I thought this book would never end. I was attracted by the plot, but it just ran out of steam. The villain is so over-developed that he comes off as just an incompetent idiot. The narrator gives a good effort, but don't waste your time.
While the beginning of the book caught your attention and interest, by the middle to end of the book I found that the book became difficult to listen to.
Both uninteresting and very predictable, it was a struggle to listen to the last couple hours. Perhaps the abridged version would be much better but I this was certainly one of our least favorite books of recent listening/reading...
I still don't understand why the author took pains to write such a book. All the characters, while high in colors, are completely fabricated. It took a long time to listen to and at the end, I was struck dumb when the end came, and left to ask why? Such a pointless story, and all this time wasted. The thing with an audiobook is, you can't quite fast-forward to get a preview and decide if it's worth listening until the end. I've had this feeling also with Ringworld, although that was by far more entertaining. This book, however, meanders thru petty and unlikely characters and an intrigue which never really goes anywhere. It's a good exercise for a creative writing class, and the writing is actually quite skilled. But overall, and not being an English major student to appreciate the style, it was a waste of the time it took me to listen to.
Story line had a lot of potential, but spent to much time in explicit sexual situations. I also failed to see the humor in all the juvenile viagra jokes. The bodyguard and the old woman were the only interesting characters. I couldn't find myself caring about anyone else.
Charles L. Baker, MSSW
The first 10 minutes or so lead the listener into the feeling that this is going to be a good, exciting listen - however, the longer it goes, the more predictable and the less sensible this book becomes. I hope Mr. Hiaasen has another job. He's not going to make it as an author. This is excruciatingly painful for the listener, but I really felt worse for narrator Hoye - he tried - but nothing could save this turkey.
Immigration lawyer in Kansas City. I like Character driven dramas, fantasy (monsters, magic and witches oh my!) and coming of age stories. Favs include: The Book Thief, The Game of Throne series, Harry Potter Series, Dresden Files, Nightside series, anything by Neil Gaimen, 100 Years of Solitude.
From the reviews I was expecting something that would make me laugh out loud on the treadmill at the gym. One reviewer even said don't lift weights while listening to this becuase it is so funny. I did not think this was funny. Not even a little funny. I also didn't think the story was even that good. It had very complicated twists and turns and unlikely near death escapes. Didn't love it.
After having read every other Hiassen book this was the last. One of his better books but I cannot say the same for the reader. I quess I was used to George Wilson narration which was fantastic but I just wanted to shut this one off. To monotone and to hard to follow different characters because of reader. gave the book itself 5 stars but the reader 2 stars
I was looking for an engaging piece of fluff to listen to while working but this book is so ridiculous it's not even fun. "Chaz could talk about his penis all night long" and believe me, he does. The characters and story are predictable and I could really skip all the details about the main character's boner. Not sexy, not funny, not interesting.