Whiplash River : Shake

  • by Lou Berney
  • Narrated by Jeff Gurner
  • Series: Shake
  • 9 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Having left his life of crime behind, former getaway driver Charles "Shake" Bouchon has finally realized the dream of owning his own restaurant in Belize. Unfortunately, to do so he's had to go deep in debt to a murderous local drug lord named Baby Jesus. And when Shake thwarts an attempted hit on an elderly customer named Quinn, things go from bad to worse.
Next thing Shake knows, his restaurant's gone up in flames and he's on the run from Baby Jesus, two freelance assassins, and a beautiful but ferocious FBI agent. Out of options, Shake has to turn to the mysterious Quinn for help. Suddenly Shake's up to his neck in a dangerous score that he'll never pull off unless he can convince an even more dangerous ex-girlfriend to join him.

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great story featuring the unflappable Shake

Jeff Gurney is a great narrator and does a great job on this book. Unfortunately Edoardo Balerino's reading of the first Shake Bouchant mystery, Gutshot Straight, captured the main character so perfectly any substitute would look like Roger Moore to Sean Connery.

Nevertheless Whiplash River is good mystery featuring truly entertaining characters so well developed I felt like they were old friends. It is funny and plays like a great Elmore Leonard movie.
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- Charles Atkinson "Dept Q, Harry Hole... where are you?"

I couldn't finish this one.

I thought the first Shake Bouchon book, Gutshot Straight, was pretty good. The character is interesting. However, the second book verges on gibberish. There is an old guy named Quinn, who talks so much that you really want him to STFU. Shake has opened a restaurant in Belize, and is in debt to a humongous loan shark named Baby Jesus. The restaurant is shot up and explodes. There is a bad-guy couple, and an FBI lady who is a good guy. I enjoy almost anything that Edoardo Balerini reads, but even a good narrator can't do much for a mediocre book. Like putting lipstick on a pig, as someone said. I gave up about two thirds of the way through. You might enjoy the first book by Lou Berney, but this one is not worth your time.
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- Richard Delman "I am a 65-year-old psychologist, married for 25 years, with two sons who are 25 and 22. I love reviewing the books and the feedback I get."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-10-2012
  • Publisher: HarperAudio