©2009 Chris Grabenstein; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.
I'm a big fan of this series, but skipped the previous book as the plotline sounded like something I wouldn't get into. Made little difference, except for the subplot about Ceepak's father, whom we learned was scum in the first book. Regarding that angle, I believe that taking a statement is not the same as "deposing" a witness in civil cases; moreover, having the son of the defendant do it seems absurd. I wasn't buying the outcome of that one either.
As for this storyline, I found Ceepak and his military pal's use of The Code priggishly tedious. Then again, I have little patience for people who live in absolute worlds with NO gray areas whatsoever. That having been said, there were times I admired Ceepak's handling of certain situations, where Danny wasn't at his most ... mature. We were introduced to a minor character, The Great Mandini, whom I'd like to see again.
In general, the story seemed grimmer than the previous books, and a tad drawn out. I cheered when one of the female gang from Sea Haven told Danny to stop keeping Katie on some sort of saintly, nun-like pedestal. These books are all about his growing as a person, which he seems to be doing more of than the rigid Ceepak.
Jeff Woodman's narration is terrific! I love it except ... he gives characters these stereotypical Sopranos-style accents. I learned to speak English in New Jersey, rarely running across that phenomenon.
Post apocalyptic listener with some thrillers mixed in. Follow me on twitter at @drewsant
If you like the Ceepak mysteries you’ll like this one as well. Chris Grabenstien does such a wonderful job of painting a picture that you really feel as if you’re visiting the Jersey Shore. It’s a great mix of mystery and quirky fun that you can’t help but enjoy it. This book does turn a little sober at the end which is a bit of a twist but I can’t wait to move on in the series.
Mr Woodman does such a good job with this book (and the other Ceepack stories) that it falls into the category in which the audible book is that much more enjoyable than the written book.
I love this series of books; they're lighthearted, fun and I love the stereotype references to New Jersey...and not just because I grew up there. Whenever I get tired of urban fantasy and zombie, I know I can always listen to a story about John Ceepak.
This is not my favourite in the series, but the excellent narration and the ancillary characters (I bust a gut laughing at the old lawyer) make this one still good fun. Although Ceepak and Boyle are in Atlantic City this time, Danny Boyle keeps making references to either the town or people he knew from Sea Haven.......hopefully that extra stuff won't be necessary if the characters get back to their home turf of Sea Haven. I liked the new summer cop introduced in Hell Hole, and I hope we'll see more of her.
Anyone who wants to read about the worst kinds of human beings would like this book.
Not written it.
The last one. But I wouldn't call anything about this book a favorite.
All of them but John and Danny.
I love this series, but I wish I'd skipped this book. The murder victim is Danny's old girlfriend--sweet, innocent, loveable Katie. If that's not bad enough, add in pedophilia, uninteresting characters, and Ceepak's horrible old man, and the only thing that was good about this book was the narrator.
I have always loved to read, and now I really enjoy listening to my books as well!!
In this installment of the John Ceepak series, the police officers from Sea Haven find themselves involved in solving multiple mysteries in Atlantic City. I enjoyed the different setting, especially since I decided to listen to a few of these books back-to-back.
This is one of my favorite series, and if you have not discovered Danny Boyle and John Ceepak, I highly recommend them all. They are well written, perfectly narrated, and a very entertaining way to spend several hours. Enjoy!!
Cant imagine anyone enjoying it
Yes, since I've already paid for the next one, if its another Bad apple I'll ask for a refund.
Jeff Woodman is great
Do not enjoy hearing about Child exploitation
All the previous Cepek books have been great, this one was very disappointing, a very thin plot. Why the hell kill off Katie , and why the hell did Grabenstein let Capeks father get away with murder. VERY DISSAPOINTED
Did not read the print version
Dr. Siri series (Laos) in that both series have a humor element to them, which at times can be dark.
Yes. ROLLING THUNDER. Both were superb narratives.
Yes. The plot and story involve adult themes that have a dark twist at the end--but somehow the story did not leave me depressed. Partly, because the forces of Good won over and vanquished the forces of Evil. Yes, this book does address good and evil.
A better, more nuanced story than ROLLING THUNDER, which was actually written later. I liked the comedic flavor of THUNDER, but thought the story line to be a bit shallow. Not so with MIND SCRAMBLER. If you are new to his series, start with SCRAMBLER. It will hook you into listening to more of his stories.
I have a rather eclectic love of books. I know what I like and I tend not to be a severe critic. If I enjoyed it, it gets 4 or 5 stars.
I think I didn't like this Ceepak Mystery as much because it wasn't set in SeaHaven. Because it was set in Atlantic City, there were not as many of the usual characters in it. I missed them. Don't get me wrong - it was still very good and, of course, I wasn't even close to figuring out who dunnit - he always comes up with endings I never see coming!
No - unless they bought the paper version. Too many characters for me when in audio form, especially as I usually listen when I'm doing something else at the same time eg gym, mowing the lawn). Also, it was about a quarter of the way in before the crime actually occurred - there is too much dialogue that doesn't really contribute to the story - just padding really.
The narrator made an excellent job of creating different voices. There were a lot of characters, and he had a different voice for all of them. Faultless narration.
Inspired me not to get another audio book by this author. Too long and not fast moving enough, although it picked up a bit towards the end.
A bit too much swearing and a lot of it really didn't need to be included, although I know it's part of the characters persona.
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