Tripping the Night Fantastic

Narrated by: Alan R. Gron
Length: 4 hrs and 45 mins
4 out of 5 stars (25 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Tripping the Night Fantastic is essentially a whodunit, but one that is far from the traditional. There is a murder, there is a sleuth, and there is a solution, but in tone and humour it is somewhere between House, M.D. and Trainspotting

Charlie Deavon is a British author who meets a fan (the sexually troublesome Amelia Heart) in a pub. The following morning she is found dead. 

The main suspect in the case is Simon, Charlie's agent. Having avoided the police, Charlie, Simon, and the local bartender try to solve the case together. The three men, what with the stress of it all, turn to a new drug called Merlin, which allows them to control and share hallucinations. 

From then on, they trip and hallucinate their way through to the story's conclusion. 

Charlie and co. like to drink. Only they don't so much go for a drink as go for a splash. They wallow in it like mad fish. It really is no way to go about solving crimes.

©2012 Andrew Chapman (P)2018 Andrew Chapman

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Hilarious interactions between characters

I received this book for free 4 months ago and never really bothered to listen. That was a mistake. This book is pure comedy and I especially enjoyed the antics by the trio. I only wished the story went a little deeper or had a better twist. Still, it was a very fun listen and I had to stifle my laughers few times to avoid being persecuted by my wife.

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Laugh your sox off with this farce!

addiction, alcohol-issues, bad-puns, British-humor, England, farce, hilarious, laugh-riot, lawyers, satire, situational-humor, snarky, verbal-humor, whodunit

Unlace the corset and laugh your sox off! While there are elements of a whodunit, that's just the vehicle for this farcical laugh riot guaranteed to get your mind off of the creditors. Absolutely hilarious! I loved it!
I also love the dry/tongue in cheek delivery of narrator Alan R Gron!

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So Much Fun!!

Such a fun, fast paced book. I was feeling kinda...ick yesterday so I really wasn't in the mood for a real long and wordy book when I picked this book. And this book was exactly what I was in the mood for. It was light and funny. It helped get me out of my own head for a little while. Exactly what a good book should do! The narration was also excellent! I definitely hope to read from him! <3

This audiobook was given to me at my request. I am providing a voluntary review:

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Tripping the night

I tried to like it, but got confused.Tripping was basically taking a drug and messing up one or more lives in a twisted fashion.I liked some parts.Alan R Gron was an okay narrator. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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The Hangover+an acid trip

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

This is one of those books that kind of puts you at a loss for words. It was funny, and I enjoyed it, but I'm not sure I can really explain why. The best I can come up with is a comparison, to The Hangover, but that doesn't really do it justice. Imagine getting a story from someone on an acid trip about a previous night of drugs and partying, and that sort of gets you there. If you've ever been the DD at a party and enjoyed watching the drunks be drunks I think you'll enjoy this.

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Hilarious and fun!

When I heard what they added to the drugs to hallucinate I almost spit out my drink that I was enjoying while reading lol. Tripping the Night Fantasic takes you on a mystery ride to find out what happened to Amelia. I love how the author made it a fun book and not just another bland mystery! I received this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Definitely a trip

Full disclosure: Received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

This review may have some SPOILERS.

Just a warning: this book can be offensive to some. This is why:
The main character is named Charlie and he is on a self destruction streak. He is an alcoholic, becomes a drug addict, is a womanizer, and curses a lot.
The only somewhat decent guy in the book is an absolute tool... then turns indecent as well.

There are some humorous moments and cringe worthy moments and several moments where you wonder if the author himself was under the influence of recreational substances when writing the book.
I would only recommend this book to people that are curious about or would enjoy listening to the episodes of an alcoholic, womanizing, drug addict.

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this book was given to me at my request for review

this was an okay book, not a favorite. the best part was when Charlie and Kepe broke Simon out of jail by dressing up as a cop

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Not a "trip I could take

Tripping the Night Fantastic
Author: Andrew Chapman
Narrator: Alan R. Gron
Listening Time: 4 hours 45 minutes




Disclaimer: "This Audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost, in exchange for an unbiased honest review."

I always like to preface any reviews I give with this information.

I am a 68 year old female who has been an avid reader since I was around 10 or 11 years old.
I read primarily for pleasure.
I have a great many interests and do a lot of research for personal pleasure and knowledge as well.


This review is for the audiobook version.

After 2 hours and 13 minutes I had to stop listening to this audiobook as I found it so offensive I could not listen to it any farther. While I expected it might be a little more graphic story than the type of audiobook I usually listen to, I found that when the usage of sheep semen mixed with cocaine is dried, and then snorted, and then later a person is drugged without their knowledge, that was pretty close to the limit of my tolerance.

The bottom line was when the "men" in this story started treating a woman like a piece of meat.

Not my kind of book in any way, shape or form.


I can't recommend this book to anyone.

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Fun stoner book

You know stoner films? This is a stoner book. If you like movies like Harold and Kumar, The Big Lebowski, etc, you’ll love this book. It’s very original, and the presence of the experimental drug Merlin makes things much more fun and gives the author room to play around. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. My only complaint is that all the female characters are pretty much exclusively sex objects.

For the first few minutes, I thought the narration was awkward. Later on, I came to the conclusion that the narrator was actually perfect for this book. He does a great job of distinguishing the characters with different voices, and silly characters get appropriately silly voices.

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

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  • Rachel Howells
  • 06-20-18

Listen, laugh and enjoy! What a great audiobook!

Excellently narrated! I read the book and as soon as it became available on audiobook grabbed the opportunity to download.
It’s a great plot and you are totally caught up in the characters and their stories.

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  • Norma Miles
  • 08-21-19

Like a severe motorway like up.

Like the title, Tripping the Night Fantastic, this tale of three friends is a slight remove from normal and the title says it all. Yes, it is a murder mystery of sorts but that is really the least of this short novel. Charlie is an author but also he's a drunk. Has been since the death of his daughter. He doesn't much like drugs, but to him 'alcohol is not a drug. It's a drink', but his friend Keep, who runs the Basement, is rather fond of experimenting. Charlie's editor/agent friend, Simon, is persuaded by his wife, Jane, to invite him for dinner and Charlie arrives with his self acclaimed greatest fan, Amelia, who'd really like to be in a film....

It's good, crazy drug fuelled conversation and action , of sorts, and wonderfully chaotic with a strange logic of it's own. The author interupts, at times, in explanation (as to why Jane and Simon do not have a dog, for example) which further adds to the glorious machinations of the story. Great fun, provided sex and drugs are bothersome to the reader. In contrast to the ever increasing silliness of the story, the narration is a straightforwardly calm and measured English accented reading, nicely performed by Alan R.Gron.

Yes, it is a bit of a strange one, not what I had expscted, but enjoyable. And different. My thanks to the rights holder of Tripping the Night Fantastic who, at my request, freely gifted me with a complimentary copy, via Audiobook Boom.
And such a good title.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-23-19

light easy funny listen

really comic at times, implausible at others and just generally fun throughout. Not to be taken seriously at all.

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  • Mark Say
  • 02-02-20

Trippy book

If the film the Hangover had a drunken romantic liaison with Superbad without using any contraception and nine months later after a particularly morning sickness heavy pregnancy the progeny may turn out to be this book!

It starts out not too crazy where we meet Charlie a functionally alcoholic writer suffering from a case of writer's block but having done quite well from his previous work.

Charlie's long suffering agent tries to get him on TV to discuss his book and take part in some casting decisions regarding a film adaptation of his books, things decline into madness probably well before then but not before we meet Keep the barkeeper.

There's no easy way to describe this book that doesn't really know what it is, it's a murder mystery at heart but the murder and the solving of the murder seems almost secondary to the other crazy stuff that's going on.

Keep is also a bit of an amateur scientist designing amongst other things a new mind bending drug called Merlin which features heavily.

The story is told by I think Charlie but it could just as easily be a 'narrator' and this is one other facet of the book which confused me. Don't get me wrong I enjoyed the book, it was easy to listen to, entertaining and short enough for a quick read over the course of a couple of days commuting.

The narrator took about 30 minutes to get used to and I wasn't sure that the voices would stick throughout the book but they did and they grew on me, as they will grow on you!

The very end of the book left me thinking there may be a sequel which could go in an entirely new yet no less bizzare direction.

If you at all enjoy crazy, drink and drug fueled adventures that don't take themselves too seriously then you will enjoy this.

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  • Stewart Webb
  • 01-16-20

Not For Me

I had high Hopes for this book after reading the reviews and a clip. But alas not for me. The first half most of the characters are off thier heads on drink or drugs. No real story turns up until halfway through. and is a very, very feeble whodunnit. I found the attempts at humor not even remotely funny. I really hate giving bad reviews. However this time I'm afraid I have had to. Its going back. which at least you can do on Audible!