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The name's Daniels, Jack Daniels - just like the whiskey you know. I'm a private detective. And I can't help butting my nose into other people's business. It's what I do. You get used to it. It becomes a way of life almost. After a while it comes natural to you, automatic, like breathing, or eating, although not quite as enjoyable. It's a habit that I just can't break. I just can't help it.

But sometimes it can lead you into trouble....

©2015 John Holt (P)2018 John Holt

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The Candy Man

Jack Daniels is a grouchy, seen-too-much kind of guy who still has a big, if somewhat battered, heart. I could hear him narrating as I read about him rescuing a damsel in distress, even when he knows he’s getting himself into trouble.

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Surprisingly really good !


So short and still John Holt was able to create an amazing story, I’m truly amazed.
Coupled with the narration by Joe Voegler who have done a good job at that made this audiobook truly enjoyable.


Fully recommended for all !!!




My honest review even so that I got this audiobook for free.

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Great Story.

This is a really good novella, it's fast paced with action from the start page to the very last. Jack Daniels is a believable character brought to life by the narration of Joe Voegler who I agree with others does speak rather quickly sometimes but to me he was Jack Daniels. The storyline is good and believable and doesn't get too bogged down with unnecessary detail, A highly readable book which I guess I shall revisit when I next need a quick read. At just under 1 hour 40 minutes it's ideal for a journey. Would recommend.

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Really enjoyed it

This is not my usual genre but I wanted to try something different.

I cant believe how much I enjoyed it - I was very sceptical. Other people have mentioned re the narrator, i personally loved it I imagined myself sitting by a fire listening to a story being told and I just wanted it to continue. It was just so melodic.

The writing was very good. It drew me in, I especially loved the descriptions of the food and meals. I just had to know what happened next. I am looking forward to the next listen.

So to sum it up, not my normal listen but so glad I got out of my comfort zone.

I was given this free in return for an honest review which is what I have done.

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Joe spoke so quickly

not too bad for a short book . I'm impressed thank you john xx

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oh candy man

A great mystery. Fast paced. I was hooked from the start. A short and well written story.

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The Candy Man

I like this book, just wished it had a British narrator, and the main characters were a little older, he just seems a little thick for his age, when talking about using the internet and other tec or daily life issues.

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Good story, poor narration

When I first saw Jack Daniels, P.I. I couldn't help thinking of J.A.Konrath's Lieutenant Jacqueline 'Jack' Daniels series, of which I've read several. This is nothing like those books.

The story is good and entertaining, though the stle made me think of Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer, as if the character is talking to the audience, or retelling the tale over a bar. The characters were nicely written and the plot moved along well and kept me interested.

Sadly the narration really let the book down with Joe Voegler's drawling monotone having very little life and seeming as though he was in a rush to get the words out, often running one sentence into another without a breath between. Very hard to listen to and it let book down in my opinion.

I received a free copy of this audiobook from the author and am voluntarily writing an honest and unbiased review.

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I like John holt audio books got to give this one 4 out of 5

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Decent

Decent enough short story, pretty good plot and kept my interest throughout. Narration was fine for this type of story if a little laboured at times. Overall worth a listen
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  • norman
  • 10-02-18

Unique narrator

This is a clever and enjoyable little novella. The narrator has a unique voice, really bringing the central character to life.

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  • B.McGrath
  • 25-08-20

twists

No good deed goes unpunished! Wow! That was a real curve ball and one for- I almost got away with it. I love seeing how other people's minds work. It's interesting following along. I voluntarily listened to a free copy of this and am giving an honest review. The narrator did a good job.

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  • Ludie Devaughn
  • 18-08-20

The Candy Man

I loved the book wished it could have been longer, looking forward to rest of the series

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  • Gail
  • 25-02-20

suggest you listen to the sample before buying.

John Holt The Candy Man is an old fashion detective story.
I enjoyed Jack Daniels character. I can just picture him getting court up with the beautiful woman.

There is no corse Language in it, or sex scenes. Although there is some violence it does not go into great details.

Narrator Joe Voegler reads the book as if Jack Daniels is telling the story. To me there seem some background noises. So I suggest you listen to the sample before buying.

Although I enjoyed the story line I feel the narrator lets it down. It’s a good quick story ideal to fill in that little bit of time.

This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher free of charge for a honest, unbiased review.

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  • DivaC
  • 10-12-19

Good Mystery

A good mystery although the narrator telling the tale, doesn't sound like the age he's suppose to be. He sounds more like GrampPa Jack, telling the tale to his grandkids. But the story was enjoyable and a quick listen and you enjoy the characters non-the-less .It also had a sharp wit when called for. So when you get a chance pick up a copy and enjoy.

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  • richard joesten
  • 13-11-19

The Candy Man

A great detective read. The detective Jack Daniels is on the case. I love the humor and the way the Author has brought the characters to fruition. The scenes are brought out so you can picture them in your mind as you listen to the Audiobook. The Narrator done a ok job. But I loved the story. I definitely recommend this mystery read. Its the first in the series.
Shauna Joesten

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  • K. Lewandowski
  • 29-07-19

Novella Crime

Loved the storyline. It was quick moving and complete. A surprise ending.

Joe was too quick in his speaking. It was understandable but it felt rushed. In addition, his speech was a bit lispy. I'm not sure if this was a vocal trait he intentionally gave to Jack Daniels or if there is another reason.

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  • LaPazBC
  • 07-03-18

Great Mystery!

I am really enjoying the writing style of John Holt. This is another wonderful short mystery! It was a little hard to get used to Joe Voegler' narration, but once I did it was OK.

I received this audio-book free for an honest review by the author, narrator, or publisher. Thank you!!!

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  • Jocelyne
  • 06-03-18

Good short story but bad narration

This was my first John Holt's book. This was a good story. The Private Detective, Jack Daniels, has a good sense of humor and his investigation was interesting. This was a short and fast pace story. Unfortunately, the narration wasn't easy to listen and the narrator's voice was much older than the Jack Daniels's 38 year old. Fortunately, I always read/listen and this was very helpful this time. In fact, I think it was better to only read this story. Hopefully, the narrator for the books 2 and 3 isn't the same. I'll definitely read and listen the next books in the Series. I received this free review copy audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Jan M
  • 04-03-18

Narration Hurts

The narration on this book was very difficult for me to listen to and took away so much from the book. I would have preferred reading this book compared to listening to it with Joe Voegler. The premise of Jack Daniels (name like the whiskey) finding a woman collapsed and covered in blood and not seeking police help seemed off. Yes he has lots of questions and is inquisitive being a PI, but who takes a stranger into their home under those circumstances. His questions are not fully answered, and yet the story has some great twists. I would listen to more books by this author, but unfortunately stay away from the narrator.

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