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Tilt-a-Whirl Audiobook

Tilt-a-Whirl

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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)

What Members Say

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    Skipper 01-13-14
    Skipper 01-13-14

    A trilogy. Say it in three. Done.

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    "Loud Swearing, Decent Suspense"

    Good start to this cozy mystery series set in a small oceanside resort town on the East Coast, probably Florida. This murder occurred at the boardwalk, on the tilt-a-whirl. The two main characters are John Ceepak, an honorable, by-the-book, true-blue-and-still-bluer-yet former military police officer, and his partner Danny, a very young rookie cop who lives by a more pedestrian moral code.

    I enjoyed the interactions between Danny and Ceepak. Decent suspense. The villain was not a dead give-away by any means -- but he certainly was dead. Riddled with bullets.

    Not too grim. Some humor along the way, like the car wash scene.

    Audio: Very good narration by Chris Grabenstein. However, too many harsh and loudly voiced swear words made this a poor choice for listening during car trips with family. Too bad.

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    Sheila SAFETY HARBOR, FL, United States 01-09-14
    Sheila SAFETY HARBOR, FL, United States 01-09-14 Member Since 2012
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    "totally enjoyable"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Tilt-a-Whirl to be better than the print version?

    This book was refreshing. I enjoyed the simplicity of the story and have now listened to the entire series.


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    Jessica LEVITTOWN, NEW YORK, United States 01-07-14
    Jessica LEVITTOWN, NEW YORK, United States 01-07-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Interesting 'page turner' with light beachy feel"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Tilt-a-Whirl to be better than the print version?

    Yes


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was fast paced, interesting, and not completely predictable.


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

    I tie between Danny and John Ceepak.


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

    Nothing


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator did a great job on the voices of the different characters and his tone was easy to listen to. The author crafted a believable and twisted story that was interesting to the last page.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen Sacramento, CA, United States 01-02-14
    Stephen Sacramento, CA, United States 01-02-14 Listener Since 2009

    WiseBuyer

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    "Off-Beat - Great!"

    Different than most of my listens - Reacher, Ryan - this kept me listening long after my walks had finished. Fun plot twists, Great narration. Highly recommended.

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    Jodie Middletown, NY, United States 01-01-14
    Jodie Middletown, NY, United States 01-01-14 Member Since 2014

    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.

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    "What a fun read!!!"

    I really enjoyed this book, so much that I ordered the next one. I love the characters and the book was full of unexpected twists. It reminds me a bit of the alphabet mysteries...and I love that it is set on the Jersey Shore!

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    Mari Erskineville, Australia 12-31-13
    Mari Erskineville, Australia 12-31-13
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    "John Ceepak Rules!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely, great fun, good mystery and the introduction of the wonderful John Ceepak.


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

    Not so much the mystery but I absolutely loved the two main characters. It is not so intense as many other mysteries, certainly not as graphic as most, but it is very enjoyable.


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

    This was the first and he was a great narrator.


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

    Absolutely. It was SO easy to listen to.


    Any additional comments?

    I bought this when it was on sale and immediately purchased the next three in the series. Thanks Audible and all the reviewers for introducing me to this series.

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    Max 12-30-13
    Max 12-30-13
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    "You'll love the cast"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Tilt-a-Whirl to be better than the print version?

    Didn't read the print version


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

    Not exactly but I'm pretty calloused.


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

    No. But he was awesome in this one.


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

    Gladys made me wet myself


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    Debbie Anderson Columbus, OH United States 12-29-13
    Debbie Anderson Columbus, OH United States 12-29-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Clever story with a talented narrator!"
    Where does Tilt-a-Whirl rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I think this was a great start to the series. I usually prefer darker mysteries and this book mixed a good story with quirky characters.


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

    I loved the interactions with the old hippies, especially Gladys. The accent was priceless.


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

    I haven't heard any of Jeff Woodman's other performances but will keep listening to this series.


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

    This book and characters definitely held my interest. If time permitted, I could have easily spent a whole day listening.


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    Ray West Deptford, NJ, United States 12-27-13
    Ray West Deptford, NJ, United States 12-27-13 Member Since 2013

    Retired Political Science professor from a community college. Especially like Legal Thrillers.

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    "Good cadence, fascinating twists"

    I purchased this book because it was a sale item. It turned out to be much better than expected. I especially liked the unexpected twists in the plot. The narrator did a great job and added to the enjoyment of the book significantly. As I viewed the cover art, I wondered why a book titled TILT A WHIRL had a roller coaster and not a tilt a whirl as a graphic. Perhaps the artist didn't know the difference.

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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"
    Any additional comments?

    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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