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Violations of Causality Audiobook

Violations of Causality: A Skip Gershwin Mystery

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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2015, 2016 Herbert S. Guggenheim (P)2016 Herbert S. Guggenheim

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Cheri Waverly Hall, Ga. 08-18-16
    Cheri Waverly Hall, Ga. 08-18-16 Member Since 2012

    Just Another Audiobook Addict! Love listening to all types of romances, but occasionally need a good Sci-Fi, Fantasy, or a book with humor!

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    "Madcap Comedy With Sci-Fi Element!"


    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Simona 09-25-16
    Simona 09-25-16 Member Since 2015

    Audiobook reviewer at MyBookHype dot com

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    "Hilarious and totally unexpected!"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Christy D 09-14-16
    Christy D 09-14-16
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    "Violations of Causality"

    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.

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    W. Luther Jett 09-05-16
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    "A madcap romp through time and space"
    What made the experience of listening to Violations of Causality the most enjoyable?

    The reader does an excellent job of reading the novel with inflection and urgency.


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

    Mr. Guggenheim's taut presentation drives the plot along. There is little dross to be found.


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

    This is the only reading by Mr. Hempel which I have encountered.


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

    I prefer to savour it.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela M. Neumann 08-29-16
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    "Fun"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Johnny Brentwood, TN, United States 08-25-16
    Johnny Brentwood, TN, United States 08-25-16
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    "Narration excellent - writing poor"
    What did you like best about Violations of Causality? What did you like least?

    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.


    What was most disappointing about Herb Guggenheim’s story?

    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.


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

    This is my first listen of Joe Hempel but I will seek his work out in the future, just not with this author.


    Do you think Violations of Causality needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Leslie F. 08-22-16
    Leslie F. 08-22-16
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    "A fun and entertaining story"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    espanolish 08-20-16
    espanolish 08-20-16 Member Since 2015

    "It is the business of the times to change...and the business of gentlemen to change with them." ~Amor Towles in "Rules of Civility"

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    "Murder, Mystery, Poetry, Fiction—and FUN!"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Alfie 08-20-16
    Alfie 08-20-16
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    "Fun Story, Great Narrator"

    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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    in1ear (John Row) 08-17-16 Member Since 2016

    Denver, Co metro area resident for over fifty-five years. Retired, Mid 60's, Male, own over 9,600 Kindle books, and over 400 Audible books.

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    "Cause and Effect: Murder, Poetry, Chapters Galore"
    What made the experience of listening to Violations of Causality the most enjoyable?

    There's Rampant Tongue in Cheek, Lust and the year 1980. Not to mention great memories of the time Jimmy Carter, Trimline Phones. A murder mostly secondary to the plot. Oh, and foam birth control! And all brought together in a fun listen.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Violations of Causality?

    The Pot and Jim Beam fueled Limerick circle, followed closely by the duct taped to a chain link fence scene. And numerous other visually stimulating incidents. Convoluted, but it worked well. Funny, entertaining


    Which character – as performed by Joe Hempel – was your favorite?

    Skip Gershwin. But Mr Hempel does a fine job with the whole ensemble and situations.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Seamus Weinberg University, the Faber College of the 80's. Animal House goes, uh, highbrow...


    Any additional comments?

    I was entertained. Which is high praise. I wasn't sure what to expect, it had historic social placement in 1980, college hijinks, science fiction, mystery, sex... and really good definitions of poetry style!!! roflmao.

    Thanks for the opportunity to review "Violations of Causality: A Skip Gershwin Mystery"!

    This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom dot com.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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