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Publisher's Summary

Fun House is the latest novel in the award-winning John Ceepak mystery series, set on the Jersey Shore.

What if a reality TV show like Jersey Shore set up production in the fictional seaside resort Sea Haven? What if hitting the gym, tanning, and doing a little laundry aren't the only things the contestants get into? By-the-book officer John Ceepak and his wisecracking young partner, Danny Boyle, have to babysit the buff and boozy kids partying it up in a Jersey Shore rental house for TV’s summertime hit Fun House, while simultaneously trying to stop the rowdy kids from breaking the law up and down the beach. But even Ceepak and Danny can’t stop one young cast member from being murdered - and others from being threatened with the same fate.

©2011 Chris Grabenstein (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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Fun listen

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Definitely would recommend - in fact I have already recommended to several others.

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

Edge of my seat - nah, these books really aren't like that. I enjoy them because they have humor, great characters and a good mystery.

Which character – as performed by Jeff Woodman – was your favorite?

I enjoyed each character.

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Best Ceepak book yet, but still just ok....

The author is clearly out of touch with the 20 something crowd this book is centered around, some of the dialogue is rather cringe worthy. I'm in my late 20s and no one I've ever been around talks the way these characters do, we sure as Hell don't listen to Bruce Springsteen either lol. The ceepak character is supposed to be the perfect hero but I find him very annoying and super polarizing, who wants to root for a dude who's the smartest and best at everything ever. Grabenstein also writes danny Boyle like he has a crush on ceepak it's kinda weird. Other then those gripes this is the best ceepak book I've read but still just ok (no idea why I keep reading these things, probably just the completist in me) 3/5 stars.

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  • Michael
  • St Helens, OR, United States
  • 11-17-14

If you like the series you will like this one

By now if you have listened to these Grabenstein books you pick up on his Ceepak formula. Are these books high level literature? No.
Are they entertaining with a great narrator? Yes
This story is like the others, if not a little far fetched. The ending seemed a bit rushed and abrupt, but it was still satisfying.
Get it, you will enjoy it.

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  • Jodie
  • Middletown, NY, United States
  • 01-29-14

Enjoyed the parody to "Jersey Shore:

Grabenstein entwined the hit Jersey Shore with his mystery this time. It was a lot of fun and, having been a Jersey Shore fan, I was well aware of which characters he was referring to even though they had somewhat different names. I found myself chuckling out loud often. I enjoyed this book as I have the rest!

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  • Bette
  • ESSEX, MD, United States
  • 01-20-14

Very entertaining

What did you love best about Fun House?

I love all the John Ceepak books. They are very addicting

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

His narration is spot on and is one of the main reasons that I listened to this series.

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

Behind the scenes at the beach

Any additional comments?

I don't think you can stop at just one book in this series. It is performed so well you won't want to stop at just one.

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John Ceepak Mystery is Summer Fun

Nothing Better than a John Ceepak Mystery to capture Summertime Fun. Chris Grabenstien gives reality TV (nod to Jersey Shore) its due with this tale of a raunchy reality TV show in the summer tourist destination of Sea Haven. The mash-up of John Ceepak, ex-marine stand-up guy, and Danny Boyle, local grown, never-thought-he-would-amount-to-much, just works for me. It is a fun ride and now that we are on Book 7, a nostalgic ride that I look forward to as a summer destination. Keep them coming Chris!

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  • Marcia
  • Murrieta, CA, United States
  • 12-30-12

disappointing

title says it all. I was disappointed in the book especially after such a long wait.

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Another Fun Ride

I love the John Ceepak stories and this was no exception. These books always leave me anticipating when the next volume will appear.

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Geez O Man are you Kidding Me?

I think my biggest gripe with this book is the narration. The narrator has a good voice, but the main character is a New Jersey cop...NATIVE New Jersey. I would expect to hear at least some attempt at a New Jersey accent. Nope, not there. And the deep voice that the narrator attempts for the cop's partner is just painful to listen to.

My other gripe is with the book. Again, the main character is a New Jersey cop. So when every exclamation is "Geez O Man" it makes me think this cop is still in the third grade!

I'm not sure where all the humor that I was expecting was hiding, but I didn't find very much of it. In all, I was disappointed. If I had it to do over, I'd keep that credit.

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Not Prude But Language is a Distraction

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Some of my friends would probably like the book for the storyline which was ok.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

The trashy characters and the cursing was unnecessary unless the author was trying to appeal to some of the semi-retarded with limited vocabulary.

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

Jeff did a good job with reading the weak dialogue.

Do you think Fun House needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

I have read all of the older books in the series and the author can do better.