• Troubleshooters: The Longest Joke Ever Told

  • By: Ian Thomas Healy
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Patrella
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 01-15-18
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Local Hero Press, LLC
  • 4 out of 5 stars 3.8 (18 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Live fast, die young, leave a good-looking corpse.
Such is the credo of the modern mercenary in the economic downturn of the late 2040s. Three such antiheroes are brought together by a billionaire for a unique search-and-retrieval mission. If they succeed, they'll walk away free and clear with a big fat payday. But if they fail... Well, things will go badly for them. Their quest will take them to the far corners of the Earth, from central Australia to Brazil to the Eastern European micronation of Borlovia, all in search of one of the world's rarest treasures: the elusive and collectible TIS bottle. Three bottles, three chances to succeed...or fail. What could possibly go wrong?
©2011 Ian Thomas Healy (P)2018 Ian Thomas Healy
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5 out of 5 stars
By MANI on 06-19-18


An interesting book with a strong plot and lots of action. I can almost guarantee you won't see the ending coming! Highly recommended for all fans of this genre.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Daniel O. on 02-06-18

Enjoyable listen, great cyberpunk heist story

I loved the story and the cyberpunk world was just what I was looking for. I'm a sucker for a good heist story and the cyberpunk twist reminded me of other Sci-Fi I have enjoyed (Shadowrun, Bladerunner, Ghost in the Shell off the top of my head).

Personal preference warning: content-wise, I was okay with the language and violence. It felt like it fit my interpretation of the characters and the world. The sexual content was fine for the most part but a lot of it felt a bit on the vulgar / "in your face" side which, in my opinion, distracted from an otherwise great story. I would have preferred those scenes to be either implied or much more subtle in delivery. If you are willing to overlook this (or make use of the skip forward button) then I think you will enjoy this story.

A couple things detracted from the overall experience. Some scenes were described in a way that felt a bit repetitious (e.g. descriptions of some of the action sequences). The above mentioned handling of sex scenes also were distracting. It's hard to say whether it came down to the writing or the narration of said scenes...

With that said, I DID enjoy the story overall and the narration was acceptable with some minor delivery gripes. Despite my criticisms I would definitely consider listening to more novels by Ian Thomas Healy and narration from Nicholas Patrella.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Norma Miles on 03-27-18

I hate working for free.

I requested a copy of Troubleshooters via Audiobook Boom, when I saw it was read by Nicholas Patrella, a narrator who has never disappointed me yet. And this is one of his best. So, my profound thanks to the rights holder for freely gifting me a complimentary copy.

Simple synopsis - Three loners, amongst the best in their fields (assassin, hacker and monowheel driver ) but down on their luck as far as well paid employment is concerned, team up for a really well paid commission: to steal a glass bottle for a mega-rich collector. There are only three of theses bottles left in existence. He wants one of them and the other two destroyed. Sounds simple except these other bottles are in the collections of a bishop in South America, a king of a trifling European country, and another billionaire in central Australia which has sealed itself off from the rest of the world. All will be hard to get at and heavily guarded. But think of the money....

Almost non stop action, explosions and fighting mixed with great characters, humerous dialogue and a few brief episodes of remarkable sexual tension. All performed by the remarkable Mr.Patrella whose pace matching, perfectly interpreted text reading ramps up excitement or slows down the tempo with full understanding as the story evolves. Each character is individually voiced, inflection and even accents delivered (near) flawlessly, non-English phrases rolling out effortlessly, too. His narration lifts an already fast and fun book into something no reader will want to put down.

This is a book I am happy to recommend to any adult reader who enjoys written larger than life unusual action, with a big slice of imagination and humour and quirky characters. It's very visual and enormous in it's range both across the world and even into space.
Hope there will be more coming soon.

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