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Mind Scrambler

A John Ceepak Mystery
Narrated by: Jeff Woodman
Series: John Ceepak, Book 5
Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
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John Ceepak and Danny Boyle are making the rounds in Atlantic City when Danny runs into his former crush, Katie. She's working for a magician named Rock, and her life seems to be in better order than Boyle could have hoped for. But Ceepak and Boyle soon find themselves on another case when Katie is found strangled to death. It is up to Ceepak and Boyle to find out who killed her. Their lives and the lives of others depend on it.
©2009 Chris Grabenstein (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

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Danny's Turn to Shine.

Another wonderful chapter in this fun series. The narration by Jeff Woodman is as always excellent.

This series is a wonderful 'summer' read and I mean that in a very positive way. With so many detective/crime series, being so dark and heavy this series comes across as light and refreshing.

This story revolves more around Danny, following the murder of his close friend. As always great Springsteen quotes are used throughout the book. Highly recommended series.

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  • DMcClureDVM
  • 12-07-2009

Fun ride on the Mind Scrambler

I got into the John Ceepak series when I noticed it recommended as pick on Audible. I loved the Mad Mouse and just burned through the next three books in the series. I was looking forward to Mind Scrambler, anticipating the book would follow Ceepak's no good father to Ohio. Instead, we went to Atlantic City where Ceepak and Danny run into ex-girlfriend Katy. It is fun to follow the untwisting knot of relationships and motivations as they are revealed thread by thread. It is this understanding that Danny is beginning to understand. Danny is pressed to make decisions based on his assessments of the human beings. Danny's skill matures enough to enable him to bring John Ceepak from the edge of murdering someone himself.
The Audible recording is narrated by Jeff Woodman who does an outstanding job. I highly recommend the audible version of the entire series.

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  • David
  • 18-04-2010

Narrator is the star

The Cepak books are a little "one note" for my taste, but the plotting and local color are fun and for a light read they serve admirably.

Jeff Woodman does a spectacular job of narration. He nails dialects (is he really from New Jersey?) and provides a wonderful variety of character voices which entertain all on their own in addition to doing their basic job of letting us know who is speaking at any given time. He captures the spirit of the book perfectly and enhances it as well.

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  • Taylor Hodge
  • 08-04-2010

Typically Good...but

Another good Ceepak and Boyle mystery...however, this one was a little irrirating as the author had to get political and slam the previous administration and conservatives in a couple of not so obscure references. Grabenstein should stick to writing and keep the political agenda out of the book...especially when a man with the integrity of our hero, John Ceepak, would cringe at such stupid statements.

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  • Dr Dionne P Joseph
  • 30-06-2009

excellent, beautifully narrated

i thoroughly enjoyed this book. love the characters, always look forward to a new one in the series. jeff woodman surpassed himself with the narration. his voices for detective flynn and the gay dancers had me laughing out loud. A really good listen!

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  • Catherine J. Pondozzi
  • 15-08-2013

This Series is So Good

If you could sum up Mind Scrambler in three words, what would they be?

Best so far

What did you like best about this story?

It kept me interested throughout

Which character – as performed by Jeff Woodman – was your favorite?

Danny

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I sure did laugh at times

Any additional comments?

I like Chris Grabensteins books a lot

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  • Robert E. Orlando
  • 03-12-2013

Entertaining

Enjoyed the humor in this one. Good characters, interesting story. I kind of felt this was more of a Danny Boyle mystery than a John Ceepak tale, but that's really not a good or bad thing. I found the book similar in style and mood to other crime novels set in his region of the country, I was somewhat reminded of William Lashner's "Marked Man". Interesting... one reviewer complained about the author's "political sniping" If there was any of this going on, it was mild (and somewhat refreshing) and there were very few instances of it anyway. I can always enjoy a little poke at the right. If the author was truly political, he's have crucified Donald Trump. I'll read more by this author as long as the same narrator does the reading.

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  • Lyman
  • 02-08-2012

Good Mystery with light humor

What about Jeff Woodman’s performance did you like?

I believe he has the character spot on. Reminds me some of Parker's Spencer. Love that series.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

Any additional comments?

At first was thrown by the humor and thought might be for younger listeners. Glad I stuck with it. Went back and downloaded all the other books in the series. I'm a fan.

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  • Steve
  • 01-07-2009

Another great listen!

I have listened to all the Ceepak books since they first came out and this one didn't disappoint. I love how both Ceepak and Danny's characters continue to develop. And Jeff Woodman is awesome as usual!

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  • S. Rohan
  • 02-04-2010

My least favorite of the series

I've enjoyed Mr. Grabenstein's books however he needs to lose the political jabs and stick to writing amusing mysteries.

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  • Caren
  • 22-03-2010

Good entertainment if...

Really enjoyed his first book in this series and was delighted this one was a sale item. The narrator is great and provides a lot of humor while narrating the running commentary going on in the main character's head - definitely something we can all relate to! Would have given higher marks if I didn't have to suffer through the author's political sniping...just entertain me!

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  • Louisa Simpson
  • 07-09-2016

It just gets better!

I have now listened to five of the Ceepack Series, from the start. And I love how the characters develop and grow; using incredible story lines.

Danny Boyle started off as a green as they come Summer Cop; now despite his own view of himself, he is an incredibly talented police officer. And funny, sweet, yet slowly becoming more apt at his job. learning from his partner Ceepack.

As for Ceepack, wow. to start with he was simply his code; but as the novels go on, you start to see what made him the way he is. As well as shreds of a more human side.

if you haven't listened to the others yet; Tilter-Whirl, Mad Mouse, Whack-A - Mole and Hell Hole. Then listen to them first; you will have the privilege of getting to know these beautifully created characters, their loved ones. And the place they call home.

Mind Scrambler like all the other Ceepack Series not only addresses serious crimes in an aproachable and entertaining way. But also speaks for those suffering with PTSD after serving for their country.

I bow my head to both Chris Grabenstein and Jeff Woodman for bringing to life such an elegant and elaborate story.

Louisa Simpson.

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  • Mrs. Caroline Lee
  • 09-08-2019

Another Ceepak mysteries

This was another great book in the Ceepak mysteries series. Set outside of Seahavem with a dark storyline. Chris is great at providing rich details.

More character growth and left me wanting more.

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  • Lauren
  • 17-01-2017

Loved this story!

Excellent again as always in this series. very upset about I've of the deaths in particular but good story, lots of twists and turns. I've come to love Danny and Ceepak now. Not sure what I'll do when I get to the end of the series! They kind of feel like family!