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Summary

The first official novel from Game Grumps

Listen up, kid. My name is Dr. Cecil H.H. Mills. I’m the author of this book and many other ones that you might not have heard of. This book is about two idiot wannabe detective-types. Their names are J.J. and Valentine Watts, but I’m not sure if they’re actually brothers or not.

They make a friend; her name is Trudi de la Rosa. She’s a wannabe detective-type too, but honestly, she’s less of an idiot than the brothers.

The three of them team up to solve a mystery that takes place in a snowy chateau up in the mountains. It gets more complicated around chapter 11, but now you’ve got the main gist of it. The story’s full of intrigue and adventure and puzzles and light violence and some swear words. It’s really entertaining.

Just buy the book and start listening. You’ll understand everything about the Ghost Hunters Adventure Club very soon.

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GamegGrumps fan or not, you'll enjoy this

The story is really nothing to write home about, but the delivery of the jokes and the voice acting is top notch and deserves your time.

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Awesome

I loved everything about this book, from the way it was told to the twists and turns, to the way it broke the 4th wall and the attempt at accents.

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Fantastic all round

Absolutely hilarious despite how serious the good Dr. thought they were being. A worthy listen.

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Truly a master of his craft.

Dr. Cecil H.H. Mills is a brilliant author, he truly is this and last generations greatest wordsmith.

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Buy this book.

I would never usually read something like this, but after being gently persuaded into buying this book, I did. No regrets.

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Timeless author

Dr. Mills is an absolute gem of an author, magnificent performance, and cunning storytelling. Entertaining!

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was fun

it a great book it slow at first but worth it enjoy listening to it

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Fantastic!

I have a physical copy of the book and following along works great for autism

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Great!

Really fun story with a fantastic performance! Can't wait for more! I loved the characters.

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Ghost Hunter Hotel Grande

Narration great, Narrator great and Story... well that was fun :)

Ghost Hunters Adventure Club was the first audio book to bring me to Audible. The excitment brought by the Game Grumps team during their recent (at time of writing) stream showcasing the first few chapters of the book left a lasting impact that itched in my brain for days before quite suddenly I was listening to it eagerly one night.

The Cover: it's never good to judge a book by just its cover but when the cover bleeds nostalgia for something that you never even experienced, that is something special. I was taken to my imagined times of reading such books with similar covers when perusing the swap and share bookshelves at various camp and caravan sites I went to as a kid. Thinking of reading extravagant adventures and alluring mysteries, if I could ever get off my Game Boy. A lovely picture and very effective.

The Narration: Oh my! the narration was perfect in not being wholly perfect! there is a definite feeling of parody through love in this performance. Bold changes in voice for each character not completely consistent but in that expert level of always feeling like a person. In that I mean it's not a perfected radio play with clean voicing and perfect phrasing Nor is it comically full of jarring errors relentlessly reminding you that this is all a joke, because it isn't. The tone both narratively and meta narratively pulls effortlessly between a dictation to an old hand held tape recorder, grand and like a lecture to a campfire tale inclusive and jovial to then still a close and private bed time story read to you by a loved one. Again well done on the narration. I have never quite got to the place of a voice actor but Arin (who I think we all know did this) is a blooming marvel at giving us the long stretch of voice acting. As a man with little attention span but the incessant habit of slipping into "funny" voices I know that anything longer than a bit or even coming back to a bit makes the likely event of the voice sounding different or mixing voices up either completely or blending them. Whilst this does happen in some lines with Arin, again it is only a few and is more endearing, like daring your friend to hold their breath for a minute and they end up doing three. it is an achievable result and miles beyond what you expected of them. He is a man who brings a smile to my heart.

Narrative: I can't say I have the best command of English literacy (as evidenced here) so my comments are just emotional opinions. I liked the story. It had mysteries and adventure but it may be me not resonating with the young adult vibe. I did in some ways want things to be a little more perilous for our characters but I feel the tone was done well. The moment about a character who was alluded to be a proficient sweater with then going on to only saying "hell" (there may have been a S--- in there too) balances out the genuine human experience of swearing without needing to explicitly indulge in it. I just thought the whole adventure was neat.

A fantastic time had, thank you to all involved in making this.

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  • Saiyan Heretic
  • 05-09-20

Gripping, a tour de force.

Dr. Cecil H.H. Mills astounds yet again by conquering the inhospitable wilds of the intellectual wasteland otherwise known as "young adult fiction," further cementing his reputation as the most brilliant and handsome author working today. And it is at this point that I am legally obligated to disclose that the esteemed author has had a restraining order against me ever since an unfortunate misunderstanding involving a beaver at a Denny's in Grand Rapids, MI circa 1992, but don't let that obfuscate the truth of Dr. Mills' heroic accomplishment in the field of youth-oriented adventure literature. The only thing more engrossing than his mastery of the written word is the charming timbre of his practiced oratory. I salute you, good sir, and would much appreciate it if you would retract your lawsuit compelling the State of Michigan to register me as a sex offender, as I find it terribly uncalled for and constitutes an undue burden on my ability to find gainful employment. Best regards, You Know Who.

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  • 05-09-20

Incredible experience of literature

Dr. Cecil H.H. Mills' nephew put me onto this masterpiece! Really couldn't understand his reservations about the book though....
Maybe he just feels like he might end up living in the shadow of his uncle's newfound literary prowess!
Very understandable.

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  • Jody
  • 04-09-20

I cannot wait for more.

Dr. Mills is a very talented author and narrator. I don't see why his nephew complains so much, but I am very glad he listened to his mother and helped Dr. Mills. This book is wonderfully crafted. It's meta humor is top notch. if you're looking for funny and mysterious this is the book for you.

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  • Unanimous
  • 16-09-20

Review (that word starts with an ‘R’)

It’s been so long since a book has made me laugh out loud. The wittiness and quip - not to mention the fact that it’s really just a well written cast and story - make this a very quick and enjoyable listen. If you’re familiar with the Game Grumps’ humor, think of this like a 4.5 hour episode at sustained, peak comedic performance. If you’re not familiar with what I’m talking about, boy you’re in for a treat. It’s well worth the $10, you’ll love it.

JJ and Valentine Watts are the two members of the Ghost Hunters Adventure Club. A dynamic duo sharp as a whip and quick as a tack (you read that right), they’re hired by an author who writes mystery novels and tasked with solving a ghost story at the isolated “Grande Chateau” hotel. Arriving in the midst of a weekend snowstorm, the boys hardly have a chance to start the case when everything blows up in their face. We meet an amusing spread of characters, each with comedic quirks and caricature-like qualities that make them hilariously distinct. Within minutes the story is thrust into a whirling mystery-on-mystery full of quick fire humor, fourth wall breaks by the audiobook’s arrogant “author”, and — of course — a painfully deep and relatable analysis of the human condition by none other than said author, Dr. Cecil H. H. Mills himself (at least... according to him).

The performance of this book is on another level. I’ve finished around 75 audiobooks through audible and this is for sure in the top 5 narrations I’ve heard. There are no production bumps, skips or volume issues that I was able to notice. Overall, the story is great fun and is one of those I could see myself listening to again.

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  • Travis
  • 31-12-20

Fun YA mystery

Somewhere between a cynical Scooby Doo and Goonies mystery lies this book. The 4th wall breaking was a bit much at the beginning but became charming. You will probably have a better grasp of the humor and tone changes (literally) if you are aware of the author's non-literary work. Had a good time and hope for more.

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  • Stephen
  • 05-09-20

Loved it

Dr. Cecil H.H. Mills has done a fantastic job on this.
Hope Arin is proud.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-09-20

mystery comedy

Cecil H H mills bitterness comes to life in a beautiful mysterious way 10/10 amazing

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-09-20

excellent!

narration was excellent
story was hilarious, fun, smart
the attention to detail was great!

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  • Robert
  • 02-09-20

great short story

If I could give the performance a 6th star I would. great overall experience. I cannot wait to see what Dr. Cecil H.H Mills next story will be.

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  • Stian Sundby Holt
  • 18-06-21

The mediocre kind of good

The story gets bored with itself at times, shifting focus at slightly awkward times for seemingly little reason. The narration is good, but Ari- I'm sorry, Dr. Cecil H.H. Mills A: forgets minutia about the different voices between the recordings, and B: gave some characters accents that he seemingly didn't have much experience with, which made them a bit flat to listen to as the intonation was pretty monotone at times.

Overall though, I enjoyed it. It doesn't do anything particularily special, but it stays a semi-interesting tale the entire way. The real irony of the book to me though is that Dr. Cecil is by far the most interesting character, despite being the (occasionaly grating) narrator.

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