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.
Hiassen is waaaaay too funny.
his books are always a romp, bringing up sometimes serious issues with wicked good humor. in this book, we get real estate development and Medicare fraud all wrapped up in the tale of a shark-chomped arm and a mysteriously not-really-grieving widow.
our hero, a cop who was demoted to food inspector for a rather nasty bit of knight-in-shining-armor-ness, desperately wants his detective job back before he dies of starvation: inspecting restaurants has definitely put him off his feed. along comes the aforementioned arm, and he's off on a not legally sanctioned investigation into the death of its former owner.
along the way he does a little civil disobedience vis. his new view-destroying next door neighbor, builder of a monstrosity intended only for a fast sale. i've no idea what kind of twisted mind Hiassen actually has, but i wouldn't want to try to build an ugly house next door to him.
the book is exceptionally paced, with a lot of balls kept masterfully in the air. it does get a little hard to track who's who (at least in the audio version)--there are a lot of characters--but entirely worth the effort.
the choice of narrator in the audio version seems a bit odd--Arte Johnson is a gravelly-voiced fellow, sounding much older than one imagines the protag to be, but he does a respectable job even with the women's voices.
It is rare indeed that I can't get into a book. Unfortunately, this was one of those times that no matter how hard I tried, I just couldn't find the characters or plot interesting. They all fell flat.
Well, what more can be said beyond " Carl Hiaasen interpreted by Arte Johnson!"
I had a sudden flash while listening to Arte Johnson perform this work: It has been Arte Johnson's voice in my head when I read Hiaasen's books all along! What the hell he's been doing in my head all this time..... Who knows! The book is great! The performance is great! Two thumbs way up! Buy this book!
Fantastic. I love this book, I've read it at least 3 times and now I can listen to it on the subway. I love all of hiaasen's book, but this is my favorite. Awesome. It's the tits.
Near the top for laughing out loud while listening.
There was something surprising and/or humorous around every corner.
Timing and delivery. I loved his work and hope he reads another one! For crying out loud he's a comedian.
A hilarious distillation of the absurd and preposterous in south Florida.
I think there must be some "sour grape" consumption by many of the other reviewers. The story is a scream and the narrator does a great job.
Great, classic Carl Hiassen plot, but the pernunciation of some South Florida specific words was off ( for example, filets, conch, Brickell, flan, etc). Still, that was one bad monkey!