This book is ridiculous. I'd always heard good things about it but it's beyond annoying and the character of Erin Grant is so obviously written by a man.
She's a stripper with no emotional issues or drug problem, no, she just wants her baby back. She works with a cast of zany characters and is clever (but not that clever) yet vulnerable with a child like innocence that makes every man want to come to her rescue...
I've know my fair share of " sex workers" none of them resembled Erin Grant. She is just another manic pixie dream girl, in a g-string. And don't even get me start in the politics of the book. Which seem to be voting is for suckers and politics are for psychos, which is all fine and good if you think there's an alternative. However, the author doesn't offer one. Apparently, we should all just giving a ____ and start shaking it to Van Morrison.
Seriously, a stripper who loves to dance to Van Morrison and Jackson Brown in the 90s? She couldn't be anymore a figment of an old white dude's fantasies if the setting was the inside of the author's brain. So, so, stupid.
I didn't mind listening to it, but it took me a little bit to get into the story, I was happy to see the ending turn out like it did, but was not super absorbed in the story line
I have listened to other Carl Hiaasen books and really enjoyed them. I didn't even come close to finishing this book. It was all over the place and I didn't enjoy the characters. I was very disappointed to use one of my credits to get this book since I never finished it.
Purchased this book on a whim and was very pleasantly surprised. Wonderful crime thriller story with comedic touches that keep it light. The characters were wonderful and the pace was perfect. Not a book I would read over and over, but I would recommend to anyone looking for a good story.
I thought the reader did a great job, he used different voices and really made the story come alive. Too bad the story was so bad. I think what really drove me nuts was that every single character seemed like a caricature or stereotype. The stripper with a heart of gold, the tough but big-hearted detective, the evil personified ex-husband, the devious and vain fixer, the shady lawyer, and particularly the sex-crazed hypocritical politician. I suppose that could make it a satire, but it didn't make a very good story, and the story seemed to go on forever and ever.
The humor and dead-panned narration cracked me up!
The cop that helped erin - he was just plain amusing - especially with his cigar!
dead-panned narration really added to the humor
it was awesome!
Delight in the journey and the struggle on the road to your dreams
I picked this one up on the 2 for 1 sale. I'd listened to this audiobook once around 12 to 15 years ago; it hasn't held up. The writing style, unique at the time; is now quite well known and copied often, including by the author who has since turned out consistently better work subsequent to this selection.
The reader has a nice voice; both deep and melodic. Unfortunately he reads with in a gravitas monotone better suited to serious non fiction than a humorous work of fiction. Overall if you like Carl Hiaasen, or just humorous fiction you'd be better served to pick out one of his later works like Skin Tight, Skinny Dip, or Basket Case.
Additionally this is a piece of fiction twenty one years old. It suffers from the lack of relevance of an older work without being either old enough or well written enough to be labeled a classic. 2 stars.
The reader seemed to be sucking on a lozenge and audibly swallowing in an annoying way.
Terrible narration...a man doing female voices is ridiculous. Suggestion?: step further away from mic when taking deep breaths between voices...don't need to hear your licking your lips for 8 hours.
Leave the voices of the different characters up to the readers...your attempts at impersonations was just awful and horribly detracted from one of my favorite authors. If this is typical of all audio books, will go back to reading them personally.
The reader did a really good job, but the editor or director really dropped the ball as you can repeatedly hear the narrator swallow and clear his throat between paragraphs.
The story itself was amusing, with the oddball nuts you find in the sunshine state (I live there) but I can't recommend it any more than that.