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Tilt-a-Whirl Audiobook

Tilt-a-Whirl: John Ceepak, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

There isn't much fun in the sun when a billionaire real-estate tycoon is found murdered on the Tilt-a-Whirl at a seedy seaside amusement park in the otherwise quiet summer tourist town of Sea Haven.

John Ceepak, a former MP just back from Iraq, has just joined the Sea Haven police department. The job offer came from an old Army buddy who hoped to give Ceepak at least a summer's worth of rest and relaxation to help him forget the horrors of war. Instead, Ceepak will head up the murder investigation. He is partnered with Danny Boyle, a 24-year-old part-time summer cop who doesn't carry a gun and only works with the police by day so he has enough pocket money left over to play with his beach buddies at night.

In the first novel in a new series written in the spirit of Carl Hiaasen's work, the Tilt-a-Whirl murder pushes Ceepak's deep sense of honor and integrity to the limits, as unexpected twists and turns keep the truth spinning wildly in every direction.

©2006 Chris Grabenstein; (P)2007 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

  • Anthony Award, Best First Mystery, 2006

  • 2006 Anthony Award, Best First Novel
  • "A fast-paced thrill ride with lots of twists and turns and good writing from start to finish." (James Patterson)
    "From page 1, this debut stands out as refreshingly different....an absolute triumph." (Booklist)

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    Jenny Charmhaven, Australia 02-08-14
    Jenny Charmhaven, Australia 02-08-14 Member Since 2008

    I listen to audio books every day and love the intimate nature of the relationship between the narrator and the author

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    "Cannot make up my mind"

    I am into the third hour of this book and cannot make up my mind whether to finish it or not. It is quite childish overall, but also has some charm. I am going to stop listening for the moment and go back to it later.

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    Nathan SPRINGVILLE, UT, United States 02-03-14
    Nathan SPRINGVILLE, UT, United States 02-03-14 Member Since 2013

    Love my family...along with guitars, road bikes, cameras, and a good book!

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    "A fantastic ride!"

    Wow...what a great start to what promises to be an amazing series! While some of the events were a little predictable, and others a little corny, overall this book was a winner! Narrated in a whimsical, happy-go-lucky style that was quickly endearing, this story grabs you from the beginning and never let's go.

    I loved the Ceepak character, and he is the hero of the tale. The story, however, is told from the perspective of his partner Danny (his Robin, if you will), who is much less experienced and has far inferior police skills. This technique gives the story a fresh feel, and led to a very unique experience.

    LOVED Jeff Woodman's narration. Really made the audiobook. Look forward to the next book in the series!

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    Amazon Customer 02-01-14
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    "A good ride for the money"

    Bought this as a daily deal, am now glad to have found another series that's fun to listen to on long drives. At first was not too thrilled with the main character, but Grabenstein's portrayal of him grew on me until I was quite hooked. Am in the middle of the second in the series now, both me and my spouse laugh out loud at the clever reparte between characters. Try it, you'll like it.

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    janae 01-26-14
    janae 01-26-14 Member Since 2013
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    "was not funny"
    Any additional comments?

    After reading the reviews I expected it to be funny, but I did not find it funny. It had a slight twist at the end. I would reccomend reading Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series. It is actually funny.

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    Louise 01-23-14
    Louise 01-23-14 Member Since 2012
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    "An Insult to Real Mystery Fans!"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I was able to listen to the end, which says something. It was unimaginable, though.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Predictable .


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I thought that the narrator did a good job with what he had to work with. I did not like the way the clues were obvious and how the author repeated them throughout the book and just in case the reader didn't get it, made sure that the character Dan made it very clear what the clue meant.


    Did Tilt-a-Whirl inspire you to do anything?

    Not really.


    Any additional comments?

    This might be good for a beginner, probably a young person, who is new to reading murder mysteries.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Christina 01-22-14
    Christina 01-22-14

    Recycled Realities

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    "Stay with it - great book."
    Would you listen to Tilt-a-Whirl again? Why?

    I wasn't familiar with the author and the combination of the writing style and the narration initially led me to suspect this might be one of those goofy fluff pieces that irritate rather than entertain me. I'm so glad I stayed with it -- the work was far more layered and interesting than I guessed. I'll listen to it a couple more times to pick out what I missed.


    Any additional comments?

    Great author. I'll be listening to the rest of his offerings.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Ogden, UT, United States 01-15-14
    Amazon Customer Ogden, UT, United States 01-15-14 Member Since 2017
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    "Great surprise!"
    What about Jeff Woodman’s performance did you like?

    The narration was amazing. He did so many different voices and none of them seemed forced or fake. He made the characters seem so real and really brought you in to the story. It was fantastic!


    Any additional comments?

    I love Robert Crais and the Elvis Cole and Joe Pike series. I've listened to all of them long ago. I've been looking for something new along those lines. This showed up in a "surprise, pick one for $4.95" and I'm glad I picked it.

    I have to say I loved Danny and Ceepak. Danny is just a young kid who is a beach cop for something to do, while Ceepak is older than Danny and has picked up this job from an old army buddy, who just happens to be the Chief of Police. There are twists in this book that I didn't see coming. It is less intense than some mysteries/thrillers, but it is well written and I really enjoyed it. You see into Ceepak's history and learn why he is the way he is. He doesn't lie and never goes back on his word. The last hour of the book where everything comes together really gets at your heart, and makes you feel for the victim. It brought out some intense emotions in me.

    I would defiantly recommend this. It seemed to start out a little slow and took me a few tries to continue it, but once I did I listened to the rest of it all the way through. I will be continuing on with the rest of the series. I can't wait to learn more about Danny and Ceepak.

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    Skipper 01-13-14
    Skipper 01-13-14

    I prefer 3rd person point-of-view, and books with fewer than 500 pages.

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    "Loud Swearing, Decent Suspense"

    Good start to this cozy mystery series set in a small oceanside resort town on the East Coast, probably Florida. This murder occurred at the boardwalk, on the tilt-a-whirl. The two main characters are John Ceepak, an honorable, by-the-book, true-blue-and-still-bluer-yet former military police officer, and his partner Danny, a very young rookie cop who lives by a more pedestrian moral code.

    I enjoyed the interactions between Danny and Ceepak. Decent suspense. The villain was not a dead give-away by any means -- but he certainly was dead. Riddled with bullets.

    Not too grim. Some humor along the way, like the car wash scene.

    Audio: Very good narration by Chris Grabenstein. However, too many harsh and loudly voiced swear words made this a poor choice for listening during car trips with family. Too bad.

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    Sheila SAFETY HARBOR, FL, United States 01-09-14
    Sheila SAFETY HARBOR, FL, United States 01-09-14 Member Since 2012
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    "totally enjoyable"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Tilt-a-Whirl to be better than the print version?

    This book was refreshing. I enjoyed the simplicity of the story and have now listened to the entire series.


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    Jessica LEVITTOWN, NEW YORK, United States 01-07-14
    Jessica LEVITTOWN, NEW YORK, United States 01-07-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Interesting 'page turner' with light beachy feel"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Tilt-a-Whirl to be better than the print version?

    Yes


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was fast paced, interesting, and not completely predictable.


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

    I tie between Danny and John Ceepak.


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

    Nothing


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator did a great job on the voices of the different characters and his tone was easy to listen to. The author crafted a believable and twisted story that was interesting to the last page.

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  • Mrs. Kerry J. Gellard
    2/6/16
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    "Pleasantly surprised"

    I wasn't sure what it would be like. Narrator was great straight away, easy listen straightaway. Storyline good with twists and turns.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Janet
    Edgware, United Kingdom
    4/18/17
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    "Surprise gem!!"
    If you could sum up Tilt-a-Whirl in three words, what would they be?

    Amusing, intriguing, fun.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Tilt-a-Whirl?

    Spoiler alert - when Danny thought Ceepak had shot the suspect and reverted to stroppy teenager mode for a while.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Unable to single out any scene - lots to enjoy.


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

    Yes, it did make me want to keep listening.


    Any additional comments?

    This is not my preferred type of book. I normally steer clear of modern day crime, particularly set in America. I find the accent usually sets my nerves on edge, and dislike the gratuitous violence and swearing most of this genre contain. I tried this simply because it was free, and must say I have been pleasantly surprised. There was considerable swearing, but as it reflected the character using it and included a fair amount of comedy it didn't grate as it normally would; same for any sexual references, they were necessary for the story, rather than seeming to be thrown in to make up the numbers or tick a box.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kathryn
    4/8/17
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    "great story"

    was not sure when it's started but it just got better and better. I.would recommend it

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  • simon
    2/2/17
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    "New to me"

    It's the first book I have herd by this author and won't be the last

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • C Hall
    1/30/17
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    "great value book"

    have really enjoyed the plot twists and characters in this book. Well worth the purchase and reading time will be looking for more from this author :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • ellen
    1/17/17
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    "Annoying narrator!"

    Great if you're a 16 year old boy ..... other than that, give it a miss!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lindilu
    1/12/17
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    "Curious"

    I didn't know what to expect with this unusual title. I actually quite liked this book,it was pacey and had some twists and turns. It was quite light nice holiday read.

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  • Suswati
    12/9/16
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    "Pretty hilarious but requires a bit of sensitivity"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this Cabot Cove style detective story, especially for a first book right up until the last 20 mins where the author could have handled the actual tragic circumstance with a little more sensitivity and not brush it off as just part of an investigation.

    The narrator, who poses as the 24-year-old sidekick is brilliant, his antics and hilarious commentary kept the entire plot together at a wonderful pace. Unfortunately, when the story turns dark and serious, the tone didn't change and it almost seemed to be a mockery of a very disturbing situation. The plot twist in the end, however, was a good day to go. I would definitely listen to more in this series mostly because of the comedic aspect.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Andrew B.
    11/23/16
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    "Great Crime Thriller"

    nice character build up, gave enough away without spending too long on the back story, giving the writer more scope for the next books.
    loved the bond style bad guy give away at the end, not 'OMG no way' but still good, author does a great job at leading you on a few wrong courses.

    my only criticism is that the chapters weren't linked to the Audible chapters but still worth a listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    11/8/16
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    "Unexpected"

    A great, unexpected story. Jeff woodman is an excellent reader and really bought the story to life. I had no idea where the story was going, full of twists, turns and vivid characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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