A tawdry tale of love, lust, and murder!
Professor Harold Berwyn has just been brutally murdered, but graduate creative writing student Skip Gershwin is too self-absorbed to care. His chief preoccupations are finding a girlfriend and becoming a famous American poet. When he meets Gudrun Frege, a brilliant Austrian au pair, it appears that his girlfriend problems are over. But he is soon lured into a torrid love affair by ultra-seductive art student Lana Fish. As Skip's romantic entanglements spiral out of control, the criminal investigation into Berwyn's murder turns white-hot. When federal agents knock on his door, Skip discovers that he himself is the number-one suspect.
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"I started reading this book, taking it as a straightforward mystery with a little romance - but I soon discovered it was so much more. This is a witty, thoughtfully written satire. I found myself laughing out loud at the outrageousness of some of the characters. (Won't spoil the fun by saying who.) The story succeeds on multiple levels, entertaining while imparting a little wisdom now and again. Love the academic world setting. I'll be looking for more from this author." (Kathryn Johnson, author of The Gentleman Poet)
Love listening to audiobooks, and being swept away by a great story and narrator. It's my therapy, and I need it daily!
Violations of Causality takes place in an academic environment straight from the 80's, with unique elements, that combines mystery, science fiction, humor and a little romance. It's been along time since I thought about cassette tapes, Tab soda, Trimline phones, Jimmy Carter etc. However, this book will certainly immerse you with many details from the 80's!
While the story is described as a murder mystery, it's more of a madcap comedy, and the suspense surrounding the motive for the murder, the device that defies physics, and how Skip's going to pull off seeing two women at one time was entertaining, and amusing to hear unfold.
Joe Hempel did a outstanding job narrating, and was a great fit for the main character. I liked how he used different accents, and tones to portray the various characters and emotions. It was easy to distinguish between the characters.
I received this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.
Recreation Therapist by day, avid reader by night. Mother of 2, and lover of the outdoors; fishing , hunting , nature walks and snowmobiling
Read this one in the car on vacation this week. Joe Kempel is my favorite narrator and he did a wonderful job with this mystery. I would never have expected who the guilty party was, there were so many characters to keep track off and wonder about.
Time well spent.
Say something about yourself!
Violations of causality is a satiric mix of fallen romance and a mystery. When I started the book I was expecting a mystery, but that's just a very small part of the story. I don't know if it was the authors intention to plot a mystery, but that's not the actual plot.
Skip is a 23 year old student. Poet and writer who always seems to have romantic troubles. He meets the Austrian girl Gudrun and enters a relationship with her - not love a first sight, but it's a girl and he likes her. Then he meets the hot and a 36 yo Lana, falls head-over-heels in love with her and now he's in a dilemma. Gudrun or Lana? In between a professor at the University gets killed and Skip gets blamed for the murder.
The book is written in style I'm defenitely not used to, with very short chapters and when I chapter ends it's very abruptly and I wanted to know more. But there will be more. I thought 'huh?' many times and then laughing out loud a lot. I felt I was watching a sitcom with a lot of situation based pitfalls and satiric moments. I'd love to read more novels by this author for my need-to-laugh moments!
Joe Hempel did an outstanding narration catching the humor of this story. He was perfect for this book and very pleasent to listen to. I never had a bored moment. He does the accents and characters perfectly and believable, exept for a few lines in the book where he has to speak German (Austrian) - that was entertaining as well, but it wasn't German. Overall, I always enjoy Joe's narration, so never mind about that!
*This book was gifted to me in exchange for an honest review.
This story was different than what I'm used to and told in a different way. I keep thinking of the coffee shop people snapping their fingers. It felt a little slow. Finding out who done it was quite a surprise. Great narration.
The reader does an excellent job of reading the novel with inflection and urgency.
Mr. Guggenheim's taut presentation drives the plot along. There is little dross to be found.
This is the only reading by Mr. Hempel which I have encountered.
I prefer to savour it.
The book itself is well-written. It is difficult to characterize, containing as it does elements of various genres: thriller/noir; science fiction; madcap comedy. The main character, Skip, is not entirely likable. He is a scoundrel in some ways, and yet, he tries to do the right thing. The epilogue to the novel makes it clear that at some point Skip matured into a nicer human being. Perhaps future adventures will reveal this process in more depth.I was able to acquire the audible recording without cost through a promotional event. I have also read the novel in its print edition.
I completely enjoyed this audiobook. The story was easy to follow with great characters. I have listened to a lot of audiobooks in my time, some good, some not so good. This is one of the good ones that is an easy and light listen. This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom dot com.
The best part of this audiobook was the narrator. He has a smooth tone, good pacing, and does a great job handling the emotions of the characters. I did not enjoy the lack of a plot for the majority of the book.
Most of the book was exposition, and the payoff was a disappointment. For most of the book I was wondering when the real story was going to start and I didn't understand the point of the book until the last few chapters. Plus, the chapters were so cut up and short that the flow was lost on me.
This is my first listen of Joe Hempel but I will seek his work out in the future, just not with this author.
The only characters that were interesting wouldn't be in a follow-up book, so I do not think it needs a sequel. The main character was boring and had no real personality to him. If I have to hear that he couldn't see well one more time I think I'll scream. Plus, his lack of eyesight meant nothing to the plot, but we heard about it a dozen or more times.
I understood what the author was going for, but there was no running thread to the plot from point A to point B. It was easy to listen to, but hard to understand why the author was introducing us to a love triangle for most of the book, which had nothing to do with the plot.
This was a fun read, but I really did not like the main character. Though I didn't like the character, Skip, mostly due to his two-timing, cheater status, he was well-developed and quite funny in his sarcastic humor. He was so out-of-place in a murder investigation of Professor Harold Berwyn, but I think that made the story more fun. The cast of characters is widely varied and really contribute to the wild story. I listened to the Audible audio version narrated by Joe Hempel. I enjoy Hempel's narrations, and this one was no exception. He really plays the characters well and they seem so realistic with his voice. Overall, if you're looking for a fun and entertaining read, I recommend giving this book a try.
"It is the business of the times to change...and the business of gentlemen to change with them." ~Amor Towles in "Rules of Civility"
Guggenheim pumps this first-person work with humor, lessons in poetry, a dab of history, mystery, suspense, and a vestige of rankling love issues. Main character Skip Gershwin is a romantic poet and aspiring well-appreciated literary author. His solipsistic self-centeredness is well balanced with super good intentions, admirable empathy, a high tolerance for burning spermicide foam, and unabashed goofiness. His most likable characteristic is his quick recovery to rejection, berating, corny comebacks, bad decisions, naiveté, self-effacement, and overall life fumbling—albeit with the instant benefits of healing self-licking. Guggenheim skips us along the mind and life and loves of Gershwin and a murder that kind of plays along a as backdrop in the story as he introduces several other characters whose backstories and character development were surface-level and quick, and very appropriate for the strong undertone of wit and parody. Gershwin seems to use clever distraction techniques (thus the humor) as a deliberate ploy to take us off course of the who-dun-it and who’s doing it (the tongue in cheek can make you not care about these aspects of the story), which sweetens the surprise answers in the end.
I think the best audience for this book are those which a high appreciation for humor that manages to be both sophisticated as in the intelligent academia sort and also kind of silly. It wouldn't hurt to have a penchant for a protagonist who is smart and capable, but whose excessive blinders and blinding blunders are unaccountably no match for his ability to successfully dodge bullets with labels that ranged from humiliation to fatal.
The voice, tone, pace, and timing of narrator Joe Hempel were perfectly befitting the myriad temperaments of the protagonist and other characters, the varying depths of humor, and the seamless edge of seriousness. Hempel also nailed female voices without overkill—very well done.
This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review. Thank you Audiobook Boom.
I really enjoyed this story. I felt it flowed well. The story was fun and full of life. I loved how the characters were portrayed.
Joe Hempel did a fantastic job. The characters were three dimensional and easy to visualize. I haven't listened to him before but would definitely listen to him again.
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