One of those books where you just sit in your parked car listening or carry the disk into the house because you want to hear what happens next. I loved it!
Absolutely NOT dull and NOT unpredictable. This author is so dry wittingly clever I had to rewind and write down some of his one liners. One of the most 'lighten me up' and 'take away my stress' books I've read in a long time. He appeals to my funny bone as do Al Franken, Anne Lamott and David Sedaris. Goodie, I have another good writer to add to my list.
... but a lot of fun. I found myself carrying the audible device into the house from the car just so I could continue the romp. Other reviewers are right, if you are looking for a "who done it" full of twists and turns and unpredictable challenges, look elsewhere. If you are offended by crude language, run. Great for an unwind at the end of a long day at work and better than anything I hear on the radio.
This book is a real treat. Writen with a wry sense of humor and an engaging narrative. It's a great murder mystery (of sorts). I listened to it when I drove to and from my summer cabin, and it made the time fly. A really fun book.
My first Carl Hiassen book, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
The plot is as skinny as the title of the book but that's missing the point. We're laughing along as the unlucky and unlikeable (in equal measure) Chaz finally gets what he deserves.
Yes it's predictable but the characters are likeable and I found myself rooting for Joey and Mick to make Chaz's life a total misery.
The narration is very good, bringing the characters to life without going too over the top with accents.
In all "a good romp", just turn your brain off at the door and collect it again on the way out.
This is a great, funny light read. Mick Stranahan is a hilarious but subtle hero. If your just looking for fun and don't want to over analyze - you'll love it.
My first read of this author was a real treat. Can't wait to read ALL the rest. Just terrific. Great plot, subplots. The characters are rich and memorable. Perfect fiction!
I love Carl Hiaasen - his books are always a great read. This was my first time listening to a Hiaasen novel - and it was one of the best listens I've had since joining audible a year ago. The narrator is excellent - very easy to understand, lots of well-done voices for the different characters, and no annoying voice/mouth quirks. I'm hoping that all the Hiaasen novels are read by this same guy!
As for this novel specifically, I thought it was one of Hiaasen's best. Fascinating, darkly hilarious, and really hard to put down. I loved all the characters, except (obviously) for the slimeball husband, and felt very invested in their fates. The ending was nicely satisfying. I see some people disliked the Viagra jokes - I didn't think they were superfluous or juvenile at all; they fit perfectly with Chaz and his personality.
Parents: Hiaasen has a children's book out, "Hoot", that my 10 year old adored and my 7 year old liked.
This book was terrific fun. Funny characters, funny story, an engaging plot, all delivered with a dry wit. It was a nice change of pace for this mystery fan. Stephen Hoye did a good job, especially with characterizations and dialogue. His narrative, though, sometimes sounded like he was delivering the human interest story on the evening news. He tended to end every sentence with a sweeping drawl and downward intonation. But I won't let that stop me from another Hiassen/Hoye collaboration. In fact, I look forward to it.