Violations of Causality

  • by Herb Guggenheim
  • Narrated by Joe Hempel
  • 5 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A tawdry tale of love, lust, and murder!
Professor Harold Berwyn has just been brutally murdered, but graduate creative writing student Skip Gershwin is too self-absorbed to care. His chief preoccupations are finding a girlfriend and becoming a famous American poet. When he meets Gudrun Frege, a brilliant Austrian au pair, it appears that his girlfriend problems are over. But he is soon lured into a torrid love affair by ultra-seductive art student Lana Fish. As Skip's romantic entanglements spiral out of control, the criminal investigation into Berwyn's murder turns white-hot. When federal agents knock on his door, Skip discovers that he himself is the number-one suspect.

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What the Critics Say

"I started reading this book, taking it as a straightforward mystery with a little romance - but I soon discovered it was so much more. This is a witty, thoughtfully written satire. I found myself laughing out loud at the outrageousness of some of the characters. (Won't spoil the fun by saying who.) The story succeeds on multiple levels, entertaining while imparting a little wisdom now and again. Love the academic world setting. I'll be looking for more from this author." (Kathryn Johnson, author of The Gentleman Poet)

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Madcap Comedy With Sci-Fi Element!


Violations of Causality takes place in an academic environment straight from the 80's, with unique elements, that combines mystery, science fiction, humor and a little romance. It's been along time since I thought about cassette tapes, Tab soda, Trimline phones, Jimmy Carter etc. However, this book will certainly immerse you with many details from the 80's!

While the story is described as a murder mystery, it's more of a madcap comedy, and the suspense surrounding the motive for the murder, the device that defies physics, and how Skip's going to pull off seeing two women at one time was entertaining, and amusing to hear unfold.

Joe Hempel did a outstanding job narrating, and was a great fit for the main character. I liked how he used different accents, and tones to portray the various characters and emotions. It was easy to distinguish between the characters.

I received this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.
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- Cheri "I'm a Romance Junkie! Love Whispersycn Deals! Tips I use: Sort reviews Most Recent; play with narration speed, some narrators sound better."

Don't read the reviews. Jump right in.

So glad that I hadn't read the reviews before starting the book. Because of this, the comedic elements of the book came as a welcome surprise. I had to go back to the book's audible page to check the genre it was classified in. :P

This book has everything for a good time pass - thrill, suspense and comedic relief. Time well spent.

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.
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- Bikram Agarwal "Listening to audiobooks for few hours everyday since the start of 2017."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-09-2016
  • Publisher: Herbert S. Guggenheim