Smile Now, Cry Later : Chuck Restic

  • by Paul MacDonald
  • Narrated by Paul Dake
  • Series: Chuck Restic
  • 6 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The first book in a new detective series that just might make you quit your day job.
Chuck Restic hates his job. A 20-year career working in the risk-averse world of human resources for a large corporation has left him comfortably numb...and incredibly bored.
So when a coworker goes missing without a trace, Chuck ventures out of the confines of his Los Angeles skyscraper into the great city down below. His search for the missing man leads him from the shady underworld of Armenian mobsters to the billion-dollar land developments that serve as the lifeblood of the city. Murder lurks at every turn.
Chuck's HR background proves more valuable as a moonlighting private detective than it does in the office. Chuck may not be your typical detective (he prefers a passive-aggressive approach over the old-fashioned fisticuffs kind) but he is amusingly effective at solving crimes.
The Chuck Restic series is a fun romp that mashes traditional mystery with a scathing send-up of corporate America.


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Customer Reviews

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A Great Mystery That Has It All

I really enjoyed my time with this book! It's an interesting mystery story with an unlikely 'detective' that will keep you guessing. It has a great, wry sense of humor which the narrator delivers beautifully. It kept me gripped until the very end.

The plot and characters were very engaging. The mystery has depth and the characters feel like real people that I want to get to know more about. Also, the author's detailed descriptions of the Los Angeles area really helped give a strong sense of place.

The narrator does a great job. His style is pretty even and the characters don't have an extreme amount of variation in how they sound, but it works very well for tone of the story and there was just enough characterization to tell the voices apart without sounding over the top.

I'd recommend this to anyone who likes a mystery, especially if they like a good dash of humor mixed in.
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- Ray M Greenley

Deja Vu... all over again!

Where does Smile Now, Cry Later rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Certainly one of my favorites... top 10%... hence the FIVE stars!

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Actually, yes... if you can call the "edge of my seat" that craving for more... like an Italian grandma's lasagna. Each chapter brings a segment to a proper close... but leaves you wanting to move quickly to the next...not unlike a highly successful TV series.

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

No. This is the first book I've heard narrated by Paul Dake. He's quite good, though! He brings the book... and it's deadpan humor... to life in a way that makes listening easier than with the garden-variety, generic audio-book. Like a great umpire in a World Series game... the spectacle goes perfectly without anyone realizing his presence. That's the sign of a job well done.

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

Definitely a laugher... even the serious mystery within is laced with a certain brand of dry, corporate sarcasm and irony that took me back to me days in the world of my first big company... which shall remain nameless... however their initials are IBM. Very funny.

Any additional comments?

Good story... good performance... Entertainment achieved.

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- Merlinfan

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-09-2015
  • Publisher: Paul MacDonald Inc