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Publisher's Summary

The name's Daniels, Jack Daniels - just like the whiskey you know. I'm a private detective. And I can't help butting my nose into other people's business. It's what I do. You get used to it. It becomes a way of life almost. After a while it comes natural to you, automatic, like breathing, or eating, although not quite as enjoyable. It's a habit that I just can't break. I just can't help it.

But sometimes it can lead you into trouble....

©2015 John Holt (P)2018 John Holt

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Good short story but bad narration

This was my first John Holt's book. This was a good story. The Private Detective, Jack Daniels, has a good sense of humor and his investigation was interesting. This was a short and fast pace story. Unfortunately, the narration wasn't easy to listen and the narrator's voice was much older than the Jack Daniels's 38 year old. Fortunately, I always read/listen and this was very helpful this time. In fact, I think it was better to only read this story. Hopefully, the narrator for the books 2 and 3 isn't the same. I'll definitely read and listen the next books in the Series. I received this free review copy audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

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Narration Hurts

The narration on this book was very difficult for me to listen to and took away so much from the book. I would have preferred reading this book compared to listening to it with Joe Voegler. The premise of Jack Daniels (name like the whiskey) finding a woman collapsed and covered in blood and not seeking police help seemed off. Yes he has lots of questions and is inquisitive being a PI, but who takes a stranger into their home under those circumstances. His questions are not fully answered, and yet the story has some great twists. I would listen to more books by this author, but unfortunately stay away from the narrator.

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Great start to this series

With a name like Jack Daniels, PI, you know this going to be an entertaining listen. John Holt has begun this series with a bang, having Jack investigating a case sure to bring him to final conclusion. When he meets Linda, and finds out her story, he finds out that she is leading him on a wild goose chase. But will he find out the real story? Daniels is a fun, spirited character, not afraid to put himself out there and takes the case through the twists and turns. I love how the story is in a dialogue fashion, so Daniels is telling us the story directly. It definitely makes this mystery a fun story. I did not find the narration of Joe Voegler very easy to listen to. His narration is not evenly paced, and the story to me sounds like he is in a tunnel giving it a hollow sound. A different narrator may have made the story "pop" more with this very entertaining character.

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  • norman
  • burlington, nc, United States
  • 02-10-18

Unique narrator

This is a clever and enjoyable little novella. The narrator has a unique voice, really bringing the central character to life.

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Not Quite Noir

The first few chapters were, admittedly off-putting, kind of a "trying too hard" effect created by the first-person "hero" over-explaining everything ad infinitum. But either the technique improved or I got sufficiently hooked into the actually quite clever plot to stop paying attention. Narrator (AUDIO) Joe Voegler gave the character a slightly whiny voice which worked perfectly with the persona being projected. This one is worth sticking with until the denouement!

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The Candy Man

The creativity of the author was nice and fun. I liked the twist of how the story turns out. And Jack Daniels is a fun character. I personally was not a fan of the narration. I think it took away for the story. The voice is very monotone and even tough its a short I found it hard to stay focused. Of course we all have different taste in what we like so listen to the sample and judge for yourself.

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Great Mystery!

I am really enjoying the writing style of John Holt. This is another wonderful short mystery! It was a little hard to get used to Joe Voegler' narration, but once I did it was OK.

I received this audio-book free for an honest review by the author, narrator, or publisher. Thank you!!!

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short and sweet

a short crime story during which you really have a feeling as if you would be watching tv series. really liked the way it starts as if explaining to me, talking to me. the story is short but has everything needed for a good crime story. the narration perfect, Joes voice is as made for reading this book.

if you are not sure but would like quick read/listen take this it will even make you smile :)

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Great private eye read..!

"Candy Man is entertaining and action-packed... from start to finish." 

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

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Cleverly done

The narrator did a great job with this book, the character voices are believable and the delivery is natural and smooth.

The story was quite clever, it kept me guessing and when the reveal happened I had not been expecting the outcome. Well written with intriguing characters, this book was an enjoyable read.

I received a free copy of this book from the author and/or narrator and/or publisher and I voluntarily wrote this honest review.

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  • Ostfeld
  • 09-13-18

Surprisingly really good !


So short and still John Holt was able to create an amazing story, I’m truly amazed.
Coupled with the narration by Joe Voegler who have done a good job at that made this audiobook truly enjoyable.


Fully recommended for all !!!




My honest review even so that I got this audiobook for free.

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  • James M Wood
  • 04-26-18

An enjoyable way to spend an evening

I downloaded this book on the recommendation of a dear friend a fiction crime writer.
Jack Daniels is a great character with a sense of fair play, an attitude that the fairer sex are to be protected, and an honest approach to life.
I did struggle sometimes with the heavy accent of Joe Vorgler who narrates this book, he has an almost wheezy voice and lisp.

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  • Norma Miles
  • 02-08-18

Didn't your mother ever warn you...?

This is one of those audiobooks where the melding of narrator and text is so seamless that it feels like the actual character is sitting across a bar table telling the listener his story. So well written, Jack Daniels, private detective, is alive, a bit careworn perhaps, but solid and real. He mostly investigates possible infidelities, 'spying' to garner evidence for a client's divorce. But he's also a bit of a reluctant good Samaritan, with a penchant for a pretty face. So when he sees a young woman in distress, he steps in to help.
Told as a somewhat self depreciating monologue, which at times slightly rambles off into other directions only to be pulled back again to the main story, all expertly performed by a soft spoken, world weary Joe Voegler, this short (under two hours) book nevertheless captures everything, time, place and, of course, Jack Daniels himself. No great peaks of excitement but instead emerges a simple tale of murder and deception which holds the listener throughout.

I had requested this book and was very.fortunate in being freely gifted a complementary copy by the rights holder, via Audiobook Boom. Thank you so much. It is a little gem and recommended to anyone who enjoys good detective Noire stories, with full characterisation at the forefront, complimented by a superb narration.