveland, TN, United States 09-28-12
    Nancy Cleveland, TN, United States 09-28-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Fun House -- Another Fun Addition to this Series!"

    I really enjoy these John Ceepak novels and have listened to them all. This one, like the others, has a good mystery for Ceepak and Danny to solve as they entertain us with their quirkly, but very likeable, personalities. If you are looking for a light, fun listen that will keep you interested from the very start, these books will not disappoint.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Cheryl 09-10-12
    Cheryl 09-10-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Enjoyable"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Fun House to be better than the print version?

    Yes. The narrator gives each character their own personality


    What did you like best about this story?

    It has intrigue and everyday life involved.


    What about Jeff Woodman’s performance did you like?

    He has such great infllection and ability to individualize each character.


    Any additional comments?

    This book can actually make me laugh out loud. I look forward to each Ceepak novel to come.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara Tucson, AZ, United States 08-06-12
    Barbara Tucson, AZ, United States 08-06-12 Member Since 2008
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    "MORE JOHN CEEPAK and DANNY BOYLE"
    Would you listen to Fun House again? Why?

    I already have listened to it more than once. Whenever a new book comes out, I go back and listen to all of them from the beginning. Sort of like my own version of a "marathon". I enjoy them.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Fun House?

    The ending.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The ending.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Reality TV can be hazardous to your health


    Any additional comments?

    I love the Danny Boyle character and the books are special because they are told from his point of view which is a little sarcatic and often very funny. It has been fun to see him mature in the books from boy to man. Like all of us, he still has some room to grow so I hope the books keep coming.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lauren Canton, GA, United States 07-23-12
    Lauren Canton, GA, United States 07-23-12
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    "Another great Ceepak and Danny adventure!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes--a fun and light mystery. Ceepak and his code are great!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Fun House?

    The satirization of the current craze of reality TV.


    What about Jeff Woodman’s performance did you like?

    His narration is very easy to listen to and portrays the characters well.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes--Keeps your interest.


    Any additional comments?

    A quick and fun listen!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Stephanie wimberly, TX, United States 06-25-12
    Stephanie wimberly, TX, United States 06-25-12 Member Since 2009

    I am a farrier and audiobooks really help time go by working alone. Audible makes it so much easier than using CD's!

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    "I could just see 'em!"
    If you could sum up Fun House in three words, what would they be?

    Take advantage now.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Not so much as some of the others, but those were really outstanding.


    What does Jeff Woodman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Ha! Those accents this time. Oh, what a hoot. I could picture every one of the characters in vivid detail, without being beaten over the head by the voices.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I always have good laughs with Chris's books.


    Any additional comments?

    Just that I hope the series continues, I look forward to them very much.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Charlie Taylors, SC, United States 06-09-12
    Charlie Taylors, SC, United States 06-09-12 Member Since 2003
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    "To Each His Own"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who does not find an extreme amount of profanity offensive and distracting would probably find this book to be a good listen. Of the two main characters, my favorite is John Ceepak. John Ceepak and Alex Cross are my two favorite fiction characters. Ironically, I would imagine a real life John Ceepak would agree with me about the overuse of profanity in this book.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Chris Grabenstein? Why or why not?

    I have listened to all the Ceepak books and enjoyed each one up to this point.


    Which character – as performed by Jeff Woodman – was your favorite?

    You can't beat Jeff Woodman's voicing of John Ceepak.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The last 15 or 20 minutes were very exciting.


    Any additional comments?

    If you enjoy great Mysteries & Thrillers but are not into so much profanity, I would suggest reading (listening to) Erica Spindler.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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