The Shoulders of Giants

  • by Jim Cliff
  • Narrated by Michael David Axtell
  • 6 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A missing girl. A ruthless killer. A rookie P.I.
Jake Abraham is a child of the 80s, brought up by Jim Rockford, Thomas Magnum and three beautiful girls who worked for a man named Charlie. He's loving his new job as a Private Investigator and already has his first client - a disgraced former police captain whose daughter has disappeared.
When the girl shows up dead, Jake is drawn into a dangerous world of organised crime, police corruption, infidelity and serial murder.
With a terrified city in the grip of a killer who's always one step ahead of the police, how can a raw young P.I. hope to make a difference?
The Shoulders of Giants is a fun, fast paced thriller in the mold of Raymond Chandler and Robert B. Parker.

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This could be the start of a really good series

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. It's a quick read/listen. Good fast pace and can easily be listened to in a day.


What other book might you compare The Shoulders of Giants to and why?

I would probably compare this tithe Jude Hardin "Nicholas Colt" books. The main character in this is not quite so wreckless but still daring.


Which character – as performed by Michael David Axtell – was your favorite?

I thought Michael David Axtell did a good job with the whole book. No complaints.


Any additional comments?

I probably would have made this book a little longer and fleshed out the main character (Jake Abramson) a little more, provided more background etc. I think there was enough of a story here to do that. But... I do think this was a good book. Certainly contained enough mystery and suspense as well as a few antagonists making the reader guess right up to the final chapters "who done it".
I am hoping this writer will continue with this character, I think it could turn into a really good PI series.
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- shelley

Predictable yet Fun – Mystery Style

Summary: Jake Abraham’s a wet-behind-the-ears PI with an office and one heck of a first case. It fell to him because nobody else will touch it.

Additional Comments:
- I heard the audiobook version, and I think that made all the difference. The narrator pulls off the unassuming, still learning PI vibe very well. The first person perspective serves well here.
- I’m going to use quotation marks even though I might be paraphrasing here: “… unless she was held against her will or dead against her will.” That’s the kind of humor you can expect from this book. You either love it or hate it.
- The bad guy’s not particularly believable, but that’s typical of these sorts of books. Jake zeros in on the bad guy pretty handily even though nobody else will believe him.
- Things sort of just work out, but Jake’s lovable all the same. I think there’s room for his character to grow and sharpen his skills.
- The title still doesn’t make much sense to me, but I’m going to chalk that up just one of those things.
- Content warning: off-screen sex, some curses, including a half dozen f-bombs
- Narration – 5/5
- Story – 4/5
- Characterization – 4.5/5

Conclusion: Jake Abraham’s a PI you may want to keep an eye on. He’s going to have many exciting adventures ahead.
*I received a free copy of the audiobook. This did not influence me in any way, and I chose to leave a review.
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- Julie

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-18-2014
  • Publisher: Jim Cliff