Got a long road trip--take this a long to while away the miles. Hiasson once again manages to spin an enjoyable and entertaining yarn with a wild bunch of characters. You just never know what kind of whacky behavior one of them will display during the course of the story, or even in what direction the story will go. Intellectuals would probably look down their noses at this writing, but it is fun, light hearted, and brilliant. I can only imagine what the author must be like in real life--he really does come up with some warped ideas!
Carl Hiaasen's humor was enjoyable, and the narrator was quite good.
I recommend it for those who like a chuckle!!
People say I resemble my dog (and vice-versa). He can hear sounds I can't hear, but I'm the one who listens to audiobooks.
The world of plastic surgery is the background for another sampling of Florida anthropology by Carl Hiaasen, one of the foremost practitioners of comic Florida crime fiction. Someone is trying to kill former investigator Mick Stranahan after he starts to revisit a cold case involving a botched nose job by a crooked and incompetent plastic surgeon.
This being Hiaasen, there is a lot more going on here than Stranahan going after the quack. As usual, there is a broad range of characters from various walks of life (most of them low) in the great state of Florida. And the world of plastic surgery is hardly Hiassen's sole target -- tabloid TV journalism, Geraldo Rivera style, is sent up, along with frequent targets like shyster lawyers, corrupt police and politicians, arrogant party boys, vindictive divorcees, and vain celebrities.
There is also a singularly memorable foe for Stranahan to go up against and some truly gruesome deaths, including one that was copied some years later by the makers of the movie Fargo (which one could argue is like Hiaasen in Minnesota). On the sympathetic side, there are friendly conch fishermen, loveable waitresses, and a sharp-toothed barracuda.
So what we have here is off-the-shelf Carl Hiaassen, not necessarily a standout among his oeuvre, but perfectly entertaining entry for established fans of his style of Floridian farce to enjoy. George Wilson narrates it well, familiar enough with this genre from having performed a healthy percentage of books by Hiaasen and another writer in the same vein, Tim Dorsey.
A bit quirky but it was a pretty good book. It kept me interested through to the end.
If someone asked for an easy read that kept interest I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it.
Just an OK listen for me. The characters were quirky enough but the plot really bogged down in the 2nd act. The author could have used an editor for this one. The narrator's attempt at deadpan came off a little dull at times and the female characters had no life. The editing was a little off as well - long pauses for no reason and also between chapters were long enough to make me wonder if my battery had died.
I'd say typical Hiaasen, but there is just nothing typical about his characters or his writing! Suspenseful, intriguing, just plain weird at times, but so hilarious you keep listening. This is a truly unique author. Good narration. This is one of the best books I've listened to for some time!
Carl Hiaasen's stories and wacky characters are always fun and George Wilson is the perfect narrator for Hiaasen's books.
Non Fiction Reader
This is one of my favorite Hiaasen books. I read it twice in its written form and anticipated having it brought to life as an audio book. I was disappointed! The reader is flat, artificial and forced. It's like the reader made every effort to sound uninterested and thereby subvert the author. No kudos for this one.