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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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    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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    janae 01-26-14
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    "was not funny"
    Any additional comments?

    After reading the reviews I expected it to be funny, but I did not find it funny. It had a slight twist at the end. I would reccomend reading Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series. It is actually funny.

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    Louise 01-23-14
    Louise 01-23-14 Member Since 2012
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    "An Insult to Real Mystery Fans!"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I was able to listen to the end, which says something. It was unimaginable, though.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Predictable .


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I thought that the narrator did a good job with what he had to work with. I did not like the way the clues were obvious and how the author repeated them throughout the book and just in case the reader didn't get it, made sure that the character Dan made it very clear what the clue meant.


    Did Tilt-a-Whirl inspire you to do anything?

    Not really.


    Any additional comments?

    This might be good for a beginner, probably a young person, who is new to reading murder mysteries.

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    Christina 01-22-14
    Christina 01-22-14

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    "Stay with it - great book."
    Would you listen to Tilt-a-Whirl again? Why?

    I wasn't familiar with the author and the combination of the writing style and the narration initially led me to suspect this might be one of those goofy fluff pieces that irritate rather than entertain me. I'm so glad I stayed with it -- the work was far more layered and interesting than I guessed. I'll listen to it a couple more times to pick out what I missed.


    Any additional comments?

    Great author. I'll be listening to the rest of his offerings.

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    Amazon Customer Ogden, UT, United States 01-15-14
    Amazon Customer Ogden, UT, United States 01-15-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Great surprise!"
    What about Jeff Woodman’s performance did you like?

    The narration was amazing. He did so many different voices and none of them seemed forced or fake. He made the characters seem so real and really brought you in to the story. It was fantastic!


    Any additional comments?

    I love Robert Crais and the Elvis Cole and Joe Pike series. I've listened to all of them long ago. I've been looking for something new along those lines. This showed up in a "surprise, pick one for $4.95" and I'm glad I picked it.

    I have to say I loved Danny and Ceepak. Danny is just a young kid who is a beach cop for something to do, while Ceepak is older than Danny and has picked up this job from an old army buddy, who just happens to be the Chief of Police. There are twists in this book that I didn't see coming. It is less intense than some mysteries/thrillers, but it is well written and I really enjoyed it. You see into Ceepak's history and learn why he is the way he is. He doesn't lie and never goes back on his word. The last hour of the book where everything comes together really gets at your heart, and makes you feel for the victim. It brought out some intense emotions in me.

    I would defiantly recommend this. It seemed to start out a little slow and took me a few tries to continue it, but once I did I listened to the rest of it all the way through. I will be continuing on with the rest of the series. I can't wait to learn more about Danny and Ceepak.

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