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Mind Scrambler Audiobook

Mind Scrambler: A John Ceepak Mystery

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Publisher's Summary

John Ceepak and Danny Boyle are making the rounds in Atlantic City when Danny runs into his former crush, Katie. She's working for a magician named Rock, and her life seems to be in better order than Boyle could have hoped for. But Ceepak and Boyle soon find themselves on another case when Katie is found strangled to death. It is up to Ceepak and Boyle to find out who killed her. Their lives and the lives of others depend on it.

Don't miss other adventures featuring Sea Haven's finest, including (in order) Tilt-a-Whirl, Mad Mouse, Whack-a-Mole, and Hell Hole.

©2009 Chris Grabenstein; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

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    S. Rohan NY USA 04-02-10
    S. Rohan NY USA 04-02-10 Member Since 2013

    I'll read anything- books, magazines, food jars, the dictionary...

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    "My least favorite of the series"

    I've enjoyed Mr. Grabenstein's books however he needs to lose the political jabs and stick to writing amusing mysteries.

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    Kindle Customer 07-18-17 Member Since 2014

    Resides in Elkton, M.D. (but my heart belongs in Upstate, N.Y.)

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

    Never ending surprises, Starts out in Las Vegas, and continues from there... 😈 🎲 🎰 💰


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Katie, she had so much to say, yet kept quiet....


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When they found the "LAST NOTEBOOK!"


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Under the pillars in the ocean.


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent book. Well thought out. I was wondering how the author was going to get a good book out of Danny and Ceepak out of their realm. Here, he, did a good job! 😁

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    Lane Rogers 10-22-16
    Lane Rogers 10-22-16 Member Since 2014
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    "loving this series"

    another great book in this series. I thought at the beginning it was little slow. with way to much detail of the magic act but there is a great reason for it

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    Rebecca Alpharetta, GA, United States 09-25-15
    Rebecca Alpharetta, GA, United States 09-25-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Boyle is growing up"
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    The characters of Boyle and Ceepak develop over the course of this series. In the first book, Boyle is young and inexperienced. You can really see Boyle growing up and getting a bit of an edge in this one. The mystery in Mind Scrambler is very intense or at least it was for me. It's good when a book draws you in and gets you involved and invested with it.

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    HaloLove 07-14-15
    HaloLove 07-14-15 Member Since 2017

    🌺 Lover of Amazing Stories 🌺

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    "It's a possibility..."
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    That this is one of the funniest crime mystery novels I've come across in a long time! I love that the story is told through Danny Boyle the young partner of John Ceepak because I swear the way he thinks is truly that of a young 25 year old with the rest of his life ahead of him and it makes for some funny if not hilarious commentary!<br/><br/>Talk about a crime mystery that has layers and layers of deceptions and misdirections that has your mind spinning by the end. <br/><br/>The crime is so much worst then first believed but with Danny and Ceepak on the case, the truth and bad guys are brought to light and I felt so guilty for laughing but dang it, it's not as if you have a choice. Danny's inner thoughts are hilarious sometimes!!!!!! I blame the author and that witty writing style!<br/><br/>An absolute fun audio this is with a dark crime to keep you interested and the narrator is absolutely perfect as Danny and Ceepak! <br/><br/>This Jeff Woodman guy is fantastic with all the different voices he can perform. He was awesome in Hell Hole, fabulous if not a bit adorkable in Mad House, and now one of my top 5 favorite narratives after this Mind Scrambler. <br/><br/> And I swear, you honestly feel as though your mind has been scrambled after this little tale of horror or magic I mean. Whew...

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    John S. Seattle, WA United States 06-16-15
    John S. Seattle, WA United States 06-16-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Pretty good except for the dad subplot"

    I'm a big fan of this series, but skipped the previous book as the plotline sounded like something I wouldn't get into. Made little difference, except for the subplot about Ceepak's father, whom we learned was scum in the first book. Regarding that angle, I believe that taking a statement is not the same as "deposing" a witness in civil cases; moreover, having the son of the defendant do it seems absurd. I wasn't buying the outcome of that one either.

    As for this storyline, I found Ceepak and his military pal's use of The Code priggishly tedious. Then again, I have little patience for people who live in absolute worlds with NO gray areas whatsoever. That having been said, there were times I admired Ceepak's handling of certain situations, where Danny wasn't at his most ... mature. We were introduced to a minor character, The Great Mandini, whom I'd like to see again.

    In general, the story seemed grimmer than the previous books, and a tad drawn out. I cheered when one of the female gang from Sea Haven told Danny to stop keeping Katie on some sort of saintly, nun-like pedestal. These books are all about his growing as a person, which he seems to be doing more of than the rigid Ceepak.

    Jeff Woodman's narration is terrific! I love it except ... he gives characters these stereotypical Sopranos-style accents. I learned to speak English in New Jersey, rarely running across that phenomenon.

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    Drew (@drewsant) Watertown, MA, United States 06-03-15
    Drew (@drewsant) Watertown, MA, United States 06-03-15 Member Since 2017

    Post apocalyptic listener with some thrillers mixed in. Follow me on twitter at @drewsant

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    "Another fun Ceepak mystery? Roger That!"

    If you like the Ceepak mysteries you’ll like this one as well. Chris Grabenstien does such a wonderful job of painting a picture that you really feel as if you’re visiting the Jersey Shore. It’s a great mix of mystery and quirky fun that you can’t help but enjoy it. This book does turn a little sober at the end which is a bit of a twist but I can’t wait to move on in the series.

    Mr Woodman does such a good job with this book (and the other Ceepack stories) that it falls into the category in which the audible book is that much more enjoyable than the written book.

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    Annette Bradenton, FL, United States 02-03-15
    Annette Bradenton, FL, United States 02-03-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Down the shore"

    I love this series of books; they're lighthearted, fun and I love the stereotype references to New Jersey...and not just because I grew up there. Whenever I get tired of urban fantasy and zombie, I know I can always listen to a story about John Ceepak.

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    Calliope 11-24-14
    Calliope 11-24-14
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    "ancillary characters make this one good fun"

    This is not my favourite in the series, but the excellent narration and the ancillary characters (I bust a gut laughing at the old lawyer) make this one still good fun. Although Ceepak and Boyle are in Atlantic City this time, Danny Boyle keeps making references to either the town or people he knew from Sea Haven.......hopefully that extra stuff won't be necessary if the characters get back to their home turf of Sea Haven. I liked the new summer cop introduced in Hell Hole, and I hope we'll see more of her.

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    Amy Metz Louisville, KY, United States 11-22-14
    Amy Metz Louisville, KY, United States 11-22-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Wish I'd skipped this one"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Anyone who wants to read about the worst kinds of human beings would like this book.


    What could Chris Grabenstein have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Not written it.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The last one. But I wouldn't call anything about this book a favorite.


    What character would you cut from Mind Scrambler?

    All of them but John and Danny.


    Any additional comments?

    I love this series, but I wish I'd skipped this book. The murder victim is Danny's old girlfriend--sweet, innocent, loveable Katie. If that's not bad enough, add in pedophilia, uninteresting characters, and Ceepak's horrible old man, and the only thing that was good about this book was the narrator.

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    "Loved this story!"

    Excellent again as always in this series. very upset about I've of the deaths in particular but good story, lots of twists and turns. I've come to love Danny and Ceepak now. Not sure what I'll do when I get to the end of the series! They kind of feel like family!

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  • Louisa Simpson
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    "It just gets better!"

    I have now listened to five of the Ceepack Series, from the start. And I love how the characters develop and grow; using incredible story lines.

    Danny Boyle started off as a green as they come Summer Cop; now despite his own view of himself, he is an incredibly talented police officer. And funny, sweet, yet slowly becoming more apt at his job. learning from his partner Ceepack.

    As for Ceepack, wow. to start with he was simply his code; but as the novels go on, you start to see what made him the way he is. As well as shreds of a more human side.

    if you haven't listened to the others yet; Tilter-Whirl, Mad Mouse, Whack-A - Mole and Hell Hole. Then listen to them first; you will have the privilege of getting to know these beautifully created characters, their loved ones. And the place they call home.

    Mind Scrambler like all the other Ceepack Series not only addresses serious crimes in an aproachable and entertaining way. But also speaks for those suffering with PTSD after serving for their country.

    I bow my head to both Chris Grabenstein and Jeff Woodman for bringing to life such an elegant and elaborate story.

    Louisa Simpson.

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