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Live fast, die young, leave a good-looking corpse.

Such is the credo of the modern mercenary in the economic downturn of the late 2040s. Three such antiheroes are brought together by a billionaire for a unique search-and-retrieval mission. If they succeed, they'll walk away free and clear with a big fat payday. But if they fail... Well, things will go badly for them. Their quest will take them to the far corners of the Earth, from central Australia to Brazil to the Eastern European micronation of Borlovia, all in search of one of the world's rarest treasures: the elusive and collectible TIS bottle. Three bottles, three chances to succeed...or fail. What could possibly go wrong?

©2011 Ian Thomas Healy (P)2018 Ian Thomas Healy

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Enjoyable listen, great cyberpunk heist story

I loved the story and the cyberpunk world was just what I was looking for. I'm a sucker for a good heist story and the cyberpunk twist reminded me of other Sci-Fi I have enjoyed (Shadowrun, Bladerunner, Ghost in the Shell off the top of my head).

Personal preference warning: content-wise, I was okay with the language and violence. It felt like it fit my interpretation of the characters and the world. The sexual content was fine for the most part but a lot of it felt a bit on the vulgar / "in your face" side which, in my opinion, distracted from an otherwise great story. I would have preferred those scenes to be either implied or much more subtle in delivery. If you are willing to overlook this (or make use of the skip forward button) then I think you will enjoy this story.

A couple things detracted from the overall experience. Some scenes were described in a way that felt a bit repetitious (e.g. descriptions of some of the action sequences). The above mentioned handling of sex scenes also were distracting. It's hard to say whether it came down to the writing or the narration of said scenes...

With that said, I DID enjoy the story overall and the narration was acceptable with some minor delivery gripes. Despite my criticisms I would definitely consider listening to more novels by Ian Thomas Healy and narration from Nicholas Patrella.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Healy puts crack in the popcorn with this novel.

What did you love best about Troubleshooters: The Longest Joke Ever Told?

Many stories that have an adversarial artificial intelligence would use it as the main story line. The same with corrupt religious leaders, rampaging cyborgs, out of control hackers and drug deals gone bad.
In Troubleshooters, these themes are mere story arcs.
Healy keeps taking you higher.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Angel, the assassin dominates the story and holds your attention at gun point. She focuses the action and characters at just about every part of the novel. Even when others antics are center stage such as Camaro's chase near the beginning, the action lands at Angels feet. Angels energy pushes the story right to the punchline.

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

I can't recall any other works I have heard narrated by Nicholas Patrella, but he did a good job differentiating the characters tonally. His performance helped carry the story along. His energy in the action sequences, especially, riveted your attention.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

I could see Troubleshooters as a movie or better yet a miniseries. The international venues and exotic tech would give each episode a different focus. The series has action, gadgets and a bag of chips.

Any additional comments?

"I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

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Hold onto your hat...

Grab on to something sturdy, and hold on to your hat... You're about to be blown away by this blockbuster of a tale!
This is an action packed heist story, which is a trope that I've come to realize is one of my favorites... I love that edge-of-the-seat, spine tingling sensation I get when the characters go for the prize (Please Don't Get Caught, DON'T GET CAUGHT). And it gets me every time!
This is the story of Angel, sometimes know as Angel of Death, she is a kick-butt, no nonsense hit-man, er, hit-woman, who happens to be down on her luck for the moment. She takes a job sight unseen, and she is told that she'll  need a team. Her 1st  recruit is Haiwee, a kick-butt hacker. For her Wheelman,  she enlists Camaro, a monowheel racer who just possibly has more balls than brains... With her team chosen she's ready to discover what she has gotten them into... and it's gonna take all 3 of 'em if they want to complete the job and collect a 9 million dollar payoff!
I loved the audio edition of Troubleshooters. The narrator, Nicholas Petrella, handled all the characters and accents with aplomb... and I actually laughed out loud, because at times Nicholas sounded more like a spectator (not a reader) who's actually watching the events as they unfold, exactly like that excitement a sportscaster conveys as they describe the high speed, bumper to bumper, adrenaline driven antics of the drivers in a Formula 1 race!
And the ending... Wow! Lets just say it slayed me... I really hope the future brings us more stories in this series. Go team Troubleshooters!

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Troubleshooters

An interesting book with a strong plot and lots of action. I can almost guarantee you won't see the ending coming! Highly recommended for all fans of this genre.

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Unexpected!

Nothing about this novel met my expectations, not such a bad think with the interesting characters and the plot that twists and turns in many different directions. The plot was interesting, the characters original, the narration was a bit off the mark in some places. Overall, decent book. Worth a listen, but not worth listening to more that once.

This book was provided at no cost for a fair and honest review.

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Fun, adventure. Relatable Characters

I received this book for free in exchange for a voluntarily unbiased review.

I enjoyed this book. Characters were fun. The sex scenes were kind of out of place though but found it fun and actually started to like the characters.

The weak part was the narration. Not enough range and he got too excited aounding in some parts which I assume was on purpose but was too much to me. It just took me out if the atory at times. The final battle though he wad much better by then though as I got used to his style. Not enough for me to avoid him im future books though. This should not turn you off from picking this book up as the ending was rather different.

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Big egos and cups

Before moving in to the review I must warn that I felt this book is geared to more of a mature audience. I found myself growing more and more engaged with this story the further I got into it. At the start I was unsure about it. This book is so fast paced you will fall off your seat. This story takes place in a future world where anything that could go wrong for our characters does. The preview of this book does a great job hyping the book up and for the most part it did not disappoint. I for one, love a good treasure hunt and in a roundabout sort of way this one is just that, it just has many other things incorporated that make it a story you will either love or hate. Tons of action mixed in with some humour and a little sexual content make the bulk of this story. I really liked the future outlook of this world as you get to travel to a few different countries/ cities worldwide. Another thing I liked was the characters… most of the time. Their super huge egos were off the wall and brought a range of emotions to me throughout the book. The narration of this one was very good but really different from others performances I have enjoyed in the past. The production was good and there was a lot of tone and voices used for each character. The one thing that was different was the pace and speed the book was read at. It reminded me of a sports caster trying to keep up with a really quick play while not missing a beat. It caught me off guard at first but it grew on me and I liked it more and more as the story went on. Overall, for my first book by this author and first performance by this narrator it was an enjoyable experience. Will they both be climbing to the top of my watch out for… probably not but this does not mean I would not try another work from both. I was provided a review copy of this audiobook via Audiobook Boom in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affected my opinion of this work.

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High octane cyber thrill ride. Makes no apologies.

In the future, where one takes any job that will pay, a kick-butt mercenary is recruited by an off-world-dwelling gazillionaire who wants to complete his rare bottle collection. Angel takes the job and assembles her team. They travel to distant parts of the globe in search of their bounty and find themselves entangled in heaps of trouble (and sometimes each other!). With only a little time, and on a limited, albeit generous budget, they'll need to get creative to complete their quest without losing their lives in the process.

Troubleshooters is a scifi-infused, high octane cyber adventure, full of thrills and over-confident egos. It's a story you'll either love or sort-of dislike. Some reviewers have been distracted or turned off by the author's presentation of sexual content. For me it was simply an aspect of each character's personality, whether I'm meant to like it or not. I digress, but I did enjoy the interesting contexts in which the word ''burps'' was used.

Nicholas Patrella keeps the story moving forward at breakneck speed with his uber-energetic narration. He delivers rapid-fire play-by-play commentary like a 1940s radio announcer covering a live sports event. Overall, I had a lot of fun listening to Troubleshooters, and will gladly listen to more from this author and narrator.

I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge. My review is unbiased and the opinions expressed herein are 100% my own.

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Nice story, but didn't like some parts

Where does Troubleshooters: The Longest Joke Ever Told rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I listen to a lot of audio books, and Troubleshooters would probably take 40th place

What did you like best about this story?

I really liked narration

What about Nicholas Patrella’s performance did you like?

He is great at delivering the story and changing voice where needed

Any additional comments?

One thing a didn't like is obscene parts, like we don't need to hear how hard her nipples were and stuff like that, that's why I gave it 4 out of 5

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I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

I thought the narration was amazing but the story was lacking depth. Overall it was a good listen.

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  • Norma Miles
  • 03-27-18

I hate working for free.

I requested a copy of Troubleshooters via Audiobook Boom, when I saw it was read by Nicholas Patrella, a narrator who has never disappointed me yet. And this is one of his best. So, my profound thanks to the rights holder for freely gifting me a complimentary copy.

Simple synopsis - Three loners, amongst the best in their fields (assassin, hacker and monowheel driver ) but down on their luck as far as well paid employment is concerned, team up for a really well paid commission: to steal a glass bottle for a mega-rich collector. There are only three of theses bottles left in existence. He wants one of them and the other two destroyed. Sounds simple except these other bottles are in the collections of a bishop in South America, a king of a trifling European country, and another billionaire in central Australia which has sealed itself off from the rest of the world. All will be hard to get at and heavily guarded. But think of the money....

Almost non stop action, explosions and fighting mixed with great characters, humerous dialogue and a few brief episodes of remarkable sexual tension. All performed by the remarkable Mr.Patrella whose pace matching, perfectly interpreted text reading ramps up excitement or slows down the tempo with full understanding as the story evolves. Each character is individually voiced, inflection and even accents delivered (near) flawlessly, non-English phrases rolling out effortlessly, too. His narration lifts an already fast and fun book into something no reader will want to put down.

This is a book I am happy to recommend to any adult reader who enjoys written larger than life unusual action, with a big slice of imagination and humour and quirky characters. It's very visual and enormous in it's range both across the world and even into space.
Hope there will be more coming soon.

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