It was a terrible story that could have been so good. I was expecting an Elmore Leonard type tale but this was very awkwardly told and just as poorly read.
It was more editing than just George Wilson's performance. The performance didn't flow, it seemed like he was reading half a sentence and then restarting the conversation for the other half of the sentence. Really hard to get into.
I've listened to or read all of Serge's adventures and I love them. I'm on my second round of rereading them. Dorsey's sense of humor fits mine exactly. I recommend these to anyone who is tired of the same old story where the usual happens and the reader already knows how the book will end. It entertains me all through the story, not just at the final page where one figures out who the killer is. And isn't the journey better than the destination?
SPOILER ALERT: I can't believe Mr. Dorsey would have an important character such as Coleman killed in the first book. I hope it's all a tragic mistake and maybe it wasn't Coleman in the room at the Pelican Inn.
Not anyone I know
Develop some kind of plot instead of a shotgun approach to attempt a story
He did a good job
I was looking forward to listening to another Florida author
Apparently, neither the narrator nor the producer have ever lived in Florida or even spent significant amounts of time in the state. The mispronunciations of many words, particularly various cities in FL is just awful.
Due to a sale, I bought Triggerfish Twist (published as book 4 although in the timeline, Triggerfish Twist happens first then Florida Roadkill). There are some disconnects in the characters meeting in Roadkill even though they knew each other in Triggerfish.
I love how the author pokes fun at a business segment in each of these two book. This one is Insurance, Triggerfish it's Management Consulting. The tongue in cheek absurdity of these businesses left me laughing out loud and re-winding to enjoy the skew how the stories of corruptions, which are all too believable.
Like an episode of Seinfeld, Tim Dorsey's books weave a tapestry strand by strand until it all comes together. He introduces characters with funny episodes that seem to be stand alone segments and slowly start to integrate the characters into a larger story.
The story follows Serge and Coleman as the track down insurance money from a insurance claim (on a sleazy dentist that they have dismembered).
Serge, the protagonist(?), seems to have evolved between the two stories. In both books, Serge murders truly reprehensible people. The difference is that he is a petty thief that kills people that offend his moral code in Triggerfish. Here he kills for the money. This makes Serge less likeable character.
George K. Wilson does a great job with voices ranges from stoner Coleman to coke fueled Sharon.
I recommend this book, but it is not as enjoyable as Triggerfish Twist.
George Wilson's narration was top-notch and did not in any way detract from the story. If anything, it was readable because of him.
I don't know if I could stomach it. There were parts when I thought, "this is brilliant" and parts when I thought, "when will this book be over?" I don't know if it was just the presentation of the story, which was disjointed and frenetic until things finally joined together, or the way the characters seemed to get worse and worse.
I'm glad that everyone in the book died (except the two "good guys"). I honestly disliked pretty much every character, and was glad when they got what they deserved, in mostly ironic ways that made me laugh a little. Maybe if I listened to this again, knowing what to expect, I would have a different take on it. Not for the squeamish, I will say that much.
I was getting into a deep funk because I have read all of Christopher Moore and wanted more. Digging around I found Tim Dorsey and his Florida series and decided to give it a go. Boy am I glad I did, I now have another go to for my insanely funny reads.
Tim is the bastard son of Charles Dickens and Christopher Moore. No more needs to be said.
I completed making a purchase, and the Surprise $4.95 Sale popped up. The only book on the list that looked at all interesting to me was "The Stingray Shuffle" by Tim Dorsey. I bought it and then found out it was the 5th book in a series. You'd think I'd be on to this trick by now, but it gets me all the time. However, I frequently find gems this way that I would otherwise not have known about. Anyway, I never even tried to listen to it, I just went ahead and purchased book one, "Florida Roadkill."
Several reviewers had compared this series to books by Carl Hiaasen, so I wasn't too sure what to expect. I have read several Hiaasen books, but I never found them as funny as I'd hoped they would be. I was pleasantly surprised. It actually reminded me more of the humor of Dave Barry than any other author I've ever read. (Dave even makes a cameo appearance at the World Series later on in the book.)
This first book is a little chaotic, since it introduces most, if not all, of the recurring characters that will appear in later books, and I felt like I was being jerked around a lot from one storyline to another. Even so, I found it laugh-out-loud funny very often. Pay attention to a guy named Serge. He's the most loveable criminally insane person you're ever likely to meet, and he's been in every one of the four books I've read so far.
So, while I didn't quite find it to be a 5-star book, I still highly recommend it. I am now getting ready to start listening to book 5 and I have been laughing myself senseless at all the books in between. This book is a good listen in its own right, but important, I think, as an introduction to the series.