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The Ambitious Card Audiobook

The Ambitious Card: An Eli Marks Mystery Volume 1

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Publisher's Summary

The life of a magician isn't all kiddie shows and card tricks. Sometimes it's murder. Especially when magician Eli Marks very publicly debunks a famed psychic, and said psychic ends up dead. The evidence, including a bloody King of Diamonds playing card (one from Eli's own Ambitious Card routine), directs the police right to Eli.

As more psychics are slain, and more King cards rise to the top, Eli can't escape suspicion. Things get really complicated when romance blooms with a beautiful psychic, and Eli discovers she's the next target for murder, and he's scheduled to die with her. Now Eli must use every trick he knows to keep them both alive and reveal the true killer.

©2013 John Gaspard (P)2015 John Gaspard

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    Chris 03-07-16
    Chris 03-07-16
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    "A Great Find!"

    I went into this story expecting an easy listen and was pleasantly surprised to discover a very well written novel that kept my attention until the end. I was especially pleased with the small amount of magicians secrets and references to cherished and classic magic tricks that I have always loved. I was impressed how the author weaved a magician as a character into a mystery solving sleuth. I'm very picky about those books I choose to listen to and will be picking up book two in the series shortly!

    As to the narration, 5 stars. Jim Cunningham nailed it and I look forward more of his work!

    * I received a free copy of this book for an honest review from AudioBookBlast.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    ATX-LH 02-09-16
    ATX-LH 02-09-16 Member Since 2017
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    "A hidden gem!!"
    If you could sum up The Ambitious Card in three words, what would they be?

    Surprisingly fun mystery!!


    What other book might you compare The Ambitious Card to and why?

    Nothing comes to mind because I don't normally read books about magic.


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

    Have not but I am definitely a fan. Would not hesitate to listen to any of Jim Cunningham's works.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes, made me smile through the whole book. So glad I got to listen to this.


    Any additional comments?

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

    I am so glad that I did got this book to review, if it wasn't for that I would have never picked up this book. Now if Audible would hurry up and release book 2, I would happily buy it. I am seriously thinking about picking up the kindle version to get my fix.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Delta Stet Texas 02-05-16
    Delta Stet Texas 02-05-16
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    "I'm surprised how much I liked this book."

    I'm surprised how much I liked this book. I was almost immediately drawn into the story and the characters. Eli has a dry sense of humor that works for the character and his occupation. The relationships are complex, but not difficult to follow. While I did figure out the murderer fairly early on, I was still surprised by the motives and the murders.

    Jim Cunningham was the perfect choice for this book. He got the dry humor and the timing that goes with it.

    **I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.**

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    Beatrice Houston, TX, United States 01-15-16
    Beatrice Houston, TX, United States 01-15-16 Member Since 2017
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    "5 Stars"

    This was very entertaining beginning to a new cozy mystery series. It was funny, witty and well developed with engrossing characters. I didn't want to put the book down until I finished it. I hope the rest of the books in the series will be made available on Audible.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    AudioBook Reviewer Madison, WI, United States 02-29-16
    AudioBook Reviewer Madison, WI, United States 02-29-16 Member Since 2011
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    "It was excellent, and it seemed realistic"

    The Ambitious Card is an ambitious book to my mind because it promptly reminded me of two other books, which forced comparison. But it comes comes out on top I think, in both counts. First of all, the magicians and psychics made me think of Christopher Priest’s The Prestige, which I didn’t particularly like. But Gaspard breaks that tie quickly by giving us characters that are actually likable, even lovable (I love Uncle Harry). Also a plot that is quite interesting. I am fascinated by magic and illusions and this book has quite a few references to the real stuff, and ties it in well, without info dumping. I also enjoyed all the references to the comedians and magicians of the mid twentieth century. I’ve got some new ones to look up.

    The second book that came to mind was Agatha Christie’s The ABC Murders, which I do particularly like. (I also particularly like the word “particularly” so expect to see it in my future reviews) That made me start speculating on the killer, but Gaspard managed to keep me guessing up to the end even with that hint.

    Another thing this book actually reminded me of was Charles Dickens. Many of the characters have traits that are blown all out of proportion. I LOVED it. It was excellent, and it seemed realistic, partly because all these magicians and psychics are entertainers and are that way in real life, and partly because they were just hilariously, brilliantly done. I enjoyed them all thoroughly.

    There is some sexual content that is graphic enough not to be appropriate children, as well as an implied lesbian relationship. It also deals with the subject of divorce and a couple of adulterous relationships.

    Production-wise I have no complaints, the sound was excellent, consistent volume, no strange effects on any voices. I typically don’t like music in my audiobooks, but the intro and outro were kept short, and the the music just fit the book perfectly.

    Jim Cunningham was fabulous. He captured the tone of the book in his delivery, and I loved all his voices. Particularly Harry and Frannie. Every word was clear, and all the characters were distinct. There was one point that I would have liked to have heard some effects on his voice because of what was happening in the story, but on the other hand, that could have been distracting, and potentially difficult to understand.

    I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the series..

    Audiobook was provided for review by the author.

    Please find this complete review and many others at my review blog

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    12 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Ms Peach Houston 09-18-16
    Ms Peach Houston 09-18-16
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    "Cute book. Good plot"

    Great listen. The narration is spot on. The plot was intriguing. I recommend this to any one who aspired to be a Magician, is a magician or likes magic shows.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Christina 02-10-16
    Christina 02-10-16
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    "I can hardly wait for the next book!"

    Let me just say that I love magic, I love cozy mysteries, and boy did I love this book! The narration was wonderful and compelling, and I felt pulled into the story from the very beginning with the wonderful cast of characters who were very well developed. I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review, and I can truly say that I have fallen in love with this new series, and if audible makes the other books available I will use a credit to buy it in a heartbeat. Eli has a great sense of humor that is often dry and misunderstood by his friends, which makes it even more entertaining as a listener. Also, I thoroughly enjoyed the uncle, his character offered a charming grumpy old man who I wanted to give a hug to! I hope audible hurries up with the rest!

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    Sajie 11-04-17
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    "Pee My Pants... Funny"


    For some reason it took me a minute to get use the voice of the reader, but once I did, I fell right into the book. FREAKING HILARIOUS!!!!!

    There were moments I was laughing so hard I was crying. Then I'd have to pause it so I wouldn't miss anything. I was also listening while I went for my walk (exercise) and had to explain to people passing me by that I was listening to an audiobook and not a crazy person cracking up at nothing.

    I'm an avid TV watcher, and this reminded me of the series Monk that used to come on USA Network. Not the same characters at all, but I used to laugh just as hard at some of his antics.

    The character of Eli has this dry acerbic humor that just really kicks in. He's smarter than other people in many ways and can see things they can't. So there are many times he says things that you as the listener will catch and laugh about that the other characters don't get right away.

    Like the Smothers Brother's song he sings in the holding room. I couldn't catch my breath, I was laughing so hard..

    I'm dying to listen to the next installment.

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    Kindle Customer Asheville, North Carolina 05-25-16
    Kindle Customer Asheville, North Carolina 05-25-16 Member Since 2008
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    "Clever, funny, interesting and entertaining"

    I bought this after listening to his 2nd book. I liked it so much I had to see where it started. I liked this one more but it may be because of the familiarity with the characters. I really enjoyed all the New Age humor without making too much fun of it.
    I have this author in my category of 'smart humor' along with Spencer Quinn, David Rosenfelt and Janet Evanovich.
    I look very forward to more!!

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    Kandi P. Nashville, TN 02-15-16
    Kandi P. Nashville, TN 02-15-16
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    "An Ambitious Story of Magic"
    Where does The Ambitious Card rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's a pretty good book, especially if you enjoy magic. I really enjoyed listening to the explanations of the debunking (or skeptic, sorry) of the magic and psychic readings. As a thriller, the prologue allowed me to carry on during one or two slower moments. Being invested when the story would reach the flash-forward from the prologue helped me get to the next part with ease.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed the magic explanations a lot.


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

    Jim did a great job in creating the characters through vocal inflections, especially Harry. He was my favorite character simply due to Jim's interpretation.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No real extreme reactions, really. There were times when I knew the dry wit of the main character was intended to have some comic relief, but the dialogue just sometimes made Eli sound like a jerk more than sarcasm, even though Jim Cunningham did his best with the words he had to read.


    Any additional comments?

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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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