Absolutely wonderful - I've been telling all my friends about it.
His 'sarchy' humor had me rolling. I'm looking at his other novels for my next read.
I dropped out of the grip of the novel a few times with dialogue that was a hint forced, or plausibility issues that were stretched a bit too far. Howerver, given the overall fun of this book, these are very easily forgivable, and minor enough that it still gets a 5.
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.
I have to agree with the previous poster that didn't get the humor. It's too bad, too, because I couldn't find anything to get me to enjoy this story. The characters are shallow, their actions rediculous, and it seemed to me that the author might not actually know any smart people, so he didn't have an experience to base real characters on. I got the real impression that the writer sits in an apartment in Miami and watches people on the street, but never really goes outdoors.
Decided to purchase this audio book based on the interview of the author on the Today Show. Found the first line in the book to be the only funny line. The story was dull and humorless, in my opinion. In case you're wondering about what I do think is amusing, just listen to Nelson DeMille's, The Gold Coast.
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.
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...
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.
This is a treat for me, b/c I love Carl Hiassen and his tawdry Floridian romps... and, I knew Stephen Hoye because he's done such great work on some audiobooks I've produced myself, for the Best American Erotica series. It was such a treat to discover his work here.