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Tilt-a-Whirl Audiobook

Tilt-a-Whirl: John Ceepak, Book 1

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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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    Sandrine Differdange, Luxembourg 12-11-13
    Sandrine Differdange, Luxembourg 12-11-13 Member Since 2016

    Nicely tall and intelligently open-minded

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    "A popcorn novel that pops"
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    I call these type of books popcorn novels, they are light, enjoyable, fun and you munch through the big bucket without noticing and then can easily toss them aside without feeling guilty.
    As many listeners have commented, it's not the deep drama. It has some twists and turns, the somewhat serious issues are however taken a bit too lightly for my taste.

    You want to enjoy a quick listen, go for it. Might even be a good first listen to get into the audible mood.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    R. Davis Newnan, GA 11-22-13
    R. Davis Newnan, GA 11-22-13

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    "One of the best narrators ever! Great story!"
    What made the experience of listening to Tilt-a-Whirl the most enjoyable?

    As a kid I spent most of my summers at the Jersey shore. This is a trip down memory lane for me, fortunately minus the murders. The Ceepak books are great mysteries with terrific characters and one of the best audiobook narrators I have ever listened to. The added bonus is the author's attention to detail about NJ and the Jersey shore.


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    P Carnell 10-18-13
    P Carnell 10-18-13

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    "Whodunit at the beach"
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    The young, inexperienced sidekick of the oh-so-noble, heroic-yet-vulnerable investigator tells the story so that you feel like you are sitting in a beachside cafe listening to this engaging young man. The characters are distinctly drawn within the narrative and by an outstanding reading performance. The action is clear. Identifying the villain is not easy. This was a very entertaining summer read.

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    Trish Virginia 10-14-13
    Trish Virginia 10-14-13 Member Since 2010

    I have always loved to read, and now I really enjoy listening to my books as well!!

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    "I Found Another Series!!"

    Like I need another series to follow!!

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book--and the narrator is excellent!! The story is of the light mystery genre--one of my favorites, and is very well written. The second book in the series is already in my Wish List--

    If you're looking for an entertaining listen, look no further . . .

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    Joan saskatoon, sk, Canada 09-23-13
    Joan saskatoon, sk, Canada 09-23-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Ear candy"

    This book is enjoyable and funny. You do not have to think too hard, but it has enough twists that it is not completely predictable. It actually touches on some really serious issues but does this in a way that makes the issues peripheral to the story and not the main point of the story. Makes you feel like there are some good guys still out there.

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    Amanda Euless, TX, United States 09-19-13
    Amanda Euless, TX, United States 09-19-13 Member Since 2014
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    "So-so"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It was time spent, but I don't know if it was well spent. The selling point for me was a remark about it being similar to a Carl Hiaasen book. It's not. The story is flat, the narrator is flat, and the comedic element is missing. I was actually very disappointed. I kept expecting it to turn around but it never did.


    If you’ve listened to books by Chris Grabenstein before, how does this one compare?

    I haven't listened to any of his other books.


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

    None of them.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


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    Kathy J. Garrett Saint Charles, IL 09-11-13
    Kathy J. Garrett Saint Charles, IL 09-11-13

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    "Story is good, narration is amazing."
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    The talented narrator is what makes this book so wonderful to listen too. Loved it!

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    Gary W Camphouse Walworth, WI USA 09-02-13
    Gary W Camphouse Walworth, WI USA 09-02-13 Member Since 2010
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    "childrens book except for the murder"
    What would have made Tilt-a-Whirl better?

    not sure I couldn't take over an hour before turning it off


    What could Chris Grabenstein have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    not read it


    How could the performance have been better?

    I can't blame him


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    very disappointed that I wasted money on it


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    NKBH Louisville, KY United States 08-28-13
    NKBH Louisville, KY United States 08-28-13 Member Since 2006

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    "Waited too long to listen to this one"

    I purchased Tilt A Whirl over two years ago and I had not listened to it until last night. What a wonderful surprise. I started about 9pm and I was awake till the end. Ceepak is a wonderful hero - a true honest good-guy. Tilt A Whirl had wonderful moments of humor and amazing characters, but also a serious heart-breaking family tragedy. The narrator is excellent and I agree with others - do not let him go! I will be picking up other titles in this series.

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    Townsend Pearland, TX, United States 08-27-13
    Townsend Pearland, TX, United States 08-27-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Superb narration, alternates funny and explicit"

    I have listened to the entire series (8 books so far),so obviously I enjoy it. They are called the John Ceepak series, but all the stories are told by his sidekick, Danny Boyle. The author does a really good job with this -- "Dudley Do-Right" super cop seen through the eyes of a light-hearted 20-something beach boy.

    As the series progresses, the characters go through some changes, and some of he characters' reactions and relationships don't make sense unless you have read the earlir books., The books really must be read in order.

    My problem with the books is that the graphic discrptions of crime scenes and extremely intense emotional issues are at odds with the light, jokey tone of the rest of the books.

    The narration is amazing. I'm going to look for morebooks done by Jeff Woodman. His ability with voices makes it sound almost like a multiple-cast narration. The Jersey accents are amusing without bein over the top, and he does females well.

    Not great literature, and not for the overly tender-hearted reader, but entertaining listening for mystery fans.

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