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Seven European tourists set off on the trip of a lifetime - a grand circle tour of the American West. They are unaware that a desperate journalist has hidden evidence in their van that could bring down a high-level criminal conspiracy. Nor do they know that they are being pursued by ruthless thugs determined to retrieve the proof at any cost, as the innocent visitors travel from one scenic stop to another.

The blistering heat, freezing cold, flash flooding, and a vast desert wilderness crammed with menacing wildlife are the least of their problems.

A comic mystery set amid the dangerous beauties of Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, Canyonlands, Arches, Mesa Verde, Monument Valley, Grand Canyon, and Zion.

Listen to Breakdown on Blowhard Mountain from USA Today, Audible, and five-time Wall Street Journal best-selling author Carolyn Jourdan, whose previous mystery Out on a Limb was voted a Best Kindle Book of the Year. Ludger Dominic Bracht, the coauthor, is an experienced guide and owner of Personal Scout Tours.

©2019 Carolyn Jourdan and Ludger Dominic Bracht (P)2020 Carolyn Jourdan and Ludger Dominic Bracht

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Great fun and beautiful scenery!

Great to have a funny Mafia/ Stasi story with decent characters and bumbling bad guys!
Well written and keeps you guessing to the very end; loved the genuine international characters and the wildlife which outsmarts the tourists.
Bravo!

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Delightful

An easy and entertaining escape. Part travelogue, part comedy, part mystery. Light humor reminiscent of O’Henry’s Ransom of Red Chief.

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Light comedic tour

A light comedy that featured memorable characters and highlighted the iconic natural beauty of the American Southwest. Recommended for travelers traveling the area.

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Excellent performance

Although I had a little difficulty staying captivated by the story, the narrator really brings the characters to life, with each having a unique accent and personality!

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Fun story

The story was fun but there's a lot of unfinished plot lines and revelations that never get addressed unsatisfying ending

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I did struggle to finish this book. Although the overall story was pretty good, the narration was lackluster.

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A Wacky Western United States Tour

This is a wacky tour of the Western United States by some European tourists. The characters are drawn like cartoon characters and their escapades are as well. If you've never visited the Western U.S. you'll get a sense of the places and can follow along with a map and pictures.

The book is an enjoyable listen, for the most part. I liked the characters and found the story amusing.
The narration needed some help with pronunciations and could have been proofed a bit better. The voices are a lot of fun.

I received this audiobook at no-cost. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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What a romp!

A well-told tale that's a cross between Anna Pigeon on a canyon Nation Park circuit and City Slickers. Since I've done the canyon circuit and have been on small group tours. a lot of this book was both familiar and enlightening as seen from the tour guide's and driver's perspectives. A lot of near misses, vehicular mishaps, preposterous "bad guys", freaky weather and some travelers with secrets, combine to keep the action moving even if it's implausible. I was a little perplexed by the narrator's accents for some of the characters, but decided to let it roll off me. All in all it was entertaining and a good distraction from current news events.

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Hard time with the narrator

I struggled with this book, mainly because I found the narrator rather dull. He did some characters in different voices but then others all sounded the same. I think the actual story itself is a lot of fun and anyone who enjoys funny road travel books would enjoy this one but I'm not a fan of the narrator.

I left this review in exchange for a free copy of the book from Audiobook Boom!

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  • 03-07-20

Breakdown and get this book

Well this was certainly different but strangely I really enjoyed it. I think it was because it was so different from the norm and so much happens that you can't help but listen to find out calamity was about to happen next. The story was well written and at points it felt like a travel book (you could easily picture the locations without having been there) but in some way that added to the story as mother nature set about to foil the bad guys, very funny and entertaining. The story does jump around to tell the story from the different characters perspectives but it works. I hope there is another book in the series, to cover the second part of the trip from hell.
A group of mostly Germans are on a trip of a life time traveling around America. Before they start there big adventure unknown to them a journalist hides something in there van, something a mob boss wants back. He sends his top two goons out into the wilderness to retrieve it before the F.B.I can get there hands on it. A nice simple job right? What could be easier than following a bunch of tourists that don't know you are following them up a snow covered mountain or across a desert to steal a camera bag, especially as you know what van they are driving and everyone of there intended destinations. Oh how wrong they are because with mother nature around nothing is simple. They would have done better staying in Las Vegas and playing the slot machines.
I liked the narrator and thought he did a good job with the number of accents he had to use.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.