Although I have always admired Arte Johnson, and would love to listen to more books he's narrated, I am a firm fan of George Wilson and I've always thought he is the best narrator for any Hiaasen book. His dry reading, pace, and timing cannot be matched.
I picked this up because Gary Shteyngart called it one of his favorite books of 2013. Why, Gary Shteyngart, why? It seems like Carl Hiassen just keeps writing the same book. Nature good. Quirky speakers-of-truth-to-power good. Tourists, not so hot, but funny. Henchmen bad. Bosses very bad. Hot women, very very good. Hot women in sexy outfits, got by those quirky guys: words fail.
I suppose if you go to McDonald's you want your next Big Mac to be exactly like your last one, but at some point, you just get tired of the place altogether.
Always a reader, now a listener as well!
The Story is the Story; the Narrator is the Narrator and he can only make the story great if the story is great......this is not.
I liked Arte Johnson, he had a languid and relaxed Floridian style to his read that put me in the Florida state and kept me there for the listen... Liked his accents and the impish way he portrayed the money scenes that were beyond funny, and then comic-tragic when detailing him as the 'son' of the witchy woman.
I don't understand if it is the group-think in operation here, but even though it was a slower-paced story and read, it still had its highs, and my test? I would listen to it again...even though it was not great, it was entertaining...
Carl Hiaasen’s books have a common theme: Bad guys do some really contemptible stuff and pay for it in outrageously Darwinian style. His blend of crime fiction, comedy and irony is clearly identifiable - he has so many successful novels under his belt by now that his writing shows a level of self-confidence that we just don’t see in newer authors. When I begin one of his novels I know that I am in for a wild ride, a satisfying conclusion - and in between, plenty of opportunities to laugh out loud in either pure amusement or in shocked awe at the audacity of it all.
In Bad Monkey Hiaasen takes multiple brilliant plot lines, fleshes them out with a cast of vivid, eccentric characters and pulls it all together into an action-filled finish. Throughout, we are treated to a classic smorgasbord of barbed observations and witty dialog without even once getting that ‘been there, done that’ eye roll out of me that has become a pet peeve with other long-term authors.
Last but not least, the Audible narrator does an admirable job of conveying the ironic tone and keeps up with the large cast of characters without a slip.
Great characters, as always. Story could have been wrapped up much sooner.
In the last third of the story arc, you keep waiting for things to resolve, but the narrative continues.
No, but watching the relationship develop more between the main character and the coroner would be fun to see.
Hiassen does a great job of tying characters together from each of their environments.
The wacky characters! They all are whacked out crazy but in different ways.
He does characters so well that it would be difficult to pick a favorite. He gave each character a voice of their own.
While it is still not one of my favs from Carl Hiassen, I still loved the story. The man knows how to keep you entertained with all of his quirky characters and you can always count on him!
Terrible narrator! Couldn't stand listening to him for more than 10 minutes. I may try reading the book instead to see if the plot is in fact good and I was too distracted to notice. Bring back George Wilson please.
For starters, I'm a Carl Hiaasen fan. I have every book written by Carl as solo author, and love most of them. I loved this story. It follows the classic Hiaasen formula: disgruntled, alienated anti-hero who loves the landscape of Florida; smart, no-nonsense female lead; stupid criminals, one of whom becomes more and more disfigured through the story while they do everything in their limited intellectual powers to harm the environment, and a plot full of fun twists and turns. Everything you want from Carl is here, plus a wonderful cast of secondary characters, all suffering from various states of delusion, incompetence and (at times) outright stupidity. Everything we love about Carl Hiaasen is in this book.
Arte Johnson is not the best narrator (my favorites for Hiaasen are George Newborn, Hiaasen himself (he did a bang-up job on Basket Case), and believe it or not, James Van Der Beek), but he is also not the worst. A number of people savaged his narration - it's ok, not terrible. Carl deserves better, but I still loved the book, so that means the narrator did not get in the way.
I say, pick it up. It's Carl. How can you go wrong?
We tried to listen to this book on a vacation trip. We've always been big fans of Carl Hiaasen's books but the narration was disappointing and we never finished it. We switched to a different book. It just didn't hold our interest.
I can't really even remember much and it was only 2 weeks ago.
Possibly reading the book would have been better.