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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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    6catz 04-23-14
    6catz 04-23-14 Member Since 2008

    I have to admit that I'm a total Audible junkie. MUST have book going at all times. I may be the subject of a family intervention someday.

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    "On the fence with this one"
    Any additional comments?

    Parts of this book were great fun - I love the location (The Shore!) and I especially enjoyed the reader's voicing of Gladys, he intellectual bag lady. The plot wasn't bad and some of the narrating character's comments made me laugh out loud. The biggest stumbling block for me is the flat, robotic character of Ceepak, whose most interesting character note is that he's a Springsteen fan. It's not just the way it's read. This character grew/changed not one jot in the course of the novel, learned nothing, had no revelations, and if I heard him say "Roger that" in that cyborg, Joe Friday voice one more time I was gonna commit an act of violence against my poor Ipad. Think one of these is enough for this reader. If I want a "cozy" mystery I'll stick with Chet and Bernie. Chet the dog has way more personality and a much more interesting thought process.

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    Drew (@drewsant) Watertown, MA, United States 04-11-14
    Drew (@drewsant) Watertown, MA, United States 04-11-14 Listener Since 2009

    Post apocalyptic listener with some thrillers mixed in. Follow me on twitter at @drewsant

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    "A Fun Ride (Get it?)"

    ‘Tilt-a-Whirl’ is a fun romp through the jersey shore. An interesting take this story isn’t told through the eyes of the villain nor the hero, rather the hero’s partner and untrained summer cop who is driving around his partner, an army vet to makes Dudley-Do-Right” look a bit suspect. The story takes plenty of twists and turns keeps the reader guessing from start to finish. The characters are fun and likable (also a bit stereotypical jersey shore), making this story a fun escape. Highly recommended for the mystery lover.

    The narration by Jeff Woodman is fantastic. He only has to do one accent (Jersey Shore) but he does it well and really brings the characters to life. I can't wait to start book number two!

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    christy Plano, TX, United States 03-24-14
    christy Plano, TX, United States 03-24-14
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    "What fun while being so SICK!"

    This was a great story. I love that they give you all of the clues, so you can figure it out while reading the story. Also, there is comic relief. The only reason I gave the story 4 stars was because I thought the story had some slow parts, but overall it was VERY GOOD!

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    Robin Garner, NC, United States 03-23-14
    Robin Garner, NC, United States 03-23-14 Member Since 2013
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    "BEST NARRATOR EVER"
    Would you listen to Tilt-a-Whirl again? Why?

    Yes. I could listen to this narrator all day. I went back and ordered a couple more with this narrator. He was great.


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

    The homeless lady.


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

    The depth and emotion of the characters.


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

    When Danny became disenchanted with Ceepak when he thought he was a cold blooded killer.


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    wayne 03-08-14
    wayne 03-08-14 Member Since 2015

    122 titles and counting i really should review more!

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    "at moments it really shines"

    the narrator makes some interesting choices he makes the lead character
    sound like Nicholas cage and not in a good way. the story should have been set in california not new jersey. the story is really lighthearted at times but it takes you to some really dark places. at times you feel like your reading a stephen king book at disneyworld! but after saying all that i enjoyed it except the cartoony nic cage voice.

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    adrienne EAGLE RIVER, AK, United States 03-06-14
    adrienne EAGLE RIVER, AK, United States 03-06-14 Member Since 2009

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "Nice respite from intense, dark murder mysteries"

    Yes, there is murder and mystery, but the odd characters and overall setting in a summer resort town make it a fun listen.

    I will definitely move on in the series.

    Jeff Woodman adds to the fun with the narration. His portrayal of the "perky blonde" thing and the small town cops is consistent and amusing.

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    jeanne 02-25-14
    jeanne 02-25-14

    I discovered Audible about a year ago, and I have not been the same!!

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    "Whats Not to Love about Cepak!!!!"
    Would you listen to Tilt-a-Whirl again? Why?

    I love this series, and I would listen again and again! The stories are always entertaining, and will leave you guessing unto the end !!


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

    The plot is believable, and the story flows quite well. I like the fact that the cussing has almost stopped!!!


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

    This book excited me, I couldn't wait for the next chapter.


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    Jenny Charmhaven, Australia 02-08-14
    Jenny Charmhaven, Australia 02-08-14 Member Since 2008

    I listen to audio books every day and love the intimate nature of the relationship between the narrator and the author

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    "Cannot make up my mind"

    I am into the third hour of this book and cannot make up my mind whether to finish it or not. It is quite childish overall, but also has some charm. I am going to stop listening for the moment and go back to it later.

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    Nathan SPRINGVILLE, UT, United States 02-03-14
    Nathan SPRINGVILLE, UT, United States 02-03-14 Member Since 2013

    Love my family...along with guitars, road bikes, cameras, and a good book!

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    "A fantastic ride!"

    Wow...what a great start to what promises to be an amazing series! While some of the events were a little predictable, and others a little corny, overall this book was a winner! Narrated in a whimsical, happy-go-lucky style that was quickly endearing, this story grabs you from the beginning and never let's go.

    I loved the Ceepak character, and he is the hero of the tale. The story, however, is told from the perspective of his partner Danny (his Robin, if you will), who is much less experienced and has far inferior police skills. This technique gives the story a fresh feel, and led to a very unique experience.

    LOVED Jeff Woodman's narration. Really made the audiobook. Look forward to the next book in the series!

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    Amazon Customer 02-01-14
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    "A good ride for the money"

    Bought this as a daily deal, am now glad to have found another series that's fun to listen to on long drives. At first was not too thrilled with the main character, but Grabenstein's portrayal of him grew on me until I was quite hooked. Am in the middle of the second in the series now, both me and my spouse laugh out loud at the clever reparte between characters. Try it, you'll like it.

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