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The Dirt Bike Detective

Narrated by: Ramon de Ocampo
Length: 16 hrs
Categories: Children, Mysteries
4.5 out of 5 stars (19 ratings)

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Summary

When Oliver's great-grandfather's pocket watch is confiscated at school, Chase, a budding detective, vows to help him get it back.

A self-proclaimed authority on paranormal activities, Chase convinces Oliver and his friends, Eduard and Gio, to go along with investigating the curious happenings at their school. 

What begins as the simple task of reclaiming Oliver's pocket watch swiftly turns into a full-fledged investigation into the paranormal happenings at Raven Ridge Academy, as they also face bullies, rivals, and Oliver's annoying little brother. And don't forget Jax, the girl of Oliver's dreams....

As the kids delve further into their investigation, they find themselves caught in a web of trouble with their lives in peril, the fate of the world at stake, and time running out. Will they solve the mystery before it's too late? 

The Dirt Bike Detective is an epic, entertaining tale for the entire family, combining endearing characters, intricate mysteries, humor, and excitement for all ages.

©2016 Douglas L. Hoover (P)2017 Douglas L. Hoover

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fab story!

great story. so well read, you can't stop listening to it! I'm looking forward to the next one!

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Long

The story was very drawn out and could be frustrating. Good for a free book and something to listen to on a long journey

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Gooder chese please get it

Epic
The best book ever get it worth £100 can't get any better need it

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  • Midwestbonsai
  • 08-02-18

🏆🎧 ABR Reviewer's Choice Award Winner

Oliver wants to impress his history teacher so he swipes his great grandfathers pocket watch and from that one bad decision and a bully at school, Oliver’s life changes. Chase, a new student tries to save Oliver from the bully but only makes things worse, the watch comes up missing along with a teacher and Anna “three names” seems to have a crush on Oliver. Then there’s the President ... lots of action!

Douglas Hoover captures the fragility of middle school Kids’s ego, need to fit in but also be special expertly. The inner workings of their minds ~and kid you not you will see yourself as a child through the characters and their predicaments. Hoover builds the characters and their fears realistically and with genuine care.

Vivid descriptions with realistic dialog provides an action-packed listen. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and think listeners of all ages would find this fanciful tale interesting and exciting.

Ramon de Ocampo performed this audiobook professionally and with distinct voices and accents. I found his voice lent the book a little kick as his voice. Rough the characters to life.

Best young adult book I’ve heard in a long time!!!!!

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  • Julie Petty
  • 24-08-18

Bravo! Adventure and mystery—a literary Goonies

Hoover masterfully paints his gang of heroes and de Ocampo brings them to life with perfection. The story captures the tween psyche—a humorous balance between childhood imagination and a bubbling autonomy—as these young guardians tackle the mysterious and villainous crimes, real or imagined, of Raven Ridge. A great read for kids 9-15. Hoover’s debut is a grand slam. Looking forward to the next installment.

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  • Nicole Hoover
  • 27-05-18

Best listen in a long time

My seven year old granddaughter and I listened to this book together and we both enjoyed it thoroughly. She asked to listen every time we got into the car and listened intently. She is an avid reader so this book was perfect for her. As for me, I found myself laughing out loud at the humor and situations that everyone can relate to. The Dirt Bike Detective is a fun humorous mystery that everyone in the family will enjoy.
Ramon de Ocampo has voices that make every character unique and believable bringing this adventure to life.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-03-18

great read for The Young and the young-at-heart

loved the insight into the imagination and suspicion of middle school students! looking forward to the next Adventures.

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  • Cecy B Umberger
  • 20-01-19

Great narrator!

This is an interesting story about high school or middle school kids with great imagination uncovering a plot to kidnap the President of the United States. I just want to emphasize that the narrator was great — one of the best - which made this a really interesting book to listen to. I give five stars for the narrator and four stars for the story.

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  • James
  • 10-03-19

It’s Good

The author has managed to capture the essence of being a kid while still making a fairly intelligent detective novel. The author is not quite Enid Blyton but has a similar taste. The end is fast paced and exciting I would recommend it to any parent

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  • Robert G.
  • 29-11-18

Okay, but twice as long as it probably should be.

Overall this isn't a bad book. Ramon de Ocampo does a great job as always with all of the voices. Overall the characters are unique, well developed, and have their own personalities. Only problem is this book seems like it is about twice as long as it probably should be. Sections just seem to drag themselves out without moving the story along. Overall a fairly good book though.

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  • Jitesh
  • 16-10-18

Pathetic

Pathetic and not suitable for kids.
Though it’s kids story.
Don’t buy this audiobook.
Total waste of money.

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