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Tilt-a-Whirl Audiobook

Tilt-a-Whirl

There isn't much fun in the sun when a billionaire real estate tycoon is found murdered on the Tilt-a-Whirl at a seedy seaside amusement park in the otherwise quiet summer tourist town of Sea Haven. John Ceepak, a former MP just back from Iraq, has just joined the Sea Haven police department. The job offer came from an old Army buddy who hoped to give Ceepak at least a summer's worth of rest and relaxation to help him forget the horrors of war. Instead, Ceepak will head up the murder investigation.
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Publisher's Summary

There isn't much fun in the sun when a billionaire real-estate tycoon is found murdered on the Tilt-a-Whirl at a seedy seaside amusement park in the otherwise quiet summer tourist town of Sea Haven.

John Ceepak, a former MP just back from Iraq, has just joined the Sea Haven police department. The job offer came from an old Army buddy who hoped to give Ceepak at least a summer's worth of rest and relaxation to help him forget the horrors of war. Instead, Ceepak will head up the murder investigation. He is partnered with Danny Boyle, a 24-year-old part-time summer cop who doesn't carry a gun and only works with the police by day so he has enough pocket money left over to play with his beach buddies at night.

In the first novel in a new series written in the spirit of Carl Hiaasen's work, the Tilt-a-Whirl murder pushes Ceepak's deep sense of honor and integrity to the limits, as unexpected twists and turns keep the truth spinning wildly in every direction.

©2006 Chris Grabenstein; (P)2007 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

  • Anthony Award, Best First Mystery, 2006

  • 2006 Anthony Award, Best First Novel
  • "A fast-paced thrill ride with lots of twists and turns and good writing from start to finish." (James Patterson)
    "From page 1, this debut stands out as refreshingly different....an absolute triumph." (Booklist)

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    Carol Napier, New Zealand 12-03-12
    Carol Napier, New Zealand 12-03-12
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    "A new series to add to my library!"

    ENTERTAINING! Thoroughly enjoyed this book and the narrator was great! Nothing much new in the way of murder mysteries; but the tone, writing, and narration made it it's own.

    Can't wait to listen to book 2 - Mad House, and then the rest!

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    Karen Luna Memphis TN 09-07-12
    Karen Luna Memphis TN 09-07-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Fun read"
    Where does Tilt-a-Whirl rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    Among the best


    Any additional comments?

    I love this series. It has alot of humor mixed in with the mystery.

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    Pamela J. Hayes Australia 08-07-12
    Pamela J. Hayes Australia 08-07-12 Listener Since 2009
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    "Lots of fun"
    What did you love best about Tilt-a-Whirl?

    Kept you listening, narration was great, read with real humour


    What other book might you compare Tilt-a-Whirl to and why?

    Had to buy Tilt a Whirl after reading Book 6 in the series, a bit like Janet Evanovich's books


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I always love the scenes where Ceepac does his detecting with the things in his pockets


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Not really, but I love the voice of the narrator, Danny Boyle, who is really just a teenager in disguise!


    Any additional comments?

    These books are a lot of fun and Im getting ready to listen to the third book in the series.

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    08-04-12
    08-04-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Good old-fashioned mystery: Escapist reading!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Tilt-a-Whirl to be better than the print version?

    I loved the narrator; but I also think that reading the print version would be quite satisfying. I "listen" to my audible books when I am working out, so I put high demands on the plot to captivate and entice me.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Danny--the narrator (not the reader) who presents a nicely innocent but quickly learning point of view.


    Have you listened to any of Jeff Woodman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, I have not heard him before. But I loved his intonations and his narration in general and will look for other works by him.


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

    I was eager to read on. I got this book to read when I work out and it completed the mission: I stayed at the gym longer than I would have because I wanted to learn more and to hear more.


    Any additional comments?

    I would highly recommend this book for its mystery and its evocative look at the Jersey Shore. The primary police characters, Danny and Ceepak are quirky and interesting. The plot propels one forward. I certainly plan to read the rest of the series, which is a high recommendation from me.

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    Elfriede Bellefonte, PA, United States 06-20-12
    Elfriede Bellefonte, PA, United States 06-20-12 Member Since 2010
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    "good mystery/detective"
    Would you listen to Tilt-a-Whirl again? Why?

    yes - it moves and has twists - I liked the characters


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Tilt-a-Whirl?

    It was all good -


    What about Jeff Woodman’s performance did you like?

    he was able to really get into the characters


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    liked Ceepak


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    Gene Oakdale, MN, United States 05-08-12
    Gene Oakdale, MN, United States 05-08-12 Member Since 2012

    Love to listen to books. Do tons of driving and they keep me sane.

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    "Sometimes Slow but a Fun listen"

    First time with this series and I think I'll get another. Sometime the narratiion slows on the main charcter but I still enjoyed the story and really liked Danny. I'm going to get another I think the 3rd book and give it a listen.

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    Janice W. 04-22-12
    Janice W. 04-22-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Light hearted mystery, will go back for seconds"
    What did you love best about Tilt-a-Whirl?

    Easy to listen to, a nice little mystery. Good character development that will temp me to go further into the series.


    What does Jeff Woodman bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    I enjoyed listening to Jeff Woodman.


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    Liz Childress 04-22-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Great Introduction to the Mystery Genre"

    Tilt-a-Whirl was an enjoyable and fast-paced story. When I first started listening I wasn't expecting much. By the end of the book I was already moving on to the next in the series. Not only was the story wonderful but the narrator really made this series one of the best listens I have had in a long time. He gave the story a voice and the characters even more personality than they already had. My favorite thing about this story was it's ability to keep me in suspense and to not allow me to get too far ahead. Others may disagree with me, but this book surprised me in more ways than I had expected.

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    Amazon Customer LOS ANGELES, CA, United States 04-03-12
    Amazon Customer LOS ANGELES, CA, United States 04-03-12 Member Since 2013
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    "surprize"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to any of my friends male or female.


    What other book might you compare Tilt-a-Whirl to and why?

    I dont have a book to compareTilt a whirl wJEFF ith, it was very unique


    What about Jeff Woodman’s performance did you like?

    Jeff was able to give each character a life of their own


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

    You never saw it coming


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    James Ballwin, MO, United States 12-07-10
    James Ballwin, MO, United States 12-07-10
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    "Great series"

    I had never heard of this guy and actually bought this based on an audible recommendation. I'm glad I did. I've listened to ALL the books in the John Seepak series and I love the guy...and his code. Narration is fine, setting on the eastern seaboard is different. There are characters you love, and characters you love to hate. Very good book. My bet is once you listen to this first one, you'll go after them all.

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