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Blabbermouth (A Brit Moran Mystery) by [Travis, Joel]
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Length: 294 pages Word Wise: Enabled

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About the Author

Joel Travis was educated at the University of Texas at Austin (B.S. in Advertising), and the University of Texas at Dallas (M.S. in Management and Administrative Sciences). His novel, Blabbermouth, was a Top 100 Semifinalist (out of 5,000) for the 2008 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. He lives in Dallas.

Product Details

  • File Size: 475 KB
  • Print Length: 294 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1456467700
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: December 25, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004H8GUQ4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #811,260 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Michael E. Read on March 30, 2011
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I was referred to this book by a friend as I am a voracious reader, everything from historical biographies to a breadth of genres and mass-market paperback novelists. I am quite particular about what I like in a novel, and have gotten fed up with the formulaic pablum that well-known (and well-paid!) authors like James Patterson and John Grisham churn out. Finding a gem in the form of an original plot, interesting (if incredibly off-beat) characters, and, best of all--witty, understated dialogue--is an occasion to cherish.

All of the above I found in Joel Travis' first novel, "Blabbermouth". Having read as many poorly thought out novels as I have, I am a skeptic until proven otherwise; having said that, I was hooked after reading the first 4-5 teaser pages found on the Amazon website. It was the dialogue that drew me in, and I was not disappointed after buying the book and getting past those first few pages.

This is an wonderful read, good characters (most of them in serious need of professional help of one sort or another!), and outstanding dialogue, the latter reminiscent of one of my favorite authors, Elmore Leonard. Or an even better analogy--remember the characters and dialogue in Joseph Heller's "Catch-22"?

This is a very entertaining and enjoyable book. Reading inside the back cover, apparently it finished in the top 100 out of 5000 entered in a 2008 first novel contest...if this was only in the top 100, it makes me want to seek out many other finalists as they also must be great reads.
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Very entertaining read - hilarious and compelling. The writer has a style which kept me laughing the whole way through the book. At first I thought it would be just a funny novel but as the "plot thickened" the mystery and intrigue deepened. Travis is for real and the Brit Moran character needs to live on. Can't wait for his next escapade. I'm not crazy about the book cover - it doesn't really relate to the content of the book and I'm afraid too many people will be turned away by the connotation.

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I was lured in by the title, "Blabbermouth", hooked from the first line of the book, "I should be dead," and thoroughly entertained from that point forward. This author's style of writing is one that makes you keep saying to yourself, "I'll read one more chapter and then I'll stop," but you can't stop reading! Brit, the main character and narrator, has a warped perspective which makes his thoughts extremely funny to read. There's one humorous situation after another such as Brit's predicament about not knowing how much time he has left for his dying remarks. The writing is filled with clever lines such as his description of the gentlemen's club as a place where he knew the girls (Venus, Sassy, Feather, etc.) on a first name basis and where convicts would go "trying to get a fresh start." The conversation with the "fun dimwit" in the club is indeed lots of fun as she explains to Brit her perspective on why the drinks are expensive and makes many more outrageous comments. My husband read this also and I heard him laughing out loud, most likely, during this dialogue. In my opinion, the humor is what makes the writing of this author stand out from the rest.
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I really enjoyed this book and hope there will be more featuring this crew in the future. I have been duped many times by cover blurbs that raved about a book being hilarious or laugh out loud funny when it turned out to be neither. I laughed multiple times while reading this one. The protagonist is maladroit throughout and his self-image far outstrips his real performance but you kind of like him anyway. The supporting characters are a bit thin but this is a one man show from the beginning. The central crime and how the main character actually falls into the solution at the last minute is interesting. I really liked it. It's a breezy, fun read.
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This is one of the funniest mystery novels I've read in a long time! I guess I would have to compare Brit Moran most closely with Stephanie Plum or Elvis Cole, except he seems to have an enormous ego that knows no bounds! I had to shake my head a few times in disbelief and ask myself "Did he really say that?" If you want suspense and a scary read look elsewhere, but if you want to escape the blues and laugh out loud from beginning to end, this is the perfect read! I'd also like to add that the editing was nearly perfect, which always enhances my kindle reading experience!
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Not a "Cozy Mystery", so why judge it as one? The main Character is an obnoxious self absorbed male chauvinist. The depth of oblivion to others around him, is a great part of his Charm, and the books humor.
Other reviewers need to lighten up. If you want a Harlequin Romance Mystery, then by all means, read one. But don't compare, and give a "One Star" rating, to a great book because it's not what YOU expected.
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Well thought out characterization, good story line, it was a nice enjoying read! Highly recommend! I believe this may be the authors debut book? I have read many books since, but hats off for a success!
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This novel is an entertaining read. Brit could not be more clueless and obtuse. HOWEVER, THAT is what makes the book work so well. Here we finally have a detective novel wherein the "dectective" does not have special ops training (or access to one who does), he does not have a team of anyone trained in anything that can assist him with anything useful (except a 30 year old car and a few coins). There are not convenient "miracles" to save the day. Ashton Kutcher could not "punk" anyone as well as Murphy does with his laws on Brit.

Brit is an ego maniac whose feelings of self worth/import lend so much humor one cannot help but laugh as if watching old "Honeymooners" and "Carol Burnett" and "I Love Lucy" with some stooges; stan & laurel tossed in. This is a refreshing debut novel from a writer who I look forward to reading again. I await his next installment (hopefully) of this "detective" series. But I will give anything else he writes a go as well.
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