We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
Tilt-a-Whirl Audiobook

Tilt-a-Whirl: John Ceepak, Book 1

Regular Price:$17.95
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

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)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

3.9 (3277 )
5 star
 (1146)
4 star
 (1209)
3 star
 (623)
2 star
 (175)
1 star
 (124)
Overall
3.9 (2514 )
5 star
 (867)
4 star
 (942)
3 star
 (488)
2 star
 (141)
1 star
 (76)
Story
4.3 (2527 )
5 star
 (1305)
4 star
 (764)
3 star
 (324)
2 star
 (76)
1 star
 (58)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Sharey 06-22-17
    Sharey 06-22-17 Member Since 2015
    HELPFUL VOTES
    443
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    577
    299
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    4
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Light Listen But Caution to Parents!"

    This was a fluff story and highly implausible, but okay for some entertainment. Rather like a juvenile book but the content was nothing I'd advise a child to hear! Great narration. 3.5 stars.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    sandi 08-10-15
    sandi 08-10-15 Member Since 2012
    HELPFUL VOTES
    10
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    266
    11
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Loved it !"

    Great story, well read.
    Not a lot of blood and gore. Fun, light, with surprising plot twists.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Elizabeth 01-07-14
    Elizabeth 01-07-14 Member Since 2015
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1453
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    121
    90
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    250
    10
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Fun Book - Excellent Narrator"

    This is a fun book. Like someone said, not great literature - but I found it to be a good read. The narrator did an excellent job of speaking for the "rookie, kind of" cop. There was an element of suspense and yet, the author did a good job of using humor. I giggled out loud more than once. I agree with whoever said it sort of has a bit of the flavor of Carl Hiaasen's novels. I look forward to listening to the whole series, but will look for sales.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Tracy Canada 06-04-13
    Tracy Canada 06-04-13 Member Since 2016
    HELPFUL VOTES
    163
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    77
    73
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    8
    9
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Really Fun Mystery, Can't Wait for More :)"

    I am a real fan of mystery and detective fiction of all sorts, and I really enjoyed Tilt-A-Whirl for what it was - a light, humorous book, with good characters, and, of course, one where the good guys win.

    The two main characters are Danny, the narrator, who is a 24-year-old beach bum/ part-time cop earning a few dollars over the summer; and Ceepak, his very straight-laced ex-military partner. Danny is a great foil for Ceepak - Danny is naive and young, whereas Ceepak is experienced and worldly and...not so much up to speed on pop culture!

    While this is a fun book, it is not a "cozy" mystery (no old mansions, locked-room murders or elevenses!). There is murder, conspiracy, some swearing, serious crime and crime-solving, however!

    I thoroughly enjoyed this audio book and yes, I plan to go through the series!

    18 of 22 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Bill Kailua Kona, HI, United States 09-22-12
    Bill Kailua Kona, HI, United States 09-22-12 Member Since 2016
    HELPFUL VOTES
    921
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    246
    49
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    131
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A Fun Ride!"

    Chris Grabenstein's debut novel offers exactly what you would expect from any amusement park fare ~ a bit of excitement ~ treats that are tasty but not especially filling ~ plenty of twists and turns ~ a fun ride. Add in a couple of well-drawn, likeable characters and a plot that is well-paced and at least a little unpredictable and you have a terrific escapist listen.

    Tilt-A-Whirl is the first in an ongoing series of mysteries, set in a New Jersey beach town and featuring MP turned beach cop John Ceepak. Ceepak seems to be modeled after Dragnet's Joe Friday ~ straight-laced and spare with words. He is every bit as engaging as is his young partner, and our narrator.

    This is an escapist mystery ~ a guilty pleasure, perhaps, but a pleasure all the same. Not great literature, to be sure, and worlds will not end if our heroes fail. But this a great good time, which is pretty much everything you can expect from a novel named after an amusement park ride and bearing a pink cover. We get the full ride with this listen and it is more than enough to satisfy.

    Spend the credit here. You won't be disappointed.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Vikki WICHITA, KS, United States 07-06-07
    Vikki WICHITA, KS, United States 07-06-07
    HELPFUL VOTES
    140
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    157
    32
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    4
    0
    Overall
    "Loved This!"

    My first book by this man and I absolutely loved it! Very much like CH, but, a style all of his own and a story line that is all his own. I look forward to reading/hearing his other books. You can't go wrong here. Good story line, good narrator, great who done it.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Robin 02-13-16
    Robin 02-13-16
    HELPFUL VOTES
    396
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    298
    223
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    24
    9
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Perfectly ok but not my favorite"

    I like mysteries with buddy characters, but Danny and Ceepak didn't seem very real to me. The solution to the mystery also was awfully farfetched. The narration was fine and I know many people love this series. I didn't dislike it, it just wasn't anything special.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    jules Myrtle Beach South Carolina 08-07-15
    jules Myrtle Beach South Carolina 08-07-15 Member Since 2015
    HELPFUL VOTES
    17
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    40
    34
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Sort of painful"
    Any additional comments?

    This was painful to listen to. If I wasn't one of those people who must finish a book once I started it, I would have passed by now. Its a detective novel for pre teens at best with a poor narration. Not that great of a story either.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Calliope 06-28-14
    Calliope 06-28-14
    HELPFUL VOTES
    865
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    378
    369
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    39
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "good fun!"

    This is a fun, lightweight mystery set in a small seaside town.....The narrator is a summer cop, a part time employee to help with the extra summer season crowds. He is partnered with a full-time cop of the Joe Friday mold - "just the facts, ma'am" - and the contrasting styles of the buddy-cop theme works well. Even though I kind of saw the end coming, it didn't take away from the fun of the characters, and I look forward to trying the next in the series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Susan Bartonville, TX 03-08-14
    Susan Bartonville, TX 03-08-14 Member Since 2012
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1108
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    640
    616
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    173
    84
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Ceepack by the Seaside"

    A fun story with a good mystery that kept me changing my suspicions and suspects throughout. Ceepack is a retired MP turned small seaside town policeman who has a very strict code of right and wrong coupled with an extremely mellow personality. Ceepack and his summer apprentice must get to the bottom of an ever changing murder investigation that has too many odd suspects. A fun and light read that was good from the very start. This is the first in a series that I will definitely be revisiting.

    Jeff Woodman did an excellent job narrating, his voices were distinct and very believable. Surprisingly good combination of a well written story and artful narration.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Sort by:
  • John.
    6/26/17
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Brilliant!"

    Absolutely loved it, characters, narrator, fantastic! a b c d e f g h i

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Janet
    Edgware, United Kingdom
    4/18/17
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "great story"

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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • simon
    2/2/17
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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
  • Lindilu
    1/12/17
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Suswati
    12/9/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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
  • Mrs S
    9/17/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "This book caught my interest from the start."

    This book caught my interest from the start. An easy read superbly read.
    Loved it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.