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Having left his life of crime behind, former getaway driver Charles "Shake" Bouchon has finally realized the dream of owning his own restaurant in Belize. Unfortunately, to do so he's had to go deep in debt to a murderous local drug lord named Baby Jesus. And when Shake thwarts an attempted hit on an elderly customer named Quinn, things go from bad to worse.

Next thing Shake knows, his restaurant's gone up in flames and he's on the run from Baby Jesus, two freelance assassins, and a beautiful but ferocious FBI agent. Out of options, Shake has to turn to the mysterious Quinn for help. Suddenly Shake's up to his neck in a dangerous score that he'll never pull off unless he can convince an even more dangerous ex-girlfriend to join him.

©2012 Lou Berney (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.

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great story featuring the unflappable Shake

Jeff Gurney is a great narrator and does a great job on this book. Unfortunately Edoardo Balerino's reading of the first Shake Bouchant mystery, Gutshot Straight, captured the main character so perfectly any substitute would look like Roger Moore to Sean Connery.

Nevertheless Whiplash River is good mystery featuring truly entertaining characters so well developed I felt like they were old friends. It is funny and plays like a great Elmore Leonard movie.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Ted
  • Lancaster, PA, United States
  • 01-14-17

Average, But 'Average' Ain't Bad

Look, the competition out there for successful mystery/adventure fiction is intense, right? I want a book that will entertain me at the gym, during a commute, and at chore time. Some of those books are terrible. Some are great. But most are average. That is they don't disappoint, deliver a good time, and entirely disappear from your memory quicker than a political speech.

Lou Berney's, "Whiplash River" is one of those. I'll probably buy more of his books especially if they're read by Jeff Gurner. There are worse ways to spend an hour grooming the lawn.

It's average, but average is a good thing on these competitive shelves.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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It's a Series! (I hope.)

I'm hoping this is second in a series, starting with 'Gutshot Straight'. I agree with a reviewer of 'Gutshot Straight' who said that Berney writes like a combination of Elmore Leonard and Carl Hiaasen. This second novel has the hero, Shake, caught up with other vividly drawn characters in a fast paced plot with lots of twists and turns. I found myself smiling and laughing aloud as I listened to the characters' responses to murder and mayhem. The third book can't come along soon enough for me.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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I couldn't finish this one.

I thought the first Shake Bouchon book, Gutshot Straight, was pretty good. The character is interesting. However, the second book verges on gibberish. There is an old guy named Quinn, who talks so much that you really want him to STFU. Shake has opened a restaurant in Belize, and is in debt to a humongous loan shark named Baby Jesus. The restaurant is shot up and explodes. There is a bad-guy couple, and an FBI lady who is a good guy. I enjoy almost anything that Edoardo Balerini reads, but even a good narrator can't do much for a mediocre book. Like putting lipstick on a pig, as someone said. I gave up about two thirds of the way through. You might enjoy the first book by Lou Berney, but this one is not worth your time.

4 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Performance of Narrator Loses Story

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Berney's second book is not as developed as his first and his selection of narrator almost renders book unreadable (hard to listen to).

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The return of the characters from the first book--Shake, Gina, and Jasper. They were fully developed in the first book and return with half their personality but I'm glad to see them again.

What didn’t you like about Jeff Gurner’s performance?

Everything. He doesn't distinguish between characters, doesn't grasp Shake's emotional tones and ruins the relationship between Gina and Shake. The characters blend together as there is little emphasis and nuances between them. Bad narrator.

Any additional comments?

It's sad to see an author's second book stray so far from his first work.

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  • Arthur
  • CORONA, CA, United States
  • 03-12-13

Entertaining,

Where does Whiplash River rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The book was entertaining and a bit humerus at times.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Not just one character, Shake and Gina together are quite an adventurous couple. I would love another Shake/Gina book.

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

Great job in bringing the book to life.