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Gerard

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  • The Stench of Honolulu: A Tropical Adventure

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jack Handey
    • Narrated By Jack Handey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (70)

    The legendary Deep Thoughts and New Yorker humorist Jack Handey is back with his very first novel - a hilarious, absurd, far-flung adventure tale. "Are you a fan of books in which famous tourist destinations are re-purposed as unlivable hellholes for no particular reason? Jack Handey's exotic tale is full of laugh-out-loud twists. A reliably unreliable narrator and his friend, who is some other guy, need to get out of town. They have a taste for adventure, so they pay a visit to a relic of bygone days - a travel agent - and discover an old treasure map."

    Cathleen says: "Mildly Entertaining, Not a good read"
    "Very Entertaining, Great Narration"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about The Stench of Honolulu?

    I loved the jokes. They are timeless, carefully crafted and honed, and memorable. They are silly in the same way that Monty Python or Sid Caesar is silly.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This is a wild expedition of a story that somehow manages to hang together in a crazy logical way. The dialog is given in short bits, frequently with lists of things like "Warnings", "Inventions", "Ways I'm Going to Kill Don". There are lots of observations on life, like "What kind of world to we live in." The story is really very clever in its twists and turns. (I didn't know there were Japanese soldiers on Hawaii. Oh well. I guess if you can believe a SKELETON can shoot a machine gun...)


    What does Jack Handey bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Handey is perfect as a narrator of his book. He has what I think might be a midwestern accent which totally matches the silliness of the main character. Arte Johnson who narrated A Confederacy of Dunces would I think have been able to handle this material too, but Handey is so goofy and charming.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    There were very few flat spots in the story line. It was pretty funny all throughout, but frequently there are bits that are really hilarious.


    Any additional comments?

    I think this book deserves to be a classic of comedy writing. It's timeless. I want more Jack Handey! I want a detective mystery. And a ghost story, with SKELETONS.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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